December 2012

Recently, I was inspired by the passion and energy of the approximately 25,000 people who attended GreenBuild, the annual conference and expo sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. Not only did I learn more about creating a sustainable future and a greener world, I learned so much about being the leader I want to be.

Try This!

So many nuggets of wisdom were bestowed upon me…below I crystallized the brilliance into my own Top 10 ideas to guide myself as I reflect on my experiences of 2012 and dream into the opportunity of the new year ahead.  Perhaps there is something here that will speak to you…

  1. Be boldly, unapologetically who you are. Be authentic and true to yourself. Let your light shine.
  2. Follow your passion.  Be passionate!  Wear your passion like a beautiful, vibrant, colorful scarf or tie.
  3. Find your platform, speak your voice, share your story, and carry your idea forward.
  4. Discover your competencies, use your strengths, tap into your amazing reservoir of talent and the value you bring.
  5. Consider what people become when they are with you, and reflect back to them the best in themselves.  Love more.
  6. Get involved. Reach out to people who inspire you. Hug, laugh, live.  Make a play date.
  7. Embrace change and not knowing what’s coming next.  Pay attention.  Listen.  Let go of the solution and keep your eye on the outcome.
  8. Lean forward, act, execute.  Do what makes you feel like you are doing the most important work of your life.
  9. Let go of limits, look for the opportunity in crisis, and delve deeper.
  10. Lead, influence. Do it in a way that brings everyone along.  Move together as one.

I realized that what I am doing right now is leading me where I am going.  So I am focused on making this the ‘greatest job I ever loved’.

Quotes to Contemplate

  • Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there. ~Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
  • One of the saddest lines in the world is, ‘Oh come now – be realistic.’ The best parts of this world were not fashioned by those who were realistic. They were fashioned by those who dared to look hard at their wishes and gave them horses to ride. ~Richard Nelson Bolles
  • The world would have you agree with its dismal dream of limitation. But the light would have you soar like the eagle of your sacred visions.  ~Alan Cohen
  • It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. ~Walt Disney

An Inspired Poem

Her Dream Awakened
By Vicki Flaherty

she wanted something
she’d been looking around
for quite some time
hoping to find her path
that special road
uniquely hers

she caught herself
dreaming the answer
slowly floating
easily, gracefully
a clear vision crystalized
in her heart inspired
by passionate people
their purpose and power
opening possibility
in shared conversations
soulful and wise intentions
fueling a better world
energy alive moving
holding them together

like a melody repeating
in her mind
‘be who you are’
authentic and true
she kept asking
what does that look like
exploring the questions
what do I feel, believe, dare to dream?

wonder bubbling
she started leaning
and stretching arms
of influence
holding her finally up
she reached clarity
a picture
of herself

she is flying
as she soars high
lifting others up
under her wings
toward the heavens
and the unknown where
she knows with certainty
nothing but greatness

© copyright Vicki L. Flaherty, Leading With Intention, 2012


12 thoughts on “Inspiration

  1. Hey Vicki – BEAUTIFUL! Thank you for sharing your greatness with us. I’m so glad you’re my friend and that you’re greatest job you ever loved is right here with us! Nothing but greatness awaits (words for me to live by!) Onward, my friend! QM

  2. Nice job Vicki – I have a poster in my office with the Disney quote. It shows Walt on some scrubby land that will become the Magic Kingdom in WDW with the castle superimposed on it. I love the top 10. I hope you don’t mind if I steal them –

  3. Thanks for the inspiration, Vicki. I’ve been contemplating about the commonalities in your blog, the list and your poem. A few thoughts came to mind.

    First, Peter Drucker claimed, Make your strengths productive and your weaknesses irrelevant. I’ve always been more drawn to that notion, rather than working on my weaknesses to become a jack of all trades. I think that’s why I don’t do well at things I’m not good at. And through diversity and teaming, one person’s weakness is another person’s strength.

    Second, I think the idea of possibilities is linked to imagination and what we think of the world. I saw on 60 Minutes last night an interview of a man who was born into a prison camp in North Korea. The notion is that if someone revolts or tries to escape North Korea, their descendants will be imprisoned for three generations. The risk is so high no one would dare go against the State. The man talked about thinking that the entire world was like his prison camp because that is all that he knew. It was only when a new prisoner entered the camp and described the outside world did he start thinking of a different life for himself. He was so motivated by the possibility of a different life that he escaped.

    Converse to that, I always placed a high importance for my children to travel on vacations and broaden their horizons. I knew that thinking of the world as a bigger place was a good thing. But now after reading your blog, I think it is a good thing because it expands possibilities. And now my children have already lived in multiple states and have travelled to countries that I have not been to.

    And juxtaposed to that are my aging mother and my aging in-laws whose worlds are shrinking each month. The list of foods that they eat is no longer than that of a three year old. The number of restaurants that they enjoy can be counted on two fingers. The distance of travel is limited to how far their latest medical specialist practices. They are not house-bound by their physical limitations, but by their emotional and psychological limitations. They can no longer imagine leaving their homes and exploring the world. And a lack of fresh air and exercise is only making it more difficult for them to consider new possibilities.

    If they were happy, that would be one thing. But all three of them are becoming angrier and angrier about their lives and almost all of those they interact with. They obsess on what they can no longer do, rather than imagine what they can do.

    Thanks for the blog about inspiration, Vicki. It is a reminder to me to step out and look for possibilities.

    • Duke, thanks for stopping by and sharing. You speak very powerfully to what the hope of possibility can create in a person’s life. May light and love surround your family members as they experience their world transforming. I hope you see wonderful possibilities ahead, my friend!

    • Hi Duke, we crossed paths some time ago and all I can say is that post is one of the most insightful and moving I’ve ever read. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Vicki, this is my first visit to your blog and what a find it is! I have a job interview coming up and am a bit worried – will I be able to keep the pace, keep the ideas going, the innovative and change management thought process, very exhausting at times. People say to me “just retire already, why do you want to work”? I like to work because it expands the possibilities for me, just as you describe. Conversely, I have so much knowledge of possibilities inside of me, that when I take a new job, that is what I bring to the table! It will make me stand out as the candidate of choice! My challenge then is to convince the hiring manager that along with my subject matter expertise, I do have this added dimension and it is a big plus on the job, as well as personally!

    Thanks Vicki, for your inspiration, and for all the other comments as well. Especially Duke’s (which I will revisit if I do not get the job!)

  5. What a gift this beautiful message is! I thank you for sharing my dear friend and I hope and pray you are having a wonderful, relaxing holiday! xoxo

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