I had the wonderful opportunity to engage with a group of business professionals and have a much needed social time recently. I have been invited to join these phenomenal women for a scheduled social time for many months now, but for the first time was able to attend due to my busy schedule. I left some emails unattended, and some work left to be finished up later, because the opportunity to engage with these fellow power people was the most beneficial part of my week.
I feel that sometimes the busyness of life forces us to react instead of being proactive. Why don’t we give ourselves permission to push the “pause” button and truly engage with people in the moment? The life lessons we are able to glean from others, when no agenda is set, is sometimes the most important lessons that we can gain in life. Those moments when you are not talking about a business deal, or a logistic for your household, can be the most eye-opening.
What I am grateful for, is the people in my life that I only get to see for little bits of time, but when we are together it seems like no time has passed at all. The hour that I got to spend this week with these powerful women made me feel powerful, too.
That leads me to a question for all of you: How do you feel most powerful?
My friend and executive coach Jay Pryor has asked me this question many times over the past few years. At first, this question threw me for a loop. If you are in sales, the power play comes at the close of the deal or when the client says “yes!” In other parts of the business world, it may mean getting the job, promotion, recognition or new opportunity to expand yourself. Feeling powerful is important in so many ways. To know that you have a voice that matters and to know that you are heard is one of the most redeeming qualities you can have.
On the flip side, the ability to listen to others, reinforce others in their dreams, and be that support system for your family and friends can make anyone be powerful. Sometimes the sheer act of being present for others is the best way to create power within your life. Cherish these moments you have, and make sure you have the opportunity to engage with others that not only make you feel powerful, but that you also provide a powerful source to their lives.