So much of our everyday thinking centers upon the things we need to do each day. As an experiment, I have been intentionally thinking about how I want to be as I move through my day. Especially in the face of encounters that make me nervous or fearful, this week I am trying to adopt the following list of qualities as a series of “better choices.”
When I am at my best I choose to be. . .
· Connected, not isolated
· Visionary, not limiting possibilities
· Thriving, not withering
· Articulate, not mumbling
· Decisive, not waffling
· Focused, not distracted
· Present to reality, not in denial
· Indomitable, not succumbing
· Energized, not weary
· Poised, not wobbly
This list was generated as a set of responses to Map #3 in Michael Bungay Stanier’s new book, Do More Great Work. While the formula is not magical producing instantaneous results, I have found myself manfesting more of my desired qualities as I have made a conscious effort to think about it.