In these days of positivity and self motivation. Placing and achieving our goals and feeling like we’re on top of the world.
We’re taking the opportunity to ensure we make space for ourselves.
For our physical self, our mental self, and our emotional self.
We’ve learned through it all that we do matter.
And this is a great thing and absolutely true.
We should be valued and respected and cared for and the best way to do this is by starting with our own internal thoughts.
If we show others that we care about ourselves then they will more than likely follow our lead.
In a day and and age of quick and easy gratification – it is easy to feed off of the feelings of those around us.
We rely on reviews and the opinions of others on the things we buy, the things we eat, and the places we go. It only makes sense that the opinion of other people will also reflect in how we choose to move forward in relationships both personal and professional.
If someone comes highly recommended, we’re going to feed off of that energy and when the person enters our life, they are almost automatically placed on an invisible pedestal just based on peer review.
With almost basically no first hand experience, this person, place or thing has a head start on the task at hand all because of what other people have thought or experienced and shared.
And the same is true for things that are negative. If we hear poor reviews, we’re less inclined to try that option.
Why go with something or someone that has not fit in their previous circumstances.
Which ultimately isn’t always a fair assumption because as human beings, there is truly no one size fits all solution to anything. Whether it be clothing, food, places, things, or even people.
We’re all opinionated by nature and some of us are more vocal in sharing our opinions than others.
However if you’re looking for a beach vacation and you ask someone who prefers the mountains – the opinion you receive may not be the best fit for your situation.
This can be true in all sorts of scenarios and is why opinions are objective and truly subject to the beholder.
Now as professionals, we sometimes tend to put a lot on ourselves – and not necessarily in terms of work.
Often we tend to think that we are the best at our job and no one can do it as well as we do.
While there are some people that truly excel in their field – no one is irreplaceable.
We may think we’re the best but someone else could very well come in, get trained, gain experience and maybe even do things better.
Or if not better – different.
And different isn’t always a bad thing (and sometimes different is better!)
So what is it about ourselves that makes us think we’re the best?
What is it that makes us feel irreplaceable?
Is it the commitment, dedication, reliability?
The fact that we tirelessly show up day in and day out.
Do we go above and beyond in our day to day tasks?
Is our communication above board – constantly keeping our team informed and updated as well as ensuring management and others are responded to in a timely and professional fashion.
Is our uniform or attire clean and presentable all the time?
Do we arrive early and stay late – picking up the tasks and slack of those around us that may not invest the same energy into our jobs?
Are we better trained and educated for our roles?
Maybe it is all of the above.
However what from the above list is something that can’t be learned or trained?
What can’t be gained from other experience?
The truth is what was said before – we are all replaceable.
While some may be harder to replace then others, or in the very least potentially slow down a well oiled machine by having to switch something or someone out.
It may not be ideal or easy – but things happen and ultimately the world keeps turning.
And as highly that we think of ourselves – as great as we think that we are, there can be someone in the shadows thinking that they are just as great, and just as worthy to be given the opportunity to shine.
And we all deserve a chance to show what we have. We all deserve to feel like we’re the best.
But never at the cost of someone else’s own self worth.
But in the meantime in the roles that we have and the parts that we play in this thing called life. We need to shine like the rockstars that we are and be proud of who we are and what we’ve become.
Seize all the opportunities we can and ensure that we don’t just feel like we are the best, but we show those around us that we are, in fact, the best.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna is the Office Manager at Sentinel Security, as well as the main blog contributor.
With foundations firmly routed in Business administration, Customer Service, and Management, she brings years of experience to her roles both within the Sentinel office, and the blog.
Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.
Her passions include spending time with her husband and two young children, world travel, reading, writing, and pushing herself to always look for the silver lining.