To be fully engaged, we must be physically energised, emotionally connected, mentally-focused and spiritually aligned with a purpose beyond our immediate self-interest.*
(Tony Schwarz and Jim Loehr)
We all want to help; it’s a beautiful human attribute.
You may be able to help me, but I’ll come to that later.
We not only want to help each other, but we are really imaginative and creative about how we go about it.
Each of us has just-enough to help another.
We don’t have to have everything, only something that will interact and create something new with the something of the person being helped brings.
Wanting to make our help count means turning up in the best condition we can.
Which is where the words of Tony Schwarz and Jim Loehr help us to see that there’s a lot to be aware of.**
We can hope to be ready for opportunities to help, or we can prepare.
Sleeping, eating and exercising well;
Staying with our feelings and exploring them;
Stretching thinking by engaging with new thoughts and experiences;
Connecting with others, the world, our god, and the True Self.
As Simon Sinek points out,
Consistency becomes more important that intensity.**
Developing in these four dimensions is about developing flexibility over rigidity, and is what makes us into infinite players cum helpers, opening more possibilities than we thought were possible.
If I can help you, let me know, but you may also be able to help me.
I’m launching some help for people made unemployed through the pandemic, and am offering an introduction to this on the 21st April.
It’s an opportunity to find out there’s more to us than we know. A way of being more prepared when looking to get back into work.
It would be great if you could help me spread the word.
*From Tony Schwarz and Jim Loehr’s The Power of Full Engagement;
**Check out Edgar Schein’s lovely little book Helping to see how it is an art;
^From Simon Sinek’s The Infinite Game.