“Leadership is a mindset that shifts from being a victim to creating results. Any one of us can demonstrate leadership in our work and within our lives.” ~ Robin S. Sharma
Now that we’re quickly approaching the New Year (I can’t believe it’s already 2016!) and getting busy and excited about holiday season, parties, presents and vacations, I want to invite you to pause for just a short while…. Take time to acknowledge YOURSELF for all the work, efforts, achievements, generosity, kindness, awareness, perseverance, strength and courage! Own all the PROGRESS – internal and external – that YOU made in 2015. Most likely you easily see the progress in others’ lives; now I want you to celebrate your own!
Today I want to share with you some of the most memorable encounters I had in 2015 – physical and virtual (yes, in the melting pot of social media and its cacophony, there are some REAL diamonds!J ). As I was thinking about the topic for this blog, I felt that I really want to spread the love, insights and wisdom I was fortunate to experience in 2015.
I am talking about a few women – soulful feminine leaders – whose passion, gentleness, depth, grace, wisdom and love touched so many around them with the remarkable magic of shining beautiful souls! I happened to be one of these fortunate people who were touched by these REAL BEAUTIES and I want to honor them and their work in this post by sharing their lessons and insights from this passing year.
Constance Arnold, Author, Success Coach, International Radio Talk Show Host www.fulfillingyourpurpose.com
REST, TRUST AND ENJOY THE UNFOLDING OF MY HIGHEST GOOD
“This year the greatest lesson that I have learned is to trust the process, timing and unfolding of my highest good. I have a busy life. I am an International Radio Talk, Success Coach and Author. Additionally this year I sponsored a Conference in Atlanta with participants attending from all over the world. After my conference, I realized that I felt tired and did not have the joy that I normally possessed in living my life. Life seemed routine to me and I felt like my days consisted of checking off my “To Do List.” I realized that I had been working extra hard to manifest some new business ideas.
I knew that what I needed was an encounter with God. So, I set aside an intense time for prayer and meditation and this is what was downloaded to me:
- Learn to trust that God and the Universe are always conspiring to get my highest good to me. (I forgot this)
- Rest in KNOWING God has a million ways to manifest my highest good once I TRUST and detach from the outcome. When I try to control the timing of manifestation, I actually limit the miraculous from manifesting in my life.”
Kathleen Anne Mulligan, Personal Presence Mastery Coach
The Symphony Falls Flat without the playing of each and every Note
“2015 was a year that continued to bring beyond beautiful blessings into my life… right alongside some soul sucking – devastating griefs. Initially, I felt feverish to do everything I could in order to bridge what felt like a cavernous gap… the bright highs of my life on one side and the painful lows on the other. I felt myself constantly swinging back and forth as though on a rope swing – never really landing on either side. It was exhausting and it was taking a toll on my spirit. But finally, I tired and I allowed myself to come to center, to surrender. I let calm and grace hold me and I became still. And in that stillness I was able to see that both the pain and the beauty were being given to me as equal gifts – both being used to break my heart open even further. I was reminded of what Rumi said, “the wounds are the place where the light enters you.”
And so I chose to learn a new way to hold my grief and my joy… free of earlier perceptions that one was high and one was low… one good and the other bad, one right, one wrong. I chose to simply see each experience as a critical note that joins others and forms the harmony that is the symphonic sound of my miraculous life… each note adding to the full and rich expression that is the masterpiece that is me.
As I will begin the new year more light-filled, I’m learning to bow to the entire messy mélange of my life… and to celebrate and give honor to each extraordinary note.”
Sara Oblak Speicher, MBA, Business Consultant and Coach
Inner Equilibrium Leads to Success on the ‘outside.’
“As we grow and evolve, and as our businesses change, the disconnect that can happen presents a very challenging situation… That’s where I found myself after the birth of my second baby, with a booming business, battling postpartum depression, and yet feeling unfulfilled. It was such a great learning experience: From the perspective of mindset, inner blocks, and breakthroughs, I have learned that every process takes time, and resisting due to the fear of change isn’t worth it. Surrender!
Trust that once you establish the inner equilibrium, everything will fall into place on the “outside”. From a practical side, regularly check in with yourself and compare that against everything you have going on. If it helps, even track what you need from your business (family time, flexibility, financial freedom, fulfillment in my case), and evaluate whether or not it still aligns with your priorities, desires, and wants.”
I am sure that YOU have your own insights and lessons from 2015… Make time for yourself; get quiet and journal about your progress, insights, goals and challenges, wins and lessons. Allow YOUR beauty to shine through… always!
With love and Gratitude,