The purpose of the book The Charge by Brendon Burchard is to help you activate human drives that will help you become alive. I have currently gotten through about half of the book. I don’t get a lot of “me time” to sit and read, usually it is for about half an hour when I soak in the bath. So for many of the drives that have been talked about I feel I have a pretty good handle on. I’ve always been a pretty happy person enjoying the moment and challenging myself to do better. I can see how this book can be enlightening for those that may need a little push to see the positive, and set their life down a motivating path.
One of the drives that resonates with me most is The Drive for Caring. I’ve always thought of myself as a caring and sharing person but a few of the activators really made me sit and think. Activator: Be more vulnerable and allow others to care for you. I have a hard time doing this. I want to take care of myself, I am a strong independent woman and don’t like to rely on others to help or take care of me. However in the back of my mind the thought of someone taking care of me, taking some of my burdens sounds heavenly. This is one activator that in the past 5 years I have worked on. I found that if I allowed my husband to care for me and work with me it built a stronger bond and relationship. Where I use to feel that by doing it all it made me strong, I know feel that it made me tired. My life has become more balanced sharing it, and allowing my husband to help me care for not only my family but me.
Another activator I need to work on personally is, Be more present, interested, and attentive to others. I often want to be interested in others but half of the time in a conversation with someone my mind has moved on to another subject, maybe thinking about what I need to accomplish or task that need to be done. My mind always seems to be one step ahead of the rest of me which makes it hard to be “present”. An example: I will call my husband to tell him I’m stopping at the grocery store and ask him if he needs anything. He will tell me what he needs. By the time I get to the grocery store I’m totally at a lost for what he requested. Not because I forgot but because I honestly did not retain the information he gave me. My mind had already moved on after I asked the question to other things and I didn’t really “hear” the answer. Also by being attentive to others and caring about what is going on with them makes you a much better friend.
I also loved the chapter on the Drive for Challenge. Recently I had gotten bored with my job. I was doing the same thing day in and day out. My focus began to shift and after a while I found my work was not as thorough as it once was. When this was pointed out to me I was stunned. Shortly after this I took on a new project. The new project brought with it new challenges and responsibilities. I found that I enjoyed coming into work. A personal challenge for me that I have been thinking of more recently is challenging myself to go back to school. I miss learning and growing, something that I found lacking and the reason for my slipping at my job. I honestly believe to grow, and become alive we need to challenge ourselves whether it is small challenges or large. If not we are just getting through live and not “living it”!
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