What is your highest high?

by | Aug 26, 2013 | Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership

I was recently at a dinner party – with virtual strangers – and was pleasantly surprised by the depth of the conversation. While engrossed in one such conversation, I was asked a very unusual and profound question – especially considering many dinner parties usually consist of talking about work, family or the weather. The friend-of-a-friend asked it in such an off the cuff way that he caught me quite off-guard and I had to stop and think for a few moments. It was great! It was great to stop and deeply connect to self at what I thought was going to a party of superficial chit-chat. The question was simply this…

What has been the most significant moment of your life?

1. Connect to your highest high. This question was a real conversation stopper and got everyone thinking. For me, it led to so many other questions flashing through my mind… What is significant really? What is a moment? Is what was significant then still significant now? And it brought a flood of magnificent memories rushing to the surface. As you scan back over the years looking for your precious moments, start to consider which ones you’d call your highest highs?

2. Write them ALL down. So many things came up that it was hard to choose one. When I got home from the party, I decided to write them ALL down so I could capture and reflect on the special memories. I had memories like going to Scotland for my Great Gran’s 90th Birthday, the moment I realised that my Mum was not just my Mum but that she was my best friend, the day I got my car licence, getting my first job, my baby sister coming into our lives, starting Key Steps, buying my first house, the moment I realised I’d found the man I wanted to spend my life with. And the list goes on and on… I realised that I could not pick just one as I was blessed to have so many. Take time to connect and acknowledge your highest highs today and everyday going forward and…

“be the difference that makes the difference




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Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’