- some might say it is WHO I AM that makes me fully alive more than WHAT I DO...and yet what I do is/should be a reflection of who I am.
- I was once asked the question, "What does it look like when you are at your best?" It is a great coaching question, and something that has driven me to spend more time at what makes me feel alive and less time at what sucks my energy.
- Being fully alive for me means that I more than likely feel at the top of my game, even when upset or exhausted. I have energy..I have joy...things are getting done...and for the most part I have a smile on my face.
- Being fully alive means that others are noticing that I have energy...that I have joy...that I am getting things done...and that for the most part there is a smile on my face.
- If someone today were to ask me why I do what I do, I would begin to talk about my calling and vocation, how what I do impacts people's lives, and that what I do feels right on a day-to-day basis.
- If someone were to ask how do I KNOW that what I am doing is the right thing, I would begin to talk about how my energy stays high most of the day, how I get positive feedback for what I do, and that when considering alternatives, this continues to be my best option.
So as I put these thoughts together, I come back to the question asked last night, "What is it that makes me fully alive?" I'm going to try to distill it down to three points:
- Being fully alive comes from the fact that I am in a place in my life that what I do on a daily basis makes sense for me - and others agree with that.
- Being fully alive begins with the fact that my sense of worth and value comes not from external sources, but from my knowledge and faith that I am loved by God and have been redeemed and called to bring about His Kingdom here on earth.
- Being fully alive means that I know who I am...I am comfortable with who I am...others in my life like who I am...and I have the resources to live a life reflective of who I am.
That's it...not sure all of this rambling today made sense, but it was a great exercise for me to consider the questions "what makes me fully alive?" and "why do I do what I do?" I invite you to also consider these questions as you think about your life...and your leadership.