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What Are You Overlooking?

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...

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The YOU You Could Be

You know that definition of hell?
"On your last day on earth, the person you are will meet the person you could have been."
Here's the thing...
Just as the butterfly is already in the caterpillar, the YOU who you could be is already in you.
But unlike the caterpillar, we humans have the powerful ability to stop our own metamorphosis.
And the way our society is set up, the way schools and jobs work, we have been trained to define ourselves in narrow terms and stay that way.
For most of my life, I lived a life of avoidance, playing safe so I wouldn't get hurt. I became masterful at hiding and pleasing, playing by others' rules.
That comes with a heavy price.
We pay the price every day, in each moment that we do that.
We can recognize it by the constriction and tightness in ourselves... the sense of something wanting to be freed, like a bird in a cage.
I write this not to your head, but to your heart....
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How to Be More of Who You Really Are At Work

freedom leadership power Oct 16, 2021

Have you ever felt like you wear a mask at work? Or that there's the work you and the real you?

Or do you feel stressed, frustrated, or just a bit flat?

Do you feel like there should be *more* somehow at work - more ease, more inspiration, more connection, more fun, more creativity?

Then this is the conversation for you. Let's talk about being more of who you really are at work.

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