If you were to ask yourself to what extent you are stepping up to your potential, how would you respond?
Maybe you are fully focused on being yourself in all you do. If so, the question is irrelevant and merely underlines the efforts you are already making in stepping up to be the true you, operating and being the best you can be.
On the other hand, it might be your answer highlights an area of development, personal or professional, you have been thinking about undertaking for some time. Stepping up right now to the task would of course save further delay and may just be the wisest thing you do for yourself this month.
Society seems to put much emphasis on dramatic initiatives and spectacular examples of us stepping up to mirror this or that celebrity of the moment. Unfortunately if we don’t feel ready, or inclined, to follow such role models, we could value ourselves lesser folk than those who do.
On these occasions it is worth remembering we all get to live as we choose. It is not the business of others whether we are stepping up, down or standing still. Justifying our actions wastes energy and often those we are attempting to convince of our decisions are actually not interested in any case.
Many people need others to follow their behaviour for them to feel comfortable with their own choices. This, however, is not our job.
As ever, I am curious to know your opinions on the ideas set out here. To share your views on the issue of stepping up, please leave a comment below.
Kindest regards and Happy 2016.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, CTI-trained co-active coach and freelance trainer, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Performance skills at work (2015), Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).