We are what determines the Value of any one thing.
What do we Value? What Value do we receive? What Value do we offer? In what ways do we act and reflect what we Value?
Consider what others would interpret our Values to be, based on their experiences with us. Consider the idea that we filter our reality based on what we Value. Or our reality is filtered by what we Value. Consider how much focus is applied to what we Value. Consider how often action is taken in pursuit of Value. How Value is upheld. Is something Valued because of importance or because of expectation?
The Value we project, is the intention people receive.
It isn’t often that I have the option to highlight someone incredible. And the leaps and bounds they achieve.
For all those moments where you feel as though you are dog paddling around in circles and unknown waters. Don’t discount those efforts. As long and as tiring as they may be.
They ask you to lean in. And it is in the moment you choose to lean in, when the game changes.
Amanda Rowe is the perfect example of what happens when you choose to lean in. Choose to commit to your own vision. Choose to commit to what you know can be possible and stop following the paths and directions gifted to you by others. Choose to recognise that there are other options to explore than the ones right in front of you. The standard previously laid out steps to take.
A choice between passive acceptance and deliberate action.
Think of this. A fire alarm goes off in a packed stadium. Everyone is crawling, shoving, pushing each other out of the way to get to the same place. Creating so much friction that it inhibits their success. We get caught up in the throws of this chaos.
If you take a beat. Step out of the chaos. The opinions, the directions. You could be the person in the action movie that breaks through the ceiling. Saving the young child’s life on your way!
Lean in. Be brave. Be bold. Choose to be confident in your goals. Choose to deliberately pursue them. Instead of passively accept what has been. Recognise the possibility that exceeds your current experience.
Break through the ceiling.
Bravo Amanda on your new deal with CVS Pharmacy! An honorary Nine Carat Gem!
I have always gravitated towards Clutch when reviewing Companies to consider for Partnerships or the Nine Carat Network. When I was approached by Clutch to become a part of their Women Owned Business Certification. I was blown away by their depth and substance! Not to mention an unexpected commitment to a greater cause that was demonstrated by the Team.
With motivations driven towards highlighting Businesses in the most accessible and helpful ways. Emphasising minority Owned Businesses, of all shapes and sizes. And inspiring an environment which opens support and development in various areas.
I couldn’t possibly deny the opportunity to be involved in part of their dynamic endeavour.
From the Ground Up is a Podcast developed by Clutch. Focused on the kind of People that could potentially be living next door to you. Incognito Leaders with a story to tell or something to say.
In this Episode, How to Reach your Full Potential. Michael lead me down a different way of discussing Nine Carat. Eliciting a more personalised version of what we do and how we aim to change the world.
Business is an organism. It has goals. It goes through transformations. And it's composed of living, breathing People.
You can listen to the Episode here, discussing limitations and touching on discovering underlying potential.
It’s an urban legend that a Bucket List should be something we spend our whole lives adding to and our later years ticking off. Not mine.
At some point I decided that my Bucket List was the way I wanted to live my life. It has been ticked off. Added to. Completed. And started a new. The more I discover, the more I find things that inspire the length of the list. And how long it will take me to complete.
Some of the items are large, others on the smaller, simple side.
My very first Bucket List had Disney World right at the top of it.
At the time I added it, I would have guaranteed you that the likelihood of me being in the United States. Let alone going to Disney World. Was almost as likely as my growing a second head. Laughs. Just checked, no second head.
Sometime between then and now, I realised that the World and my Bucket List were only as impossible as I decided they could be. And not only did I tick off one of the greatest experiences. I did it with some of my greatest friends. Ones that didn’t even flinch when I started dancing right through the gates. But took up skipping right behind me.
Realising a dream that exceeded my imagination. Choose for yours to do the same.
Do we notice the words we choose to use when speaking?
Are we aware of the extent of our vocabulary? And how often we use the width of it?
Do we use words that we are accustomed to using, yet do not really know the definition?
Or do we believe we know the definition. Only to find ourselves confusing others or being corrected?
The definitions of words has evolved so drastically. Most people have a strong sense of what words mean to them, more than their actual definition. We adopt them naturally without questioning, their application or intent. Or even seeking the neutrally recorded definition.
Early in my career within Wholesale, I was quick to learn that the same word could get me into a bit of trouble between States. A Client and I would be talking about two different things. Or would we? Maybe it was exactly the same thing, which went by a different name? Same, Same. But different.
I remember saying that about the United States in comparison to Australia. While it is so very much the same. There are so many differences. Your mind cannot help but understand you are not at home. Words included. It was boggling how many variances I encounter with the United States English and Australian English, Canadian English, British English and English as a second language. The one differing factor being, perspective.
My first trip to the United States highlighted to me just how much the English Language alters. Depending on the culture, history or application of a word. Try saying "jumper" in the US. No one understood what I was saying. Until I realised it's "sweater", I was never get something warm to pull over my head. If I was looking for "petrol", I was only going to find gas. Probably running out of petrol in its pursuit, laughs. And goodness, don't take out the "rubbish" it wont go anywhere unless it's "trash". Oh and if I pulled into a "car park", I was mistaken. it’s a "parking lot". These alternative words are second nature to me now. But having to remember to say them. Use them. Get my tongue around them in the right situation. Well that took some doing.
My definition and understanding of so many words has evolved and expanded throughout my life. It has been an interesting exercise to redefine something that I thought already knew. In doing so, I opened up possibilities. That were already present. Simply unseen. Had I only considered them with a different perspective.
I understand that the extent of my vocabulary is only as large, as my correct application of the words within it. I learnt that depending on my choice of words, the very same sentence altered drastically. And could be interpreted by another person in a completely different capacity than I intended it. Recognising the exact weight of each word I choose to use.
From this, I became passionate about the idea, to redefine the limited and accepted definition of words. To illuminate their historical, evolved meaning. How they can be better applied. The impact they have in their generalised use throughout Business and Society. Allowing us to decipher for ourselves, with clarity what we would like for them to mean and how we wish to communicate them.
Consider the words you use to describe your Business. The language you use in Content and Marketing. The choice of words and sentence structure you invest in throughout your Organisation. From Managers to Teams. From Team Member to Team Member. From Company to Client or Customer.
Think about how even the titles you use and their definition. How they further contribute to the Role in question. How the Role is implemented. How a person communicates within the Role. How others perceive the Role. The connotations and expectation connected to those certain titles.
Contemplate the resistance or disconnection words and titles create, without intention. Simply by being utilised we have unintentionally designed pieces of our Companies. We haven't considered the implications, as we are following a predetermined Model.
Think about the change in a person when they are promoted and a title change is involved. Think about how they redefine themselves within the Organisation. Think about what changes when they step into this Role. In turn, reflect on the new altered perception the Team has of that very same person. Same, same. But different.
How intentional is your Business Language? And what discord could you potentially be creating without considering the implications of its definitions?