When we focus on our business and professional development, it is easy to get caught up in where we are going. We focus on our next goal and where we want to be. This is actually a good thing. To invoke some sports analogies: see the goal line, be the ball, make the shot. Keep your goals in view and make sure that you are working toward them every day.
However, we may get so involved looking ahead that we forget to appreciate where we are now.
Speaking to someone the other day, I was hit by a realization about appreciation and perspective. I was quite taken aback by this metaphorical slap. I was in a dialogue with a young woman who is highly ambitious and has been culturally successful in her artistic ventures, though not yet monetarily successful. She expressed her admiration for my professional success. She said she wanted to be like me and wanted to attain the success that I have reached.
I was so honored by what she said. I realized that we spend so much time looking at where we are going, or trying to go, that we often forget to acknowledge where we are. But even that is not necessarily enough to give us the feeling of accomplishment that we sometimes need. We can even consider where we have come from and see our growth and progression, and still not have a feeling of accomplishment because we are always gauging our success on our goalS.
Sometimes it is important to realize that you may be someone else’s ideal. In their eyes you are the person they aspire to be. Just as you may have someone in your circle who is your role model, your work and accomplishments may represent that for someone else.
I was given a great gift by being made aware of this.
Who are you inspiring?