Who You Are and What You Do Matters!
At a recent TCM all staff meeting, we had a discussion about vision, purpose and impact. This question really resonated within me and got me thinking about my TCM journey, what I have achieved and what drives me to do the work I do.
Now it might sound strange to some (and certainly our CEO!), but I don’t actually consider myself as having a job here. What makes me say that? Well what I do is too significant to be called a job!
The vocation I have is a consequence of the passion and belief that drives me to constantly want to support, inspire and influence others, and nurture our relationships to amplify the positivity and harmony already in the world.
For over 10 years I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with and for others on how to build better relationships, promote personal growth and more recently resolve conflict.
I joined TCM over 2 years ago as a ‘bright eyed and bushy tailed’ enthusiast for mediation and conflict resolution. And yet there were two hugely significant days of my career here to date. The first one is undeniably the day that I started.
The 2nd one was the day I knew WHY!
Understanding my ‘Why’ created a purpose for me. This entail ignited a deep conviction for my profession, which in turn helped to shape and give clarity to my vision. I then developed a passion that continues to give me the opportunity to inspire others via my work as a mediator, trainer and a conflict resolution consultant
I have come to believe that everyone of us reading this, every day, with every person we meet, have an opportunity to change the world one interaction at a time. And the first person who can make a difference is… ourselves!
As a Resolution Consultant, my vocation is around enabling people to repair, restore and rebuild broken or strained relationships at work.
So let’s look at work and relationships…
The average person spends 8 hours a day, 5 days a week at work. There is every chance it has a greater influence on our mental, emotional and physical state than any other area of our lives. So imagine if you are unhappy and miserable at work. If you are in constant battle, skirmish and conflict with your team or your manager. Those emotions become contagious!
Now just like discontent and disagreement at home can filter through to your day at work if unchecked, likewise people who are unhappy at work could potentially take this emotional energy home to their nearest and dearest, friends and families.
The principle behind this is that “How People treat others is a reflection of how they are treated themselves.”
With this in mind, it can be stated that those same friends and family may then go out and interact with their circle of connections in the same way.
This emotional transmission first starts with the closest to us, our family, then spreads out to into the wider community. This in turn influences the country and then… You can see where this is going!
And this is the reason why I don’t see my work with TCM as a job, but about vision, purpose and passion.
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi