We ask this question to check for understanding. We can also gain insight by questioning ourselves. When grasping new knowledge, it’s useful to both discover what we are newly aware of and then to express that realization.
Grasping and expressing a newfound realization can be the most powerful outcome of honoring agreements. As a career coach specializing in authentic business building and self-employment freedom leaping, making agreements with my clients is essential. The resulting value of keeping agreements makes up for a lack of experience in budding entrepreneurs.
Honoring agreements is a leveraged tool because it builds confidence, delivers an intended result and creates fresh perspective, all in one. From the vantage point of fresh perspective we can see greater opportunities than we could previously and we see them in a different light. That’s when one needs to ask oneself this power question to complete this leveraged learning opportunity.
What have I realized as a result of completing this distinctly new action?
Realizations are often the greatest result from completing agreements, because they can be parlayed into even greater understanding and sustainable evergreen wisdom.
If you aren’t taking every opportunity to question yourself about your realizations then you are squandering opportunities for which you’ve already done the work.
Here’s an example. A couple of weeks ago I read a powerful blog post on Innovation at Marelisa Fabrega’s Abundance Blog. In it she noted Guy Kawasaki’s talk on Innovation and introduced his concept of jumping to the next curve of innovation. Go to Marelisa’s blog and read her post; her examples are excellent. Then watch Kawasaki’s lecture it’s linked on her blog.
I left a comment essentially saying that I’d ponder what the next curve in career coaching might be. Mare wisely said she’d look for my future post announcing it. At that point I made an implicit agreement to follow-through. Having made that agreement, I knew that I would make a serious effort to have some useful new ideas about the future of career coaching.
This morning I invested the time to watch Kawasaki’s lecture and to complete my agreement by questioning myself about the next curve in self-employment career coaching and guidance.
Let’s look at career guidance and where the existing curve began. The start of the curve could be called economic survival. When my folks were coming of age in 1940 they gave little thought to fulfillment and took the best job they could find to feed their family.
The next point on the curve could be high school guidance counselors and their pitiful attempts to place everyone in a pre-existing box. Graduating from high school in 1968, I recall four labels in my yearbook that represented our only available choices of study. General – “you’re a loser get a job in the mill.” Commercial – “you’re not the brightest gal, so maybe you can be a secretary.” Academic – “you’re bright enough to go to college, so go and you might figure it out there.” Scientific – “you’re a genius-nerd who could become a doctor if you don’t squander your intelligence.” No wonder our college years were such a relief.
The abundance of choices in an atmosphere of relative freedom made college seem like Nirvana compared to high school. With raised expectations, we hoped that our college career counselors could finally help us nail our career identification quest. But to our disappointment, this next leap in the curve was barely a hop. Those overworked counselors simply added confusing psychological assessments that raised more questions than answers.
Many of us left with a university education but no more prepared to find our true calling. Upon reflection, perhaps there was never much of a curve at all, because when we entered the work force, many of us did the same thing that our parents did. We took the best job we could find. Then after 10-30 years of less-than-fulfilling work, the courageous among us began to ask, “Is this as good as it gets?”
Join me in my next post to read the continuing evolution of career guidance and discovery. I’ll also share my realizations regarding jumping this curve.
Do you usually reflect to recognize realizations?
Have you typically asked yourself what you’ve realized from honoring your agreements?
For that matter, do you typically make explicit agreements?
What was the essential leap of understanding in your right livelihood quest?
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