Posts tagged ‘Connect’

Find Your Word

I just finished a 4 day study to determine what word to focus on for the year. On the surface, it seems like an easy task. Just pick a word.

But then you think of all the words in the English language to choose from and it becomes quite daunting.

After deliberating and creating lists with things like Patience, Letting Go, Prayer, Focus, blah blah blah typical stuff you think you’re supposed to think about, I came up with my word.

Connect

I felt like this was an all-encompassing word for my life and for what I want to accomplish this year. Obviously connect and grow deeper religiously but even further from that. I want to surround and connect myself with people that are going to benefit me towards my goals and ambitions. Even further, I want to slow down and start connecting with people on a daily level.

It’s common in our new, fast-paced to society to act too busy for others. We can’t be bothered with conversation, we feel people should be grateful we’re taking time to listen without really listening to them, we’re too busy being consumed to see anything outside our blinders. I want to work to stopping that this year.

For instance, I went to the Apple store to charge my work while I was working (first world problem I realize) but while I was standing there amongst the iPads, I engaged in conversation with a worker. He told me features about the tablet that I didn’t know and are going to help me accomplish what I need to finish my project by the summer. Just by opening up and conversing with him I gained more information than if I would’ve stayed consumed with my phone. Which is a typical crutch to keep us “safe” in an unknown environment.

My challenge is for you to think about your word. Something to focus on throughout the year that’s going to make yourself grow from where you are now. Happy quest!

Be Your Own Wingman

Last night I was invited to a party hosted by a co-worker I kind of know. Since I knew I wasn’t going to know anyone else there, I asked a couple of my friends if they would be my wingmen for the night. Sadly they were not interested in going out, so I found myself sitting in my robe debating whether to put clothes on or to just bail on her.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a good time, because I was scared that I would have no one to talk to. I kept thinking what if her friends are boring and debating whether it would be wasted effort.

I ended up deciding that I needed to not be lame and if I really wasn’t feeling it, I could skip out early.

Once I got there and started introducing myself to people, I was happy I stepped out of my comfort zone. I met a bunch of new people with different connections to things that I’m interested in, who will probably benefit my future. I was having so much fun socializing that I stayed out later than planned but it was worth it.

I’m not telling you this story for a pat on the back. I’m trying to stress that sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zone and go places alone. You never know what kind of opportunities will come from them, but nothing will happen without you first putting yourself out there.

Since I’m new to this area and don’t know many people, I have been joining groups to help me meet people. I joined a bible study, young professionals art group, and am attending fitness classes.

It’s not about the specific event or group of people, but being exposed. You never know who or what God will bring into your life, but you won’t find out unless you let him.

Have a great week and do something out of character!