If two people have the same goal they want to accomplish, does it matter if they have different reasons for why they want to do it? I’m talking about the kind of “why” that animates your motivation.
Remember the feeling of running as fast as you can? I got to watch that energy in action this week when I attended the track meet of my 11-year old niece Sedona in Boise, Idaho. She's the one with the strawberry blonde hair and "Highland's Elementary" visible on her shirt.
When she was running, I was caught up in picture-taking and the roar of parents cheering on their kids. Afterward, I looked closely at the photos and saw the all-out mental focus and physical effort she exerted during her 50-yard sprint. It was clear that on the inside, she really wanted to win. Her heart was all in! I recalled her adrenaline fed excitement at the end of the race. Afterward, I started thinking about how all these qualities connect with our heartfelt projects as adults.
As I build my business, I want to be like a kid running all-out! Mentally, I want to focus on what's most important. Physically, I want to take care of my body so I feel great and have the stamina to do good work. Emotionally, I want my work to be meaningful and helpful to my clients and that means it comes from my heart.
The difference between running a sprint as an 11-year old and running a business as a 54-year old is that I'm not racing against anyone and yet, at the core, the all-in energy exerted is the same.
How can you "run like a kid" toward what's most important to you?
In the spirit of knowing ourselves,
I help individuals and small businesses clarify their vision, build stronger connections with themselves and others, reach the results they want, and find more joy and satisfaction along the way.
My theme for 2018 is:
Take my seat at the table.
On January 20, 2018, at the ripe age of 54, I participated in my very first protest march. This Women's March took place in Newport, Oregon, the town of 10K in which I live. That's me on the far right with my friend Mary Kay.
What does it mean for you to take your seat at the table?
To me it means:
- Unabashedly bringing my whole perfectly imperfect self to this new chapter of life I'm writing, professionally and personally.
- Distinctly speaking up with truth, courage, and authenticity.
- Boldly making decisions with my heart and head as allies.
- Knowing that because I've chosen to speak, my voice belongs at the table.
- Bravely beginning again and again.
What will your actions look like when you believe your voice belongs, when you take your seat at the table?
In the quest of knowing ourselves,
I help leaders build stronger people connections, improve the results they're seeking, and find more joy and fulfillment in their work.
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