The story of Nelson Mandela has to inspire you. Doesn’t it give you goose bumps. He was in prison for twenty seven years. Then, soon after his release, he becomes the President of his country, South Africa.
How do you feel in your job? Do you just show up? Sometimes do you feel as if you are in a prison? What does this mean? Maybe you feel very restricted in your work. Maybe you feel you have no input or say in anything. No one asks you for input and there is not anything set up at work where your input may be offered.
If you had a photo of Nelson Mandela nearby to look at when you are feeling sorry for yourself would this photo remind you of his story? Would a few seconds considering what it must have felt like to really be imprisoned for twenty seven years bring you back to the reality that you do not have it so bad after all do you?
Do you think it is possible you are a willing and active participant in allowing whatever you are reacting to in your work situation to take place? Why are you not the solution or offering solutions to the organization from your point of view?
Maybe you are not feeling like the photo of Nelson Mandela on your desk is going to inspire you. You might feel it is too severe and too deep.
How about a photo of you laughing? Or a photo you and your spouse laughing. Seriously, really laughing out loud, not a pose for a photo and smile type of thing. Rather a photo of having fun and laughing. You might say, we don’t do that. You might say, “I actually do not recall the last time I actually laughed or for that matter seeing my spouse laugh with me.”
Wow! How sad is that? What are you doing walking around in a coma? There is one life we have to live so live it.
Consider this quote:
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
― Steve Jobs
It is my proposal to you that Steve Jobs and Nelson Mandela insist, they insist you do more. Make a move, inspire yourself and others, learn each day, lead each day.
Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.