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Equipping Associates to Follow What Captures Their Heart
By Kaylus Horton, Path™ Coach
Apr 28, 2010 - 1:06:07 PM

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"There are many things that will catch my eye, but there are only a few that catch my heart. It is those I choose to pursue."  Tim Redmond, you are a wise journalist. There is truth in your quote highlighted by John C. Maxwell in his book Talent is Never Enough.   

Personally, I know what is like to be involved with a project, functional assignment, job task, industry or workplace that you have little or no desire for, interest in nor passion about. Have you ever experienced such a situation?  If no, such a situation is uncomfortable, stressful, and manifest combined feelings of frustration, sadness, regret and anger.   

John C. Maxwell gives the best recommendation to alleviate the level of minimal or no desire, interest or passion. He says that we are to prioritize our life according to our passion, warning that such a  strategy could be risky, and would require a major realignment at work and at home. He asks that we consider if we would rather live with the pain of risk rather than with the pain of regret.  

Good sound recommendation, indeed! Realistic, very! For it is better to only commit to those events, tasks, projects and activities that are aligned with most ignites, inspires and engages us. But, how would one begin this process of realignment? This is where, I would like to offer the following suggestions that can guide and equip you as you realign what you do at work and at home with what truly captures your heart.  

    Awareness: Identify your likes, dislikes, activities and tasks that keep you fully engaged plus those causes, groups or workplace whose mandates brings you joy and fulfillment  

    Prioritize: This process is the identification of those people, places, things, mandates, causes, interest and task that are most important, honorable and valuable to you.  

    Boundaries: Say yes to those things that engage you and say no to those that don’t.  Of course your yes should take into consideration your available time and resources and the demands of your other priorities.  

    Balance: Over committing to “good” engaging tasks and activities can cause stress and discomfort if there is no balance. Remember, who you are and what you do at work affects who you are and what you do at home and vice versa.  

Remember! What you do and who you are cannot thrive as a compartment; there is only one life.  

"There are many things that will catch my eye, but there are only a few that catch my heart. It is those I consider to pursue."  

Recommended readings:

Talent is Never Enough, John C. Maxwell

The Path, Creating a Mission Statement for Work and Life, Laurie Beth Jones

Copyright @ 2010 Kaylus Horton  

If you or your workplace would benefit from coaching or workshop facilitation in relation to this article or otherwise, please contact me, Kaylus at coaching@renaissancebahamas. com or call me at + 242 376 7215 and let us dialog about how best to serve your agenda.  Specialties for the Workplace include, mission and vision statement composition, priorities and values, strategic planning and goal setting, job task alignment with associate personalities and competencies, increased excitement and productivity, improved balance and support.  

Kaylus Horton is a Path™ Coach, who facilitates learning and discovery for focus, balance and movement.  For more information about Kaylus and her coaching services visit www.renaissancebahamas.com

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