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Expand Your Perspective

Expand Your Perspective

By Tiffany A. Dedeaux

I have just been given an opportunity to continue working with a client during a lull in the contract because, as my husband puts it, I have worked hard to expand the services I’ve provided; and that has made me valuable even in ‘down time.’  There are some benefits to considering what more you can do to bloom where you’re planted

Expand Your Do

My tendency is to work hard.  I find it hard to sit still so I generally always have some kind of project in the works.  What has fueled my fire in the last year or two is the recognition of my life purpose – to empower people to make informed decisions – so that anything that I take on has that much more meaning for me as a person if I can operate within that purpose.  By expanding the impact of my work to include fulfilling my life purpose I have created more job satisfaction.

By expanding my roles within companies I have extended my time with them and survived my own two-year itch to move.  In two different local television stations I watched and learned and filled in for Chief Editors to the point where either I replaced them in action or in position within the company.

Expanding what I do doesn’t just increase my value in one role but can also open up opportunities in other areas to develop professionally.    As an example while on assignment in Australia I realized I wanted to facilitate transformative experiences like a tour guide I followed from Alice Springs to Uluru.  I was so moved by the deep red dirt, the aboriginal stories, and my own broken heart that I came back to the States and enrolled in an ecopsychology graduate program intent on helping others to reconnect to the earth.  I am now coaching people as a means of facilitating personal transformation.

Expand Your Who

I didn’t just leap from a local video editor who crafted stories to software trainer traveling the outback.  I developed a process of reflection that I refer to as the Dedeaux Design.  It is the process I outline in Redefining Success.  Think of all the times you’ve noticed or seemed to experience ‘overnight success.’  Was it really overnight or did you spend time preparing and positioning yourself to take advantage of an opportunity to be at the right place at the right time?  Knowing this it might make tough times of transition go by a little easier if you were to celebrate all the ways you contribute to the path of preparation and position you take in order to expand your possibility.

Lessons Learned

While an investment of hard work has enabled me to expand my value for a client, I have found that expanding my role or perspective benefits me as a person as well.  In my career expanding my role enabled me to find new opportunities within the same company or to take advantage of opportunities outside the company.  As an evolving person taking time to reflect and get clear about who I am and what I want expands my ability to see the opportunities before me and in do so, has expanded what I thought I was capable of.

In what ways have you personally or professionally expanded your perspective or your prospects in the last year?  In the last six months?  In the last season?

 

References

Antioch Seattle University

Australian Adventures

Redefining Success:  Creating a Future Fit for the Person I’m Becoming

About tadedeaux

Tiffany is an ICF Career Coach and a cross-pollinator of ideas with a background in broadcast journalism, social and ecopsychology, and coaching. Tiffany’s nearly two decades of experience has helped her to identify the power of story in connecting us to each other as well as to our environment. A believer in the power of reflection, practical application, and celebrating victories, Tiffany understands that the more we all live our dream, the more we can model it for future generations.
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2 Responses to Expand

  1. admin says:

    Seth Godin, today posted “When we remember our journey and our work, the highlights are the fast parts, the thrilling moments, the peaks (and the valleys). It seems, though, that we spend most of our time in preparation, or circling, or considering. Probably worth investing some effort into our performance there, and enjoying those parts as well.” He mentioned this in What’s Your Average Speed?

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