How can you embody your truth today?
As a leader it is important to be yourself. All types of people and personalities can be good leaders but the best ones are true to themselves. They lead with their values. They follow their passions. They inspire people to come along. With authenticity in ourselves we can truly do all of these things. With authenticity embodied (e.g. - us own our own values, needs, dreams, etc) then all of the truth of us can truly show up.
How can you embody your truth today?
I have wildly successfully let go of my past and thereby am now healthily accepting change, flexibility, adaptability, and therefore growth with others...for the truth was I had been carrying a lot of my past with me for a long time. And in order to change we must let go and be in the now. Mindfulness helped that a lot through wisely enjoying the present and being wise enough to then allow the past to leave.
What have you been holding onto for so long that it feels normal? What will help you to be in the now?
As we all grow into ourselves deeper and deeper intimacy can occur. People we have been connected to suddenly the relationships can go deeper. With those we have recently met we can healthily assess or determine which direction the relationship will take much more quickly. And with those we are partnered with we can truly be ourselves vs. agonizing about things so much or trying to change in order to match with that person.
When you are real about who you truly are, relationships deepen and thereby freedom occurs for wealth is successful relationships. As I grow more satisfaction in my healthy relationships I no longer limit my possibilities for the future and take action towards deeper connections rather than avoid or run from them.
What relationships do you want to deepen? With whom do you want to spend more time?
Living on purpose allows one to fully express who they are and what is important to them. Rather than living inauthentically or not validating your full range of emotions one can feel stifled, misunderstood, and/or not true to themselves. Once you find your true purpose you feel stronger to make sure you are living up to those standards and not making decisions which are not aligned to that vision any more.
Deep inner work heals the division within you but the true benefit of that is living truly aligned, on purpose, and using your voice authentically so that people see the true strength in you (your capabilities) as well as your true compassion, empathy, and heart for the wise authentically show both parts of themselves to the world. Finally then who you are beams out and neglects one's own needs no more but wisely lets them open up to being seen and heard and developed fully by asking for help, support, as well as partnership on things that are important to them.
What is important to you? What do you need to ask for support or help on? Where do you need to show both your strength and your vulnerability?
When I finally had the confidence to move forward in the direction of my purpose welcome opportunities are flying towards me. When we make a decision about the path forward and begin to take actions on them then things naturally come towards us. I put it out to my network that I am interested in certain opportunities and they have begun to put me in touch with their friends and colleagues who are working in those areas. I have found opportunities as a result of being part of larger networks and people are looking on their own for me. I feel privileged to have a large network, to be able to lean on them, and to be able to provide for them as well. It is always a give and a take, but I feel privileged to right now be able to lean in and see dozens of people, opportunities, and resources coming my way. I am eternally grateful for the work I do, the friends I have, but mainly the duty I feel towards pursuing the purpose I have in my heart to work towards.
What are you being called to do? How can you leverage your network, resources, and/or support to move that purpose forward?
As I took the time to self care over the holidays it was really clear to me that my bonds with who I am and the role I have been playing over the course of the last 12 years is one of change agent, leadership trainer and coach and I realize that I feel confident in that role. But even with confidence I was not fully aligning to the dreams I had in my heart. I wanted to shift more into working with commercial clients as well as facilitating many more mindfulness programs. As I return and get back into the swing of the year I finally am ready to pivot and make decisions, take actions, and say no to things which are not taking me in that direction.
As a result I am confident in my bones that I am living my purpose. I am putting what I am meant to be doing out there and thereby am letting my heart and spirit truly thrive. What do you need to taking action on which would bring you confidence? What is aligned with your purpose which is you need to step up into?
Over the holidays I took time off - 3 weeks in fact - and as a result I came back to work this week rested and rejuvenated in a way that offered deep joy and care to my clients. I was modeling the behavior of self-care I speak about with my clients. I allowed my heart to truly feel blissful experiences. I dedicated time and energy to the people I love as well as dedicated energy towards who I am and the world I adore!
What gets you rested and rejuvenated? Do you take the time and energy to dedicate to those things? If so how do you feel afterwards and how does that contribute to your day to day life when you return? If not how can you add more of it into your experience?
As the year ends and you now enter the phase of family time and holiday love and celebrations remember to pause for a moment and just be grateful. I am so grateful to you, my readers and clients, for your wonderful energy, devotion, and willingness to develop and grow. I am SO grateful for my family and friends, without whom I could not do what I do, but mainly I am SO grateful for God for I keep learning what love is, what duty is, and mainly what cherishment of those I love means. Here is wishing you a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and hoping that you keep a grateful heart through the season!
When you work through the struggle and win there is a strong confidence that joins you, that allows you to develop into the wise version of yourself. When all of you insists on no longer taking a back seat, no longer being a smaller version of yourself, and no longer living so windingly then the world opens up. New opportunities (career and life) open up. Deeper emotions rise, different visions of the future are available to you, but mainly a caressing of your heart and soul occurs for the wisdom finally arouses that you are alright and not needing to be different in order to make things work.
Being who you are is exactly what is needed to create the dreams you have always had in your heart. By letting yourself melt into who you are and no longer doubt the truth you can wisely let the soul of you develop into the best version of yourself. Allowing who you are to be nothing other than that will determine your path forward for the more you get in your own way the more you falter.
Making you stronger is available only when you determine that the right course is always the one that you hear within and allow yourself to take the steps to get there. Wisely listen to the bold voice within and allow yourself to thrive!
When you pass through some struggles you wonder whether you can thrive again, prosper, wake up and make the contribution that you are meant to make in the world. But when you move through it accepting with all of your being that the struggle was meant to happen you realize that you are just passing through the right tunnel to get you to the next right open door. As a result of the pain, the shock, you dig deeper, you work harder to get to where you really want to go and you realize that the right doors have always been open if you had just been paying attention to the little small voice within guiding you the whole time.
Sometimes we get complacent and turn away from the know that we need to change, be flexible, and/or look in a different direction, but it is not until we get woken up (slapped on the head) that we finally take the actions to move us in the direction that we are meant to go. Listen to the still small voice within. It is always guiding you the right next step if you just listen to it. It is always wanting to take you to the biggest version of yourself and that is by taking actions on the small voice within rather than avoiding taking some hard steps that you are not ready or wanting to take yet because they mean change.
Change can be hard, but is the wisest thing for you. It is a true test of your willingness to grow without resistance and letting the right actions take place. Don't wait too long or you will have to make the change anyways...
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.