Business · Character · Soul thoughts

Who has your dream job?

Does someone have your dream job?

Who is it?

What strengths and characteristics do they exude?

How can you grow in those areas yourself, to increase the likelihood you’ll have that dream job?

What are you doing today to get that dream job?

Business · Soul thoughts · Time

Long car rides

I recently took a long road trip with my three-year-old – about 15 hours. While we broke it up into two days, by the last hour of each, I was solidly ready to be done driving/sitting.

I brought a couple stuffed animals, a few figurines, and a book on the trip for my daughter to fluff around with in the backseat. Not sure how I thought that would take up 15 hours, but it did. We talked and laughed and told stories and ate snacks and sang and somehow the minutes turned to hours and we arrived at our destinations.

Sometimes when we start off on a long journey, it’s hard to see how we’ll end up at that big dream/goal we’re headed for. Quite simply, it’s one minute, one hour, one day at a time. It’s one conversation, one story, a laugh, a snack and one song at a time. Don’t forget that. Be present and enjoy each moment. The journey IS the destination on most journeys.

Business · Soul thoughts

Level up.

You can always tell when people don’t have a lot going on in life by what gets them riled up.

“I’m so irritated! The bus driver was 8 minutes late to pick up the kids today and I was late for my yoga class.”

“Can you believe that the store was all out of strawberries? That was part of my dessert recipe for company tomorrow and now I have to figure out another dessert.”

Those are just a couple of examples for you. I could go on and on.

Let’s bring this closer to home.

What was the last thing you recall being annoyed or irritated about?

Gut check yourself. We can get pretty focused on our annoyances and not even realizes how pithy they are.

Level up.

Business · Character · Soul thoughts

That Goofy Ego

I went to a conference recently and on the way home I was going through a list of things I wanted to implement from the talking points.

I heard myself say, “that works for him, but I’m going to need to change it such and so and then I think that will work great for me.”

Ah!

It’s absolutely incredible how we can listen to someone with a decade of EXPERTISE on a matter – literally the best on the face of the earth – and walk away and decide we know better. I did it!

Thankfully, I caught myself and decided to do it his way first until there was conclusive evidence that it was terrible for my life, but seriously, it was that simple for me to override his decades of experience, wisdom, and research because of, well, probably my ego.

Be careful. We miss out on a lot because of that goofy ego of ours.

Soul thoughts

Me, you, them, us

Yes. Me, you, them, we, us, everybody, anybody, anyone, everyone.

Because people are fighting for a specific identity in interesting ways, we have more factions in America than ever before.

We’re all a close step away from contributing to the drama unless we spend our time considering all our similarities.

Next time we’re tempted to consider our differences, stop and consider the similarities first. That’s really the kind of world we all want to live in. 

Business · Soul thoughts

Who knows your potential but you and your Creator?

I’ve looked at several people and thought – Wow! You’re at the top of your game! But they’re only 42 with another 40+ years to go at life. Of course they aren’t at the top of their game.

I’ve looked at others, sadly, and thought, oh, this is your best?

We’re pretty bad judges of each other’s potential.

You don’t know mine and I don’t know yours.

There have been moments when people came to share praise of my work or efforts and inside I knew I only delivered at 70% of capacity. Because I could. And get away with it.

I’ve fumbled around with the fear of REALLY showing up at 100% capacity. 100% me. Full throttle. All the way. Not, 70% because that’s “good enough,” or what other people are used to, or quite frankly, comfortable with. But really and truly showing up at my max capacity.

As I’ve spent more time considering this for myself and others, it compels me to show up at max capacity all the more. At this point, I’m daring myself to do this day in and day out, in every situation, every conversation, every action and thought. Now that I’m starting to push my comfort zone we’ll see what this capacity of mine is capable of. It’s terrifying.

What’s the alternative? Living half alive? Half revved? Half baked? Half real? Come on. I wasn’t born for that.

And neither were you. 

Soul thoughts

The wonder of it all

What if we took in our current world through the eyes of our great great grandparents?

What if we took in our current world through the eyes of someone currently living in a hut in Kenya?

Gratefulness. That’s what. We’d realize just how incredibly blessed we are with what we have.

Spend more time being grateful.