Aliveness is the state of truly being! Fulfillment lives in aliveness.
When you feel alive, all your available senses are activated. You can feel the creative energy freely flowing in you like electricity. You feel warm inside even in chilly temperatures. You don’t feel the pain of your sickness. You are truly living your life's purpose.
When was the last time you felt alive?
What were you doing? Who were you with?
How long ago was that? How much of that do you have in your life today?
What’s holding you back from bringing it in your life everyday?
What must you do now?
One of the powerful tools I use in my coaching is perspectives exploration. The way we orient ourselves towards a situation influences what we see and what we do, or better yet, what we believe we are able to do. I see possibilities open up for my clients when they explore other perspectives and choose to stand in a more open and expanded space. They become more creative in the choices available to them, It is beautiful to witness. You know, we all have the power of creative choice, and what we choose to see in a situation, impacts our ability to act in that situation.
The lesson for me in being thankful, is a constant reminder to choose the perspective of gratitude. What am I thankful for today?
I make it real by keeping a 5-minute journal. I write down what I am thankful for at the beginning of each day. A study by Emmons and McCullough in 2003, found that keeping a daily journal of gratitude leads to better sleep, reduced physical pain and much more.
Will you take this challenge with me and write down what you are thankful for every day for the next 7 days? What did you notice?
Some people say I think like an engineer because I like frameworks. Maybe I became an engineer because I like frameworks, who knows. Anyway, here is a framework I designed for myself several years ago to help me navigate my own career. It's my 3Ls of career development: Learn, Lead, Leap.
Learn: This is the early stage in a new role where I am simply a sponge. Typically thrown in the deep end, I am learning and absorbing what there is to know about the new role, where I can add value and what I can add to my skills toolkit.
Lead: In this stage, I take on leadership roles. I am either leading people directly or indirectly, I'm seen and recognized as a thought leader or I am leading complex high impact projects.
Leap: At this point, I'm ready to move on to the next thing. Face it, movement is a natural law, and in this stage, I identify what is next for me to leap into where I can start off the cycle again, and become a learner.
How long do you stay in each stage you ask? It depends! It's up to you and what's true for you. The point is, if you listen deeply to yourself, you'll know where you are and when it's time to move into the next stage. Listen to that voice and take action!
As some of you know, I recently got a dog, Zia. She is a strong support pillar for me, both literally and figuratively.
Figuratively, in my coaching, a support pillar is someone or something that exhibits or reminds you of certain qualities that you need to remember, because they are important to you expressing your full self. These qualities are innate in you, whether you recognize that or not, because otherwise, you wouldn't be able to identify these qualities in others.
This blog represents my experiences and convictions as at when I wrote them. As I grow, my perspectives may expand. Take and share only what resonates with you, and leave the rest. Happy reading!