“The best way to predict the future is to design it”
– Buckmister Fuller
This time last week I was in the middle of hosting annual retreat for leaders, which was all the more special because of the prolonged delay with the pandemic.
23 unsuspecting victims, I mean clients…,joined me for 3 days in the beautiful village of Carlingford. We hiked, talked, reflected, laughed, listened and learned.
While there is a structure to this retreat I’ve found that there is always an emergent property to the event – themes or ideas will emerge in the moment as the group deepens it’s connection. One of the recurring themes this year was around ‘including yourself in your success’ more.
This seems almost contradictory on the surface because why wouldn’t you be including yourself? The reality is that it is possible to achieve many things in your life but not feel connected to it – to almost feel like a passenger. Why? – because you didn’t include yourself at a deeper level.
We can tell ourselves that when I get ‘x’ (x = money, house, job, award, fame etc.) then I will be y (y = happy, content, fulfilled), but it’s a false equation.
The truth is that we are creative beings, so we have the power to alter our future by thinking more deeply about what we are creating. Indeed if you create the right space you often realise that you’re pursuing something that may not be serving you at the highest level.
When you truly include yourself you feel ownership of your life, you feel connected at a deeper level and this ripples into your confidence, clarity and sense of purpose.
Maybe this week, it would be worth pausing to reflect on why you’re creating what you’re creating – and thinking a little more deeply as to if you’re really including yourself.
The surprising (& rewarding) thing is that the feelings you have been striving for are usually much closer than you’ve been thinking…
PS – I’m exploring this topic a little deeper in my podcast at the moment if you’re interested. Link below.
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The Inner Edge Podcast:
Short episodes released every Monday morning. This week’s is titled ‘A Twist On Being More Audacious – Part 2’. Listen on my website here or on all major podcast platforms.
Free Webinar Recording: 5 Ways To Win Bigger (The Power Of A Real MindShift):
Get access to over 50 minutes of thought provoking content in this webinar from last week. Get access here.
Doors Closing Tomorrow (Tuesday 12th October) – MindShift Virtual:
My signature program starts in a few weeks time. Learn the key skills of the digital age and raise your game in your career and life. Limited places available and it’s filling up. Details here.
Online Academy – Learn At Your Own Pace Anywhere In The World
I have a range of online courses and workshops you can do in your own time and some you can participate in live. Access details here.
3 Breakthrough Days With Like Minded Leaders – 2022 Applications Now Open For The Thrive Experience:
Applications for this years unique retreat for C-Suite leaders and business owners is now closed but you can register your interest for the 2022 event here.