Journey of Potential

May 12, 2014 at 9:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams

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Last weekend I had the privilege of attending a two day workshop exploring The Daring Way™. American researcher Brené Brown’s work has continued to inspire me, both personally and professionally, over the past few years. So the chance to dig deeper into ‘a highly experiential methodology that was developed to help men, women, and adolescents learn how to show up, be seen, and live braver lives’ was too good an opportunity to pass up. The workshops have been designed for professionals in helping fields, which saw our small group being made up of a diverse mix of individuals who shared a desire to use their work to support, challenge and inspire those they come into contact with.

The two days reminded me of the core beliefs of our EDA ACTION SQUAD, the community of students, teachers and school communities who participate in our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ Program;

  • Believe in exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically.
  • Believe that our daily thoughts, words and actions matter.
  • Believe that our journey will involve both successes and challenges, remembering that, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill.
  • Believe we are all capable of making a difference in our own and others lives.
  • Believe we are all in this together!

These beliefs or values guide daily thoughts, words and actions. Each experience that we have provides opportunities to develop, practice and reflect on our skills, attitudes and behaviours, while deepening connection to self, others and the world around us. This process opens us up to experience genuine connection, opportunity, achievement, success, joy and love. It does not eliminate challenge or vulnerability from our lives, instead reminding us that we have choices in how we engage, grow and contribute through empowered daily thoughts, words and actions.

The graphic below comes from Brené Brown, describing the wholehearted living journey. Each of us are very human, with reminders like this one important as we strive to deepen connection and make a difference in our own and others lives. One comment that I have reflected on over the past week from the workshop was made by the facilitator during one of the sessions. She remarked that we are ‘Human Beings’ not ‘Human Doings’, with our sense of worthiness coming from who we are rather than what we do. 

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I loved this short scene from ‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ about the Authentic Swing. ‘Showing up, being seen, and living braver lives’ may seem vulnerable and scary but it reminds me of the quote at the beginning of this post, “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” – Art Williams. 

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