The Y and Z team participants seems passionate and focused! It has been fun getting to know each person and learning what he or she wants to create. It is always satisfying to work with folks who are engaqed, eager, and interested.
I have modified the daily practice for a few folks who have goals related to writing or studying, or getting a particular project completed. For the writers, for example, one of their actions EVERY day is to write. I do not want them too disctracted by other things, although they are exploring ways to shore up their support structure and blow past their barriers.
Day 3 is all about discovery.
Here, again, is portion of their daily email:
You have spent the last couple days refining your goal and sharing it with people. Take a few moments today to ask and try to answer discovery questions:
1. Who are the keepers of the current wisdom in the area of your goal?
2. Notice the parts of the program that are easy/difficult for you. What observations can you make about your areas of resistance?
3. Who are you being? What mindset and self-talk are you operating under? Here are a few ways of being that could pose a challenge for you (although they are helpful in some situations)
A. “I don’t know anything and am unworthy.“ This may come up when it is time to make requests, “who am I to ask this person to help me?” If you have a bit of this going on, try to adopt another and more powerful belief. You are a professional with a great idea and it is a privilege for people to help or mentor you. Most people get a charge out of being asked.
B. “I know.“ Some people have a bit of cockiness to them. This is not a bad thing and is a strength in many situations. I’m that way some of the time, too. When it comes to creating a breakthrough, I think it is best to be confident, but also open, curious and humble. If someone you contact offers you an idea or tells a story about something they have tried, be thankful, gracious, and resist the need to tell your own story or say “I know.” (We may not use those words, but it is how it might be received.)
C. “I am getting ready.” Paralysis by planning. Some folks spend most of their time getting ready to act. They are creating to-do lists, buying books, taking seminars, creating multiple plans, etc. While all these things are helpful to an extent and they are a form of action, at some point preparing needs to give way to being out there and doing! This is also often the “Stargazer.”
I think the question of who is the keeper of the wisdom is important and can be viewed in many ways. For example, the wisdom could come from those who are at the top of the field. Wisdom could also come from those who have gone through a similar process. I encourage the participants to consider both of these types of wisdom, and others.
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