Sunday, March 31, 2013

Who is Your Bullhorn?

I hope you have a lot of great, supportive, loving people in your life. But who is that one person, that when it comes to your career or development is there by your side every time?  Who is willing to pull out the bullhorn when you need some motivation to keep going?  Who's the one next to you to pull out the bullhorn to shout your successes so everyone can hear?  Who pushes you to be amplified and go to 11?

Maybe it's a mentor.  Maybe it's a former colleague.  I am fortunate.  I have an amazing husband and family who have always been there for me.  Whenever I come up with a wacky new idea, my husband is the first one cheering me on and helping me make it a reality.  He is the definition of unconditional love.

But when I think of my bullhorn; someone who checks in, good and bad.  Someone who doesn't let me walk away from a great idea, it is my long time friend Jenn.  She and I are very similar.  We are passionate about helping people.  For her, it is through healthy living and wellness. Mine is obviously through professional development.  But for years we have both had "these great ideas" for new projects and ventures. I am quick to find excuses as to why I don't get something done.  I am too busy at work, or too tired after work.  When I'm home I want to be present for my family.  But Jenn is great at helping me remember I can do both. I have found that mornings are a great time for me.  Whether its typing a draft of this blog on my phone while riding the subway, or sitting on the couch after a playful session of ball with our dog on the weekends, I can find those windows of time to amplify my life!  And when I came up with the concept of amplify... The loudest cheer came from Jenn (especially since it was a name she had tossed around for herself for awhile).

By the way, this isn't just some whacky, "touchy feely" idea I had this morning. There are examples of this same theory throughout our society.  Why do you think groups like Weight Watchers and AA have been so successful over the years? They are bullhorns.  I was successful losing weight through WW because I knew every week I was going to have to weigh in.  For me, this created accountability.  But one of my proudest moments was when I hit my goal weight and I got my key chain in front of the group.  For 32 years my grandmother was a recovering alcoholic and was a proud member of AA. She sponsored many people during that time.  Her "pidgins" loved and respected her because she was not afraid to challenge when they needed a push but she clapped the loudest when they would get their different coins after milestone anniversaries.  We don't even have to mention the analogies in sports or work.  It's all the same psychological impact.  It's someone you turn to that keeps you going and celebrates when you get there!

So who is in your corner to give a nudge, a helping hand, a rally cry or a cheer and shout out?  Who is your bullhorn?

PS  Pardon my own bullhorn moment.  But if you are interested in different wellness initiatives, you can check out Jenn's website at:

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