Once, after a particularly claustrophobic, stressful and over-populated time when there hadn’t been air or space to escape to, suddenly, for a few days, I was alone. It was like emigrating to another planet ( in fact I was at home ). Who was this person I was living with, this strange, this reasonable, serene foreigner in the house: a becalmed woman who spent her time inwardly humming?
– Mirabel Osler
After meditating and focusing inward for several weeks or even months you may realize something: you aren’t who you thought you were. This moment of understanding your true nature, kensho in the zen realm, can be a bit terrifying. What if I told you your understanding of who you are would continue to evolve – and change?
This understanding can be very powerful from both personal and professional leadership perspectives. Your confidence in your decisions, and even gut choices, will increase. You will be feel and be seen as more authentic. Life will be more satisfying. Understanding creates purpose, and purpose enables focus.
Embrace and think about the unfolding revelation of your true nature. How does that change your leadership style, your decisions, your commitment to your family, and your career choices? Allow and relish those changes.
Through learning we grow, becoming more than we were before, and in that sense learning is unselfish, because it results in the transformation of what we were before, a setting aside of the old self in favor of a more complex one.
~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
We’ve covered a lot already. You’ve learned how to connect to who you really are, work productively, lead your team, clarify your plan, simplify your environment, and create continuous improvement. But the journey doesn’t end there. You must continue to grow and expand your horizons. There is so much potential!
Key Points in this Section
- We all are continually evolving.
- Work to add new knowledge and perspectives, mindfully challenging your comfort zone and biases.
- Challenge your comfort zone by exploring out of the box and doing, learning, or visiting something radically different.
- Create your own unique path in life.
- Life is like a painting: you add experiences and knowledge and combine them into art.