Linchpin Laura

My fundamental argument here is simple: In everything you do, it’s possible to be an artist, at least a little bit. Not on demand, not in the same way each time, and not for everyone. But if you’re willing to suspend your selfish impulses, you can give a gift to your customer or boss or coworker or a passerby. And the gift is as much for you as it is for the recipient.
— Seth Godin in Linchpin, pg 94

You show up strong for your team.

You won’t let your family down.

And you’re indispensible to your dog.

Terrific!

But when do you show up for yourself? Now as much as I talk about enjoying your downtime and girls weekends, today I’m talking about showing up to do the work. Sharing your gift with yourself. Ask yourself, if you were a company and every employee performed as you are today, how would the company be doing?

What did you find? Were you honest? If you were, the answer was probably a little hard to hear. It was for me because I had Facebook open and was snacking away on Nutella and bananas.  It was also hard to hear because I know what I need to do, but it’s not always fun. Despite that, I owe it to myself to take a stand for my work and to be the linchpin in my own life.That’s the piece that keeps the entire machine running. It doesn’t state “it’s not my job” and without the linchpin, the entire operation would falter. It’s simple to see how that can translate to your job, your family or volunteer position, but can you be that for yourself?

Seth Godin wrote Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? His work has been momentum shifter for me. He talks about the art we create but doesn’t specify the medium. It can be this blog (yes it can!), photographs, or the ability to relate genuinely to people, among other things. He writes about going above and beyond every day instead of just showing up to work- engaging our minds instead of mindlessly clocking in and out.

My challenge for you is to push yourself just a little bit further today and don’t expect anything in return from anyone. What that looks like is completely up to you. Today I’m committed to helping three people develop their leadership skills and writing two pages tonight after work. What are you committing to?