What’s in a name?

August 25, 2014 at 4:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 “What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

I get asked a lot about our name, Explore Discover Act. Where did it come from, what is its significance and what do we do? We also talk a lot within our programs about the way we as humans can get caught up in names, labels, positions, titles, etc., with the potential being that individuals and groups can become disempowered, disengaged and displaced through a loss of connection to their ability to make a difference in their own and others lives. So for me, it is less about the name, and more about the opportunity that these questions present to continue exploring the possibilities, discovering potential and acting authentically in a given interaction.

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I still can’t remember exactly when the name Explore Discover Act was fleshed out and decided on for the business. What I do remember though is, once it was in place a clarity of lived experiences, lessons learnt, values as a compass to guide my own journey and message to share within the programs we offer were able to be languaged and acted on with an ease through ‘this just feels right’ way of being. I have journals and note pads with scribblings, planning and ideas from years worth of the unfolding journey to Explore Discover Act as we know it today, with each experience, processing/making it real and then application to my thoughts, words and actions throughout the journey more important than a name could ever be.

“Dare to live by letting go.”
 Tom Althouse

 So where are names, labels, positions or titles playing a role in your journey of potential? In what ways are they providing clarity of being and in what ways are they limiting the potential of particular interactions with self, others or the world around you?

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Our Own Lane

August 18, 2014 at 6:10 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Being your best is not so much about overcoming the barriers other people place in front of you as it is about overcoming the barriers we place in front of ourselves. It has nothing to do with how many times you win or lose. It has no relation to where you finish in a race or whether you break world records. But it does have everything to do with having the vision to dream, the courage to recover from adversity and the determination never to be shifted from your goals.” 
– Kieren Perkins

It is almost a year since I ruptured my achilles and started rehabilitation after surgery. It has been an interesting process to say the least, one that has involved quite a few phases and many moments of uncertainty and having faith in the unfolding sequences of the journey. It has been a powerful 12 months, with so many opportunities, reminders and learning on offer. Some of that has been through the physical experience itself, some through the space and time that has been opened up as routines and patterns have changed but most importantly most of it has been through developing and committing to certain practices that have opened up a raft of unfolding new treasures.

One important set of reminders has come through being back in the pool. As I child I swam in squads, going up and down that thin black line often. Then as team sports took up more and more of my time, swimming laps became an activity that I did irregularly. Rehabilitating the achilles has seen swimming elevated again to my primary physical activity, with the metaphor of our own lane becoming one I have had much time to think about.

“The water is your friend…..you don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move”. 
– Alexandr Popov

The first swim back after surgery and a couple of months in the boot was amazing. As I took the boot off at the side of the pool and slowly hobbled into the shallow end, I experienced that freedom of effortless movement again as I glided out from the edge. No pain, no discomfort, just that feeling of ease once I let myself go.

“There is water in every lane, so it is OK.”
– Ian Thorpe (on being in Lane 5 for a final)

Sometimes when swimming my attention can drift out of my own lane. It could be a day when my mind is thinking ‘busy’ thoughts, it could be a day when I’m feeling tired and could be comparing what appears to be another swimmer’s ease to my own struggle, or any other distraction that takes me away from where I am at that particular moment. Becoming more aware of when my mind wanders and finding practices to kindly bring it back has rippled into all areas of my life.

“I can’t control what everyone else swims but if all goes well I know there are no limits.”
– Leisel Jones

When I am swimming I can keep going and going and going. The only limits are the ones that I determine on any given day. How far am I prepared to swim today? How will I challenge myself today? How much time have I allocated for physical activity on that day? What ripples do I want to experience from my connection to the activity?

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“When you stay in your own lane you don’t have to worry about the traffic.”
– Alexander Alvarez

How often do we as humans focus on wanting a particular result instead of creating positive ripples through practices we commit to? What practices allow you to unfold and experience the treasures that you seek in your life? What opportunities, reminders and learning are on offer to you throughout your day?

Lessons Learnt: In Nature

August 4, 2014 at 4:27 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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The second half of last week I spent lying down inside. I’m sure you can relate to being hit by one of the ‘bugs’ that have been flying around this winter. So as I looked out the window at the incredible blue skies and wished I was out there soaking up the warmth of the winter sun, I let my mind drift to some of the lessons I have learnt through nature.

“Nature is man’s teacher.
She unfolds her treasure to his search,
unseals his eye, illumes his mind,
and purifies his heart;
an influence breathes from all the sights and sounds
of her existence.”

– Alfred Billings Street

I really value the connection I have had with being outdoors throughout my life and the wonder, curiosity, joy and opportunities it has provided me. Most of my favourite memories as a child involve camping and bushwalking holidays with family and friends, activities like exploring the creek that ran behind where we lived, and the multitude of hours spent playing a vast array of sports (whether organised or with friends in the local area). Being outside and active was definitely, and has remained throughout my life, an important piece of the puzzle for me.

“The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one’s eyes…”

– George Sand

So what was the inspiration for the graphic I have used at the start of this post? Walking out to check the mail box last Friday, after a couple of days being mainly inside, I saw a flower that I had seen many times before. But this time it made me think: ‘A petal flourishes and thrives through connection, not comparison and competition’. It was a powerful reminder of a theme that we explore a lot within our L.E.A.D. with Courage™ Program, moving through fears associated with scarcity and win – lose thinking, to be a leader who is fostering authentic abundance and win – win thoughts, words and actions. It is just one example of the reminders nature provides me on a daily basis, if I choose to be open to them, remembering that we are all wired for wonder and connection.

“One should pay attention to even the smallest crawling creature for these too may have a valuable lesson to teach us.”

– Black Elk

So what lessons have you learnt through your interactions with nature throughout your own life? What role does nature play in fostering wonder, curiosity, joy and opportunity within your own journey of potential? How has your relationship with nature evolved over time, is there time for exploration and discovery within a ‘busy’ 21st Century existence?

“Go out, go out I beg of you
And taste the beauty of the wild.
Behold the miracle of the earth
With all the wonder of a child.”

– Edna Jaques

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