“Sometimes you need a friend whispering advice in your ear and telling you to breathe at those most difficult moments in the work when you really need to hear it.”
Someone really nice said that to me yesterday. Great timing as I gear up to simultaneously launch my first book into the world, wrap up a crazy year, plan for an even crazier 2017, and plan for the holidays. So, I’m passing along the advice.
For a long time people have been asking me when I’m going to write a book. Well, it’s finally that time! On December 15, you’ll be able to download Finding Time to Lead. I hope you like it.
“The simple and honest process of letting people know that discomfort is normal, it’s going to happen, why it happens, and why it’s important, reduces anxiety, fear and shame.” – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly
Maybe it was the cold. It was 12 degrees that day.
Maybe it was distance. I was half way through my 6 mile run.
Maybe it was being alone on a trail.
Whatever it was, I was reflecting on the beauty of what was around me.
Do you have ever a dream that makes you sit up in bed? Last night was it for me.
Choice is a funny thing.
Sometimes we want to choose.
Sometimes we want to be told.
We have to the power to choose nearly every minute of every day.
“The (one) who pursues the mere attainable should be sentenced to get it… only through the unattainable does a man achieve a hope worth living and dying for – and so attain himself.”
– Eugene O’Neill
“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I don’t know about you, but I like to talk. I pretty much think I have the answer most of the time. (Ask anyone!)
“True empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with their own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that simple.” – David Foster Wallace
Empathy and creativity keep coming up in conversation – certainly while following current events in the news, and also around the “water cooler” at Elements.
Sometimes you just have to do something bold and not look back.
Be subversive. Take a risk.
How was your 4th of July weekend? Still holding on to some of that three-day weekend freshness? Do you even remember back to the 4th of July? Wait? What?! It’s the middle of July already!?
Even on vacation, some familiar new practices can pop up.
Over Memorial Day weekend, I was lucky enough to meet some friends south of London where we toured Petworth House – a Downton Abbey-esque manor and grounds that have been turned into a museum and vast public park.
What if you were asked to stand in front of a room of colleagues or friends and finish the sentence:
“I am ____________________.”
How would you feel doing it? Nervous? Scared? Thoughts of “what will they think?” running through your head or “what if I sound arrogant?” “What if I’m wrong?”
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, the most frightens us.” – Marianne Williamson
Really? Hmmm… I’m not so sure.