I'd say the critical perspective shift is from "climbing the ladder, winning prizes, and meeting people's expectations," to "where do I want to use my sharpened skills and limited time and energy to make a difference" -- Steven Tomlinson
I read the above statement about self-actualization on Eugene Sepulveda's "Community Matters Blog". Steven Tomlinson is one of the most intuitive people I have ever met. He has the ability to see right past all the B.S. and instinctively understands the deeper issues at hand.
The quote made me think all afternoon. We all want to make a difference. I believe especially in these turbulent times - creating an impact matters more than anything.
The key point of his quote is about using your "sharpened skills". How are you enhancing your talents? Are you resting on your past successes or are you fine tuning your abilities and creating new levels of your personal wizardry?
Now is the time surpass being average. If you do this well you will "climb the ladder, win prizes and meet people's expectations" without that ever being your goal. Individuals and companies that are self-actualized and focused on what matters seem to be the ones that are recession proof.
Time is limited. Everyone is struggling with making choices of how to best spend their time, often to the determent of what they really want to accomplish. How sad for those who chase the wrong desires all the way to the end.
Have A Great Day and Make A Difference!