A L.E.A.D.er’s Lens

July 14, 2014 at 7:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

image“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”  – Stephen R. Covey

Within our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ Program the participants explore the L.E.A.D.er’s Lens. Growing our awareness and appreciation of how the lens we see the world through has evolved individually and collectively and how it influences all our interactions with self, others and the world around us is an important process for us all to consider. As I have written in the graphic above, ‘What we seek to prove, can and will be proven. What then are you seeking to prove?’

When you think about someone who inspires you, what are the first things that come to mind? Maybe it’s because of the difference they made/are making in their own or others lives. Maybe it’s because of the way they were resilient throughout adversity or lived/live their values courageously along their journey. Or maybe it’s as simple as the smile and kind words that greet you or anyone else that crosses their path. Each of their thoughts, words and actions, just like our own, have been impacted by their experiences, the way these are processed and the varied influences that have played a part in moulding how they look out at and then show up in their life.

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” – Maya Angelou

So what we have are opportunities and choices. It is not our goal to achieve someone else’s potential, life is not a competition that requires us to be obsessed with comparison and judgement. It is also not realistic to believe that life is all successes and positive emotions, we will all have to navigate challenges, hardships, disappointments and sadness. Rather we have the opportunity to embrace our own potential through deepening connection (to self, others and the world around us), while making a difference in our own and others lives through empowered thoughts, words and actions. Our EDA Action Squad Community fosters a belief in;

  • Exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically.
  • That our daily thoughts, words and actions matter.
  • 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.
  • We are all capable of making a difference in our own and others lives.
  • We are all in this together!

Consider the lens that you look out at the world through. In what ways is it influencing your interactions with self, others and the world around you each and every day? What are your thoughts, words and actions proving as you navigate the successes and challenges that will inevitably be encountered? Life really is an incredible adventure, with each choice after choice providing opportunities to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world’.

“Minds are like parachutes; they work best when open.” – Thomas Dewar


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