JANUARY 2019 ARCHIVES
JANUARY 6 - 12, 2019: INTENTION
TRUST THE PATH.
The path you are on has been forged for you.
While it may not feel familiar, it is yours. Its twists, turns, and earthly terrain have been rising up to meet you for centuries.
Offer gratitude, listen to its wisdom, and keep walking.
JANUARY 6 - 12, 2019: PRACTICE
Name one specific way you want to practice trust this week.
Choose to practice with yourself or with others — just one.
What do you have to gain with this practice?
How will you know you have practiced this week?
JANUARY 6 - 12, 2019: PROMPT
1. What is my relationship to trust?
2. In what specific ways do I trust myself?
3. In what ways do I rarely trust myself?
4. Where would I most like to deepen my trust this year?
Learn to listen to your inner voice more than the external voices of the world. The world will demand of you; your soul will ask of you.
— The Courage Practice
JANUARY 13 - 19, 2019: INTENTION
COURAGE LIES WITHIN. SEEK IT THERE.
External influences abound everywhere, each competing for our attention, reaction, or response. However, our unique practice of courage is found within us. Choose a specific way to quiet the external voices so you can listen closely your inner one.
JANUARY 13 - 19, 2019: PRACTICE
Let's put some intentional action behind our weekly intention this week. If we look for external influences to guide us, we will find many everywhere, fostering confusion and emotional exhaustion. If we look within, we will reacquaint ourselves with the one inner voice personalized to us to offer focus and direction--for our lives, our potential, and our purpose.
1. Choose a method or way of quieting the external influences daily this week. A nature walk, meditation, prayer, a workout, a repetitive action of some kind. Whatever works for you to truly get still and listen to the silence.
2. Leave your phone or screens behind during this time.
3. What do you hear? How will you apply what you hear this week?
4. What served you in this stillness practice? What was difficult? Be honest and real with yourself.
JANUARY 13 - 19, 2019: PROMPT
WHO YOU ARE IS HOW YOU LEAD AND LIVE.
How we lead--in our careers, businesses, and daily life--is an authentic reflection of who we are. The way we show up in the world reveals itself in the small moments of our days as well as the larger-than-life experiences.
1. Take a thoughtful moment now to observe how you are showing up in leadership and life.
2. Breathe deeply. Observe your emotions, beliefs, and fears.
3. Consciously send appreciation to your spirit and self-compassion to your wounds as both rise up within you.
4. Jot down your genuine thoughts. What is serving you? What is not?
5. How will you choose to consciously show up this week--in your leadership and life?
Stop looking outside for scraps of pleasure or fulfillment, for validation, security, or love. You have a treasure within that is infinitely greater than anything the world can offer.
JANUARY 20 - 26, 2019: PROMPT
BRING TO MIND TWO PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY--IN LEADERSHIP OR LIFE--THAT CHALLENGE YOU TO BE MORE COURAGEOUSLY YOURSELF EVERY DAY?
1. How would you describe these two people in a few words?
2. How specifically do they challenge you to be more yourself?
3. What is it about them that makes this possible? What is it about your mutual relationship that naturally contributes?
4. What is an example of a time they offered this challenge that really sticks with you?
You will be too much or not enough for some people. Those are not your people. Choose wisely.
—The Courage Practice
JANUARY 20 - 26, 2019: INTENTION
BE WITH THOSE WHO HELP YOUR BEING
Our communities are full of boundless energy. But which energy serves us? And what depletes us? Listen closely. Learn the difference.
What specific energy uplifts, inspires, and empowers you?
Find and create a tribe where your spirit is enlivened at the very thought of their company.
JANUARY 20 - 26, 2019: PRACTICE
INTEGRATE YOUR GRATITUDE
Do they know how much this has meant to you? If so, remind them. If not, tell them this week (live, virtual, letter, etc.)
Write down any piece of what you've learned from these two people that you want to embed in your own practice of courage.
JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2, 2019: INTENTION
CURIOSITY STOKES PASSION.
Curiosity is the birthplace of passion. When we feel unclear of our purpose, it is essential to return to our curiosity.
What provokes our thought and draws our engagement? Curiosity can lead us to our passion. So begin there.
JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2, 2019: PRACTICE
1. Consider your goals. What would you like to learn more about as you work to attain these goals? Follow the prompts of your curiosity.
2. Consider your community. Who in your life exercises genuine engagement and curiosity? What is their curiosity made of? If you don't know, don't guess. Ask them. Learn how they flex this curiosity muscle.
3. If feeling deeply out of curiosity shape, simply begin by taking conscious notice of your experiences, surroundings, interactions, and thoughts this week. Jot down key areas that you'd like to better understand or appreciate more deeply.
JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2, 2019: PROMPT
BRING TO MIND THREE EXAMPLES OF WHEN YOU WERE DEEPLY CURIOUS.
(YOUR AGE, TIME, OR TANGIBILITY FOR EACH EXAMPLE DOES NOT MATTER—EITHER CURRENT DAY CURIOSITIES OR THOSE YOU'VE HAD SINCE YOU WERE A CHILD.)
1. Jot down what provoked your curiosity for each example.
2. What resonates with you about each example? Notice any themes that may emerge.
3. Now take notice of your fear and where it held space in relationship to each example. Specifically, was fear present? If so, how did it play a role? If not, what contributed to its silence?
4. What can you learn from this reflection and apply to your current life and leadership today?
Be curious, not judgmental.
— Walt Whitman