The Invisible Made Visible
Make visible what, without you, perhaps might never have been seen.
EMBRACE, EMBODY & EXPRESS YOUR LEADERSHIP WISDOM
(James Baldwin, Author - Beale Street)
Mindful Practices for Insane Times
In these volatile, reactive, troubling and dangerous times, we are assaulted daily by the latest unholy madness.
As a society, our interactions with each other in business, government, culture and life are profoundly unhealthy. Fear, hatred and hostility run rampant and out of control. At the core of this insanity sits a degree of self-loathing that turned outward resents and despises ‘the other’. It maniacally insists on unjustifiable separation—creating extreme harm and a cancerous denigration of our humanity.
Like a plague, egregious, insidious and fatal horrors keep us from finding a way forward out of this horrific mess . Yet... there is a way forward.
Imagine what could be different when with practices of inner peace, our nervous systems calm down, and—Being Human—we intentionally engage in random and frequent acts of kindness, generosity, and inclusiveness. With commitment, resilience, and endurance we could consciously create together a world and a future that we and our descendants really want to live in.
That is the Big WHY behind these 1-minute inner peace practices. They help my coaching clients—intensely busy business women, nonprofit leaders and global change-makers—turn tough choices into smart decisions and complex challenges into simple elegant solutions without forfeiting who they are or what they value.
Allow these 1-minute practices to help you see a way forward and move with clarity of intention and impact to higher ground.
Engage in Conscious Leadership
In these inhumane, dangerous, and soul-sick troubling times it is not unusual to feel adrift in a wasteland of horrifying events. Ignorance runs amok and too many people have traded in their humanity for mean, cruel and despicable actions against folks who are different from them in some minor, yet not significant, visible way.
In the midst of this criminal madness we need to focus more than ever on our aspirations for a present and future that lead to the elevation of our humanness, society. connections to Planet Earth and impact in the world.
With a candid look at and reconnection with our deepest longings, which in the midst of this madness we have left unattended. Rather than abandon these deep-seated longings, let's name them and allow them to create compelling contexts for us being our highest and best selves.
So take a moment. Jot down 25 aspirations you deeply desire to experience in business, leadership and life. Notice how your deepest longings reveal to you new possibilities and expansive areas of abundance.
Then pay attention to how your aspirations compel you to take inspired action. Doing so, you will find yourself turning a corner that brings what you want to experience —your deepest longings—into current reality.
ATTENTION: Do not leave your longings unattended. ~Unknown
We create more space for thinking with uncertainty. ~Judith Glaser
Did you know that uncertainty arouses our brains? It stimulates our brains to search for existing patterns and not finding them leads to the creation of new neurological pathways. Without big and small uncertainties — unusual, ambiguous, interesting differences in stimuli — ours brain would not open up and expand our capacity to think in new useful and innovative ways.
When we shift our frame of reference from ‘fear’ of uncertainty to ‘welcoming’ uncertainty, we create space for the growth of more brain power. This enables us to navigate uncertainty with less trepidation, see new possibilities, and explore fresh opportunities that would otherwise escape our notice.
Life is change. Growth is optional. ~Karen Kaiser Clark
If we can’t feel safe enough to have difficult conversations in an open and honest way, we will never get to a place where we can transform our culture. -Judith Glaser | Conversational Intelligence
You've probably spend a fair amount of time focused on the problems of this difficult conversation. Since that drains your energy and rarely works well, experiment with shifting your focus. Consider what's possible by asking yourself:
As a leader, it's easy to forget the power in letting go of the familiar. Because letting go takes Courage. Yet in the end we only regreat the chances that we didn't take. So in what way could you surrender to a positive change in your leadership, business or life by simply letting go?
It may not be the way you want.
It may not be what you think you need.
Yet, when you're willing to let go of expectations and allow what wants to emerge to come forth, there's always a way.
Years of research by physicists tell us that what we focus on expands. Finding your way begins with you shifting your focus from the problem to what could be possible if you became very curious about solutions. For as Einstein said...
No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.
This change in your inner state of being frees you to trust your inner guidance and lead with resilience in the direction your path is taking you.
We meet our destiny on the path we take to avoid it.
Simply the Best Coaching helps leaders turn tough choices into smart decisions and complex problems into simple elegant solutions.
Sylvia Warren, MBA, coaches smart women entrepreneurs, executives and nonprofit professionals to thrive as leaders — so they navigate difficult conversations effectively, make strategic decisions with confidence, and increase their influence and impact to create meaningful lasting results without forfeiting who they are or what they value.
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