I've just passed the half way point in the Artful Success program. I have realized I'm getting a lot more out of this program than just business mentoring. While I am making progress with the business end of stuff, I'm really blossoming on a much deeper level.
I can best describe it as a flower bud, the petals held tightly together. The only way to see the flower in full bloom is to open each petal one at a time. For example, I now realize that because I when I commit to a job or work project, I give 10000% to it and neglect myself and my own needs. While on the surface that kind of devotion is admirable, I realize it has been a hindrance. People take advantage of you because you work harder, give more and ask for less than others. I have always been generous with my time, knowledge and skills with others. But now I see how sometimes I have done more damage to myself than good by being overly generous with others.
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I've seen that my generosity has been made me appear "unvaluable" rather than "invaluable". That's quite a wake up call. I am a big believer in being generous and that won't change. What is changing is who/what and how much I am giving from now on. I believe that one has to be generous to live a life of balance and deep joy. I also need to remind myself that you can be generous without giving everything away.
I am really looking forward to what the next half of the Artful Success program will show me!