Posts Tagged ‘getting involved’

I have been wearing the same gym shoes for 2 years now.  Yes I know, that is way too long but time just flew by.

Wondering why my feet were hurting made me realize just how long it had been with these same shoes, so I asked fellow class members at the gym what kind of shoes they wore.  Both said cross trainers of one brand or another.  I wondered whether that’s what I was wearing and learned that no, I had been wearing running shoes this whole time!  The wrong shoes for the workout classes I have been taking 4 times a week! 

No wonder my feet were hurting!  I went shopping that same night and thanks to a knowledgable salesperson and my finally asking, I learned the difference.  What a differerence the right shoes make in my workouts!

This lead me to wonder how often we are “wearing the wrong shoes” in different areas of our life and what the “right shoes” could be.   In your career the right shoes could be the environmental conditions in which you thrive such as having a manager whose style meshes with yours or using your strengths and talents to the best of their ability.  The right shoes in your personal life might be aligning your life with your values or getting involved with a cause you belive in.

I would love to hear some examples of your right shoes!


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Yesterday I attended a luncheon for the womens business group I belong to called Chix in Business.  The topic for the program was Building Business Through Community Outreach.  What a wonderful panel presentation from three great women who are actively involved not only in Chix but with several organizations whose mission and values they believe in.

I noticed several themes in the discussion that showcased how each woman grew personally and professionally as she gave to others.  What came up several times was stretching out of your comfort zone (words I am known for in my own life and in helping my clients do the same) by stepping into a role or task that you either don’t know how to do or don’t think you are good at.  When you stretch, amazing things can happen – including gaining courage and confidence, and possibly even discovering a latent talent!  Another theme that came up was how much of a difference one person can make – especially when you rally others to help.  Getting others involved increases your visibility in the community and it also exponentially increases your reach and contribution.  For me, serving on the Board of Chix in Business has deepened my connection to these incredible women and to the greater community.

What organizations are you a part of?  How has giving helped you grow as well?  I’d love to hear from you!

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