Getting to the Bottom of It
- Feb 13th 2018
Why? What made you do this? The usual questions.
Something to keep me busy when I retire
A gut feel?
The standard answers I give.
“7 Questions a Life Coach Asks to Get to the Bottom of Your Passion.” The article jumped at me. It asked for you to look inside yourself and figure out your passion. Is coaching my passion? Here is my attempt to answer that.
1. What am I doing when I’m slacking off at work?
Yes! I do slack off, especially when the world crowds in, making me weary.
I wander the office corridors looking for a friendly chat, an intense debate, seeking advice or giving it. Sometimes it gives way to deeper conversations on work or life, which takes more time than it should. Social media provides another quick reprieve – feeds from my friends and families or a quick read on what’s going on in our crazy world. That’s all I need.
What does this mean to me?
People & their stories feed my curiosity – their failures and challenges, their triumphs & joys, the myriad emotional rides, each one I learn something new.
2. What blogs and books do I love to read?
“Leaders who have No title, Differentiate or Die, Never Wrestle with the Pig, Thick Face Black Heart” and the likes of such pretty dramatic titles (the drama in me). With the Internet, I satisfy my appetite for Oprah, Harvard Business, TEDs, anytime anyway, any day.
Long ago I realized, this thirst came from a place of my insecurity; not clever enough and not knowing enough.
Now I just enjoy in knowing, I ponder on it and sometimes I act on it. I share it too, in small doses. Seems to work, some come back for more.
3. If I could be anyone for a week, who would it be?
Tony Robbins, Oprah or one of the TED speakers – the way they move and speak is no doubt impressive. More importantly what they say makes my brain work harder, move my heart to act and inspire my soul to be an angel (or devil perhaps)
I wonder how I can create this positively life changing impact around me ?
4. What do I feel least insecure about?
This is probably the hardest question for me.
I have never been one to shout out my accomplishments, someone pointed out that I need to be better at “spinning it “. I had a coach once, just to help me do that. Another coach said “rewrite your script of life” because I kept forgetting my journey has changed.
Today I feel less insecure. I remember MY accomplishments MY rewards and MY satisfaction, it’s not out there for show. It’s to warm me up when I need a little TLC and to remind me I have progressed.
5. What’s pure and simple fun to me?
My hobbies are simple – food, travel, and friends. How does that help my journey?
I learned there is a difference between a hustle and a hobby – a hustle pays, meaning it provides a service for others, not just for my own enjoyment. So my hobbies are purely for me.
I love working with people in teams or individuals to get things done. I love it even more when they get things done because I inspired them with an idea or an approach or just a nudge in the right direction.
How do I really get good at it, so it can be my hustle?
6. What conversation topic never boring to me?
Personal anecdotes of hopes and dreams, and experiences to learn from and admire. Those are the ones that never bore me. It energizes and motivates me (unless of course I am hearing it for the umpteen time)
7. Who is my tribe?
A tribe consists of the people who get you. I am lucky to have my tribe and cross tribes too!
We share our scars and our trophies, we cry, we fight, we celebrate together. We have the passion for the same stuff and dig into soul searching conversations. They keep me going, I am indeed grateful!
There, 7 questions done.
Did I get to the bottom of it – I feel clarity and excitement. So I guess I did J
Rajat is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) with over 18 years of industry experience and over 2500 hours of coaching experience, helping people and organizations attain maximum effectiveness. His background includes working with CXOs, senior managers, managers and board of directors of small private companies to multi-billion dollar publicly traded organizations.