When it comes to success and happiness, bringing your best – with Zest – can become THE key differentiator – the One BOLD Thing – that sets you apart!
Do you ever think of the value of the energy you bring as, you know, where’s the *expertise* in that?
I used to. Not any more!
A very cool thing happened for me while speaking to inspire The BOLD! Factor®: Branding Your Best *!* With Confidence leading a client’s group to discover, develop and deliver exactly what you bring that sets you apart – so you can create more success:
I discovered the one thing that has set me apart my entire career (and it can set YOU apart, too!) yet I’m not sure I ever realized the massive value of this ONE attribute:
Authentic. Real. Positive. Zestful Energy!
Here are a few ways I hold myself accountable for keeping my own brand of positive energy alive to set myself apart – and YES, these can work for you, and no doubt they already do!
3 BOLD WAYS TO BRING YOUR BEST WITH ZEST IN EVERYDAY WORK & LIFE!
1. OWN IT.
Success? It’s Up To You. Happiness? It’s Up To You. Bringing Your Best With Zest? It’s Up To YOU!
Want to build, maximize and sustain positive energy?
Hold yourself accountable for how you show up. Not just for the big stuff in life – and not just for the big meetings at work. Show Up in everyday work and life owning the energy you bring – taking responsibility for your impact – and you’ll never need to make another excuse when things don’t go your way.
Keeping it real: No one is on top of their game in every situation, every day. Relax. This is not about standing out in an obnoxious way. This is about bringing your best attitude, your own high expectation, and holding yourself accountable for what happens as a result.
Not feeling your best? There are times rescheduling is smarter than dragging yourself thru it. And there will be times you’ll need to look in the mirror and remind yourself; Success? It’s Up To ME. And on that down day you pick an outfit that looks a whole lot better than you feel and get out there…
Show Up & Own It. And just like that you’re back on track, on top of your game!
2. JETTISON WHAT YOU KNOW NO LONGER WORKS.
Ouch. I know. Jettisoning. It’s tough.
What exactly does it mean to jettison?
At The BOLD! Factor, I describe jettisoning as “eliminating what you already know no longer works”.
And yes, it’s tough.
And you know what’s tougher?
Living a life filled with commitments, situations, and/or people that no longer fit. UGH. I feel like I gained a few pounds of dead weight just thinking of carrying around all that non-essential baggage.
Keeping it real: There will always be work you must do, commitments you must keep, situations you must deal with, and people you must interact with. Get over it. That’s Life! Change what you can and the rest? That’s another discussion for another day.
It takes courage to jettison.
It take confidence to jettison with compassion.
You already know what works – it’s up to you to take action and let the rest go.
3. BE A ROOKIE AGAIN.
Early in my career, I rose from Rookie to Executive in an industry where at first glance I didn’t seem to belong. It didn’t happen overnight – it took me 13 years to accomplish.
What kept my energy high and my success alive? Continually challenging myself in new situations. Yes, fear and all.
When it comes to Success & Happiness, experiencing a powerful jolt of Rookie-ism is good for us all!
Rookie has become one of my favorite words. And favorite roles.
Keeping it real: When it comes to sustaining positive energy, not everything we’re passionate about needs to become the work we do. In fact, I’m becoming more a *LOVE YOUR WORK* rather than *DO WORK YOU LOVE* because turning your passion into your work can render your passion, well, Poof! Evaporated! Has that ever happened to you? I digress… I get emails inviting me to pay big bucks for Rookie.com related domain names. No thank you, altho I do own a serious-hobby-level collection of domain names, TheBOLDFactor.com and AnnUlrich.com work for me ;)
The more accomplished we feel, the more we need to find or create a way to be a Rookie at something again – starting right where you’re at.
The Zest of being a Rookie again soon outweighs the angst of all that suddenly-unfamiliar territory.
When becoming a Rookie again is *their* choice for you (job loss, etc) and not your choice, what to do? Own it! See it as an opportunity to create success in a whole new way.
Let being a Rookie again help you be a better individual and a better leader – as you learn new, gain fresh perspective, build curiosity, embrace new situations and navigate unchartered territory in unfamiliar environments… with courage and confidence.
Being a Rookie again keeps us mindful, with empathy for others who face new, unexpected and challenging situations in everyday work and life.
Facing a Rookie challenge? Don’t get stressed out! Stress makes you old. What if being a Rookie again became YOUR secret weapon for feeling forever young!
How will you / How did you bring your best energy today?
And when you did…
What happened as a result?!
DO ONE BOLD THING.™ Bring Your Best With Zest & Set Yourself Apart!
©1993-2015 Ann Ulrich, Owning It! at THE BOLD! FACTOR®
PHOTO: GLASS SCULPTURE ARTIST CREDIT: Dale Chihuly. I loved taking pictures to capture scenes I come across in everyday life that in some way inspire me, and I love sharing them here with you. I came across this STUNNING floor to ceiling glass sculpture in the art museum when David and I took a weekend trip to Milwaukee. Oh my, this colorful ZEST-filled art surely inspires!