I heard a story this weekend about a group of high school students that went to the Texas/Mexico border for a mission trip. The high school students worked hard in the hot weather repairing roofs, digging wells and teaching. More than one of them was overheard saying ‘I like who I am on mission’.
What is it that they like about themselves? Do they like feeling a part of something bigger? Do they like stretching themselves outside of their life of ease and helping raise others up?
I thought to myself – ‘I like who I am when I collaborate’ – at work…. I like feeling and acting like I’m part of something bigger than myself. I like being small so someone else can be big and improve their situation. This is who I am when I’m collaborating.
The challenge is collaborating without thinking, like breathing and almost perfectly every time when I interact with someone else. Not only in isolated instances.
Do you like who you are when collaborating?