There are many metaphors for life, being in a perpetual ‘dance’ with myself and others is one that particularly resonates with me.
It seems we are faced with a constant ebb and flow based primarily on the mindset we carry with us each day, the voice and narrative that shapes us and our ‘being’ in the world. Of course the environment we choose to inhabit also has a vital impact too.
Often we are unaware of these ‘out of conscious’ forces that shape us as our brains are a pattern making and pattern reinforcing system of enormous capability and effectiveness. It is these out of conscious patterns that either serve us or hinder our success.
My view is that the daily practices we engage in shape us far more than we realise and with this in mind I thought you would like to see the following magnificent quotation from one of the worlds greatest dancers and choreographers Martha Graham.
Quotation of the Week
“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
Questions of the Week
- How am I taking time to reflect on the practices and thought patterns that shape who I am and becoming?
- What practices do I need to adopt or drop to support who I wish to be as a leader?
My invitation is to pay attention to the out of awareness practices that are either supporting or hindering who I wish to be as a leader.