Let me ask you a question; who is you ideological thought leader? Say what? Who do you follow? Who influences you and your decisions? My guess is that you do not know. May I challenge you that you really do need to take a good hard look at who or what is shaping your thoughts and influences your decisions. I may also venture to guess that you are feeling a bit overwhelmed in the current economic climate. After all we as a nation have been clicking right along doing what we want, when we want, buying things we can’t afford and not giving any thought about when the collector comes knocking at our door. Well he is pounding on your door.
Who influences you at work? You might want to give this some serious thought. Is this person positive or negative? Does this person move the organization forward or keep it in turmoil? Be very careful whom you blindly follow. Remember that someone is looking at YOU as their influencer too.
I am a strong believer in prayer. I am not like most. I do not pray in times of crisis only. I pray out of my abundance. I pray and give thanks for the sound of the wind in the fall leaves as they swirl around my feet on my daily walk. I say thank you when my children call to say hello and I love hearing their sweet voices. I say thank you for a productive day, for an unproductive day and for the strength to face the challenges and the triumphs of tomorrow with humbleness and an open heart and mind to learn. What about you?
Have you ever taken a problem, challenge or success at work to God in prayer? I challenge you to try it and see what happens. I’d love to hear what happened. Remember at work you are a model to a younger colleague. Others are watching you and how you respond. Be a model.
As women we let the tears fall freely. Is there anything wrong with that? No. It is my firm belief that tears are the release of the heart. What do you mean by that? Well, I mean that when we are struggling, burdened, happy or sad when we freely release our tears we are lifted up. This is a scientific fact that the release happens chemically in your body and is triggered by your brain. If you don’t believe me, just “google” it. This release connects us to everything and everyone else around us. Has your youngest ever seen you cry? How about your oldest? When was the last time you looked into the eyes of your beloved and sincerely poured out your heart?
Most professionals will tell you that there is no place in business for tears. You are judged as weak if a tear appears. While that may be true, there are times when a person is touched, grateful or in awe of an achievement which will bring a tear to the eye. Or at least to become misty eyed. If you have ever been accused of being hard, cold and steely eyed you might want to step back and reevaluate your emotional intelligence and how those in your business perceive you to be.
These are three things that keep us grounded. Knowing what or who influences us, going in prayer out of abundance and not only out of need and the release of tears.