Over the last two months, we have graduated several classes of our Conscious Physician program. It is not lost on me the wisdom that radiates from the room when these amazing leaders come together. For today’s blog, I want to share some of their pearls of wisdom with you in hopes something will resonate or activate a piece of learning to inspire your journey.
Following are thoughts and sayings or quotes that resonated with and were shared by these leaders:
- I want time enough on this earth to do my one life well.
- They say when God closes a door, he opens a window. But sometimes, God wants us to just kick the door down.
- Remember, we are all terminal. Take the journey seriously, but lightly. Love often and deeply.
- Live with faith over fear.
- “Be like water.” ~ Bruce Lee
- My awareness has inherent flaws.
- “There is something of yourself you leave at every meeting with another person.”
~ Mr. Rogers. Be intentional about the space you create and the energy you leave.
- If you’re not at the table, it’s more difficult to be part of the conversation.
- Feel with your mind; think with your heart.
- Anxiety is a door to change.
- “Experience is knowledge. All the rest is information.” ~ Albert Einstein
- “If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than you are now.”
~ Kung Fu Panda
- You better know what you stand for in this life. All your choices, relationships and successes will stem from that place.
- The task should never upstage the person.
- “Don’t get treed by a chihuahua.” ~ Pete Blaber. Don’t make decisions (inferences or assumptions for that matter) without the needed and correct information; don’t make choices out of context.
- Be stewards of a greater purpose.
- We must reframe failure and regret if we want something different.
- The future justifies the present.
- Between what I think, what I want to say, what I believe I say, what I say, what you want to hear, what you believe to hear, what you hear, what you want to understand, what you think you understand, what you understand… They are ten possibilities that we might have some problem communicating. But let’s try anyway…” ~ Bernard Werber
These reflect a small segment of some of the lessons learned. What words of wisdom would you add?
For me, I was struck by the concepts about legacy. We live one relatively short life and yet our impact on each other and our planet is profound. Mary Oliver asks, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” As we work with leaders who are consciously creating their legacy, it is striking to me how one might define what they stand for. When we know that core of who we are as a person and as a leader, the rest becomes easy. We make choices, establish relationships, build teams and drive cultures based on what is most important to us. What I am always struck by is how difficult it is for us to define that and stay true to it. So, for me, of all statements above, I am moved to continue to forge clarity around the statement, “know what you stand for in this life” and live – and lead – from there.