When we navigate our lives and our careers focused on ourselves we’ll never discover what we're looking for. By remembering our lives aren't about us we're able to find what we really desire. When we realize life is about others we're compelled to take action - and it is selfless actions that make up a wonderful life, not inwardly focused desires for control.
The most effective leaders are the most reflective leaders - yet many struggle to begin a reflective writing practice. Here are two techniques I use daily to help me learn from experiences, discover purpose, and continue to grow.
I'm learning the path toward our highest quality work comes from the decision to realize our greatest gifts to the world often come easily. Our ability to remain focused on what matters and resist the temptation to find identity in busyness is the hard part. I See my recent TEDx talk about this idea!
Any moment we're able to gather people in a room is a gift. Unfortunately, most leaders and most organizations waste the opportunity on a daily basis and settle for the same kind of meetings, events, workshops, and conferences they've always had. What if you did it differently?
Perhaps some of the most important moments in our lives begin when we're in a situation feeling drawn to act or think how we've always acted or thought, and instead choose to whisper to ourselves, "But this time, I could do it differently..."
I can't help but wonder what might happen if each of us believed we belong a little more than we think we do. What if we all trusted that, based on our own life experience, we always have something valuable to offer?
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TEDx talk about the idea that our best work comes when we realize just how easy it is to do.
Discussion with small group leaders about the challenges of creating community and the importance of wrestling through those obstacles in order to create a sense of belonging for your people. || Video courtesy of: vimeo.com/ibcvoice
Discussion on the challenges we face when we desire to lead and change others, how to identify them, and move forward. || Video courtesy of: www.oneeightproductions.com