Inspiration Rippling

January 18, 2015 at 1:14 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“This is life people… you got air coming through your nose… you got a heart beat… it’s time to do something”– Kid President

With the final week of the summer school holidays upon us I am starting to feel that anticipation and excitement of our 2015 Programs kicking off again very soon. The break has provided us with time to recharge the batteries, time to reflect on and enrich the experiences/themes that we explore with the participants, and time to make new equipment/resources for the students with whom we work. All this has had me thinking about why our clients, and in particular the Primary School students who we support, inspire us so deeply?

“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” – Lady Bird Johnson

So, we have all heard of the President of the United States of America before, right? But what about Kid President? If you haven’t, here’s your chance to be inspired by one awesome little guy! (And of course the creator of Kid President – Brad Montague) I love what Brad writes on the Kid President website (http://kidpresident.com) as the reason why they are doing what they are doing:

“We’re doing this because we believe kids can change the world. We also believe grown ups can change the world. It just takes all of us working together.”

We at Explore Discover Act believe this too, it’s why we we do what we do as well. But what is also inspiring about Kid President is the challenges that he is facing positively within his own life does not stop him from finding ways to inspire and make a difference in the lives of others. Here’s a short paragraph from their website that explains what I mean:

“Robby, age 10, is my little brother-in-law. He’s full of life and ideas. Robby has Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) a brittle bone condition which has resulted in him having over 70 breaks since birth. What’s inspiring about Robby isn’t his condition, but the fact that his condition doesn’t define who he is. In spite of all he’s been through he not only keeps going – he dances.”

This could be said about each of our journeys really, wherever we are, male or female, or whatever age we find ourselves right now. We may not have Kid President’s particular condition but each of us is very human and no one gets a free ride through life. Everyone though has the opportunity to use their daily thoughts, words and actions to deepen connection and make a difference in their own and others lives, allowing inspiration to ripple out into our interdependent communities from within. This is what delivering our L.E.A.D. with Courage™: Stage 3 Leaders Program reminds us of each and every day, with us having the privilege to experience and feel the inspiration rippling from the many students with whom we work.

“Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.” – Mignon McLaughlin

So here’s to a fun, connection, potential and inspiration filled 2015 School Program schedule. May we take full advantage of each of our interactions through embodying what it is to L.E.A.D. with Courage™ within our spheres of influence, while we explore the possibilities, discover potential and act authentically.

Really Listen and Intentionally Act

January 12, 2015 at 5:19 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen Hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.”

– Mary Anne Radmacher

A few months ago I was in Sydney catching up with a good friend. We had one of those ‘let it unfold’ days down in Bondi, walking by the water, sitting in coffee shop windows overlooking the beach, getting a bite to eat at the restaurant that grabbed our attention, enjoying each mouthful of delicious gelato, and finally chatting at my friends house with the sheer cliffs north of Bondi as the backdrop. As each part of the day unfolded, so did our conversations.

A big part of our conversations centred around why we do what we do, what we have experienced and learnt through our journeys of starting and operating our own businesses, exploring how we can do more of what we love, and what our hopes and dreams are for ourselves, as well as the individuals, groups and wider communities with whom we engage. So was born, with great clarity, my personal and our Explore Discover Act mantra for 2015, Really Listen and Intentionally Act.

 “What I know for sure is that it’s only when you make the process your goal that the big dream can follow.” – Oprah Winfrey

Owning and honouring this process can assist us in cutting through the noise, distraction and busyness that can saturate 21st Century life, providing opportunities for deepening of connection and making a difference in our own and others lives. Owning and honouring this process can assist us to really listen to the intuitive inner voice as it whispers, speaks or shouts at us, providing opportunities to explore the possibilities, discover potential and act authentically. And really importantly, this process can assist us in the journey of compassionately interacting and engaging with ourselves, others and the world around us, providing opportunities to grow our awareness of where fear (e.g. judgement, comparison and inaction) is impacting our ability to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world’.

“The first duty of love is to listen.” – Paul Tillich

So the quote above is now where we start 2015. Our desire is to choose and foster love (kindness, compassion, gratitude, authenticity, care, wonder, courage, connection, forgiveness, presence) over fear (judgement, comparison, worry, excuses, inaction, doubt, procrastination) through empowered daily thoughts, words and actions in our personal and professional spheres of influence. The ripples created and experienced from this space will keep us engaged, focused and inspired within our individual and shared journey of potential. We will hit road bumps, we will be challenged, we will make mistakes, this is what being human entails, but ultimately we will keep coming back to our road map for this year, Really Listen and Intentionally Act.

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So what’s your mantra for 2015? What quotes or inner wisdom do you remind yourself of often within your journey of potential? How will your daily thoughts, words and actions offer you opportunities to deepen connection to self, others and the world around us and make a difference in your own and others lives this year?

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