Staff Development: What Does Your Best Life Look Like?

Staff Development: What Does Your Best Life Look Like?


So you’re thinking of starting a business?

Yeah, for a while I thought I would too. I dreamed of a rustic, old building, overgrown with ivy crawling from the crown molding to the tattered roof top. I dreamed of serving steaming, hot coffee to eager customers dressed in flannel shirts, carrying laptops and books, just waiting for a place to settle in for the day and get to work. Then as the day would drone on, although not really drone because the artful environment would only be conducive to creativity not boredom, the band would begin to play their songs. No, nothing like Coldplay or The Great Lake Swimmers, more like local, unsigned bands who are trying to get there footing as musicians. I would provide them a place where they could come alive, be completely who they are without reservations, and also keep their coffee hot and spirits high.

This would be my haven … my dream … my business.

I know I’m not the only one … not the lonely one who has daydreams of this sort.

It’s not my goal in this writer’s tale to tell you to go after your dream. Many people have told me the same thing but those words have never given me the push I need to do what I want. In fact, to be honest, I think I’m still waiting around for the perfect burst of creative, inspired energy that will move me in the direction of my goals.

The perfect motivation phrase, for me, would go something like this:

“Emily, you’re smart, capable, intelligent, talented and completely meant for this. I believe in you to build this business dream. And I will help you get there.”

When you feel supported, it gives you the direction you need to pick a path and walk down it … or, what the heck, RUN down it! So, I encourage you. If you’re already sitting in the beauty that is your dream come to life, reach out to someone else and give them their “perfect motivation phrase.” You’ll never know how much they may need it until you speak it out. If you’re waiting on someone to deliver that message to you, then I encourage you as well. Look at your surroundings and think long and hard as to whether or not you’re in a place where you are learning and developing skills that will only enhance your ability to pursue your future business dreams.

Maybe you’re exactly where you need to be, for such a time as this.

MoniqueDuring our staff development here at VoiceNation this week, Monique led us as we discussed what we believe to be our best quality of life. Is it having a lot of money? Having a perfect job? Having a family? Getting proper amounts of exercise every day? Owning your own home or business? As these questions were discussed, it got me thinking about what would be my “best” life. My conclusion was clearly building that rustic musicians haven that I like to call my future coffee shop.

As most of our followers know, we’ve been reading through and teaching lessons on The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. We learned that if we want to live out our best life we have to develop habits that help us get there. It seems complex on the surface, but the more I have learned and watched people change their habits day to day, I can see how they have the potential to reach their “best life”. As you develop the proper habits I think you will begin to see yourself change as a person. As I said before, I think its highly important to recognize where you are and determine whether or not you are in a place that is encouraging you to build good habits and pursue the life you want. Ultimately, it is up to you and your determination as an individual to get where you want to be, but you may be standing in just the right place at the right time.

And if you’re not in the right place … go find it!

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