Just what is ENOUGH for you?
It’s a word that increasingly is occurring more in my thinking about an abundant and scarce world; a thriving and struggling system; a joyous and frustrating humanity.
I’ll start with a little personal reflection and self-declaration.
I’m not enough. I’m never enough. I’m always in deficit.
To some people I’m not enough. HR contacts might say I’m not HR enough. HR Directors have said I’m not directorial enough. L&D colleagues might think I’m not L&D enough. OD specialists might suggest I’m not OD enough.
Honestly, I don’t need anyone to tell me I’m not enough of anything. Because I’m know I’m not enough.
I don’t know enough. I don’t exercise enough. I’m not in the moment enough.
So I believe I’ll never be enough.
I’ll never be there enough for everyone who’s ever needed me or will need me. I’ll never be able to repay kindness to me in a way I think is enough.
When is enough? What is enough?
In working with some inspiring organisations as a hired, temporary, contracted, additional consultant/coach/facilitator/speaker/whatever I’m always asking whether I’m enough for what they need.
I know I’ve got more than enough energy to help them.
I know I’ve got enough creative and challenging concepts to share with them and adapt so they’re enough to help them solve their problems and achieve their vision / meet their needs.
I’ve got enough of a network of skilled, helpful and generous people who can help me when I’m definitely not enough.
I’ve got enough of a thirst for knowledge that as soon there’s a challenge where I’ve not enough experience or knowledge, I’ll get it.
I’ve got enough belief in my own ability to adapt, adjust and actualise the very best of what I have so I give enough to the client in return for either their appreciation, an invoice or a connection to something else useful.
I’ve got enough understanding that where my limits lie is an urge to push beyond them and do something new. Or enough nouse to hold my hands up and say “I’m genuinely not enough for you, but let’s find you someone who is more than enough for you.”
I’ve experienced enough of the world of work that I’ve stories, learning and applied actions that when mixed with other beliefs, theories and tools, I’m remixing experience with experimentation.
But enough about my “enoughs” — I’d love this to give you a sense of where I’m coming from with the word ENOUGH.
Do you have enough joy in your life and in your work?
Do you have enough in your network that when you need them, they catch you before you fall?
Do you have enough courage to take on those who put you down and cause you to doubt yourself?
Do you have enough humility to stop preaching, posturing and putting others down?
Do you have enough kindness that people will respect that above anything?
Do you have enough drive to see you through your most troubled times?
Do you have enough belief to deal with this crazy world?
Do you have enough of those who’ve got your back and have had enough of those fakers and takers that pass through your life?
If you’ve enough of the just, fair and inclusive ways in life, then be that way in as many ways as you can.
For the world can never have enough of those true of heart, warm of spirit and kind in nature.
“It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it.” Dr Martin Luther King Junior, 1964