I heard once that you can learn a lot about someone by the people they surround themselves with. You know what? I think it's even bigger than that. I think you can learn a lot about what your life is going to look like six months from today, simply by looking at the people you work, live, and play with.
My Kickass Summer
Sometimes we struggle and sometimes we soar. Is it possible that we soar the highest when we surround ourselves with admirable people? I can't help but look at this amazing summer I've had and see the fingerprints of my friends, family, and colleagues all over it.
I've Lost Fifteen Pounds - And while it's true that I've been the one double-fisting vegetables and putting in workouts at the gym, it's just as true that I wouldn't have done that work without being inspired and supported. Inspired by my friend Jacob who ran a marathon. Educated by Cia and Tim who told me how they got in shape themselves. Supported by my husband who agreed to do all the lifestyle changes with me, and by friends like Mark and Shawn who suggest "fun" seven mile hikes on Saturday mornings.
I'm Working with some Great New Clients - And yes, while I put in the time to earn their trust, it's just as true that my HR & Management friends keep referring me into their businesses. Erin, John, and Michelle (just to name a few) - you are providing me with a livelihood that I love. Thank you.
I'm Making Big Exciting Plans for this Blog (stay tuned...) - I've been working on some major changes for over six months now, but it wasn't until my friend Elizabeth inspired me to take my ideas more seriously that it blossomed into something wonderful.
Three Steps for Enlightened Managers
Here are a few things for you to think about this week, if you are so inclined.
1. Say Thank You. So often people influence us positively without even knowing it. Be a good friend and let them know.
2. Invest in Your Relationships. In some cases, these friends and colleagues were people I've known for a long time but we've only recently spent quality time together. Be a friend. Spend the time. Be there for them, and let them be there for you.
3. Seek Out What You Admire. If you want to be a fit person, hang out with fit people. If you want to be a CEO someday, get to know some CEOs. If you want to be more generous, befriend someone who has those qualities. Or as one wiser person once said:
"By your choice dwell you now in the world which you have created. What you hold in your heart shall be true, and what you most admire, that shall you become." - Richard Bach
Cheri Baker is the owner of Emergence Consulting LLC in Seattle, WA.