Overheard between son (6) and daughter (9) on the sofa.
Son smiling, "I think I'm cheekier than you".
Daughter, looking at him thoughtfully,
"I think we have the same cheekiness. You just use it more."
I recently did a fun and powerful exercise with other coaches where we highlighted qualities in ourselves that we wanted to bring out.
Then we role-played taking on those qualities.
And the amazing thing is, whether it was cheekiness, creativity, boldness, power, compassion, lightness, or vulnerability - everyone could harness those qualities simply by CHOOSING to do so.
Even if they felt unfamiliar.
That indicates that they were always there.
As I continue this journey, I keep uncovering qualities in myself and in others, that have been hidden or ignored.
One executive had gotten used to leaving his heart at home.
Another had locked away joy and freedom.
I myself believed the lie that I was missing power and connection, and that's just for starters.
Unsurprisingly, we wander around feeling somewhat short of whole.
That has a direct impact on our leadership, our work, our relationships, and our lives.
So, what treasures do you have lying inside, waiting to be dusted off?
And what would they do for your life?