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Don’t Confuse What You Do With who You Are.

“Don’t confuse what you do with who you are”, my words landed on the desk between us like a dropping anchor.

Patrick, a co-worker was sitting in my office lamenting a set of circumstances in his work life that were recently changed and the choices he was now faced with. He was informed earlier in the day that his position was being eliminated. The good news was he did have a choice of three different positions that would be made available to him.  Understandably, he was confused, certainly surprised, and a bit angry. Patrick had taken an experimental position with the company and by all measurements done quite well with it. He now had a change in circumstance. But as we spoke it became clear that Patrick was having a struggle of ego not identity. He carried on, what would he do, how could they simply throw away the work and the processes he created, not to mention the good customers he nurtured and grew in service to the company? How DARE they not recognize him for what he had done!

I understood the conflict and disappointment, I’d been in the same situation. I listened with intent and understanding posing the following; “If money was not an issue, what would you do?” Patrick’s eyes brightened, a slight smile turned up the right side of his mouth, “I’d go back to coaching football”. He lingered with the thought for a moment but quickly dismissed the rationality of the idea. “This is the worst time of year to get into coaching as all of the coaching rosters have been filled and spring workouts are about to start,” he continued “I would have to move my family, it would be too much to ask of them.” I could see the light is his eyes dim as quickly as they brightened. In a flash his mind took him back into the captivity of “good reason.”

My bit of advice to Patrick lingered with me. Was it accurate? How connected to who we are is what we do? Are we what we do, or the choices we make? Are we something completely separate yet connected to both of those things?

The answer to the true self can only live in one place, our soul. It is the place that the creator made for us all to connect back wholly and completely to creation.

Patrick had, if but for a brief moment, a soul encounter. Coaching for Patrick was not a pipe dream, he had been a successful coach at both the high school and college level. He married, had children while living his souls job, why did he quit? I’ve not asked this question of him but I can guess, life and circumstances moved onto the scene and he made choices that moved him from his soul to the “good sense” of his ego.

I hoped to help Patrick understand that the work we do has very little connection with really who we are. I asked Patrick if he could just let himself sit with the fact that his soul is still convinced that he is a coach. “Are you coaching in any aspect of your life now?” “Yes” he sat up, “I help the new guys that come in all the time with processes, and my son is seven, so we do allot of back yard coaching.” I asked what I thought was the obvious question, “If you know your soul knows you as a coach, what does that look like now?” “More importantly what does that have to do with any of the job choices you are faced with today?” Patrick relaxed and chucked slightly, “It really doesn’t matter does it? None of the options are who I am, just what I do.” I shrugged a bit and replied “Maybe you should pick the job that feels right in this circumstance, but consider putting your brain time and choices in the place that your soul lives…coach”.

There was a time in human history when communities valued who the individual was and nurtured, through ritual and ceremony, the awakening of that true self and its application to the community.

We have become a process and production centric society, valuing only what a person produces and how efficiently. Sadly we have aligned who we are with this very narrow production view. We are tested and graded and categorized from a very early age to push this production identity. We exalt the producers in sport, business even religion. We create the new Gods of an ego based society with such a loud common cadence that we can barely notice the ever suppressed voice of our soul crying to be heard.

Where is your soul calling you?

So, What’s Your Story?

Our life is a story… Actually our life is a storyline.

Our storyline is comprised of the memories (ours and others) we have of experiences and people we have encountered along our journey. Out of this memory we have assembled, and continue to assemble, a personal “Mythos” or believed story about ourselves and our walk in life. It’s a story, and like all good storylines it has to have a protagonist an antagonist, a hero or heroine, and an epic adventure.

We love our story. We are attached to it at a very primal level, giving it up would be like giving up our very existence. How we tell our story and what story we tell to ourselves again and again becomes the essence of who we are, and for nearly all of us either lifts us to a life with meaning, or as Thoreau stated, lead us to a life of quiet desperation, going to our grave with our song still in us.

We move on through life with the standard plot line and, as we move on, we end up type-cast in the particular role we have chosen for ourselves. We hone our story telling, ever keeping the protagonist in the vital role, (hero, victim, prosecutor, enabler, peacemaker, rescuer…) with the antagonists getting larger and more overwhelming with each telling. To increase the drama, life is sure to throw in some plot twists along the way like, being cast out or abused, misunderstood, abandoned, prejudiced and the story begins to really take on a life of its own…in fact it does take on a life of its own. The story and the continuation thereof, become the life, and instead of us being the author of the next chapter, we simply keep replaying and reliving the story that was last season’s hit. Re-read, re-play, click-whir, and just like a washed up Vegas club singer, we get older and less interesting with each performance.
This is not to discount the terrible things that happen to people. Almost all people, at some point in life, run up against a terrible wrong in the form of abuse, abandonment, prejudice, death, dismemberment, the list of bad stuff goes on and on. I’m certainly not devaluing the impact these events have on our lives and our psyche. My experience does show me however, that those who get past those wrongs, or simply decide to create a better live for themselves, have an incredible ability to write and tell and live a very different story. They simply do not allow their past or the “plot-twists” to be the defining factor in their story.

Here are five steps to help you rewrite your story:

  1. They don’t “just get over it” they re-evaluate, re-focus and re-write.
    Ok, I’m a guy, and this is “go to” guy advice (yes ladies, y’all are empowered to use this too). We’ve all been there, we are sick of hearing the story, “just get over it and move on!” we want to scream. The problem with “just getting over it” is our brains are not quite wired to work that way. Those who write another story understand the importance of the journey. They understand that set-backs, no matter how drastic or painful, are only part of the story and like all events in their story, very temporary. They take the time to review what the experience has brought them and consciously work with intention to a future that is not dictated by their past.
  2. They don’t go it alone.
    Successful story writers understand they are not the solo writer of their story. Trusted friends, mentors coaches and therapists all play an important part in working out the journey and moving on in a healthy hopeful progression. Going it alone rarely produces high level results, whether you are writing an exciting chapter of your life like starting a business, planning an education, or if you are recovering from a traumatic set back. As humans we are tribal creatures and relying on others does not make you or your story weak. Trusted human connection produces synaptic connections that simply do not happen when flying solo.
  3. They don’t continue to tell the “blame” story.
    Wrongs, setback, failure, abuse, prejudice all of these things come with plenty of people and circumstanced to lay blame on. Short term, this helps us identify actual or probable causes of said trauma, however, as a long term strategy for our story…it sucks! Blame is a one sided story that type-casts us in the role of victim. Even if there is something to blame, those who move on to another chapter of their story, ultimately seek to understand what was learned and what benefit was brought to their life as a result of the experience.
  4. Although they certainly remember the past, they don’t stay connected to it.
    Presence is the key to your forward moving story. Your mom may have abandoned the family when you were 14 years old, it was painful and terrible to go through put it’s a past scene in your story! Our story is being created NOW in this moment, when we stay connected to events, years gone by, we are choosing to stop writing, stop crating and instead be stuck in an old story.
    It’s important to remember, but memories are seen only from our perspective, faulty at best and dim with time. The human brain is designed to either, clear real estate for new thoughts and patterns, or it will try to fill in the gaps of fading memories, often creating a remembered story that has less and less to do with the actual happenings as time passes.
  5. They dream, visualize and plan their future story.
    The future, and the story we associate with it, is influenced deeply by what we create it to be. Science is clear on this today, planning and visualizing an outcome, or our future story, greatly increases the probability of it actually manifesting.

We have two choices, write our story, or let it write us. Do yourself a favor take a pen in hand, (or keyboard as is the modern preference), ask yourself, “what is my personal mythos?” Is the majority of the story based on the past and what others have done to you? Are you living the same old patterns of a past story? Keep writing. Write forward, write the life and the events you wish to create, tell yourself that new story every day, and when that crazy roommate that lives in your head, tries to drag you back, tell em we’re watching a new movie.

Author rpalmer406Posted on January 13, 2017February 15, 2017

Thinking in Wisdom and Value

To walk purposefully in this world, you must see the value in the walk. That value starts and ends with the person you are walking with… You.

When working with people, I find it amazing how many, in the course of our conversation, will run right past their own brilliant wisdom. The solution, or at least some critical elements, just come rolling off the tongue and they simply can’t hear it. The reason is fairly straight forward, most of us don’t practice seeing it.

I asked a client recently, at the end of a session, to create a list of what she valued for the following weeks meeting. She looked puzzled, “you mean my values?” she asked. “No” I said, “Values are how you try to be” “I mean what do you value, what are the things you really like to do, who are the people you really like to be around, those things that bring your life meaning, the activities that make time stand still.”

At our next meeting, she presented a large list of lots of things she liked, from chocolate to her children. “Fantastic!” I replied, “You have a very rich life! Now lets pair this down to the top five or ten on the list.”  She started crossing the “likes” off and really focused on the cherished items that she valued deeply. She spent the next hour telling me stories of each of the remaining listings, how she came to value them, what they meant to her life and journey and what she continuously learns from these people, places, things and ways of being. It was at this point she caught her own wisdom, “I need to live this list more purposefully” she replied, suddenly aware. “What does that look like?” I asked. “I think I need to place a “practice” around what I value… Just be more on purpose with it.”

Wisdom is a serendipitous outcome of a life. We all have it as it’s related to our journey, and we should not discount the personal value it adds. Our journey, the people we have met, and the experiences we have crossed are the only seeds required. Money, education, social status or religious affiliation are not a requirement for wisdom. Simply your journey and the jewels you collect along the way.

Lets face it, we all have worries, obsessions, obligations and just some good old fashioned bad habits that keep our mind reminding us that we could be better. Pile on current media and social overloads that redefine white-noise, and the frontal cortex is soaked with images and ideas of perfection that are more about shortcomings, ours and others, than internal wisdom or value.

Value is a practice, wisdom is a gift. Take some time today, look at the jewels you have collected, ask yourself “what do I truly value?” Make a list of those people, experiences and ways of being that bring value to your walk. Are you walking with them, living them? Have you made this list a practice? It’s a simple practice of gratitude, not just for people, places, things and experiences, but how these elements make up your value and your unique wisdom.

It’s the walk you are taking, that expresses to yourself and the world what you value… Make sure you are being purposeful with that value model.

Author rpalmer406Posted on February 14, 2017February 15, 2017

Let Me Be Brutally Honest!

I think it’s safe to say, that one of the things I love most about coaching is the incredible access I get to insight. Today I was with a client and we were discussing clarity. Inevitably, when on the topic of clarity, the conversation steers to honesty, honesty with ourselves and honesty with others. Today’s conversation turned to “brutal honesty” when referring to a leader in my clients office. My client relayed, in near marvel, this person’s unbridled ability to be brutally honest, and that before he ever asked an opinion of this person, he needed to be prepared for “Brutal Honesty”.
Whether or not this “brutal honesty” added any clarity is not really the point, a point I pushed. “So this person gives you an opinion on all the things wrong with your idea, how it won’t work and really, how you need to put in check your deficiencies of thought and do it this way” I asked with some obvious sarcasm. “All in the name of honesty?”
But this is the way of brutal honesty isn’t it? The phrase “I’m going to be brutally honest with you?” typically knots the gut and prepares the mind for battle, or at last a defensive stand. Perhaps It’s the word “brutal” that has defined what is in reality, negative honesty. Don’t get me wrong, we all need truths that may be hard to accept, and sometimes that can be brutal to our hearts and egos, but I have a bit of an issue with those who proclaim, as a badge of honor, their consistent brutal honesty. I’m left to wonder when the last time they were brutally honest about something with a positive outcome. “Let me be brutally honest with you Bob; that is the best Idea I’ve ever heard!” probably never comes to their ever searching for what’s wrong mind.
So here is a thought and a practice for the day… Can we be “brutally honest” about something good? What kind of surprise would you get from your spouse or partner if, when you get home tonight, you said “honey, I need to be brutally honest with you about the way you treat me…the way you make me feel, connected and like a true partner in your life. This is the single most powerful thing in my world, it makes me smile every time I think of it.” “Just wanted to be real with you.” Or try being brutally honest with a client, a co-worker or someone who looks up to you. “I need to be brutally honest with you Amy, the work you do and the attitude you bring to this organization make this a better place to be, it’s awesome being on the same team with you!”
Go practice some brutal honesty, you might just find some brutal appreciation. Which, frankly, the world could use.

Author rpalmer406Posted on January 18, 2018January 18, 2018

Daily Five for a Happier Life

Research based evidence on the power of gratitude in our lives is simply too overpowering to ignore or dismiss as motivational feel-good mumbo-jumbo. According to an article published in the Huffington post, a study conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California at Davis and his colleague Mike McCullough at the University of Miami, found that in three control groups the group that kept a daily gratitude journal vs the ones that kept a “daily hassle” journal or no journal at all, were on average 25% happier and tended to be more active. The gratitude practitioners, exercised more, came to expect better outcomes and were more available emotionally to friends, co-workers and loved ones.
Gratitude, like anything we wish to develop in our life, is a practice and like all practice (take showering for example) must be engaged in daily for best results. The practice is very simple, particularly when compared to practices like exercising or meditating, and really it only takes a few minutes of “feeling” every day.
This is my daily five outline for gratitude:
1) What little thing in my life am I grateful for? – Most mornings it’s coffee or simply that my feet hit the floor!
2) What do I love in my life that I’m grateful for? – Family, home, hobby anything as long as you love it!
3) What talent, skill, way-of-being do I possess that I am grateful for? – Think ability to communicate or focus on a task or lift heavy things or anything you are good at!
4) Who is one person or group of people who I can be thankful for today? – Best friend, someone who just showed up to help with an issue, a job, a church… you get the idea.
5) What is my big F-YEA! – This one is admittedly harder some days than others, but remember this is a practice…do it even if you don’t completely feel it. Some days my Big F-YEA is “Thank God I’m alive! I get another chance today!!
So, gratitude…it’s good for you, it doesn’t hurt to do, it makes you happier and more productive, it only requires that you can count to five and makes people around you like you more! What’s keeping you?

Author rpalmer406Posted on January 18, 2018January 19, 2018

Easy! … Right?

Life is easy.

Almost anyone can do it, as evidenced by the now 7.5 plus BILLION people on the planet! Really all one needs is breath, a heartbeat, and the ability to, at least on occasion, feed and water one’s self. Throw in some shelter for protection from the elements, and ta-da! Life.

Living on the other hand is often hard and comes with loads of failure. It requires that one has, at least a nodding acquaintance with themselves, a sense of self value, an idea of why you do what you do and a reasonable ability to plan enough activities day to day to get you to some sort of goal. You then must muster all of that into some semblance of order that allows you to connect to some sort of system like work, school or welfare and sustain enough benefit from those systems to maintain a living.

Herein is the problem with living, far too many of us, as Henry David Thoreau so poignantly stated, “Lead lives of quiet desperation…”

We work very hard to live a safe, unexamined life without intention or any sense of purpose, a life that, too often, barely reaches the definition of living. The fear of failure, embarrassment, public ridicule or exposure and shame all combine to keep us stuck in the preverbal cave of perceived safety that is, in fact, a self-imposed prison.

You would think that an apex species like a human, with all of the successes we have chalked up in our history, would have a better perspective on failure. We would be, as is the current vernacular, “crushing it” on a very regular basis, rather than the rare exception that “crushing it” really is.

How rare? It depends how you look at it. If we look at wealth, a common “crushing it” matrix, money… lots of money. According to a factcheck.org report, about 6.5% of the US population makes $100,000 or more a year. To bring that to a real world number, this means that of the 322,762,018 people in the U.S. 301,782,487 are not “crushing it”.

What if we measured happiness? Well according to a recent Harris poll, we are not “crushing it” here either, with about 33% of the population reporting as happy or very happy.

Free-time then? Again, according to Gallop, worker productivity has increased 400% since 1950 yet wages have only increased about 2% over that time. (the economist.com “The Big Freeze”) We are working more hours than ever, for about the same percentage of the take, and with the advent of mobile technology we are virtually never away from the office. So much for “crushing it” in the time paradigm.

So what’s the deal?

Well, truth be known, the deal is a giant paradox.

For a population of 7.5 billion, we are really rare.

General consensus on the odds of any of us being born (give or take a few trillion) are 1 in 400 trillion. That’s a huge number! In fact, a big enough number to ensure there has never been anyone like you, nor is there ever going to be anyone like you. Each and every one of us is a one-off, unique. All the more reason to get after the “crushing it” thing right? Not so fast… there is a paradox, remember? You see for all of our uniqueness, we are equipped with a brain that hasn’t had a major upgrade in about 40,000 years.

Our brain, like the brain of our great-great-great…great grandparents still operates under a simple, basic pretense; find cave, find food (easier food is better), and be safe… Oh yea and mate. Which leads to bigger cave, more food and a higher stakes “be safe” game.

Food, shelter, sex and safety were, and still are, the big four and the brain obsesses on them to ensure survival. Fast forward to the world we live in today where food, shelter and safety are, at least at minimum levels, assured for most of us in this western society, and we see a brain still looking to keep us safe and fed.

The irony is this, it’s not “the man” who keeps us down, but the brain that keeps us stuck.

Our brain likes its world tidy, predictable, consistent and safe. Its number one weapon in the defense against the onslaught of the “Un-Safe” is fear. This explains why the act of simply getting out of bed on a cold winter morning can feel like a life or death decision. In the early days of the modern brain, failure was an important factor in a game called “Don’t Ever Do That Again”. Back then, life wasn’t all that easy and the brain frankly was more concerned with survival than quality of life issues.

But, before we get to feeling too hopeless on the state of our brain, there is another truth about the grey matter between our ears, it adapts to change fairly readily. In fact according to super smart researchers like Dr. Norman Doidge, the human brain has an amazing ability to change and rewire, albeit at times kicking and screaming. Understanding that plasticity and mylonization are really a thing, and that we do have more than a little control over our brain growth, just may kickstart that long overdue upgrade we have been waiting for.

Life is not about getting more stuff or better stuff, more time or more comfort, it’s about a better you. A better you that lives a life of purpose, on purpose. An informed “you” that understands what you value, where your discomfort really lies, what talents you possess, why you do what you do and how that is either serving you or enslaving you. A new you that is committed to a purposeful practice, daily, and an experience that is worth the amount of life you are trading for it.

The truth is, we live a life of basics. The stuff we should be teaching in school but somehow have traded for the ubiquitous “every ones a winner and should feel safe” mantra of modern society and current education, and the stuff of really, really, REALLY old brain programming.

It’s not about the easy path, or the quick path, or even necessarily the tried and tested path, it’s about your path. It’s the only one you can travel. On your journey you may find love, you may find money, you may find peace, or you may find confidence, you certainly will find some hurt and failure along the way. However, I am sure of one thing, your brain will never change and will never achieve any of it without a purposeful plan and a daily purposeful practice that you control to get you through the stuff we call life.

Author rpalmer406Posted on January 26, 2018

Man, Know Thyself…

The call to care for, and explore our existence is not a new one as evidenced by the ancient Egyptians. The legendary king Alexander the Great was crowned at the Luxor Temple on the shores of the Nile River. The Luxor Temple was quite unique in the ancient world and covered with words of wisdom in the form of several proverbs. One such proverb was scribed above the external entrance and read “The body is the house of God” with another on the inner temple entrance reading “Man, Know thyself and you will know the Gods”.

I work with people daily on a quest to “know themselves”. Actually, I work with people on the quest to know how they can communicate better, be more effective, create more influence or create a more profitable existence. I suspect the same questions the early Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, Mongolians and any other human tribe on the planet was pursuing. In those many discussions I have discovered that in reality, our searches for outcome are in fact a deeper desire to discover the meaning in our own lives, to “know thyself”.

This work has revealed a pattern of for steps or pillars that nearly all seeking self-knowledge need to wrestle out on the journey to know thyself. Here are four practices that will give you a leg-up to better know thyself.

To know thyself… Understand Your Personal Anchor Values ©

Life offers us very few guarantees, and experience is one of those guarantees. Walk around this planet for any length of time and you are going to experience. The experiences of our lives gather in the mind and become awareness.  Experiences we love and the experiences we wish to never repeat become the mosaic of our journey. From this blend of experience we develop deep connections to what we value in our experiential lives. Things like spirituality, the people we want around us, the ideals and ways of being we determine to live by, even places and things that have deep meaning, all make up the kingdom of our experience.

A deep reflection of our list of cherished items is a great start to knowing thyself. Ask yourself “what are the cherished people, places, ideals, ways of being and spiritual springs in my life?” Bring these items to written form in as much detail as you can and live them as a personal sacred document. Create and live this into your daily experience and your life will come alive with meaning.

Those who know themselves, have a strong connection to their unique values.

 

To know thyself… Keep Promises to Thyself

As humans we are geared to help people. We have an amazing ability to support those in our sphere. The neighbor needs a hand moving in the new couch, we are there. Kids need help with homework, we got em covered. PTA, youth soccer, extra work deadlines, painting the extra room for our partner, friend needs us, family needs us, flood victims need us five states away need help, we cover them all. We will gladly give our word to be there, we give of our time, our attention and our talents. We show up at the prescribed time, giving of ourselves and on the whole, we are very good at keeping promises to others.

When it comes to keeping promises to ourselves however, we fall terribly short. Treat ourselves to some alone time to catch up on some reading? Yea one of these days. Get ourselves to the gym, yoga studio, out for a walk? “Sure” we say “as soon as I catch up on (every other promise we are keeping)”. We will keep promises to our boss, our spouse, our community, even those we have never met. If you want to know yourself take some good flight attendant wisdom, place that oxygen mask on yourself before helping the person next to you.

Those who know themselves, know how to keep promises to themselves.

 

To Know Thyself… Be Real With Thyself

The reflection in the mirror is not really you, it’s just a reflection.

Human learning is based in large part on watching others. We learn to walk by watching our parents walk and eventually giving it a try, failing many times before finally putting it all together. When we take that new job, we may be given some training, but in the end we emulate what those around us are doing until we get it figured out. “Mirroring” is a critical part of learning. Large parts of brain capacity is set up to take in information, assimilate it and put it into action for us. It’s a part of what I call the big three of learning, Knowing, Experiencing and Being.

For nearly all of us, as a baby, we came to Know that we needed to walk. We watched others walk and soon enough were encouraged and helped by our parents to the Experience stage of walking. We hang on to mom’s hand, the furniture, anything that will hold us upright until one day, the Being happens and we enter the world of walking beings.

We follow this “mirroring” model in almost everything we learn and it’s a very effective learning tool. Mirroring has another aspect to it however, that fails to serve us when it comes to knowing thyself. As we are discussing here, there is another side to our human experience, the know thyself side.

Our brains can be lazy and make some assumptions when we get to the being part of things. Let’s take an extreme example. Two sisters are raised in a family of alcoholics, the girls see and learn that the family deals with stress and life, happiness and sadness through the mass consumption of alcohol. As teenagers one sister continues to mirror the family behavior and also turns alcohol, the other experiences the lifestyle as not fitting her anchor value of what a quality life is.

This example is a fairly obvious one but we fall into ways of being in many areas of our lives that are less than a genuine example of who we really are. We take on a position at work and find ourselves adopting the dress, mannerisms and vocabulary of the group. This is great if in alignment with what we value and how we want to express ourselves into the world. But, if we begin to wake up with some real discomfort with who we have become in the position we now hold, odds are very good we may be violating our own authenticity.

We must look always at the ways of being and the ideals we have adopted. Are they our true expression into the world or simply the mirroring of another?

Those who know themselves, seek consistently to truly be themselves.

 

To Know Thyself… Be Clear With Thyself

“We see in order to move; we move in order to see”   –William Gibson

Many of us carry the idea that clarity is being able to absolutely see a guaranteed outcome before we take action. It’s true that would be clear, and really nice, unfortunately that experience thing we talked about earlier gets in the way and can throw some muck on the windshield of clarity.

Clarity is all about the destination. To bring some clarity to this point, let’s take a trip. Let’s say we have decided to take a road trip to Toronto Canada. We will assume we have never been to Toronto, and at the time of the decision to go don’t really know the travel routes to get there. The first thing we need to be clear on is why we are going to Toronto. I heard from another friend that there was an international basket weaving convention in Toronto and since we are both avid basket weavers, we decide Toronto Canada is the place to be! The next thing we need to know is when we are going to be there. Friday August 17th is the check-in date for the international convention and that date works in our schedule. We have made a decision, we are going to Toronto in August… Basket Masters here we come!!

Our tip to Toronto story points out how clarity really works. Clarity is more like a car driving at night than a crystal clear beacon we see before we take off. What we are clear on is really only two things 1) we are going to Toronto and 2) we are going in August. With this decision we have only made enough movement to create more clarity in our journey. But that’s how clarity works.

The fact of the matter is we have never been to Toronto, so we have no idea what Toronto looks like or what the layout of the city is. That’s a real lack of clarity in our plan right? Furthermore, we have never driven to Toronto so we have no idea what the landscape or roads look like getting us there. Bottom line, if we are going to get to Toronto we have to trust that clarity will be revealed as we move forward.

Clarity requires movement. If we have any chance of knowing ourselves we need to get clear on the journey and on the movement we are going to take. In life, experience gets messy and the road to our vision sometimes gets blurred. We must set a destination, a goal or a project, make some assumptions about the road to get there and then decide what action we need to take TODAY to start that journey.

Those who know themselves, are clear on where they are going.

Let’s take the steps the ancients called us to take thousands of years ago to “Know Thyself”. Knowing thyself requires that we understand what we value, who we are, that we have clarity on where we are going and the courage to keep the promise of knowing thyself to our self.

Author rpalmer406Posted on March 4, 2018Categories UncategorizedLeave a comment on Man, Know Thyself … The Ancient Call