|Your Success Thought for the Week of July 15, 2009
Why would you give anything less than 'the best of you'
to any relationship--business, personal or intrapersonal? Yet, through being preoccupied, worried,
distracted, angry, or not in-the-moment, we are too often not at our best.|
I support my clients in being 'in their game.' How I describe this is: being alive, driving
away from a day of work or activity saying 'Yes! I did it! I'm on!';
'Look at what I created today!'; or
'How can I improve even one percent on this for tomorrow?'
Being in-your-game exposes the 'best of you,' allowing
everyone to benefit from experiencing you at your peak. It takes awareness more so than effort.
What are the costs of giving less than the best-of-you?
You're not fully engaged. In this economic climate, your team needs you
operate in your highest capacity, to be 'in your game.' In the least-case scenario, you are
disappointing your team and losing opportunities ($$$) for your company. In the worst- case scenario, over time, you
may be fired.
Personal: It's not
fun to know you're not being the best that you can be. It is a heavy weight that can pull you down,
cause depression, and throw you into a slow downward spiral.
Over time, it can cause apathy - a killer to partnerships, marriages and
What is the solution?
How can you bring the best-of-you out to play?
1) Know what the best-of-you is. Clients are often surprised when I ask them this
question. "I've never thought of it" is
a frequent answer I hear back. Jot down
aspects of the 'best of you:' What you
look like and feel like when you are at your peak. How do you know when you are exposing the
best-of-you? An example can be body
language; an inner feeling of being 'on.' It can be in the way others are
listening to or reacting to you; or, you might experience a surge of creativity
2) Ask for feedback:
What do others see when you are at your best? What do they observe when
you are not? What are indicators,
results? Ask trusted sources to give you
3) Know your triggers:
When not at your best, ask yourself what might have triggered it. Triggers can be hard to identify, yet are
valuable information. For example, "This
person irks me; I am more irritated than at-my-best around him." The trigger may not 'him' but you. What is it within you that pulls you
down? A lack of confidence? Is a negative experience associated with this
person? Can you separate either your
lack of confidence or your own experience from this individual?
This week, give thought to what 'the best of you' looks
like and feels like. What benefits do
you attain from this awareness and extra effort?
Enjoy discovering a little something new about 'you' and
have a grand week!|
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