Empty Vessel

Chris hit two homeruns yesterday and today. Yesterday’s post was about your professional development and today’s post is about your personal development. These are two things all of us need to pay attention to all the time. Without a healthy personal life your professional life is irrelevant. Take the advice Chris offered today and yesterday.

ChristopherinHR

Fill yourself.

Yesterday I spoke of the need for professional development. While this is important it’s only half the picture. What we really need beyond just that is personal development.

Some professions – health care, managing people, teaching – take a lot out of us. These are fields requiring a great deal of giving, time, compassion and nurturing. The very nature of these disciplines is one in which, to be any good at them, we have to give and give. And at times we run the risk of emptying ourselves out.

The fact is most of our institutions and organizations are not designed to notice this emptying out before the fact. We always say we know following some critical incident that something wasn’t right, that so and so was tired and so on. But most of us are so busy responding to our own demands we don’t notice other’s needs…

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