Awakening the Company of One

Leaders should lead with a purpose. They should lead their organization with a purpose and they should lead themselves with a purpose. This starts with a frame of reference of ourselves as a company of one -- "Me Incorporated." As a leader with a purpose, would you be better engaged? If you were focused on deliberate intentions that were aligned with your purpose, would you make a difference in the lives of the people you interact with, the people that you lead? What do you need to do to awaken this company of one person so you can have a positive influence?

My friend, Kathleen Zurenko who's been a guest blogger for us, shared some thoughts from Gregg Braden's book the Divine Matrix about awakening ourselves to begin changing our consciousness. Awakening ourselves positions us to be a better leader. This will allow us to awaken others and lead them to do their best!

1. Every day take time for silence, stillness and solitude. The world’s is a noisy place. Being alone in a quiet, peaceful place is supportive of the awakening process.

2. Be mindful about what we allow into our daily lives by paying close attention to what we read, watch, listen to, and eat.

3. Move more, sit less. Movement viscerally connects us to the earth and restores our vitality.

4. Acknowledge the beauty that surrounds us. There are natural and human-made wonders just waiting to be discovered.

5. Teach and support others as often as possible. Volunteering in our community, even if just for a few hours a month, gives us the opportunity to make the world a better place.

6. Nurture our tribes. Community is an integral component of caring, guidance, support, friendship, and companionship.

7. See the bigger picture. Take classes, join discussion groups or find something to research.

8. Live simply and deliberately. Clear out the clutter and make room for what we need and enjoy.

9. Embrace the challenges life presents and find ways to challenge ourselves. Even the most exciting job, the most exciting lifestyle, can become routine.

10. Stay in touch with ourselves. Mindfulness, practiced through yoga, meditation or journaling can support us in learning about our emotions, reactions, likes, dislikes, dreams and fears. Having a solid sense of self gives us a firm foundation for living in this world and being fully awake.

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