Wednesday, October 14, 2009

So what will you do with that?

I had lunch today with my mentor and friend Kevin. He asked me all about what I'm doing and how it's all working out. I launched immediately into a long answer and expressed my enthusiasm for the recent learnings I've had about myself, the work I'm doing, my strengths and some great insights I've had lately working with some of my clients.

When I finished, he smiled and linked his fingers together across the table, as though preparing to offer a prayer, paused and looked me deep in the eyes before asking: "so Maria, what exactly are you going to do with that?".

What a powerful question! I thought about it for a moment before replying, explaining how I felt I could best use the learning and do something good with it. I thought about that question all afternoon and realised that it was one of the most riviting moments of my week, if not my year. What was I going to do with it?

We should all be asking ourselves the same things, every time we reach for a new understanding of what makes something work or not, how success can spring forth from a lesson, be it big or small, and what we can best do to fully benefit ourselves from those lessons. Every day we are able to tap into other people's wisdom via blogs, articles, websites, training opportunities and even converstaions with friends, coaches, consultants, and let's not overlook the wisdom that comes from our children sometimes too. But how we choose to treat the insights and understanding we get each day can make the difference between making a difference (to our lives, our businesses or those around us) or not.

What did you learn today, or this week? Now let me ask you, what are you going to do with that before next week rolls back around?

I will spend the weekend listing the best things I learned last week, and deciding which things will impact on my week ahead, and what I shall take forward to my next goal setting session with my colleaques.

How about you?

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