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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