Nature tends to be faithful to its gifts. The pansies here don't outwardly yearn to be roses.
In the body, the same principle works. According to research, heart cells know they're heart cells and want to be there and do their work.
We, as humans, tend to have more difficulty being faithful to our gifts because sometimes we reach for things not in our destiny or the timing isn't right just yet. But there's something healthy about feeling satisfied while keeping an eye out for improvement. I talk about this in my book Learning, Practicing, and Living the New Careering.
Occasionally, I run across the quote that angels fly because they take themselves lightly. It usually reminds me to lighten up, love myself as I am and life as it is while I continue to work on improvement. The payoff is a better functioning immune system. That's the research.
I design my keynotes so we can talk together. I want you to learn at least one thing you can use in both your life and your professional work. So, here's what I do. I take the first thirty minutes to introduce the New Careering. Next, I open the discussion and take audience questions.
Again, I want to talk with you, not to you. This means you set the agenda for the keynote and/or the workshop. I can do that because principles form the foundation of the New Careering. Additionally, I have a 30 year experience working with both large and small groups and a lifetime of living the idea.
The New Careering principles do not separate professional and personal life, only the content changes. It's much easier to retain what you can use daily. In this way, the professional and personal application become seamless which reduces confusion over what to do. But ambiguity remains a fact of life which keeps us flexible and continually confronting newness. Additionally, those who remain flexible seldom get bent out of shape because they become the ever-changing shape.
Newness may cause us to feel the security rug is being pulled from under us, particularly after September 11, 2001. But when you cooperate with the approaching forces, you can learn, as Thomas Crumm suggests, "to dance on a shifting carpet," which means you learn to expect the unexpected, you learn that every moment of our lives is a very special occasion. With that kind of thinking when we reach the end of life, most of the time we can say that we have run the race, kept the faith, and were faithful to our gifts.
Thirty minute talk; thirty minutes for questions.
Experience has taught me that an interest session after the keynote helps those wanting to know more. Additionally, I don't charge for that time.