Many of you have heard me talk about Nature’s Navigation System that will keep us on track to be the positive, effective, impactful leaders that we are each designed to be. The system itself is really quite simple, yet many of us don’t use it or don’t use it well. Why? Because we are human and it is easy for us to ignore, drown out or cover up the “alert tone” when it goes off. In the Conscious Leadership Blueprint Virtual Bootcamp™ we spend an entire module on Nature’s Guidance System. For now, I just want to give you three quick tips you can use right away.
Tip One: NOTICE: Does something feel just a little off? In the case of my shoulder, I had felt it pop and grind inexplicably for more than 6 months. The same thing happens in other areas of our lives. You may begin to dread going to work or snap at your kids more frequently or realize that you aren’t getting the results you used to get or expected from your team. These are all ALERT TONES from your navigation system. Pay attention to them!
Tip Two: CHECK YOUR ALIGNMENT: When the ALERT TONE goes off, it is time to stop what you are doing and check your alignment. Truly identify what is the source of the alert. So often, like I did with my shoulder, we choose to ignore the warning signs. We think that if we just ignore the situation perhaps it will work itself out. As the alert tone continues to sound, and become progressively more annoying, some of us will try to push through it. Others of us will do more of what we have always done in the past. When we choose to ignore the alert tones, the misalignment does not go away. It’s impact becomes more severe.
Tip Three: SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM A PROFESSIONAL: Even though I understood what was wrong with my shoulder, it was physically impossible for me to treat it myself. Only with the assistance of a trained physical therapist was it possible for me to achieve the deep stretching required to free my shoulder. The same is true of misalignments in other areas of life. If it were possible for us to correct our misalignment alone, we would have done that already. For some, even figuring out where the misalignment is can be a challenge. Regardless, the longer you continue doing things that are not aligned with your gifts, the louder the alert tone becomes and the more difficult the misalignment is to fix. As one client said to me last week, “Martha, I have a stack of books as high as my waist. Why can’t I figure this out?” It’s the same reason that I can’t stretch my shoulder sufficiently without the physical therapist, we are all restricted by our previous experiences. It takes someone else to stretch us past what we can do for ourselves in order to reach our full potential and allow our natural leadership abilities to emerge.
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