Updated: Jan 13
21st Century Leaders Think Differently
Seeds of Excellence #2
Harnessing Your Inner Voice is the first step in learning how to Communicate to Win.
The result? Victory; beyond the storms of life. This blog will share a different perspective on how to do that - through a true story and an ancient philosophy about dark and light.
We believe YOU are the catalyst and engine of your own re-birth. If you are ready to empower your ability to Speak Life and create new success from a deeper place inside of you; then let's begin.
Life Unfolds From Your Deepest Beliefs
One of the greatest challenges of today is making key, critical business or life decisions while faced with uncertainty in many spaces of life. This type of perfect storm can create a hyper-focus on the worst-case scenario as the most likely outcome.
A Few, Key Questions to Consider
If our thoughts determine our reality, how do we change our thinking?
Is there a way to "Speak Life" from a positive, strengths-based perspective that is evidence-based from your truth?
How do continue to live into the new, internal conversation you created when life continues to provide the opportunity to revert into old habits?
It turns out that an ancient philosophy at the heart of Taoism / Daoism provides a viewpoint through which we can pivot our perception and find our way to a different, healthier, perspective.
Taijitu (太极图) known as Yin and Yang gives us a lens through which to look at everything as a part of the whole.
Though the lens of Yin and Yang, we can see that opposite forces cause
the whole to balance.
Without light, we would only have dark; without up, we wouldn't know down.
Light AND dark are therefore necessary to know the whole. Easy to say - but essential to remember during the moments of life where we feel that we are not standing where we wish we were. The wish gives you the essential knowledge of vision. It's important to listen to your whole internal conversation.
If reality is based on our perceptions and beliefs that give perspective, then it is critical to remember that there are always two sides to every stick.
Relief comes when: 1. We become aware of which end of the stick we are standing on. 2. We can see the opposite side of the stick we want to stand on. 3. We empower ourselves to overcome the hurdles to get to where we want to be.
How do we apply this philosophy to hear our inner voice in order to find true north DURING THE STORMS OF LIFE?
Let's discover one way through continuing the story we started...
I visited with several clients who had been rendered powerless due to their certainty that they would be jobless in a couple of months, have no possibility of future work – and wasn’t sure how they would rise. After all, life had been challenging – and this was just one possible blow too many.
As we visited, I remembered my own journey through adversity after adversity. I could empathize with the feeling of failure, gloom, abject fear, and lack of ability to remember anything good about my own capabilities in that moment.
In art, we learn to stand on many different vantage points viewing the same object, in order to pick an optimal angle through which to draw a representation of that object, in that moment of time. To create optimal outcomes, we have to learn to do the same with ourselves.
I asked an important question.
“What is a challenge you have overcome in the course of your life?"
I marked down their story. The next question was important as well:
“Recently, you had a lot of challenges in your job as there were no clear resources available to help you achieve your goal. How did you overcome that? Were you successful?”
Again, I marked down their story. They were excited, animated and positive as they spoke about a job well done. They were spoke from an inner freedom about who they were. We continued this process.