"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
In my coaching work, I have seen the levels of stress increase consistently for executives over the last 11 or so years. When we experienced our economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, people were asked to buckle down and do more with less, to grind and hustle a little harder, to basically work like they were two people. When the economy started coming back, new pressures started closing in on people. Many of the executives I have coached believed they could keep going for a while longer if they just stayed focused. Others have been at the brink of losing it. Some had already lost it. Regardless of what each executive was going through, they needed someone to inspire them to believe in themselves, find their balance, and keep moving forward in life. They needed someone to help them find their fire again.
Sometimes being the flame for another person means supporting them in a tough time. Sometimes it means believing in them when they are beaten down. Sometimes it means preparing them for a rough road ahead that only they can walk. When you are interacting with the people around you, seek ways to inspire, support, and believe in them. You never know what that flame of hope will provide for them. You never know how much of a difference you can make in a person's life by simply shining a little positive light on them. Everyone needs a catalyst to succeed, someone to rekindle their spirit. Be that for someone today.
Be The Flame!