Are you in a personal funk and aren't sure how to dig your way out of it? Try service.
Serving other's has the power to wrangle your negative attention on your own problems and redirect that energy into something positive as you help another human being. Understanding that other's need your help can break a mental storm, restore a sense of purpose and put your body in motion that lubricates your own motivation to get back on track with the forward march of your life goals. Connecting with others through service can be a powerful resource in your personal development.
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." - Ghandi
Are you in a professional rut and struggling to gain momentum? Try service.
As John C. Maxwell discusses in his book The 360 Leader, your ability to lead is not inhibited by your current position, you can lead from anywhere in the company. If you are not sure where to start, look to see how you can invest in those in your charge, seek out a peer whom you an assist with a project or listen for an opportunity to take a weight from your supervisor. Assisting co-workers with development, peers with progress and supervisors with optimization builds value for yourself, team members and for the organization. Collaborating with others through service can be a powerful resource in your professional development.
“Leadership is more disposition than position—influence others from wherever you are.” - John C. Maxwell
Looking beyond yourself may be the best means to get our of your own head as well as out of your own way.
Connecting with others can broaden your perspective as well as expand your opportunities. Collaboration with others strengthens all parties involved and builds valuable networks for mutual advancement. Connect and collaborate so that you can conquer your setbacks by investing in others. Connecting over shared values and collaborating for creative solutions also creates accountability for yourself as well as your community.
See our prior article HERE on family service for creative ideas on how to teach these principles at home. SHARE your experiences with breaking the funk, getting out the rut and serving others with us.
If this article from IZ Ventures has not helped you with creative solutions, this video on Sally the Secretary from IZ Media may be of value:
Thoughts on personal and professional development.
Jon Isaacson, The Intentional Restorer, is a contractor, author, and host of The DYOJO Podcast. The goal of The DYOJO is to help growth-minded restoration professionals shorten their DANG learning curve for personal and professional development. You can watch The DYOJO Podcast on YouTube on Thursdays or listen on your favorite podcast platform.