As part of re-branding, I'm doing a new site. It's been a good exercise in getting clear on who I am, what makes me distinctive as a coach and how I can help others. I'm writing a section on my beliefs, because what I believe drives my actions. How I experience the world influences my behavior.
Recently, I shared this section with a friend, and based on her reaction, I thought it might be useful to share it here. Why wait until the new site is done, right?
So here's what I believe:
About Careers and People
- Career changers don’t want a new career. They want career integration—incorporating more of who they are into their work.
- Your best work is an expression of who you are. It is wholeness personified.
- Everyone has a story, waiting to be told.
- Genius is inside each one of us. Brilliance emerges when we detach from our ego and walk our own path.
- Everyone is creative. Your “level” of creativity is based on the story you tell yourself about being creative.
- We each have the opportunity to tell and live a better story.
- Everyone has thought leadership. Thought leadership is the application of your wisdom to your work.
- Everyone has wisdom, born out of one’s life experience.
- We need role models. They give us hope.
- Role models are no different than other people, at their core. Role models are susceptible to all human frailties. The difference is that role models have allowed their core to be seen by others.
About Human Behavior
- Your internal creates your external. All external goals start with your internal state of mind. This is especially true with career goals.
- Vulnerability is incredibly powerful. It has the ability to create seismic shifts in broken relationships, attract good-hearted people into our lives, and heal deep wounds.
- Tragedies bring people together because it generates vulnerability and compassion.
- Humility, in its purest form, is magical. You cannot be bought and for that, people will love you. False humility is a form of self-loathing.
- People act out of their deepest fears, no matter how remote the possibility is of their fears being realized.
- People dismiss their greatest strength, no matter how pervasively and intensely that strength is known by others.
- The need to belong is a powerful motivator.
- People yearn to be seen, but they are afraid of being fully seen.
- Our children reflect back to us the love and respect that we have for ourselves.
- Messy stories contain great learning and big gifts.
- Telling Stories = Making Meaning
- Each person has a distinctive theme that runs throughout their life, independent of position, job title or role they are playing. Identify your theme and you will know your place in the world.
About Being Productive
- We are slowly killing ourselves in the name of productivity. What’s needed: More being, less doing. More reflection, less reactivity. More connecting, less transacting. Quality thinking over quantity achieving.
- Most problems, on most days, can be solved with a long walk.
- Pacing yourself is the key to productivity.
- Emotional distress is an invisible poison in the waters of productivity. It takes a larger toll on our daily lives than most people realize.
- Managing your energy well is one of the best things you can do for yourself. For most people, this takes a lifetime to learn.
- Light and dark co-exist, side by side. When you can see both, life becomes much easier.
- The answer is not “out there”. It is inside of you.
- Before true happiness comes peace.
- The Universe gives you exactly what you need, when you need it, and no sooner.
- What comes around goes around. There is karmic justice.
- Commitment trumps passion. I can be passionate without commitment and the world does not change. But when I commit, something in the world shifts.
- Being gracious is a lost art.
- You learn a lot about yourself when you examine your beliefs.
What do you believe? Add your comments below.