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Busy is good, yes?

In Appalachian Trail, Coaching, Epiphanies, Leave Your Comfort Zone, Uncategorized on May 7, 2017 at 9:52 pm

I’ve been busy — hiking, studying Civil War history, plotting grand strategy, serving as a judge for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, envisioning my next quest, and planning for a nostalgic reunion with a few old Army buddies.

And along the way …

  • I’ve picked up a number of new executive coaching clients,
  • entered into a new partnership to train another cohort of future leaders,
  • celebrated a key birthday, qualifying to draw upon my military retirement pay, and
  • have worked on a remodeling project for my Mom in the old house I once lived in as a very young lad.

When you find yourself too busy to figure out which end is up or what direction is north, pause to take a breathe and pull out your values-based compass. Orient yourself by determining true north. Set a new azimuth and calculate how far you’ll travel on this path.

Then take that next step.

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What does it take to re-light your fire?

In Aha!, How To, leadership on January 24, 2017 at 6:51 pm
"Come on baby, light my fire." Okay, some of you may now have an 'ear bug' that'll pleasantly haunt you for the rest of the day. But seriously now ...

“Come on baby, light my fire.” Okay, some of you may now have an ‘ear bug’ that’ll pleasantly haunt you for the rest of the day. But seriously now …

Q: What does it take to re-light your fire?

A: Some may claim that “it only takes a spark.”

Others in the know may add the caveat: so long as the kindling is dry, you’re protected from the wind, you’ve a ready source of fuel handy, and/or you know how to create that spark in the first place.

As a certified professional facilitator and leadership coach, I have opportunities to meet and assist teams and leaders from many walks of life. Luckily, many still have had experience with starting a camp fire, lighting a wood stove, or burning a log in their fireplace. Sadly, too many rely on modern conveniences that today’s “glampers” enjoy or they just flip a switch and the natural gas flows into their family room or den.

I hope by know you’ve figured out that this blog article isn’t actually about your outdoorsy skills.

Yep, it’s a metaphor. So what does it take to re-light your personal or professional fire?

What fuels your passion for excellence?

What people do you enlist to bring you kindling or more fuel?

Who’s looking out for you organizationally speaking to “block the wind” or run interference from some unforeseen “storm.”

It may only take a spark, but it’s also a good time to take stock of your fuel supply and know how.

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Remote associations include but are not limited to the following:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deB_u-to-IE ==> “Light My Fire” by The Doors
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J91ti_MpdHA ==> “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys