Three Thoughts for Thursday – September Edition!

Quote or Passage I’m Pondering and Appreciating:

On the mid-life…

Actually, this is but one of many ‘crises’ or critical stages of development… What makes crises of these transition periods in the life cycle – that is problematic and painful – is that in successfully working our way through them we must give up cherished notions and old ways of doing and looking at the same things. Many people are either unwilling or unable to suffer the pain of giving up the outgrown which needs to be forsaken. Consequently, they cling, often forever, to their old patterns of thinking and behaving, thus failing to negotiate any crisis, to truly grow up, and to experience the joyful sense of rebirth that accompanies the successful transition into greater maturity.

He goes on…

Self-discipline is a self-enlarging process. The pain of giving up is the pain of death, but death of the old is birth of the new.

                                                                        ~ M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

On expectations…

As we release the hold of expectations and disappointments, we stop trying to live into the imagined life and live the one we have been given, we discover a profound inner freedom to make choices out of love rather than obligation or resentment.

                                                                        ~ Christine Valters Paintner

What are old patterns and old ways of being that are no longer serving you and need to be released? How might you let go of some expectations and open space for opportunity and surprise? How can you take a leap and lean into the life you’ve been given, your authenticity, in order to allow yourself to expand and create alignment between the inner and outer worlds?

September 2019 imagePhoto by Sammie Vasquez on Unsplash

Podcast I’m Listening To:

Coaching for Leaders with Dave Stachowiak

#425: Change Comes Through Resilience, with Leonardo Baumworcel

Leonardo Baumworcel is the director of Hospital São Lucas in Brazil. He oversees a 200-bed hospital and emergency room seeing 10,000 patients a month. He also oversees the work of 2,500 staff. He is a cardiologist by training and a recent alum of the Coaching for Leaders Academy.

Key Points:

  • One way to utilize the podcast is to leverage it for staff training to get the entire team on the same page.
  • Resilience is key when working to achieve your vision through change – beware of giving up too quickly.
  • Leaders need to establish the frameworks and limitations for what to do – and then help people to have the freedom to work within it.
  • Peer mentoring allows both leaders to learn from each other, instead of limiting the professional development to one person.

Resources Mentioned:

Book I’m Reading:

Creating the Work You Love: Courage, Commitment and Career  By Rick Jarow

In this unique and provocative look at work, career counselor Rick Jarow argues for a return to the concept of vocation–finding a “calling” instead of a job.

Traditional career guides inventory the individual skills, talents, and abilities that correlate to specific existing jobs. Creating the Work You Love presents a unique alternative approach, using self-reflective exercises based on the seven chakras, to help you determine the elements you need to create a life filled with meaning and purpose.

Jarow believes that it is possible to live and act from the most authentic part of ourselves, and to express our strongest values, energies, and talents through our work in the world. Concentrating on the attributes associated with each of the body’s energy centers, or chakras, Dr. Jarow helps us form a bridge between our personal priorities and the external activities of the work world. Once this bridge is established, strategies are developed to find a career that nourishes all aspects of our lives.