Share Your Passion
FEBRUARY 02, 2009David J. Pollay, HappyNews ColumnistHere’s how I like to respond to the question, “What are you up to?” I say, “I’m excited about my new television program and I’m having a lot of fun writing my weekly newspaper columns. You know, I’d love your thoughts on something.” I open myself to their feedback and give them a chance to contribute. Then I return the favor and ask them what they are focusing on. I try to engage them.
Heidi Goff, former MasterCard Division General Manager once told me, “Always come ready with your paperwork to be signed.” Her point was that you should believe in your work enough that you are ready for someone to sign on the bottom line at any time.
Goff’s advice also applies to meeting people. You should be ready to share your passion with others. People may be ready to help you right now.
You must trust yourself to know that you are committed to your dreams; you are sincere in your desire to change your life. Don’t get caught up in an inner dialogue that questions your commitment to your passion. It won’t help you to repeat, “I’m not sure if I really want to do this or not, so I better not say anything."
You have to trust that your dreams are real. You have to trust that while you might not yet have a plan to make your dreams a reality, you will. Believe in yourself. Trust yourself.
Fernando Flores and Robert Solomon in their book Trust wrote, “The freedom provided by trust is the freedom to think for oneself and speak up with one’s ideas. It includes as its consequence (not its cost) the freedom to be questioned and criticized – and the right to be recognized and (if deserving) rewarded.”
Share Your Dreams
My Mom’s Mom used to say to us, “Don’t hide your light in a bushel basket.” My grandmother wanted us to get out and connect with people. “Let them know what you’re doing. Let them know what’s important to you.”
Share your dreams. Let people help you.
David J. Pollay, MAPP, is the creator of The Law of the Garbage Truck™. Mr. Pollay writes the Monday Morning Momentum? Blog each week. He is a founding associate executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association, a syndicated columnist with the North Star Writers Group, and president of the The Momentum Project.