We are all Broadcasters

August 23, 2013 at 11:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A phrase that has stuck with me lately is, ‘We are all broadcasters’. It is something that Michelle Gielan spoke about at Wired for Wonder earlier in the month. Her personal story of chasing the perfect newsroom anchor role in the States to becoming an expert on the science of positive communication was an engaging one. We consistently hear water cooler discussions about the power, role and selection of stories portrayed by the ‘broadcasters’, especially at times like these in Australia with a federal election a few weeks away. But what is our personal responsibility in the ‘broadcasting’ process?

Too often we give up our power to inspire, enlighten and influence through a myriad of daily communication interactions and instead blame everyone or everything else. I found Michelle’s talk empowering. Simple reminders of how none of us need to wait for others in this process. Rather each of us as individuals can AMPLIFY the way WE communicate, moving us through:

Same Circumstances – Mindset Shift – Positive Action – New Reality

How we tell the story as we navigate our journey of potential is ultimately up to us.

Working with kids, watching them engage in challenges, games and experiences, I am constantly observing the skills, attitudes and behaviours that individuals employ that enhance or limit success. My role in this process is providing opportunities for the participants to reflect on and process their learning so that connection to meaningful action beyond the program can take place. I loved what Michelle spoke about in relation to optimistic thinkers. These individuals see negative events as temporary and local, while understanding that their behaviour does matter. These two things are central to what we strive to foster within our programs at Explore Discover Act.

I loved this short video below when I saw it quite a while ago. It made me think. It made me question. It challenged me. It reminds me of the messages discussed above. I hope you enjoy it and are able to consider what you are broadcasting through your daily thoughts, words and actions. Have a great weekend!

“Communication is depositing a part of yourself in another person” – Anonymous

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Our Greatest Asset

August 10, 2013 at 3:35 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This week has been all about reflecting on being ‘Wired for Wonder’. This was the name of the conference I was at last week and that theme has permeated through my thoughts, words and actions. I am feeling very grateful to have been able to create the time and space to be surrounded by, listen to, experience, process and reflect on such a diverse mix of inspiring people, stories and ideas.

“Space and time are the framework within which the mind is constrained to construct its experience of reality” – Immanuel Kant

I could write for days about each of the speakers and how their presentation personally or professionally impacted myself or other attendees. But I just want to keep it simple. This following message really resonated. It is an important one I feel. ‘Harnessing our greatest asset – the mind’.

Last Thursday morning, bright and early. Optional experience at the Conference. Meditation workshop with Dandapani. I didn’t know what to expect from this workshop or his closing keynote talk later in the day as I hadn’t seen him speak before but his simple, inspiring and wise words left me with some great take aways.

‘Our mind is our greatest asset – both personally and professionally’. Mindfulness was a theme that was fostered throughout the Conference by many amazing speakers. As Dandapani noted in his talk, ‘Where awareness goes, energy flows’. Integrating this into our lives is a journey, with us all identifying what is most important, living our values, navigating complexity and making a contribution all being part of the process of exploring the possibilities, discovering your potential and acting authentically. As Dr. Brene Brown discussed at the Conference, “Only when we believe that we are enough will we have the courage to be authentic, vulnerable and imperfect. When we don’t accept ourselves, we shape-shift, turn into chameleons and always hustle for the worthiness we already possess”.

“We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” – Albert Einstein

‘The key to success is practice’. Our daily thoughts, words and actions are our own. We all have various experiences that can impact these but ultimately the choices we make determine how we view and interact with ourselves, others and the world around us, which leads to our individual and shared success. Developing concentration and will power takes effort. Dandapani spoke about simple practises to develop will: 1. finishing what you begin, 2. finish it well beyond your expectations no matter how long it takes and 3. do a little bit more than you think you can do. These take a commitment to set standards for ourselves and be accountable. All change starts within ourselves and as Shawn Achor commented in the opening talk at the Conference, “Positive individual changes ripple to culture change”.

“We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.” – Maya Angelou

‘Life is meant to be lived joyously’. This journey of potential we are all on is filled with wonder and awe, if we choose this lens to view it through. We could all think of those moments or times in our lives when smiles, play, laughter, contribution, contentment, creativity, openness, sharing, peacefulness or connection to self, others and the world around us had us experiencing true joy. This journey requires courage as we experience vulnerability in all these moments or times. What opportunities exist in your life to show up with an attitude of I Can, a belief in You Can and inspiring We Can?

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes.” – Charles R. Swindoll

So one choice at a time we construct our realities, both individual and shared. Consider your own daily practises that affect your thoughts, words and actions while watching the talk linked below given by Dandapani at another Conference. We are all wired for wonder, plugging into it means looking after our greatest asset – our minds – then our daily thoughts, words and actions will make a positive difference in our own lives and the lives of others within our global village.

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