I remember a story a friend tells of how he used a mirror. He was the supervisor of a cleaning crew. Tasks on their list were not getting as much attention as they should and he felt compelled to inspire his teams. He wanted them to take more personal responsibility for a good job.
When they arrived at their morning meeting, there was a mirror at each place around the conference table. He introduced the subject of improved results from their cleaning efforts and offered to show the solution to the problem. Then he invited each person to pick up the mirror in front of them and look into it. There, he said, is the person who can solve the problem!
He made his point. The group took suggestions all around the room; not on how OTHERS should do a better job, but how that particular person would improve his work that very day. Then they went out and did it.
The lesson applies to so many of life’s problems. Instead of turning to others to cure the ill, the solution can be effectively provided by the person you visit when you look in the mirror.