One of the blogs I read daily is Stephen St. Amant’s “Savenwood.” Very often, Stephen’s words happen to be exactly what I need to hear!
I asked Stephen if I could share his recent post, as it encapsulates so much of what I believe about showing up with intention.
You’re not aware of the personal setbacks my doctor overcame this week.
And neither am I.
Because she’s a professional.
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Share your personal struggles with a close friend. Maybe even a trusted colleague.
But in your profession — for the people you serve — be one hundred percent. Make things work magically. Seamlessly.
I’m not suggesting that we deny our own humanity. Or that we bottle things up and ignore personal challenges. Just that we choose the right time and the right venue to share.
Your surgeon. Your pilot. Your legal counsel. They all had perfect weekends, they’re well-rested, and they’re ready to work (from your perspective). Because they’re professionals.
We can be, too.
Thanks, Stephen! Check out more of his writing and work at https://www.savenwood.com/blog/ .
After this blog post came out, I got a terrific email from a reader, Laura. She told me that she was frustrated with my point of view because I seemed to be advocating standing up on a soapbox and throwing your opinions out there, with no supporting evidence.
Think about it. Have you ever listened to a game that’s broadcast on the radio? Those people have a really hard job—they have to watch what’s going on, translate it instantly into words, say what’s happening clearly and with the correct attribution of player and team, and say it all before the next thing happens that they need to tell us about. In addition, they have to have other stuff that’s relevant to the game ready to talk about in case there’s a lull in the action—but they have to be ready to drop that and get right back into the game if something happens.