In the past week I’ve attended two professional development events that had a similar theme of loving ourselves as a primary message. What theme occurred for you recently? Were you so caught up in “doing” that you missed “being” or the opportunity to receive the insight? The universe has a way of providing us essential feedback on a regular basis when we are aware and pay attention. Whether you are employed by an organization or are an entrepreneur, awareness is foundational in personal leadership.
Sometimes love gets a bad rap as fluff or deemed as having no place in business. Love is much more than romantic and is the essence of all existence. How can there be excellent customer service without a base of love? The importance of quality relationships is emphasized in every business aspect from effective networking to collaborative and successful teams. What is a quality relationship without love as the foundation?
The events I attended were The National Association of Women MBAs and an Intel sponsored event. Did you just exclude yourself from being qualified to participate in either of these opportunities? If so, where else are you making excuses without even giving yourself a chance?
If you’re like most people, and I suspect you are, you’ve had the thought, “if only someone would give me a chance” at some point (maybe more than once). How often do you deprive yourself of the very chance you claim to want? What if you loved yourself enough to capitalize on opportunities?
For example, the National Association of Women MBAs does not require you have an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) degree to join or attend. Learn more about the group at www.mbawomen.org . For the record, I am without an MBA. Likewise, the Intel sponsored event did not require attendees work in a technical field.
Ambassador Barbara Barrett was the distinguished speaker at the women’s group. She shared her journey and talked about how, little did she know at the time each decision was made what it would eventually lead her to next. Unfolding one step at a time she now has an inspiring story. How often do you stop before you even get started because you want the conclusion or guarantee first?
Side note to anyone in Arizona, I’ll be their guest speaker next month and invite you to visit. Use the link above and select Phoenix Chapter for more information or contact me directly.
At the Intel sponsored event the session that generated tremendous feedback focused on “making me first” in a healthy and productive manner. That is the exact concept of Embrace Your Rights (available both as an e-book and paperback). Until you decide to value yourself, in your thoughts, words and action, no one else will. A common mistake with this view is that it is a defiant, “in your face” type of stance. The intention on the contrary is “they will know you by your works” philosophy. What type of message are you conveying? What adjustments, if any, will you make . . . and when?
So, what’s love got to do with it? Everything from my perspective. Share your thoughts
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