I’ve been struggling with something recently.
As more speaking and writing opportunities arise, I find an odd mix of requests for my time and voice. The people around me either want something on a work related topic, or something of a personal nature. However, when I talk to these folks one-on-one, I find the lines between the two are hard to define.
We carry our personal issues into the workplace, and we bring our work with us when we come home from the job. No matter how hard we try to segregate the two, they are both inexorably connected to who we are.
This also defines who I am. As a business and life coach, I find myself torn between what to write about. I’ve mostly posted about business and work issues here, but also feel drawn to personal transparency. Yes, I could write a totally separate blog, but I can’t separate the two parts of me as a human being, so why split the two parts of myself into different blogs.
Starting tomorrow, I will sprinkle posts of a more personal tone into my blogs. I’m not going crazy with it, I’ll still offer practical advice, simple formulas, and work related stories. But I think this is important — to show the impact of living a meaningful life, especially at work. After all, I spend more waking hours there than I do anywhere else.
Too often in the business world, we think we have to hide our true selves. We’re so busy looking out for number one, trying not to embarrass ourselves, attempting to be right and look good, that we miss the blessing of authentic relationship. The ultimate sign of success is when you can touch the hearts and minds of those you work around. To impact someone’s life in a positive way.
This week, I received confirmation of three instances where I’d made a difference for someone and didn’t know it. I’ll bet the same is true for you. People are watching. A transparent attitude, immersed in positive faith, is a rare find these days, at work or at home. I’m determined to walk with a genuine and open heart, no matter where I go. Won’t you go with me?
Anita FreshFaith @ Work
Micah 6:8 NIV
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.