Recently, I refreshed and updated my LinkedIn profile. I’m not looking for a new job, but I thought it was time that I took my own professional brand as seriously as I tell other people to, and that I attended to my own professional needs.
We often find ourselves working for others, giving them our best advice or helping them accomplish something important, but we don’t always take care of ourselves in the same way.
I’m certainly guilty of doing this and I bet that at times, you are too.
My intention is to GIVE my gifts TO myself.
For what kind of help or assistance do other people seek you out? Is it a specific expertise or task? Are you known to be comforting, supportive or encouraging to others? What are your unique gifts and are you able to share them with yourself?
Focusing on this intention is not meant to limit what you give to others or change how you relate to them. By all means, be generous with your time and talents. Just make sure you do not neglect yourself in the process. Self-care and service to others go hand in hand because one builds the capacity for the other. What are some ways that you can honor your gifts and apply your strengths to your own goals and desires?
For me, it was time to update my LinkedIn profile. In doing so, I proved to myself that I care about growing my own network and attracting new connections. And my network matters, for it empowers my life’s work.
I encourage you to find one small thing you can do this week to prove to yourself that you and your work matters. Find a way to turn your gifts toward yourself—you deserve to reap their rewards, too.
Wishing you a peaceful and intentional week.