Probortunity

February 26, 2018 at 6:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I love learning new things. Especially when it’s as simple as a word, phrase or quote that has the potential to act as an anchor for myself or others as we navigate our learning and leadership journeys. This past week I was gifted a good one. A Stage 3 teacher enthusiastically chose to share it during one of our reflections around embracing challenge.

“Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” – Richard Bach

‘We use a particular word for what you’re describing in our classrooms’, he responded, ‘probortunity’. He, like the students in the group, were making connections from their experience to the various learning environments that they’ll continue navigating beyond the program. I loved the words reframing application straight away. What’s the probortunity? Shifts my focus instantly.

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein

As the saying explains, ‘where attention goes, energy flows’. We’d all have experienced becoming fixated on the things we can’t control. That quicksand feeling, sinking deeper and deeper into the perceived problem that’s in front of us. But what’s the opportunity that lies within the situation, interaction, etc.? Now that opening up to possibility has a different feeling completely!

“Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.” – Robert Redford

One new word definitely doesn’t fix everything, that’s for sure. But luckily we as leaders are more interested in building anyway. So this new word could become part of a practice, like the students and teachers have done at our client school last week. A helpful way of navigating the inevitable ups and downs that we all encounter each and every day. Because our thoughts, words and actions do matter!

“Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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An Attitude of Gratitude

February 19, 2018 at 6:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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The groups I get to facilitate for constantly amaze me. Inspire me. Challenge me. Remind me. Motivate me. Empower me. Teach me. And above all else leave me feeling so grateful that I get to do what I do. Today’s group was definitely no different.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ― G.K. Chesterton

As I set up this morning in the hall of the client school I was working with I was enthusiastically greeted by one of the Year 6 students. She told me she’d been looking forward to today through these first few weeks of term, then she paused, actually, she said, she’d been looking forward to this day since the last time I worked with her. We discussed what she’d loved from their Stage 3 Leadership Day at the beginning of 2017, and also what she’d loved from when I worked with her Academically Gifted class at another school setting mid way through last year. But what she said next was the most important part to me.

“It’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy!” – Unknown

‘This year I’m so excited to be a mentor, I get to help so many more people’. Her attitude of gratitude was continuing to open up opportunities for her to grow, develop and really importantly contribute. All three times that I’ve worked with her over the last year I’ve been so inspired by her embodiment of thankfulness. It was great to hear now how this student also plans to pay that thankfulness forwards to more and more people as she gets older. It’s hard to keep gratitude in when it so desperately wants to get out.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne

One of our closing activities today focused on how there is so much that we can’t control within our learning and leadership journeys. Certain challenging cards can be dealt, but what we do with them is then up to us. An attitude of gratitude seems like the perfect companion for each of us on this journey. It keeps things in perspective and grounds our thoughts, words and actions in what we’re so fortunate to have, rather than any perceived lacking that we believe in that moment is missing. What are you grateful for today?

Bring in the Kick

February 12, 2018 at 7:30 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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A friend of mine always laughs how little I use my legs when I swim. I guess at times I just get too comfortable and forget to bring in the kick. But lately I’ve tried to bring intentionality back to this important aspect of swimming. And it’s really making a difference to how I feel in the water and the forward momentum I’m able to create.

“Leadership is not a noun. It’s a verb. It’s active. It’s movement.” – John Maxwell

As we enter the third week back delivering our programs in schools this theme of bringing in the kick keeps jumping around my mind. As the quote above suggests, leadership is a verb (doing word), not a person, place or thing (noun). The students we have the privilege to support remind me daily that making a difference (for self, others and the world around us) takes effort. So bringing in the kick seems important so we can propel ourselves forwards effectively and not just go through the motions each and every day.

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” – Winston Churchill

We (our clients and us) are a community who 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!

We’re loving being back for 2018 to again support the development of leadership potential. What a privilege it is to be inspired daily to bring in the kick by the incredible leaders we get to share our time and space with (young, old and everything in between). Dive in, lets courageously make 2018 the best year that it can be as we use our thoughts, words and actions to make a difference in our own and others lives.

Greener Grass

February 5, 2018 at 6:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ever get grass envy? It’s the middle of summer, your grass in the front or back yard has yellowed and sounds a bit crunchy to walk on. Then suddenly you notice Joe Blow’s lawn on the other side of the road and it looks incredible. ‘The grass is always greener on the other side,’ you guess. But then you remember, Joe spends a lot of time watering to keep it looking that way.

“The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it.”

The quote above is one that I reflect on regularly. We all can get distracted with what our minds tell us might, could or should be, but how long do we choose to stay in these sets of thoughts? One of my favourite quotes that compliments this idea is, ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’. It reminds me that gratitude, happiness and contentment live in the acceptance of what is, not in what my mind is ruminating on might, could or should be.

“When you realise there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

A leader sees, embraces and celebrates enough. From this place they purposefully use their daily thoughts, words and actions to make a difference in their own and others lives. They’re not perfect, that’s definitely for sure. But when they feel their energy being drained or pulled away from where they can actually ‘be the change’, they choose to remember that, ‘The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It’s greener where you water it’. Then they water it!

“The mind is malleable, our life can be greatly transformed by even a minimal change in how we manage our thoughts and perceive and interpret the world. Happiness is a skill. It requires effort and time.” – Matthieu Ricard

I love being inspired daily by the groups I have the pleasure of supporting. I’m consistently reminded of the multitude of ways we can choose to explore the possibilities, discover potential and act authentically as leaders. It’s a privilege to be journeying beside others who also view leadership as a verb, not a noun. It’s a doing word, and with practice we see progress. What do you purposefully choose to water each and every day?

“The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work ot make it better.” – Barbara Pletcher

 

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