It was 6 months ago today that I officially purchased the two houses that are the foundation of the Community House Network. Anniversaries are milestones to be celebrated, and so today I will find something to cheer about. In your own projects, make sure you do the same!
If you have read Shackleton's Way, then you should take note of the power of celebration and positive morale. From their website: SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON has been called "the greatest leader that ever came on God's earth, bar none" for saving the lives of the twenty-seven men stranded with him in the Antarctic for almost two years. Because of his courageous actions, he remains to this day a model for great leadership and masterful crisis management. Now, through anecdotes, the diaries of the men in his crew, and Shackleton's own writing, Shackleton's leadership style and time-honored principles are translated for the modern business world.
The Community House Network is a big vision. To succeed I am going to need all the encouragement I can muster. By looking at the successes, not just focusing on the seeming failures, I will give myself the inner resolve necessary to continue to move forward. I encourage everyone reading this to take a minute to do the same. Think of the past 6 months, or year even. Where have you been able to see some successes in your life? Where are you aligned with you vision for your future. Take a minute and celebrate those. Write them down, and put them in your pocket. Keep looking for the successes and good people all around you.
In our course on Creativity, we have been discussing the use of creative intentions to live a life we want to see. Truly, I am a big believer that we get what we put out there into the world. Unfortunately, with all of my good intentions, I still have some negative twists where my low self-esteem can come in to create chaos and set me up for self-sabotage.
My creative intention for our first session was to believe that "People are Good and Here to Help." I repeated this phrase to myself for two weeks, and even wrote a song. I had become frustrated because I was not seeing the type of participation I wanted, and specifically some folks I thought were my biggest helpers seemed to have left me high-and-dry.
Then I had a realization, maybe those two weren't meant to be my helpers. I sent out texts to a dozen other people, and they showed up! Within a week the small garage behind the Community House came down and made room for us to access the Shop Co-Op (the gemstone of this project).
Hooray for positive visioning! I made a little video of to honor the experience and used the song I had written.
Check it out!
PEOPLE ARE GOOD & HERE TO HELP!