Do You Have All You Need to Wow the World, Now?
By Kathy Custren
The start of a brand-new year always gives us an open door to new possibilities. It is more than just a flip of a calendar page for another day. We plaster a completely fresh calendar on our wall or desk, start up new folders for our email, clean out all the crud that accumulates, and strive to be more organized and proactive going forward. So, the ultimate question to ask is, “Do you have all you need to wow the world, now?”
Think about it; some of our more popular celebrities 'reinvent' themselves all the time. How boring would it be if our favorite writers (well, maybe with a few notable exceptions) wrote only on one subject over and over? Being on the cutting edge of consciousness means that we must continue to look at each moment with fresh, new vision and apply ourselves accordingly.
What You Need to Wow the World
Quick lists always work best, so here are a handful of things to keep in mind as tools to help you approach every opportunity accompanied by that 'wow' factor:
Showing Up – One of the most recent profundities I've shared with my children is the fact that stuff does not move itself. Neither do people, unless we make the effort to be present with them. Showing up and tending to the people or the stuff is what helps move things along. Moreover, it surprises people when folks actually arrive and DO something.
Peace – This one definitely starts with us, and how we approach each moment in our lives. When I worked in the retail sector, there were customers who would actually choose my aisle just to chat with me. Sure there were other cashiers open, but a peaceful approach is noticeable. Don't let it shock you.
Giving – Not just donating money, no—giving of your time in service is a HUGE thing! Try not to get caught up in the “don't give it away for free” nonsense, either. Where I live in Pennsylvania, we have gone months without a state budget. Does the world stop because there is no money? Nope; and neither should we...ever. Giving—what a surprising concept!
Compassion – Hand-in-hand with giving, compassion presents our heart. Scary? Sure! But compassion is thrillingly noticeable and adds to the wow-factor we bring. Being generous and compassionate goes a long way and people do feel the wow.
Talent/Skill – This can be anything at all in which we excel. It helps if it is a talent that we enjoy, but it does not have to be. If we are the best listener, bring that. The best wow-ers in the world see a need and apply their talent and skill when it is needed most.
What You Do “Not” Need?
To be balanced and fair, there are just as many things we do “not” need to bring to the wow party; maybe ever again. Consider them gone, vamoosed, and perhaps just a little passe:
The “same-old, same-old” - If you've made it through the latest meeting, school day, work day, or event with nothing new to show for it, why not? It's up to each of us to get the most of each opportunity. Whether it's a new tidbit of information, new connection, or friend, getting rid of that 'same old' mentality needs to go first.
Reinventing the Wheel – It has been said, more than once, that we do not need to reinvent the wheel, so if you were thinking of giving yourself a total makeover, perhaps think again. That said, there are definite pluses to moving forward from where we are right now. So, don't invent the wheel all over again from scratch...but definitely look to improve it.
Hanging on the Past – Shakespeare wrote, 'What's past is prologue,' so if he could understand the tangle the past has on our present, we can, too. Learn the lesson and apply it, but do not continue to dwell in what is long gone. There is no 'wow' in that, sorry; only the present!
Ego – By ego, this does not mean personality—by all means, infuse your personality and uniqueness into everything you do, absolutely. Get your name or idea out there. What you do not need is to get a swelled head over it or to inflate your ego for any reason. It's probably big enough already; be kind.
Competition – Competition and contrasts do serve a purpose but we do need to take that whole mindset and give it a good shakedown. Competitions where individuals and participants shine can be wonderful. Competitions where people are injured or suffer afterward, are not good at all. Yet we continue to hold competition as some sort of high standard or mark. Can we get excitement and wow out of life without competing for it? After all, how many trophies are enough?
Consider this a quick refresher in 'conscious wow-ness,' or however you want to approach it. Having a balanced set of tools in our tool belt helps us be effective and impressive at the same time. Feel free to contribute what you feel might be some other positive things to include. Together, we can make 2016 a year to really remember, for all the good and right things...wow!
Kathy Custren, OMTimes Senior Editor, is a mother of four, who strives for balance and has a deep respect for All. Interests include education, elements, nature, humanity's cosmic origins, philosophy, spirituality, and wellness. Connect with her community page "Consciousness Live" on Facebook.