The following Guest Post is by a fellow Canadian who was the first female CEO of a steel company, Itene Becker. Irene has led a fascinating life and shares her personal story of her achievements and losses in this link. Her training and experiences uniquely positions her as an expert on the topic of “What kind of life do you truly want?“
Guest Post by Irene Becker
Imagine a JOYFUL workplace where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude to the job every day. Would this JOYFUL workplace create greater harmony, team spirit, innovation, satisfaction, and economic abundance?
Imagine a JOYFUL home environment in which family members can appreciate each other and where unconditional love and acceptance are the hallmarks of the home. Would this JOYFUL home environment provide a haven of love, security, and positive energy?
Imagine a JOYFUL life where you feel connected to your family, your work, your colleagues, your customers, your neighbours. Would this JOYFUL life fill you with meaning, motivation, and satisfaction?
Imagine how you can start to create JOY at work, at home, and in all your relationships? Where does joy start? It starts with your imagination, your thoughts. It starts with being a vigilant warrior dedicated to combating negativity, judgment, criticism, and embracing an attitude of service.
No man/woman is an island onto himself/herself. It is our relationships with others, the quality of our social and personal intercourse that cements our happiness. We are not human doings, we are human beings. Until we reclaim our humanity, until we recognize that the seedbed of our energy lies in our connection to others we will suffer from a personal energy crisis that will attack our power, vitality, inspiration and innovation. Now more than ever amidst fierce competition in every industry, amidst societal change and chaos, amidst the breakdown of tradition and the emergence of a flat model of business, the relationships we create are a powerful vortex for personal and professional success, satisfaction and joy.
Personal and business relationships can only grow and thrive when they are built on service. Service can only be shared, be given to others when we rise above ego and ask not what we can get, but what we can give. Service provides value, and is also a value that distinguishes the weak from the chaff. Service is not for the weak hearted or the short sighted, but for the valiant, the victorious of spirit, who want to live each day, in every way, with joy and satisfaction. Service is a value that we seem to have forgotten, but it is part of our heart, our head and our soul. It is the wonderful, endearing, soulful, successful part of being a human being and not simply a human doing.
What would a life of service look like? Spend the next 24 hours without the desire to receive for the self alone. Go against the flow. Try service on for size for just one day. Reach out to as many people as you can in service, in relationship. Value yourself, appreciate yourself for all that you can do to move forward today in service.
This post really resonated with me for being of service, is who I am. I’d love to hear from you, based on the ideas Irene gave you, are you willing to take her 24 hour challenge?
Irene Becker www.justcoachit.com Coach, consultant, writer and speaker, Irene Becker was the first female CEO of a steel company in Canada and has also survived and thrived in the face of multiple challenges, achievements, and losses. Her indomitable spirit, wisdom, experience, and integrity account for her masterful ease in helping other succeed better and happier when facing career, communication or leadership challenges and crises.