Boring or Freak?
This morning I was at my BNI (Business Networking International) meeting and was somewhat taken aback by one of the 60 second referral presentations. In that presentation, the young man slipped (Freudian or not), and stated that people who are environmentally conscious are “freaks”. I know he didn’t mean to say that – but the reaction of the group was one of laughter and some agreement. This got me thinking, which can be dangerous on a Thursday morning with about 4 hours of sleep.
How do we go about affecting conscious, intentional and positive change if we aren’t willing to be seen by some as a “freak”? People come to me for coaching to find out “why am I here?” or “I know I need to do something different, but I don’t know what it is?” or “I’m frustrated because my team just can’t seem to get committed to the job” or “I’m heading into retirement, but I’m terrified that I won’t have anything to do and I’ll be bored.” What comes within all of these coaching encounters is the need to discover what they CARE about, not necessarily what they believe! Beliefs often don’t serve us well, and need to be examined for what they are. It isn’t until we care about something that we begin to set goals and take action.
I believe we are beginning to see stirrings within our society pointing toward a movement from a cynical sense of sluggish, jaded condescension to a society wanting to make a significant difference in their lives and the lives of others. We see people who are passionately involved in initiating change in areas that are important to the survival of humanity. Unfortunately there are many within the general population who consider these people to be “freaks”. It seems that most movements that initiate the greatest change in our culture are started by people who are willing to go against the status quo. People who are willing to go “outside the box” and take the risk of being different.
Matthew Fox wrote that “our society is bored with everything. Even though we are a species made for cosmology, our culture has rendered us passive couch potatoes and shopping and entertainment addicts… We have been cut off from the greatness of the universe, and consequently we are bored, boring and violent.”
I’m ready as a coach to go to work. Are you?
Where in your life are you ready to up your game?
Are you willing to learn what you REALLY care about – and take the risk of being different?
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc., located in Lincoln, NE, is a personal growth and transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She is also a Usui Reiki Master. Georgia specializes in career, business and personal life transitions for people seeking change in their life. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. You can also find her on websites http://www.rainbowbridgecoach.com , and http://www.georgiafeiste.com. Georgia can be reached at (402) 304-1902 or you can schedule a 30 minute consultation via Automated Appointment.