As you plan and prepare for a positive and productive week, take a few minutes to think about how many of your commitments you will be present for physically, mentally and emotionally. Will you show up to a personal commitment or professional meeting with your mind on other things rather than listening to your colleagues, focusing on your clients/customers or opening your mind and your heart to family, friends and your significant other? Or will you decide that you will make an excuse to not show up and claim that your schedule is too jammed, your work is piling up or you are way too tired and overwhelmed so you can avoid confronting the person or situation that you have avoided for far too long? Have you even considered that showing up and giving the gifts of your presence may be the best thing that could happen to you this week? Or that showing up and allowing others to receive the gifts of your presence may be the absolute highlight of their week?
What are the gifts of your presence? When you show up, you may be the one positive and supportive person in the room. You may be the one smile that lights up the room or the voice that others need to hear to change their minds and open their hearts. You may be the one face in the crowd that can calm nerves with the wink of an eye. You may be the one with the most inspiring and innovative idea that can turn things around. You may have the most caring, concerned and compassionate heart. You may have the insight, initiative and intuition that can help others see past their own fears and frustrations.
Often, when you feel that you are not doing or being your best, that life has been challenging of late, that you are feeling angry, fearful, or confused, you feel that if you show up that you would be a liability, bad company or the worst thing that can happen to the person or situation. The best way to stop feeling this way is to show up and give the gifts of your presence. You will be able to shift the focus from you to the other person or situation and maybe realize that things are not so bad for you after all. In fact, they are probably pretty fantastic. The people who are your family, friends, clients/customers or colleagues will appreciate the gifts or your presence more than you can ever imagine.
Recently, one of the most successful women in her profession and someone whom I respect, admire and am fortunate to have known for over 30 years told me that this year was the year that she was committing to say yes to every invitation and that she was going to show up. I am going to follow her lead and also say yes to every invitation. I am going to bring the gifts of my presence. What about you? Why not make a commitment this week to give the gifts of your presence and make a significant difference in your own life and in many other lives?