Validation

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by Catharine Craig
Re-blogged from: Wake Up. Tune In. Create Awesome. 

Let me take the liberty of sharing something very important that most of us don’t hear often enough.

You’re great.

You express in a way no one else can, and in a way no one before you ever has.

It’s incredible really, the way you do what you do. Even more astounding is that you do it most of the time without even being aware. It’s just you being you, you say. Nothing really special, you repeat. Nothing out of the ordinary…

Back up the truck a minute friends. What if I told you what you have done is important. Your contributions, your thoughts, your ideas and your actions..all of it matters…all of it. Every last bad joke and honest attempt to do the right thing. It’s you…doing your thing– and it’s downright amazing.

Here’s another truth that seems contrary to our culture of tangible payoffs and measurable return on investment. You can’t know today how your actions and choices will impact the experience you have tomorrow.  Even more surprising and liberating, take this to heart; It is not WHAT you did but the WAY you have 

done it that makes you the stunner that you are.oughts, your ideas and your actions..all of it matters…all of it. Every last bad joke and honest attempt to do the right thing. It’s you…doing your thing– and it’s downright amazing.

Take a moment to really think about the way you do your job, or engage with people, or engage the world around you. What would your friends say about you if they had to describe you with three words? How would you describe yourself?

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This answer can provide some big clues not for answering the question, “WHAT job should I do,” but rather, “HOW do I do my job?” Understanding the “HOW” is what will set you apart.Understanding your unique value doesn’t happen until you embrace your unique differences and then start to do them on purpose.

The following is a short film that provides a clear example of the “HOW.” Watch as the main character identifies and carves out his own niche, makes his way through a painful rejection, and then bounces back by reconnecting to his authentic style. He holds more than one job. Notice that even with the change of job description, he delivers the same “validating” experience to those he serves.

Even better, when he stops obsessing about his own pain and gets back to the beauty of who his is….Voila! Unexpected things happen.

For true personal and professional satisfaction, stop obsessing about the “WHAT” and start celebrating the “HOW!”

Feature Photo Credit: www.meusblog.co

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