THE SALT SHAKER BLOG
Why the “Salt Shaker”
Recently I sat across the table as I watched a friend cover his dinner lavishly in salt. I can honestly say nothing on his plate missed the sprinkling of flavour. After placing the salt shaker back on the table he sheepishly looked up and exclaimed “Now some people would consider that to be unhealthy! My quick response being “Well at least you wouldn’t get cramps! ”The moment quickly passed and we enjoyed a delicious dinner.
Over the next several days that moment of interaction didn’t leave me. I couldn’t work out why until…. I was at lunch at a local café with a girlfriend trying to come up with names for my blog. Suddenly and intentionally I picked up the Salt Shaker and began to sprinkle it across the top of the table. My friend who kindly hid her embarrassment listened as I explained the name and concept of my new blog. “Im going to call it The Salt Shaker”.
I went onto explain, “People young and not so young all have potential inside of them. Being intentional about developing that potential takes time and effort. If we are not intentional about growth then it doesn’t happen. The thing about potential is it affects the lives of those around us. When we grow we add value to the lives of others. Other people benefit from our development.
Using this analogy… People are like Salt Shakers… Inside the Salt Shaker is salt and we sprinkle it on food to add value or preserve something worth keeping. That’s the potential of the Salt Shaker. If the shaker is void of salt or the salt looses its flavour then it adds no flavour and doesn’t preserve the way it was designed to. Therefore the sprinkling of the salt is ineffective or actually makes the food taste terrible.
By this stage I caught my friends attention …. I want to help people unlock the potential in their life by asking them to be intentional about spending time and effort focusing on the salt that they put inside them.
How it works
Because we are intentional in helping you reach your personal and professional potential we will be blogging on different themes across the year. This theme we choose is the opportunity for you to put this salt in your salt shaker, then sprinkle it where you want to it to have impact.
Use our 4 steps approach to build our “salty blog theme into your life
Discover – Intention
The Discover section is about giving you the reader some background knowledge on the topic at hand. Information inside the theme blogs include:
- Brain based research on the topic.
- How you can use dominant strengths to have greater impact on the task at hand and on relationships around you.
- Getting to the heart of the issue by exploring the type of people that we designed to be to make this happen.
- Detailed information and insight into the theme.
- I will provide a list of resources ( books, podcasts, article, webinars…etc ) that may help you reach your potential in the theme area.
Dream – Imagine
This is about writing the vision down and making it clear about want you want. Paint a picture, use words spoken or written , create mantras, create a vision board or draw pictures of the impact that the sprinkling of the salt could have on the people around you. These are some different ways that you can communicate your thoughts when Dreaming about what it would look to have the salt in your life that you will be intentional about developing. Dreaming about this impact helps to motivate you to unleash your potential. Research says that any lasting change in behaviour is always fuelled by motivation.
Design – Influence
Which people or place do you intentionally want to sprinkle your salt on : yourself , family, friends, workplace, sporting teams, churches, community groups, random strangers, people across the globe.
What are some ways that you can sprinkle this salt over your chosen area of influence? This is a chance for the creative part of your brain to kick in and also how you can use your unique strengths to achieve what you want in life. There are no right or wrong ideas just ideas that work for you. This is a great time to play in the arena of ideas then choose the best options to achieve your goal. Ill always throw some ideas into the arena for you to consider but don’t be afraid to use your own.
Do – Initiate and Celebrate the Impact
Create an action plan to intentionally sprinkle salt over your area of influence. Ill include some ideas to sprinkle salt over yourself a person or a team of people. Of course your free to create and initiate you own action plan. Throughout our journey of sprinkling salt we would love to share impact stories of experiences with us and others. This is a great way to celebrate designing your personal and professional life and becoming the person you are designed to be.
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