the year of you, day 245

Thursday, September 2, 2021 (Day 245)

Relaxing Music for the week: The Joy of Quiet, Rain Mix: Liquid Mind (9:46) –

Question: Make a list of places you want to visit.

Answer: Funny, there aren’t many places I actually want to visit. But here’s one:

  • Grand Canyon

And that’s about it. For me, I find something new, unique, and different everywhere I go, whether it’s Durango, Colorado or Maysville, Kentucky (my last two trips). There’s ALWAYS something interesting to see or notice. There are so many great things about our country to explore, that I don’t think I’ll ever run out of places to visit. If I had a list of schools to visit, I’d love to visit Stanford University and meet William Damon (morality, ethics, and purpose researcher) and Dave Evans, co-founder of the Life Design Lab. Dr. Damon’s work has been so influential in what I do today. And I just would love for Dave to give a tour of the Life Design Lab; I met him a few years ago at an FYE Conference, where I got to hear how we are on similar paths with our work in higher education. Of course, they have more exposure because they are Stanford – and that’s okay. Both programs can co-exist, as they serve two different populations. As far as the Grand Canyon goes…would like to hike to the bottom and back to the top, just because I want to. At one point, I thought Hawaii would be on my list of destinations, but that’s no longer the case – especially now that they are not taking outside visitors. So, just want to explore new places not like home…and that’s good enough for me!

Other Stuff

If you’re interested in becoming a more authentic leader, here’s a great article I read this morning on the topic:

He provides 10 tips to be a more authentic leader, several that I plan to incorporate in my work and my life:

  1. Be precise in your words and empathetic in your listening.
  2. Don’t make judgments without valuing other people’s point of view.
  3. Avoid contradicting yourself and seek consistency in everything you do.
  4. Avoid lying and tell the truth assertively, even if it requires your firmness and character.
  5. Take professional coaching often.
  6. Cultivate and encourage basic human values such as respect, self-control, ethics, solidarity and altruism, among others.
  7. Practice presence in mind, body and being, connected with each person and in each exchange you have.
  8. Maintain an ethical stance in accordance with your values, aligned with those of the project you represent.
  9. Practice vulnerability: it is okay to say “I don’t know” or to have doubts; Take advantage of what you detect to focus on your continuous improvement.
  10. Hold the energy of serenity and calm in times of crisis and challenge. Be a beacon.

Enjoy, my friends!


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