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Message from Pat - Reflection

"Only when the clamor of the outside world is silenced will you be able to hear the deeper vibration. Listen carefully."

~Sarah Ban Breathnach


by Andreia


These past two months are a blur. I spent way too much time doing stuff and not enough time reflecting on what I did to see if it was really worthwhile doing it at all. I was not living my life with intention. I did not do what I advise my clients to do. Reflect.

Let's think about our days. They are made up of meetings, making phone calls, answering phone calls, checking voicemails, reading emails, responding to emails, texting, updating all our social media sites, attending events, blah, blah, blah...

When was the last time you stopped...paused...and reflected on your progress?

I was reminded of Stephen Covey's work and his concept of Quadrant II thinking in his book First Things First. He teaches that when we find ourselves too busy to spend time planning and reflecting, that is precisely when we need to do it most. It will help us relieve some of the anxiety in our daily lives, but more importantly, it will help us to decide what is important to us and what conscious and intentional actions we must take next.

"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action."

~ Peter F. Drucker

Authors Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal, in A Bias for Action, spent 10 years observing the behaviors of managers in nearly a dozen large corporations. They concluded that "a mere 10 percent of the managers we observed spent their time in a committed, purposeful and reflective manner," while the other 90 percent of managers "squander their time in all sorts of ineffective activities," a state they labeled "Active Non-Action."

The 10 percent of the managers who took time to reflect were more successful at engaging their teams, meeting their goals and rejuvenating themselves. I also find that when leaders slow down, they are able to be reminded of their vision and value; re-engage with their intentions and plan and act from this renewal of vision and the bigger picture.

So, here are some pointers on reflection:

  • Take the time to reflect upon a situation in relationship to your intentions.

  • Begin your day with a 10-minute meeting with yourself in which you reflect on what is important to achieve that day.

  • Remind yourself of your vision.

  • Respond to all the communication noise during specific times during the day. Set the expectations.

  • Disengage from your high-level activities at least 10 minutes during the day. This simple act will provide you with the mental space you need in the middle of your day.

  • Close each day with a celebratory reflection and reflect on the good things you've accomplished.

The more you take the time to reflect, the easier it will become for you to clearly see the next step you need to take.

"One of the greatest moments in anybody's developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is."

~Norman Vincent Peale

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life...don't wait...model leadership...the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!




by Gianmaria

You need not see what someone is doing
to know if it is his vocation,

you have only to watch his eyes:
a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon

making a primary incision,
a clerk completing a bill of lading,

wear the same expression, forgetting
themselves in a function.

How beautiful it is,
that eye-on-the-object look.

~W. H. Auden

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    Many of us know Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech from snippets and news clips. If you have time for reflection today, watch it here, all the way through. It's unmissable. In an era of open injustice and brutal hatred, King challenges his listeners to actively build a better world for themselves and their children. We know the highlights, but watching the whole 16-minute speech underscores the clarity and power of MLK's vision.



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Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer

Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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