An Invitation for More Mindfulness

May 30, 2016 at 6:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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 “Be open to whatever comes next.” – Karen Salmansohn

I’ve experienced a few changes on my plate over the past couple of weeks. Coeliac (gluten free) is in the family but I and the doctor wasn’t convinced that I’d be adding my name to that list just yet. The doctor confirmed the blood test results that I’d received with an endoscopy (plus added a lactose intolerance), and the rest is history. Looks like I’ll be looking out for those Gluten and Dairy Free labels from now on.

“Take responsibility for the energy you bring.” – Jill Bolte Taylor

My family and friends have come up with some awesome recipes and suggestions for me to try. I’ve also been asked by many how’s it all going? The response that keeps coming up for me is that these past few weeks have been an invitation for more mindfulness. I haven’t interpreted the news or changes I’ve been making as positive or negative, simply chances to bring more attention around dietary choices. I’m sure there’ll be things that I’ll miss from time to time, but right now, and hopefully as time goes on, it’ll continue to be an invitation to practice, “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally” (Jon Kabat Zinn’s definition).

“Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.” – Penelope Ward

We are presented with many invitations for more mindfulness each and every day, but are we open to and willing to explore the possibilities, discover potential and act authentically within them?

“Embrace the current season of your life.” – Gabrielle Blair

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Embracing Change

May 23, 2016 at 3:52 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

Part of our journeys of potential is appreciating that our daily thoughts, words and actions provide us with the opportunity to make a difference in our own and others lives. On our journeys we navigate many opportunities, obstacles and choices. So how can embracing change assist us as we stretch, grow and develop?

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” – English Proverb

We love this quote above! It reminds us of another one of our favourites as well, ‘life is change, growth is optional, choose wisely’ – Karen Kaiser Clark. So often we can forget the messages contained in these powerful quotes as we react to and wrestle with the struggle, complexity and uncertainty involved in being human. But in each of these moments that we do forget we have the opportunity to compassionately remember and through hope courageously open ourselves back up so we can explore the possibilities, discover potential and act authentically.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

So I wonder, what learning, growth, success and connections await me, you, us? Will I, you, we have the courage to keep going, not giving up amongst the challenges, whilst embracing ‘An Attitude of I Can, A Belief in You Can and Inspiring We Can!’ Our journeys of potential are amazing adventures that I, you, we navigate one thought, word or action at a time. Have fun and thanks for the inspiring ripples created by your courageous example, each and every day!

“Hope can be seen out in the garden in a plant that grows from a tiny seed. At first it struggles through the soil, but it persists and continues to go on until it becomes an imposing tree, and then it starts bearing fruit.” – Robert Smith

The Need to Lead

May 9, 2016 at 7:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” – Brian Tracy

At Explore Discover Act we believe strongly in potential through the deepening of connection to self, others and the world around us, and in the positive difference that we are all able to make. It’s one of the reasons L.E.A.D. with Courage™ was from the beginning our signature program; a chance for participants to explore individual and shared leadership, and discover that each and every one of us, regardless of whether or not we wear a particular badge, have the ability to lead (if we choose to own that). Using our daily thoughts, words and actions to make a positive difference in our own and others lives is the how. The why, or our need to lead, is it’s the pathway (as individuals and groups) to ‘be the change we wish to see in the world’.

“Leadership is action, not position.” – Donald H. McGannon

Where we’ve been, where we are now, where we will go. So many questions, fears and complexities arise as individuals, families, communities and a global village while we interpret varied leadership messages, experiment with and process what this thing called leadership is all about, and consider the potential contribution and difference we can make in our own and others lives. Can I/we really do this? Am I/we ready? Isn’t this someone else’s responsibility? Does it really matter? What if I/we make mistakes? Why would I/we put myself out there? What do I/we do next? Should I/we wait till I’m older/more qualified/etc.? What do I/we really care about? Who is going to help me/us? How can we compassionately keep coming back to empowered thoughts, words and actions when we drift off?

“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” – John C. Maxwell

For us, we keep coming back to these core beliefs, because we know for sure that Action Changes Things:

  • We believe 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!

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi

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