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Head talk asks that we critically explore our thinking process. Are we stuck in out-moded patterns of behaviors that no longer serve us? What assumptions are we making and what actions can we take if the assumptions are confirmed? What resources can we call upon? How have we nurtured our relationships and support network? Are we being truly HONEST with ourselves about our own fears? What voices do we need to listen toeven if we dont want to?
Heart walk is truth in action. It means we keep our word. Trust is the password of our time. It is also the cornerstone of relationships. Since an inability to get along is the single biggest reason for failure, heart walk builds relationships through connecting at more than cerebral levels.
Optimism arises from our anticipation of a positive outcome as well as our ability to help produce that outcome. Dr. Martin Seligmans decades-long research indicates that optimism can be learned by listening carefully to our internal dialogue and challenging negative beliefs. Learned Optimism is a book that should be on everyones reading list.
Purpose, passion and persistence work like a three-legged stool in holding up a resilient leader. Purpose implies that you have a reason for being on this earth and it is not all about you. Since the odds of a human egg being fertilized are 220 trillion to one, you are NOT a mistake.
If purpose is the why you are here, passion is the what. Its that activity that gets your juices flowing. Somehow, somewhere it must be in your life. Find a way to put it there and then persist in the doing. Pablo Casals knew he was put on earth for music. His passion was the cello. Even severely crippled with arthritis, his resilient spirit persisted through the pain and he played like an angel.
Energy and enjoyment spark up the human engine. In complex time, our energy sources need to be renewed and refreshed. Sleep, exercise, solitude, and meditation pump the exhausted spirit with the octane of resiliency. Play and laughter are birthrights of the human spirit. Laughter is the canary of hope. If the laughter has died, so too has your resiliency. Lighten up. Find whats zany about life. Watch children at play. Dont take life so seriouslyyou wont get out of it alive.
Philosopher Howard Zinn wrote that to have hope, one doesnt need certainty, only possibility. In an upside down worldthere are lots of possibilities for positive change and growth. Let H.O.P.E. support YOUR resilient spirit.
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