Learning the unforced rhythms of grace

In this season of life as projects pump up, and I juggle the demands of managing my sphere of influence. I am learning to lean into what I know as the unforced rhythms of grace. I believe that is where we see the best fruit and progress grow.  Have you experienced this?

It’s the sweet spot between the ebbs and flow of life where action bubbles under the surface, habits are built, and efforts are focused and present on the now with the future in mind.

Whether you’re building a business, developing your skills for your next job to level up, or you’re moving from marriage into parenthood. Life is always moving, marketing trends are always changing and progressing. It’s not our job to control every factor and minute area of life. It’s our job to keep up with the rhythm of grace as that applies to our begin, our actions, and our responsibilities within this small blue planet.

How switched are we to the pace at which we are traveling? Too slow and you can miss out on an epic adventure beyond anything you could dream off. Yet too fast and you can burn out before you see the return on your investment. Knowing when to rest and when to push through is for most of us a learned behaviour, but that’s why taking a moment to consider the destination and steps required to take us it is so important.

It’s a new month, and we are halfway through the year already. Have you checked your rhythm lately? Are you heading in the direction of where you would like to be in 6 months time? Are you too caught up on the rhythm of your neighbour that you’ve fallen out of sync with your life? Well, today’s a good day to get back to where you need to be.

It doesn’t really matter about the speed, or whether you get there in 6 months or 12 months. What matters is we thrive and not strive.

 

Nobody starts out an expert

Thought for the day. Whether you are in business, marketing, or any other profession. Nobody starts out an expert, and everyone’s journey is unique to them. I hope this reminds you today that you have permission to go after that dream, learn that new skill, chase that dream profession.

The main key for anyone looking to become an expert is to know what they want to be an expert in, and learn the habits it takes to get there.

Nobody starts out an expert, but every expert makes a start.

Work with purpose

To work with purpose is to know that what you do has a larger meaning than to simply provide the means to an end. At the same time, it’s important to maintain balance and know that even Henry Ford, the founder of Ford motor company, worked as an engineer for Edison Illuminating Company of Detroit long before he created the company we are familiar with today.

As I sit in one of my local coffee shops to write this (ahead of time), I watched a young girl caring for another younger girl who had accidentally pulled the emergency cord in the bathroom that set the alarm to go off. The waitress in sheer panic runs towards the bathroom door to make sure that everything was ok, as another girl rises to check on the girl in the bathroom. It would appear to be the girl’s carer. We soon recognized the false alarm, and everyone resumed to their stations with grace to the situation. As the carer sat back down to her coffee and reassured the startled girl that everything was ok… something sparked in me. That right there was something special. I witnessed a relationship formed through the strengths of one girl who showed great love, strength, and grace towards a young girl who clearly depended on this lady to provide reassurance and protection from what she was unable to process on her own. What an honorable role to have.

This is something that we should all strive towards whatever we do in life. To find purpose in the work we do, and to work with purpose every day.

I believe success in what we do looks like finding out what your strengths are life and use them. That doesn’t mean every day will be a bed of roses, or that we just arrive and expect to create a global company on the first day of business. After all life and pursuit of what we dream of doing is not a race, it’s a marathon. It’s not a competition with anyone but yourself. What if we would re-align, check ourselves, and review if the balance that we have in our work is sustainable. Do you spend your time doing something that doesn’t fulfill you? Do you do what you love but worry about competing with your colleague? Those only lead you down a path of disappointment, and quite frankly they are pointless.
Find out what you’re good at, and use it to help others. That is more fulfilling than any 401k, public recognition, or celebrity status will ever be.

Unexpected gains

What do you do when life throws you a curveball in the middle of a snowstorm? Do you run? Do you cry? Do you throw yourself to the ground and give up? We all have a flight or fight option within us that kicks in when the unexpected happens. When the avalanche descends, and we decide to run anyway. Or when the paramedics come to aid a sick person and perform CPR, they are there to fight on behalf of the patient for that life.

That even in the midst of the chaos, there are gains to be learned. A new perspective will surely be found in what to change, new choices to be made, and highlight a better way will often reveal itself in the unknown moments. Just like in life, creating a marketing plan, choosing a new career path, or stepping out into business it can be daunting. The path isn’t always straight, and you may need to feel the fear, and do it anyway, but here’s the gain: Even if it fails or your faith, you will have gleaned something more valuable from the unexpected than if you had never stepped out in the first place.