Yesterday I felt I had such clarity. Instead of striving to push myself through my work life, which I felt over the past few weeks, I felt sunny. I felt open to challenges, my mind felt clear, or rather organized and open to receiving information in an embracing manner. Interestingly, a new staff member joined our team yesterday, and she stopped by my office to talk. The conversation that we had was full of passion and purpose. We discussed ideas and plans as well as leadership and team-focused work cultures. It was spectacular. I wonder if I experienced our conversation to be so energizing because we were both coming from an open, creative, and positive energy field? In simple terms, it felt good. It felt right, and it gave me food for thought. I went home last night and opened a book I was given that was written by a previous boss, Ryan Walter. Ryan is well known for his career in the NHL, and sports (ha) a Stanley Cup ring for proof of his accomplishments. He is also a motivator and leadership coach.
His book is a leadership book called “Hungry!.”
In one chapter he discusses futuring, and gave me a lot of food for thought.
Futuring is the use of a systemic process for thinking about, and planning for the future.
The first step towards benefiting from Futuring is to align our strengths, focus, and energy towards a specific destination. The establishment of a goal is the key to successful living.
The idea is to not keep the goal in front of you, but to continuously drive towards increasing the clarity of your desired future. The clearer the goal, the more strongly you will move towards it.
Ryan is a very visual person. He said that he has actually drawn a picture of his goal because the visual nature of drawing a picture increases the imprint for him. I can relate. I like to use visuals too - photos with some text.
Here’s a goal building exercise that he does with individuals and teams.
Paper one wall of a room, and starting on the left side, draw a detailed landscape of where you are today. Next, draw on the right side, with as much vibrancy and colour as possible, where you would like to be. Finally, in the middle, record the action steps that are necessary to take you to your destination.
The paper is being placed on my wall this evening. What is inspiring is that when I think of people who I know to be “hungry” - those who blend passion and purpose or mind and heart and are achieving success all have their goals clearly written or drawn out and refer to them daily.
Confirmation that you’re doing it right and heading in the right direction is seriously needed sometimes. Thank you.
xo “Camp belle”… what’s in a name.
What would you do if you won 4 million dollars in a lottery and learned the same day that you only had 4 months to live? Who would you spend time with? How would you spend your money? Who would you apologize to?
—Ryan Walter in his book “Hungry!”
Electric motor boats have been invented, tested, and are now being used. I will have at least one and will give back by providing others with the chance to feel the breeze in their hair, to participate in outdoor recreation, to dabble in adventure, to test the waters, and develop and/or learn new skills.
I will have a beautiful home with doors that open to let the inside out and outside in - a seamless spatial interaction.
Inspired by a story, I am creating a “Can you Imagine” wall. The wall is for people to place dreams, ideas, and visions of what they want. The challenge is to find ways to make it happen. Drawings and text and even photos of achievements - large or small.
Ben Rector - The Beat
Style - opportune and lively: urban meets resort.
The sounds and views from my seat on the rock.