“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.”
—Susan Cain, Author of Quiet
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Genetics versus Environment.
Nature versus Nurture.
What do these factors have to do with how each of us turns out along our life journey?
As a coach passionate about growth and development, I do my best to keep the lights of knowledge and the beacons of wisdom prominent in my world. My intent is to shine my best in each of my communities, with the goal of contributing to those around in a meaningful way.
How and in what ways can you “amp up” the environmental voltage to illuminate yourself and those around you so that everyone’s inherent qualities and talents shine even brighter?
“The Roller Coaster is my life…It’s mountaineering; It’s wanting to get to the very top of yourself.”
Image from Unsplash by Claire Satera
The full quote for today is:
“The roller coaster is my life; Life is a fast, dizzying game; Life is a parachute jump; It’s taking chances, falling over and getting up again; It’s mountaineering; It’s wanting to get to the very top of yourself.”
Based on this quote, you might think I am a massive risk taker, tempting life and limb on a daily basis. I’ve had my share of adventures along the way, but for the most part, I am a bit more of an introvert than you might guess.
I do, however, love the idea of wanting to get to the very top of oneself, base on those life mountains or even hills we choose to climb.
In what areas of your life do you have the greatest desire for growth and achievement? How and in what ways can you be a bit more bold and courageous to get to the top of yourself in these important life domains?
“You can’t grow yourself unless you know yourself.”
—John Maxwell, American Author on Leadership
Last year was my Big “60.” I read Daniel Pink’s new book, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing recently. Pink points to certain dates, times, and even years in which people tend to embark on the more tectonic shifts in their lives.
My journey and exploration includes books, blogs, podcasts, and a year-long practice of daily meditation. With over 100 hours of quiet reflection, I am seeing more and more opportunities for growth in the hopeful years ahead.
What activities and efforts can and will you engage in today and in the years ahead to better “know yourself to grow yourself”?
“Keep a green tree in you heart and a singing bird may come.”
Image from Unsplash by Ray Hennessy
If you were a bird, what would cause you to visit a particular tree? Perhaps it was a good place to find food, protection from predators, or maybe a mate and a place to nest.
Your own song would be an announcement of sorts, letting the world know that you are here, looking to attract that special someone or something.
What are your heart-centered qualities that represent the growth and aliveness of a green tree?
What do you have to offer the world? Which of these qualities are most worth singing about?
“Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees.”
—Karle Wilson Baker, 20th Century American Poet
Image from Flickr by Dickson Phua
In the plant world, trees are among the most remarkable living creatures. In addition to being some of the largest and oldest living things, they have the ability to defy gravity. They reach toward the sky to absorb the sun’s energy, using it to make their own food through the process of photosynthesis.
I believe today’s quote points us to those tall, stand-out people within our personal or professional communities. These are the individuals we most admire and see as leaders who inspire us to stretch for our own greatest heights.
How and in what ways can you grow and stand even taller by walking with and associating with others who are stretching skyward toward the canopy of life?
“Becoming is Better than Being.”
—Carol S. Dweck, Stanford University Professor of Psychology
I consider myself a “work in progress,” a lifelong learner, and of course, a Coach, who is in the business of helping others become a better version of themselves in as many areas of life as they desire.
The book Mindset, by Carol S. Dweck describes the fixed and growth mindsets that apply to each of us to various degrees. Attributes of each include:
|Skills, abilities and intelligence are static
||Intelligence and ability can be developed through effort
|Works from a “judge and be judged” framework
||Learning occurs from setbacks
|Avoids obstacles & challenges
Gives up earlier in the process
Often ignores feedback
|Open and receptive to feedback
|The success of others poses a threat to them
||The success of others is a model to guide their own success journey
|You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
||You can teach an old dog new tricks
Where can you augment and fan the flames of your own growth mindset to become the best “YOU” possible?
How can you serve as a coach or mentor for others to help them become all they can be?
“Body and soul need new challenges.”
We’ve all heard the phrase, “Use it or Lose it!” As a former science teacher, this reminds me of the concept of entropy, which points to how things decay or fall apart if energy is not added to the system.
New challenges are tests that bring forth the efforts and energies to tackle them. It is through such exertions that we grow, and bring order to our lives.
What challenges are you currently rising to in your personal and professional worlds?
How can you initiate and proactively take on new challenges to improve your life in body and soul?
“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards.”
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How familiar are you with Newton’s Laws of Motion? I’ll spare you the physics lesson, and point directly to his Third Law, which states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
This means that for every force, there is another force that is equal in size, but opposite in direction, which adds to the impact of the full quote for today’s thought:
“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backwards. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”
How will you embrace your personal and professional difficulties, knowing you have the capacity to launch your life in the direction of your goals and objectives?
“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”
-Harvey S. Firestone, American businessman, founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
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Personal growth and development are among my top core values. Not so surprising is the fact that a very high percentage of people seeking the support of a coach share this commitment.
There is a magical power that reveals itself when we pursue our own personal growth, and support the growth of those around us.
What would be possible if each parent, teacher, and student would embrace and demonstrate these values?
How will you pursue your own development as a leader by supporting the growth and development of others today?