- I brought some tiny matchbox cars to a meeting and asked everyone to take a car and personalize it.
- Then I gave them a bunch of foot-long crepe paper streamers and asked them to use a streamer to list one thing that was causing them to lose focus. (And they could use as many streamers as they needed to.)
- There were so many that the streamers quickly covered the cars and we talked about how hard it is to drive forward when you feel so covered up that can’t see the people you are working with, let alone where you are going.
- Then I brought out a rocket. (The kind you buy in a toystore that you can actually launch.) The rocket was “beautifully decorated” with each of our objectives, and we talked about how looking up and focusing on where we were going could help us prioritize the demands and distractions, decrease our confusion and stress and increase our focus and results.
And yes – when we achieved all of our objectives we drove to a field and shot off that rocket!
2. Find OPPORTUNITIES in your routine:
3. FULLY ABSORB the places you visit:
- The Palace of Versailles – 5 Ways to Fire-Proof Your Character
- The Anne Frank House – Leaders STAND for something ~ When do YOU STAND?
- Italy – Sieze The Day: When it’s easy and when it’s hard
- Egypt provided two! A New Perspective at the Pyramids & Let this be your resolution: I SEE People
- The temps were cooler – sometimes jackets were actually required! (Not the 110 degree heat we left behind.)
- The skies were bluer! (Literally as most days our skies are hazy with sand.)
- We saw puffy clouds DAILY! (A rare sight in the sandbox. I had no idea how much joy I would find in the sighting of puffy clouds before I left my native land.)
- And we saw so much green that I could feel my soul resting and restoring. (Yes – I literally got tears in my eyes as I whispered prayers of thankfulness!)
- We were inspired by their courage to journey far beyond their comfort zone.
- And reminded that doing anything for the first time causes discomfort but when you hang in there it fuels growth, builds confidence and may actually make you crave another adventure.
- On an uncommonly rough day at sea that made it difficult to stand or walk to a restroom and challenged even the toughest stomaches.
- The entire ride I thought about our ancestors that traveled a much greater distance as they crossed the Atlantic Ocean on an old ship without modern technology or conveniences and wondered how much more challenging that would have been.
- As more than one million people lost their lives.
- And another million left their homeland to survive.
- We heard stories and songs about that time in history and imagined what it must have been like to leave everything you knew and loved behind – knowing you may never see or hear from the people you left – ever again.
- We saw the type of ships they traveled on. (Called coffin ships – How does that inspire hope?)
- And again I thought of our tiny taste of turbulant sea travel and how challenging it would have been to travel such a great distance.
- And a story unfolded about JFK visiting his extended family in Ireland when he was the President of the U.S. – A story about his connection to the people and the land his ancestors came from, and their connection to one of their own experiencing the vision of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – to the full!
- For the rest of our time in Ireland, we frequently noticed American flags flying next to Irish flags. (Ah the power of vision and connection!)
Today we’re back in the sandbox
- Thankful for the shared adventure and the visual reminders about how much life and growth comes after we spend time outside of our comfort zones – and it doesn’t matter if we leave those zones by choice or by heartache.
- Feeling very connected to the lessons about struggle, courage, risk, vision and life that have come from our ancestors.
- And feeling recharged and refocused.
- Check out this article: Looking Back: 7 Times You Should & 7 Times You Should Not
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