If you think about it, our culture is very loud and brash – especially the American society. But it’s generally true worldwide that people are struggling to figure out what’s important from the noise in their lives.
For me, TV and e-mail are the worst addictions. Always feeding me marginally relevant stuff, every minute of the day. I’m over-stimulated.
Here’s the problem: What’s truly important is small and quiet. A recent example was when my wife’s voice quivered just a little the other day.
That little event, a fraction of a second, was an incredibly important occurrence. Something had deep meaning to her, and I could either choose to ignore it (which I’ve been known to do when I’m not paying attention) or to find out more about what’s happening for her. Fortunately I chose the latter.
Here’s another example: I’m struggling to become comfortable with the idea of being the primary salesman for my coaching services. I can give elevator pitches and presentations, sure, but there’s more to sales than that. When I’m sitting here pounding away on my keyboard, it’s easy to forget that my REAL value is getting out there and selling my services.
But this insight doesn’t come in a flash of lightning. It comes as a small voice when I’m just sitting there thinking. Or, even more likely, when I first awake in the morning.
You have to listen to that small voice. It’s important, so listen and have a conversation with it.
That’s what thinking really is about, not just reacting to the next stimulus that FaceBook throws your way.
|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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