|Two weeks ago, I offered each of you a challenge:
I have a request for each of you receiving this newsletter today: Please tell me one thing that gives you inspiration. I’ll pull those together and share them with the rest of the group in the next newsletter two weeks from now.
What a wonderful response! Within a couple of days, I had a number of powerful testimonies in my inbox. Here’s the first:
Thanks for all your emails which I love reading and which inspire me. Sorry if that sounds silly, but yes, you do inspire me. I suppose the other thing that regularly inspires me is learning how to do something new, or learning how something works.
Starting out my career, I was all about figuring things out. You might not know this, but I now have a business objective to be constantly learning and growing. I run my own business, so I get to do strange things like that!
The second and third popped in a little later:
I get inspiration from knowing that the work I do brings value to my organization, our clients and to me personally.
Having someone recognize my contributions inspires me!
How fantastic is that? I love it when people figure out that the value of their work is measured by how it helps others. But let’s not forget that each of us has an inherent worth as well, something that can’t be measured by what you DO – just by who you ARE.
The next message came from a person who has had a lot of personal turmoil – huge, life-challenging issues. Yet her faith and philosophy gives her strength: “There are lots of things to be grateful for in the past and the present.” She offers some valuable advice for all of us:
At the end of the day we all have a limited period of time on the planet, let’s get on and use our lives effectively. That includes the job we do. Let’s not waste precious time. You may be familiar with the quote from St Paul about throwing off everything that slows you down and running the race you have been given – well that’s where I am now and I’m also thinking about the crowd of witnesses who watch from the stands and cheer us on. Let’s get running!!
This has meant a great deal to me, and I offer it as powerful advice for all of us.
Finally, I got a Facebook post from my daughter:
You inspire me, Dad, by how hard you work and everything you do.
That just blows me away – it’s hard to find the words.
Now, why did I do this? Honestly, part of it was a need to get some feedback from the readers of this newsletter, to get a sense of whether people are getting value from this after 18 months.
But more important, this shows us the value of giving something a try. I’ve often used the word “experiment” for this, because it gives you the freedom to accept the outcome. Whether it fails, succeeds, or goes off in some unexpected direction, you’re always learning and growing.
Thank you all, for helping me with this little experiment!
|Carl Dierschow is a Certified Small Fish Business Coach and author of the career management guide, Mondays Stink! 23 Secrets to Rediscover Delight and Fulfillment in Your Work. He is a career coach for those going through interesting transitions, and works with small business owners who need to create breakthroughs in achieving their business goals. Find out more at www.Dierschow.com and www.SmallFish.us.If you are interested in individual career coaching, group coaching, or other resources which might help you with difficult choices, please contact Carl at email@example.com.|
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