Putting Greater Emphasis on Self-examination vs Self-celebration


This graphic by Hugh MacLeod got me thinking. ( I love receiving Hugh’s emails. They always make me think. If you want to see what I mean, check out his blog here.)

With this image Hugh talked about the trouble with success…it was exhausting.

The he said…

But we put on a brave face anyway, and “Keep Buggering On”, as Winston Churchill used to say. Success may be a bugger, but failure’s even worse.

Just let’s never forget WHY we’re doing it.

I started thinking about how often we forget the “why” (our inner drive) and instead get caught up in “shoulds” – what we should do, how we should feel…alongside what we think others expect of us and how we need to be in order to be successful.

It’s all too easy for us to be constantly looking elsewhere for meaning while completely ignoring the place where we actually find ourselves. Where is your somewhere? Where is mine? In what one-of-a-kind circumstances do we find ourselves right now? And what does life want from us in these somewheres? It’s a refreshingly unorthodox way of looking at (and perhaps reordering) today’s to-do list. – Flannery O’Connor

In the work I do – helping people to discover and overcome their constraints so that they can start getting consistent results in their lives – I often find that those I work with usually lack an understanding of their innate motivational drive and for most of their lives – they are operating with an incomplete picture of their giftedness and true worth.

We all “do life” in a very unique way…we possess what I like to call our own unique operating pattern.

If I were to ask you if you would be willing to spend about 8 hours on an exercise that would help you to discover what your unique operating pattern was – would it seem like a lot of time to you? Perhaps too much time?

Bill Hendricks tells us that nowadays anyone can go on-line and find any number of tests, inventories and other assessments aimed at telling you who you are. Most of them can be completed in less than 20 minutes. A computer scores your results and sends a report down the pipeline that supposedly describes you.

  1. Is that report accurate?
  2. Is it relevant?
  3. Are you willing to base KEY life decisions on these results?

Hugh’s image got me thinking about how often we try to keep up appearances and look as if we’re “crushing it” when we’re actually not.

This is not about trying to make you ashamed if you’re not “crushing it”. This is about encouraging you to determine WHY you might not be “crushing it”.

The key is self-examination. Spending the necessary time trying to find out more about yourself. Then and only then, will you be able to self-celebrate authentically!


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