You Can’t Skip Act Two

January 18, 2016 at 7:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Where you stumble and fall, there you will find gold.” – Joseph Campbell

Wow, as I write this post we find ourselves now a couple of weeks into twenty sixteen. Since my last post I’ve enjoyed celebrating the start of this New Year through some holiday fun with family and friends. I love the energy and potential that a new year brings, providing plenty of opportunities to recharge, realign and purposefully set off on the adventures to come. Firstly, here’s to twenty fifteen, 365 days of striving to embody our last years mantra, to ‘really listen and intentionally act’. Secondly, here is how and why we got to the mantra that is going to guide our thoughts, words and actions in 2016.

“Here’s how I see the progression of my work: The Gifts of Imperfection—Be you. Daring Greatly—Be all in. Rising Strong—Fall. Get up. Try again.” – Brené Brown

Brené Brown’s latest book, ‘Rising Strong’, was released towards the end of last year. I, like so many others around the world, have found her books, talks, research and storytelling inspiring, challenging and empowering, especially in the area of languaging important parts of our individual and shared journeys of potential (as described in her quote above). The title of this post then references the work of Joseph Campbell within his ‘Hero’s Journey’. After trying every comfortable way to engage with and navigate through a given set/s of challenges, each hero then makes a choice, retreat back to their ordinary world (our good old comfort zone) or take on the call to adventure, stretching and growing within the trials and tests that are to come. Here is where our 2016 mantra, Joseph Campbell’s and Brené Brown’s work meet, personally and professionally we will be ‘Remembering to Rumble’ this year.

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader… They set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.” – Lisa Haisha

Our vision remains ‘informed, connected and empowered individuals believing deeply in their own and others potential’. To move further and further towards this we need to ‘rumble’. The quote above and our ongoing experiences supporting Stage 3 leaders reminds us that when we are focussed on using our daily thoughts, words and actions to make a difference in our own and others lives (rather than worrying about who’s in charge, who’s in control, waiting for the position of leader to be given to us or that we need x, y or z to begin) we are much more likely to get really honest with ourselves and others, own our story, ask for the support and guidance we need, and stay in the struggle, complexity and discomfort long enough for as Brené explains, ‘the rumble is where wholeheartedness is cultivated and change begins’. I am ever mindful of the Art Williams quote within this process, ‘I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it’.

“Many of us will spend our entire lives trying to slog through the shame swampland to get to a place where we can give ourselves permission to both be imperfect and to believe we are enough.” – Brené Brown, Rising Strong

I look forward to the opportunity of again being proud of, inspired by, growing from and thankful for so much this year. I look forward to an ever evolving journey that will involve both successes and challenges, compassionately remembering that, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” – Winston Churchill. I look forward to courageously walking this path of ‘Remembering to Rumble’ together with so many within our spheres of influence. Because you (all of us) and your (all of us) contribution matter! This I know for sure.

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