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Which Super Hero are you? November 29, 2011

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I attend a weekly networking meeting ( http://www.bni.com/)  with a group of other business people who meet in order to both grow their own businesses and to help to grow the businesses of the other group members whom they have come to know and trust. As part of the weekly meeting, each person stands and gives a 60 second “commercial” and though these are generally free form, today we were asked to work off of a theme – “Super Heroes”. Though I was always fascinated with the stories, abilities and powers of these comic icons, I can’t say I was ever a comic book aficionado so in order to choose my hero – I needed a little help from a friend – and the internet. So my question was – which female hero had “intuition” as part of her super powers? The answer was Jean Grey ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Grey) who it turns out – turns into “Phoenix”. And even before I read about the character – the name itself let me know that this was “the one”. Since my coaching business, Firebird Life Coaching ( http://www.firebirdlifecoaching.com/) derives its name from the mythology of the Phoenix  – I knew right away that it couldn’t have been a better fit.

So as I gave my “60 second” this morning – drawing the parallels between myself and my super hero alter ego, Phoenix I was struck by the elements of the story which resonated with myself and my work. According to Wikipedia, Jean Grey held  degrees in psychology and was a caring and nurturing figure. Her particular strong cards of telekinesis and telepathy allowed her to “read, influence and communicate with the minds of others”. “Check” I said to myself as I read along, those last bits would apply to me and my work. Occasionally, as the Phoenix, Jean would physically manifest as the firebird – and use her flames to “burn away what doesn’t work”. (Okay, I do stay in human form most of the time – but my work with my clients very often contains elements of awareness and release of old patterns of behavior which are no longer useful.) And then there was the death/resurrection piece, a strong symbol for creating yourself anew which often is one of the products of coaching. And finally, with the Phoenix being the manifestation of Jean’s true potential, I couldn’t help but think about how that resonates with my desire to help my clients do the same in their own lives.

And the funny thing is, not only did I relate to my new found alter-ego, as we went around the room, I found that I was surrounded by Super Heroes. Somewhere inside each us lies abilities, powers and gifts which we choose to manifest or not. Why not bring them to the fore? The world could use a few more Super Heroes today and wouldn’t it be nice to manifest your potential? Your don’t need the cape, the x-ray vision or the lightning bolts to be a hero, in fact many of the heroes people talked about today were the friends and loved ones in their lives who touched and helped them along the way. Heroes come in all shapes and sizes and each of us has our secret power/s  – I challenge you to dazzle us with yours. Whether you find your comic-book counterpart or your own unique gift – it sure is a shame not to share it. Shazaam!

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Short Quote June 15, 2010

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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.  ~Margaret Young

On Tuesdays, I attend a BNI – (Business Networking International) meeting early in the morning. Part of my role in this group is to read a quote that closes the meeting each week. And so, even earlier, every Tuesday morning, I comb through books and quote websites to find little pearls of wisdom that I would like to share. Today, I found the above quotation and decided that this felt like the right one for the day. Each week, I am often inspired by these quotations to spin-off into a blog, though most times, I find that my time runs out, and I leave half-written entries in my documents folder in hopes of getting back to them later in the day. It looks like that’s going to happen again today – but since my day often does not afford me the time to swing back around and finish the posting, I thought that this time I will just post it and leave things at that.

So, though my inclination and desire is to expound on this little item, I really must move along or risk being late for the day’s events. And so on that note, I leave you with this above sentiment; to consider, to ponder and to reflect about, on your own. It had a certain ring of truth to it, that resonated with my core and I just wanted to share it. Wishing you an “authentic” day. Peace out – LB

 

You Can Quote Me On This April 26, 2010

I recently became a member of my local BNI (Business Networking International) organization. I joined to meet other professionals in my area and to find a place to network and expand my coaching business. The meetings follow a prescribed format that is consistent from one week to the next and consists of a variety of elements which the organization (at large) has found to be effective in helping members help each other to grow their businesses. I like it and am enjoying flexing my networking muscles a bit – and stretching beyond my usual comfort zone. The meetings close each week with one member who has been assigned the task of sharing an inspirational quote with the group. At the end of the last meeting, he turned to me and asked if I would be interested in taking over this task as it seemed more fitting with my profession as a coach than with his. I gladly said “yes” and have been on a mission this week to collect and organize some quotes for this purpose.

I have to say, this indeed is the job for me! I am one of those folks who collects quotes. I have a folder of gems collected over time for various presentations I have given and am enjoying the excuse to go out and search for more. If it isn’t already obvious about me – I am a great fan of language – particularly when it is used properly and cleverly to communicate interesting and inspiring concepts. How we speak what we say and the impact it has on others is one of our most fundamentally powerful tools, often overlooked because it is so inextricably integrated into our daily experience and yet undoubtedly not just necessary but integral in shaping our life experience.

For me I think my admiration for the skilled use of language resonates with my “Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence” Signature Strength (see: VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire at http://www.authentichappiness.com ). Reading a well crafted phrase or two from a skilled and extraordinary thinker without a doubt inspires and excites me and though I am not one with an ability to easily retain both author and words I do retain their impact. And so, I am very excited for this new task before me, it is a treat to have an excuse to pour through websites and books in search of pearls to share with my fellow group members. And to me any opportunity to get to surround yourself with more of what you love is a good thing. And to that end – here is just one of the quotes that has inspired me in my search.

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are — if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.