In welcoming the first workweek of 2021, I am sharing my mantra for the year, EPICL FUN! “Epical fun,” is my new acronym for moving forward this year, despite all the tumult, loss, uncertainty and chaos in the world. It helps me bring strategy (making forced choices), focus, energy and fun to my work.
A Life of Purpose & Wellbeing = Productivity & Results
I bring these qualities to my life and infuse them into the work I do with my clients. You can’t give away what you don’t have…so focusing on sharpening my own saw, not only makes me more productive and valuable to my clients, it makes me a better, happier person. Wellbeing and productivity are intimately connected: productivity can make one happier but more times it happens in reverse – being happier makes one more productive.
Here is what EPICL FUN! stands for:
E – Energy. Stay grounded in my own energy so I can energize myself and others to move forward at a pace that works.
P – Peace & Devotion… to my daily self-care practices that serve as a foundation for how I navigate in the world
I – Inside/out discipline. Be consistent in starting my day with my yoga and meditation practices. When I do, I am better able to filter and process what comes at me through my own inner authority, and things tend to go better, even if it’s only in my reactions.
C – Creativity, Connection & Celebration. My words for the year! Be creative daily. Do creative work that matters to you, and others. Connect with others in meaningful ways. Celebrate the small wins as momentum builds.
L – Love. Do what I love. Be surrounded by people I love. Let go of the rest and have faith all is meant to be as it is.
F – Focused Mind. Stay focused on my goals with daily practices and supports in achieving them.
U – Understand… who and what is before me with a compassionate heart. Go with a full heart or don’t go.
N – No! Say no to all the noise and distractions so you can say YES to the big, important stuff.
I was thinking about this, while I was enroute to getting my car serviced this morning. The car needed to be towed to the shop because it was vibrating with a flashing engine light. Not a good sign. I await the diagnosis. Then the blogsite was down so I couldn’t post when I wanted to. Unpredictable challenges that could take me off course.
Noticing Beauty Amidst Storming & Breakdown
After I got home from the automotive shop, I took a moment to notice the light and beauty surrounding me. The photo above captures a piece of it. We had snow and ice last night and the covering is silently gorgeous with layered complexity amongst the trees. Notice the large apple tree in the foreground with the arborvitaes lined up like soldiers, accented by a slice of cotton ball sky as the sunlight dapples the trees. And if you look closely enough, you will notice part of our stockade fence is down. Beauty amidst breakdown. We keep putting the fence up and storms keep knocking it down. What a metaphor for the times we are living in.
My invitation for you today is to ask yourself, what will be your guide and grounding mechanism(s) so you can stay energized, focused and steady amidst the storms and mishaps this year? How will you stay connected to yourself and others, to be consistently focused on the right things with all your energy, so you get the results that matter?
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Suze Shaner is an executive coach and leadership & organization effectiveness consultant. She also teaches yoga and meditation – tools to keep one sane in uncertain times. She helps professionals step up to their fullest leadership, life, and growth potential. At times this means getting out of their own way in getting important stuff accomplished. www.sagelead.com.