Recently I was cleaning up my office and going through some of my old college notes. My doctoral minor is in Psychology and Counseling. At one point I thought about becoming a psychologist, but it involved many hours of practicums and workshops. My major professor, Dr. Barry Lumsden, advised me to go into Administration. He told me, “The horses closest to the trough drink the best!” You will have to think about that for a while! Anyway, at Dr. Lumsden advice, I decided to major in Administration instead.
I loved my doctoral minor because of my personality and my love for people. In one of my counseling folders I found an article that caught my eye. It was a picture of a man with his hand stretched out as though he wanted to shake hands. The title of the picture was “How I See Myself as a Counselor.” As I reviewed it, I realized that this article had wonderful information in it that not only had to do with counseling, but could be applied to relationships and business situations, as well. I wanted to share it with you because I think it has some wonderful concepts that you will be able to use this week.
Starting at the head and going all the way to the feet, your body could be an object lesson for success:
- A mind that likes to learn, think and gain new understanding.
- A head that likes to nod with acceptance communicating, “Yes, I will help you!”
- Eyes that like to see things from a different perspective.
- Ears that like to hear the differing opinions of others to learn new points of view.
- Cheeks that smile and lift up into laughter, offering a sense of humor.
- A nose that likes to stop and smell the roses in the midst of a busy life.
- A mouth that likes to offer words of encouragement and instruction and help!
- Teeth that like to shine with a smile.
- A neck that is flexible and that can turn to see where another person is coming from.
- Shoulders that carry responsible for ethical consideration that occur within the counseling situation.
- A heart of compassion for those in need.
- Arms that like to be strong and offer stability to those who are looking for guidance.
- A stomach of steel, not allowing another person’s problems to “eat my lunch”.
- Hands that like to reach out and offer a friendly pat on the back.
- Thighs that like to walk and exercise to keep the whole body fit and functioning.
- Knees that are able to bend in order to get down on the level of those in severe need and put myself “in their shoes”.
- Ankles that are able to turn to take a new direction in life or in a counseling session.
- Feet that like to kick around new ideas!
Isn’t that some great information? Even though I was throwing away a lot of old notes, I decided not to throw away that picture. I decided to put it in a place where I would be able to see it often.
As I read it, ideas started flooding my mind concerning relationships in business and family. Going back through that list, it is easy to see how failure to use one of the specific parts of your body could cause a situation to break down. Many a business deal has been lost because someone failed to see things from a different perspective or was not willing to kick around new ideas. Many a family member has been hurt because there was no flexibility in the neck to turn to see where another person was coming from; not to mention, failing to have a heart of compassion. How many of us have tossed and turned in the night because we allowed another person’s problems to “eat our lunch”? See what I mean? There are just a lot of good ideas here that are practical, helpful, and useful.
I hope you will take an inventory of your entire body this week to see that everything is in great working condition. The ideas that you can glean from these thoughts will help you to be more successful in every area of your life! I hope this helps you! It sure helped me!
Tip: Your body is an object lesson for success!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm