Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Enterprising Bettie

Get to Growing!
By Sidney Gaskins

At the beginning of this year, in the column “Love. Hate. Want. Need”, I implored you to make this the year of “Boldness, Freedom, And Having It All”. Then, last month the call went out to find your passion in life and to live your Life passionately. Both of those articles point to one thing: Growth. When you are being challenged in your Life, essentially you are being confronted with who you are; or a demand has been made upon you to show your skills or qualifications; or you’ve been summoned to take action and reach within further than the norm to stave off defeat. When the battle, game, or in our case, “the challenge” has been completed you are left with nuggets for growth. To begin growing beyond where you are, it takes challenging yourself and finding the passion for your Life. “How do I begin?” you may ask. Great question. Take on the five following steps daily for six weeks and you will witness tremendous growth in your Life.

1. Be Attentive: Pay attention to what you want and the things you see; observe those around you and those you are around; and take note of your daily routine.
2. Be Open: Who have you never talked to at work? How can you make a difference in the life of someone else regardless of your circumstances? It may be a smile, a phone call, or asking someone to lunch. Do not forget that you never know where you might get your “break”. Be open to speaking to others and open to listening.
3. Be Engaging: No man is an island, so involve others in what you are up to in life. It may take sharing a dream, a project, or a hurt. Turn the table and be involved in the life of another person – it is all engagement.
4. Be Active: The Universe loves energetic motion: take time to rest; plan activities that are worthy of your time; and involve the others.
5. Be Grateful: There is no substitute for taking stock of all the things you have and appreciating them. The grass is not greener on the other side if you are tending to your own lawn. Daily, write down 5 things for which you are grateful. Begin to build appreciation for what you have; this will allow your Life to grow immediately.

In business, love, family, and friendships these tools can be applied to all areas of your life to foster growth. Take this toolbox with you, use it for one week and the results will amaze you, then continue for the next six weeks to make it part of your life. It is all just a little water to help you grow.

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