July 25, 2008

What’s Clear to You Now?

Through red-hot flashes
Arises from the ashes
Of disparity.

The key question for today is: What new clarity have you reached this week?

When I first launched my consulting practice back in the late 1990s, I had a vague vision of where I wanted to go with it. I watched others whom I respected, and attempted to emulate them. Yet I was unable to make headway.

I reached a point at which the confusion of what to do locked my brain up, as though my inner computer had crashed. In that moment, a new clarity arose from the ruins of my best thinking.

I realized that I was forcing my agenda onto others. How could I be of service to them when I couldn’t hear their cries of need and pain?

Rather than attempt to convince or manipulate people into hiring me for what I thought they should be doing, I learned to listen to what they wanted for their lives. I found that by grounding myself and being completely present, I was able to be of maximum service to them.

Each of us is born having value. It is an inescapable fact of life. No matter what story you’ve made up about why “X” is happening to you, or why you cannot do “Y,” the truth of it is you were born valuable. Just like everybody else.

If you believe you are worth nothing, then that’s what you’ll always receive, no matter what you give.

Know, then, that you have unique value. It’s your responsibility to let that be your radar, if you will, that guides you to the people who you are best equipped to serve.

Clarity of how to serve comes from your willingness to put aside what you believe people should do, and instead open yourself to their desires.

What’s clear to you now? And how will you put that clarity to work in service of others?

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