Small, wide-eyed animals at work!
”…there is a small, wide-eyed animal within each of us that doesn’t understand why we keep kicking it.”
William Sieghart talking about his new book: The Poetry Pharmacy
If the animal inside you represents the joy of being you, your confident self, your wide-eyed innocence & excitement about the world, and you are regularly kicking it, what is the impact?
If you keep kicking, will the wide-eyed animal shrink, wither, be scared, vulnerable, disengage and hide from the world – become broken? Does this small animal represent your self-belief?
Are you in touch with the animal inside you?
Do you know how it’s feeling?
Do you nurture it, feed it and really look after it?
We have a courageous counter that we use with clients to measure how much you need us. One of the questions looks at your relationship with yourself, how much do you know yourself, are you in-tune with yourself and do you have useful internal conversations? If you were to score how positive your relationship is with yourself, would your score be high or low?
There isn’t one human being that we’ve met that doesn’t give their inner animal a regular kick.
Courageous Success global leadership research shows that 88% of leaders agree that: I have times when I doubt myself, 79% agree that they’d use words like worrier, doubter, overthinking and lacking confidence when describing themselves. But over 90% of us don’t look within ourselves for the answers.
Do we let our life journey keep our inner animal down? Do we start conforming at an early age: to what’s required at school, higher education and work – becoming what we think we should be? During this journey, does our childlike enthusiasm and joy dim over time without us even realising? When did your inner animal feel the most alive? How does it feel now? Want it back – healthy and alive?
You can reignite your inner wide-eyed animal. Think about how you’d feel if:
- I invited you to pass the parcel, would you feel the anticipation of excitement?
- What about that interview for your first dream job, imagine you could be there right now and it was tomorrow.
- You had that first kiss with the love of your life.
- The moment you first stepped off a plane into the warm summer sunshine.
- You opened the envelope to see that great grade or they said yes.
- What’s great about being me?
- Do I love me for who I am?
Start to have those inner conversations, the ones you want to have with your kids, your nieces and nephews, your friends and work colleagues.
What’s this got to do with work? Well, you are the worker. You are not a transactional, logical, robotic machine, you are that excited child waiting for the parcel to be passed to you.
You are not a number or a colour or a profile, you are you, and if you nurture your inner, small, wide-eyed animal, you and all those around you will experience the best of you.