So I was looking for something else today and came across this GEM from January 11, 2016. It is written on the little slips of paper that they give you at a hotel next to the phone…I guess I was traveling for work on this night. So here you have it…my great insights regarding Strength straight from my sloppy midnight handwriting to you! Enjoy!!
Fuck Compliancy – Harnessing Strength
The first step in harnessing your strength is NOT to admit you have a problem – it is to admit you have a KICK ASS character trait, and that is the only clear step in the process!
There is not a 12 step program (as much as we would love a step by step set of instructions) to becoming or embracing our strength.
For me, 99.9% of the time I don’t even recognize the parts of my own life as needing strength until after the fact, when I look back and can say – HOLY SHIT that took bass to conquer. I often wonder if that is because fear may stop me from forward progress if I knew the strength needed ahead of time. It makes wonder if all black diamond ski slopes should be labeled bunny hills just to get my ass on them. Pretty sure I would make it to the bottom of both….why let fear rule my strength?
I want to share and show that being strong is not a liability to you, your family, friends, employer or employees. Being strong is an asset that you can use to drive out the good in yourself, in others, in your community, work, etc… The labels (oh yes, the labels) BOSSY, BITCHY, AGGRESSIVE, KNOW IT ALL, are just that….LABELS! If we use our straight for good <<insert superhero here>>
we can move past the labels and find new lenses that reflect leadership, drive, compassion and integrity.
This is not just something for us to learn but for us to TEACH as well. I have held my strength high out of sheer blind faith mixed with a bit of naivety and some great parenting (#ProfferTough) until some point where I have let Corporate America and _____big blank spot_____ (I suspect that big blank spot might be filled with a ton of shitty experiences) beat me down. For my daughter (and myself) I have to reconnect with my strength as I know it is part of the true me. I want to teach “E” how to harness her strength and hold onto it ALWAYS! How to do that is TBD!!!
Additional commentary from today, Wednesday, August 2, 2017….
I can look back over the last few years and see that I have wavered in my ability to recognize, accept and “re-harness” my strength. I am a work in progress but I can feel it coming back.
Interesting snip it I had in this book on the prior page…this will make you think!
in case you can read that small print it says…
Stay in balanced harmony with the field of intention to help stabilize and harmonize the forces of the universe that can get out of balance when you live from a place of excessive ego.