Our stories to ourself about who we are in any given situation can create tremendous feelings of joy, enthusiasm and empowerment or devastating feelings of misery, apathy and victimhood.
Interpretation, no matter its intent is always self-serving and usually in an unconscious default mode. However, it can also be a conscious choice that boosts our empowerment no matter the circumstances that we find ourselves in.
When we turn our story around for our own benefit we can feel our self-empowerment bloom. 🦋
Metamorphosis is the magical lesson that butterflies teach us … change promises growth … new beginnings … a fresh start … before we can truly engage with the new … we need to let go of the old and outdated … when we transform our perspective of who we are … we herald in new thoughts, attitudes and behaviours that inherently give birth to new possibilities and experiences … the one constant adage of nature … everything is always changing …
With the right attitude, stress can be a great motivator to get something accomplished, resolved, changed or perhaps to step back. As in all situations, our perspective determines our experience. If we are experiencing relentless stress, it is a signal that it is time to make a decision, to start moving, creating, communicating or to unplug. You know what to do. Do it.
An essential key to personal transformation is to fully accept a fundamental truism…we are responsible for what we experience in our lives. Why? Because experience is a reflection of our personal interpretation of someone or something. If you are not enjoying the experience then shift your perspective and observe how a different experience of the same situation emerges. Each one of us has the ability to “Create a New Reality”.
When most people think of learning they don’t think in terms of having to change themselves. They tend to think of learning as…acquiring ideas, tips, techniques, and so on. Seldom does it occur to them that the problems they are facing are inseparable from who they are or the way they think and interact with other people.
Think of a situation, problem or issue that you are presently tackling and then answer the following questions:
Is my point of view exacerbating the problem that I am facing or is it facilitating resolution?
What shift in perspective would lead my thoughts toward a solution?
How do I see myself in this situation? Who am I being?
Who do I need to ‘be’ to solve the problem…what innate qualities can I draw on?
How is my behaviour fostering unfavorable results?
What behaviour would encourage a positive outcome?
Do I believe I can successfully resolve this issue?
Do I reach out to family, friends, colleagues, or experts to assist me with this situation?
What are my first three steps towards a resolution?
The leader must be awake and fully alert. Like a nighttime traveler attuned to every sound in the forest, the leader must be aware of all possibilities lurking in the shadows. For we can neither challenge nor transform what we cannot see.
What are my blind spots? How are they impacting my life, work and leadership? How do I uncover and transform them into positive character traits, high performance strengths and leadership intelligence?