I had the awesome opportunity to take part in the Chik-fil-a Leadercast Conference 2010 this past Friday. This ten-year-old conference is all about “developing leaders at all levels, positions, and stages.” This year was my first opportunity to be a part of this great event but I do hope that it is not my last. Over the next couple of weeks, I want to share some of the “takeaways” for me on this blog. I hope that something that challenged me at Leadercast 2010 will challenge you as well.
Speaker #1: Connie Podesta – Expert in the psychology of human behavior and leadership development.
Ms. Podesta challenged us to ask ourselves two questions; (1) Are you proud of the professional choices that you are making right now? (2) Are you proud of the personal choices that you are making right now?
She went on to make the case that there is no separating the personal life from the professional life. The choices that we make in our personal life have a great impact on our professional life. As a matter of fact, the choices that you make from the time you “clock out” until the time that you “clock back in” may have more to do with your success than the time that you are “on the clock.”
I was so glad to hear her talk about the importance of being the same person in the workplace that you are in your personal life. This is something we all struggle with (if we will be honest). We live in the age of political correctness. PC gags and handcuffs the Christian in the workplace. This should not be! We will never be proud of both our professional and personal choices if they are not guided by the same truths, values, and principles.
Stop trying to make people happy. There is not a person in your life that you can make happy!!! (They need Jesus for that.)
Happiness will come when we (1) are respectful (2) work hard and (3) serve others.
Happiness is result of doing right things, making right choices, and serving others!
Character is revealed when what you had planned is so far from your current reality that you can hardly breath, this is when you are revealed for who you truly are at the core.