There are certain people that come into our lives and shift the course that we were on for the better. There are certain people in our lives there to help us navigate the storms, keeping us on course. For the handful of people that have contributed to me, as I have just described, I am deeply grateful. These individuals tend to be people that have challenged me, provoked me, and contributed to me taking courageous action. Their contribution has empowered me to grow, making me more able to make my mark on the planet.
We are going to be talking about making our mark in a bit, but first I want to tell you about someone who has made his mark in my life.
I met Rich Beckmann at CTI, the Coaches Training Institute, where I got my coaching training and certification. Rich started contributing to my life right away and in many ways. One of the things he has continued to do is to connect me with great people, key people that have resulted in my business expansion, deep personal development and much more. One of the people he connected me with is Michael Bungay Stanier founder of Box of Crayons. Michael does Great Work and he provokes everyone around him to do the same. I was watching one of his videos this morning “5 Ways to Make Your Mark” and I knew I had to share with you.
As I watched the video, I couldn’t help but to start writing down thoughts to the questions he asked and realized this is a perfect little exercise for YOU, my Monday Motivation friend.
So, here we go. Pull out a piece of paper or grab your journal. Take the next 10 minutes for yourself and:
1) Click Here to watch the video. (3 minutes short)
2) Write down your answers the questions below:
- What’s your greatest strength? What are you good at that also excites you and leaves you energized? On a scale of 1-10 how well are you using it? What will you begin doing to utilize your greatest strength, making your unique mark on those around you?
- What’s in your shadow? What are you denying about yourself?– Keep in mind, “The gold is in the dark.” Jung also said, “I’d rather be whole than good.” When we own up to the whole of who we are our lives get richer and calmer. So, don’t be resistant to owning your dark side. After all, we all have one!
- What’s the thresh-hold you’re on? You know what this is. This is the area you are avoiding, hoping it goes away. Go towards it. It’s going to be up to you and that is your ”hero’s journey.” You must tap into your courage and step up to the plate. Your next level is on the other side. Only you can take on this adventure. Just do it!
- Who’s on your side? When we take on our hero’s journey, we must have our team supporting our journey. Who’s your mentor, your sidekick, and your gang, the men annd woman in arms that have our back? How can you better ask for their support?
- Hold on and Let go– What do you need to hold onto? What’s precious right now? What do you need to let go of? What’s weighing you down?
I trust this exercise created NEW insight, NEW perspective and CLEAR direction for the next step for you. Talk to your crew about what you discovered from this! Share it with me. I’d love to hear!
Let’s make this a powerful week and let’s make our unique mark in our home, work, community and world.
With Love and Volition,
Corry Ann March
P.S. Here are the books Michael suggested:
- “Go Put Your Strengths to Work,” Marcus Buckingham
- “The Dark Side of Light Chasers,” Debbie Ford
- “Immunity to Change,” Robert Kegan