Yesterday something absolutely magical happened to me.
I was sitting in the office, plugging away at writing a strategic plan for a communications program, when out of nowhere a co-worker comes up to me and says "has anyone told you you're awesome today?"
I tried to make logic of the comment. "Did I do a good job at something today?"
The answer was no. He just wanted to make sure I know that I am valued and my very presence is awesome.
How would you feel if someone said that to you? Awesome I bet!
Here's a challenge for you:
Think of one person who you value and that you feel values you in return. Find an opportunity to look that person in the eyes and let them know how awesome you think they are. Wait for their shock and awe and make sure they know there are no strings attached. They just deserve it.
Now, go forth and share the awesomeness!!
One of the major goals of my life is to insure that I am always living for inspiration.
I constantly review my life and take note of what gives me energy and what takes it away. Those things that increase my energy are the things I try to give more time to. And likewise I work to eliminate activities, behaviors, habits, and people that drain me.
One of my biggest sources of energy is helping other people. It really can be helping with anything, but I really enjoy sharing my platforms with others.
Giving someone a platform is the greatest gift you can give. This is why a "retweet" is so meaningful on Twitter. Sharing your platform with another person means you trust them to represent you well and is one of the highest forms of appreciation.
I work hard to develop relationships with others and have built several groups, committees, and networks.
And now I'm realizing that perhaps I don't build these networks for myself. I build them so others can connect and grow together.
Some people have dreams of being the next big star or thought leader, but truthfully, I'm just as joyful standing in the background admiring the people I've elevated.
I can't even see myself being the star of anything unless it means adding value for others and facilitating the receipt of that value.
I do believe that it's my life's work to facilitate learning for others. I'm not a teacher in the sense that I give specific lesson plans, but I find each person's weaknesses and help them find the resources they need to overcome them.
This is why my networking group "Women of Denver" is so important to me. It gives me the opportunity to facilitate growth for other women. It's a platform for women to practice leadership and develop. My life's purpose.
I can't wait to see it grow even more. I wonder how many lives I'll change?