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I have a couple of questions for you:
Who do you want to “be”? and How do you want to “be” going forward?

Since finding my “to be list”, I’ve been thinking more about who I want to be, how I want to be going forward, and what I want to be focusing on, both personally and professionally.

With an emerging interest in Positive Psychology, and a Strength Finders assessment that has Positivity as my highest strength :),I am fascinated by what makes us move forward with a smile. I believe that who we decide to “be” significantly influences how we show up, and in particular, how we show up satisfied. I wonder however,that we spend much more time thinking (and worrying) about what we need to “do” and subsequently lose some of our enthusiasm as we disconnect from our authentic selves?

My experience, and much of the research suggests that when we do what we love, we do it better; when we find something easy, it’s likely because it’s something that is truly aligned with who we are; and when we act, respond and engage from our authentic self, life flows. (a couple of good books – FLOW The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Scikszentmihalyi, and The How of Happiness – a Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky Ph.D.)

So… who do you want to “be”?

In thinking about what’s on my “to be list”, I decided to pass on some of mine to you, in the form of requests:

I encourage you to be BOLD! Take a chance; try something you’ve been thinking about for awhile; speak up; speak out

I encourage you to be OPEN! Really listen, (and I mean really, with the tape in your head turned off :)) to the people you are speaking with; read a different kind of book; visit a new website; take a different route to work; take the time to think/mull things over and give new ideas a chance; make a new friend

I encourage you to be ENTHUSIASTIC! Make your default response “yes”; put your hand up – volunteer – participate; take the lead; be a champion of others when they take the lead; smile!

I encourage you to be COLLABORATIVE! Take turns deciding; decide together; go first; go last; go together; share your strengths; lean on others for theirs; offer help; ask for help; don’t worry about getting the credit – focus on getting it done and share the success

I encourage you to be INTENTIONAL!
 Think about what you really want; think about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it; and then do it!

Until next time…