I love making a difference in people’s lives. I may have days of tiredness and frustration like anyone else but overall I love what I do. I look for beauty and purpose in all I do. I believe in the untapped potential inside me. Knowing this, I know I can motivate and help people find their purpose and potential in their lives too.
I love talking with professionals, students and can typically do so even when extremely tired. In fact, more often than not, professionals especially students who want to do something with their lives energize me.
Why do I love what I do so much? Here are some possible reasons:
- I am an extrovert. I can easily network in a crowd of strangers. Talking, meeting, guiding, coaching gives me the social interaction to be happy. Under certain situations, however, I am quite happy to be on my own – and some comfort with solitude is important as I do my own thing.
- I am independent. Which makes me the master of my time and freedom to do what I choose to do with it.
- I am hugely positive. I smile a lot. I believe in myself and my purpose in life. And that’s half the battle won! However I can be nervous too without showing it. That same nervous edge, however, works quite well as I coach or teach.
- I empathize with people. I believe in being kind for everyone is fighting his or her own battles and kindness helps! Nervousness adds just the right amount of empathy for my coachees or students’ problems. I can understand when they freak out – I’ve been there!
- I am result oriented and likewise hold people accountable. There’s no way you can deliver or help people if they are not willing or can’t do what they need to be doing.
These are the first few areas of “fit” between who I am and what I do. And that’s exactly what engagement is meant to be.
As I write this, I know there is a possible downside to being so much in love. But for now, I’m happy to take it all – love, fear and pain. It’s worthwhile.
Ask yourself: Are you deeply in love with what you do? And if so – how can you protect yourself from the vulnerabilities of that love?