“Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.”
—Leonardo Da Vinci
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One of my clients is a master fisherman. Last year, he kindly took me out on his boat to share his joy and the artistry of his passion. Over the course of our six-hour adventure, he coached me to catch a single fish – meanwhile, through his mastery of the skill, he brought in many.
Think of the times in your life you experienced a sense of flow, or a feeling of complete engagement.
Examine your personal and professional worlds for examples of times in which there is great satisfaction in the doing, and significant anticipation of upcoming activities.
Where and in what ways can you more fully engage your spirit in your personal and professional pursuits? How might this bring you a more beautiful and artistic life?
“No problem of human making is too great to be overcome by human ingenuity, human energy, and the untiring hope of the human spirit.”
—George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States
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Do you watch the news and follow current events? If you do, my guess is that you may see the world is in quite a mess, with problems around every corner.
We don’t need to look at just the global, national, or regional events presented to us by the media. We need only look to our own back yards, within our communities and families to see our immediate challenges.
Would you believe me if I told you that there is fact-based evidence that the world as a whole is in many ways far better off than at any other point in human history?
Imagine a media outlet focused exclusively on the power and impact of human ingenuity, energy, and the hopeful efforts of the human spirit.
Do some research for yourself into how mankind is actually coming together to solve some of our most pressing problems.
A few books you may consider reading on this subject are:
Abundance by Peter Diamandis
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman
“In order to have faith in his own path, a warrior does not need to prove that someone else’s path is wrong.”
If you are a loyal reader of The Quotable Coach, or even if you are somewhat new to this resource, I’m sure you have surmised that I am a win-win, positive, and life affirming individual.
For me, looking at what is right and what is possible inspires me to be a coach and support others in pursuing extraordinary lives for themselves.
I do, however, get discouraged at times, particularly when I see how often some people think that in winning the game of life for themselves, others must lose or be proven wrong.
How can you tap into your own warrior spirit to achieve what you desire, without needing to vanquish your foe, or prove others wrong in the process?
“Keep a green tree in you heart and a singing bird may come.”
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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?
“Examine the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it.”
—Roger Babson, 20th Century American Entrepreneur
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A few months ago, I attended a seminar on family business, along with about 40 consultants, coaches, and other trusted advisors.
The program was a combination of a panel discussion and group interactions, with a lively Q&A session.
As I listened carefully to the experience some participants shared, I found it difficult to see any dramatic difference between the information, and the scope of the services they provided.
I did, however, notice a considerable level of difference in the energy, enthusiasm, and passion some of these experts expressed. This had me leaning into their comments with greater interest and receptivity.
Where and in what ways can you upgrade the services you currently offer with a more energized and enthusiastic spirit? How might that upgrade make you stand out from your competition, and put you at the top of the list in your profession?
“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.”
⏤Lao Tzu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher
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If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be? If nothing comes to mind immediately, consider your favorite artist to see what instruments get your toes tapping, body moving, or has you singing along.
Consider your values, beliefs, and most cherished qualities and abilities as aspects of your soul. How often and how loudly do you express these in your personal and professional worlds?
How and in what ways can you more fully broadcast your own soulful music throughout the universe?
“Youth is eternal to those with a curious, loving, joyous spirit.”
—Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author
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Our world celebrates youth. You need only pay attention to the vast number of marketing messages with which we are bombarded. All we need do is buy this cream, take that pill, eat this food, and engage in some form of turbo-charged workout, and we, too, will dodge the ravages of aging.
We all know that these strategies, at their best, can only modestly impact our lives, and drive many of us nuts in the process. Perhaps we should take Brendon’s coaching to assure we have an eternally youthful spirit.
How and in what ways can you be more youthful and joyous through meaningful opportunities to learn, and to build more loving relationships?
“Rain and sun are to the flower as praise and encouragement are to the human spirit.”
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As a former science teacher, I am fascinated by the process of photosynthesis – that plants can use sunlight to make their own food seems nothing short of a miracle.
Man—and virtually all animals—eat these plants as our way of sustaining life. Yet we are feeding only the body portion of ourselves – leaving our souls and spirits a bit empty.
How can you feed others the important nutrient of praise and acknowledgement, and surround yourself with others who will offer it to you in return?
“The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it.”
–George C. Scott
What does the human spirit mean to you? Consider the following:
- The capacity to achieve great and wondrous things
- The ability to learn and apply what you learn
- The capacity to forgive
- The ability to love and be loved
- The capacity to be creative and innovative
- The ability to dream and envision a better future
- The capacity to endure pain and life’s difficult or even tragic moments
- The ability to be resilient and try again and again in spite of repeated failures or defeats
Who are some of the people you know who demonstrate a strong human spirit?
What qualities do they demonstrate that you admire and wish to emulate?