Explore Discover Act through abundance

November 23, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity”
~ Albert Einstein

Within any challenge there are opportunities to explore the possibilities, discover your potential and then act authentically. This philosophy is fostered throughout all of our programs and integrated into the meaningful connection to action beyond the experience. During activities, discussions, reflections and initiative challenges, participants are experimenting with and processing their attitudes, values, beliefs, thoughts, choices and actions. The mindset or attitude that an individual brings into interactions with self, others and the world around us greatly affects any outcome.

Being open to opportunity within challenge is an attitude or mindset that takes effort. Being human means we are exposed to a diverse range of messages and insecurities that can limit our potential in any given situation. Developing an empowered mindset, like what we discussed last week, an attitude of I Can… a belief in You Can… and inspiring We Can, doesn’t safegaurd us from experiencing vulnerability or failure but can provide us with the courage to authentically engage throughout life’s successes and challenges. This mindset is about connection to the unique gifts and talents that you possess, developing inspiring and supportive networks around you, and a belief in abundance within the global village.

This is why this TED Talk from Peter Diamandis caught our eye this week. We believe abundance is our future, just like the title of this talk. As Peter discusses, abundance is not about a life of luxury but instead a life of possibility. Tapping into the wellspring of individual and shared potential on this planet has seen, is seeing and will see incredible feats and advancements. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenges or issues that are being faced within the global village. Instead it means that if we take an attitude of scarcity and disconnection into meeting those challenges we will dilute the creativity and innovation required in crafting a better world for all. Empowered individuals are able to be the change they wish to see in the world, through daily thoughts and actions that promote love, peace, respect, joy, cooperation, compassion, responsibility, courage, awareness and appreciation.

Within reflection we are able to evaluate our thoughts and actions, are they consistent with what we are hoping to achieve? Each of us possess an ability to make a difference and authentically connect to self, others and the world around us. We have the ability to engage in conversation and dialogue that empowers and inspires daily thoughts and actions, our own and those within our spheres of influence. As Peter discusses, the potential contributions of the future we can’t predict, individuals and small teams are doing amazing things that would have seemed impossible not too long ago. Technology is providing many avenues to be heard or make a difference, some of which are used as examples in this talk.

Watch the talk below and consider how our thoughts drive our actions. Reflect on what we really need in our lives as humans and how abundance or scarcity beliefs can affect our gratitude for and joy experienced within all that we do have. It is a privilege to work as Explore Discover Act facilitators, providing opportunities for participants to explore the possibilities, discover their potential and then act authentically. We are inspired by the potential of each individual and group that we support.

“People with a scarcity mentality tend to see everything in terms of win-lose. There is only so much; and if someone else has it, that means there will be less for me. The more principle-centered we become, the more we develop an abundance mentality, the more we are genuinely happy for the successes, well-being, achievements, recognition, and good fortune of other people. We believe their success adds to…rather than detracts from…our lives.”
~ Stephen R. Covey


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