Sadly, I have attended three services for loved ones who have passed in just the past six weeks. I listened to the stories, the shenanigans, the impact, and the lives each of these individuals have touched. It made me think about what impact we are making while we are still alive.
In this video, I discuss the five areas of well-being that each of us should be paying attention to in our lives. That time we have between our birth and our death matters to us and the world. Make your "dash" a legacy to remember.
I set a big goal several years back. I wanted to take a year to travel around the world with my family.
Begin with the End in Mind
It all began with an article in O, The Oprah Magazine. A family of four, embarking on a sailing trip around the world, was being highlighted. I was so inspired! I tore the article out of the magazine and hung it where I could see it every day. I talked to my husband about it and his interest slowly built until he was as excited as I was about this amazing possibility.
I recently had a conversation with a friend who is doing amazing work and making a difference in the world. He’s particularly focused on helping the African-American community, from cradle to career. After many years of focus and hard work, he’s achieving all kinds of great results, including improved literacy and graduation rates. The unemployment rate in his community is extremely low and a model for other cities to follow. It’s exciting and awe-inspiring.
Yet, when I asked him what his strengths were, he didn’t want to share them with me. How could that be? Especially in light of everything else he had accomplished?
Do you ever feel depleted and stretched too thin? You are a successful businesswoman but you find it difficult to find time to focus on what truly matters to YOU. This probably leaves you feeling uninspired, exhausted, and stuck in a rut.
Have you ever butted heads with someone at work and didn’t know how to resolve it? We’ve all been there. But we’re not talking about an argument with a random individual. No, we’re referring to a team member who you regularly have to engage with on projects as part of your role.
When this happens, there’s no avoiding the painful fact that you and this other person go together like oil and water. With seemingly no way out, the cycle of conflict with this co-worker repeats itself, making you feel trapped, dread going to work, and even cause you to look for another job entirely.
However, there’s good news: the situation is often very fixable. Let me provide you with a great example from a client to illustrate.
Simon Sinek frequently talks and writes about “Finding Your Why” to discover what your purpose is. I find this very interesting and inspiring and have given the book to many of my clients to discover their why.
Starting my company, Aspiration Catalyst, came directly from my why and has brought it to life in vivid color through the work that we do. Aspiring to help others by sharing knowledge, experience, and proven pathways to growth and success is something that is innate. I just love to help.
You’ve likely heard people talk about the phenomenon of “Imposter Syndrome” – the propensity to feel like you’re going to be ‘found out’ by everybody due to this or that weakness you have, despite your many accomplishments.
In the face of this defeating self-talk, a greater focus on strengths can provide a validation of your skill set. It feels better because you’re using the natural talents you already have inside you and bringing them out, front and center.