Your Natural Best

It’s Wednesday. You’re busy. Your week is flying by and you don’t have time to read this post.


Take a breath. (Count to 4 on the inhale and 4 again on the exhale. Repeat if you so desire)

D  e  e  p       b  r  e  a t  h.

Ok, then, just a quick thought experiment before you get back into the mix. Do you have just another moment for that? Here it is:

  1. Who are you at your “natural best”?
  2. Have you been at your natural best this week?
  3. If so, how did that feel?
  4. If not, what’s in the way?

You and me? We’re both much happier and we’re certainly more engaged when we’re operating at our natural best.

Something to consider, here on a busy Wednesday. Because, of course, none of this will ever work as well as it can if we’re all busy doing impressions.

Time for the real thing. Time for you and me to shine.

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HT to the ever thoughtful Andy Wong.

A Thought Experiment

A thought experiment:

If you could – if you would – bring your best self (imaginative, engaged, energized, creative) to work today, what exactly would that look like? What would it feel like?

What are the conditions that would make that possible?

What are the conditions that would make you say, “yes?”

Unequivocally, “Yes.”

Anything less than that, whatever that is for you, is insufficient to your human experience.

This is not a negotiation. This is the best of who you are. Find the place, find the people, and live into it as fully as you can.

DAVID BERRY is the author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” and the founder of RULE13 Learning. He speaks and writes about the complexity of leading in a changing world.