Have you ever wanted to tell a young person that it’s about the journey and not the destination? I have, and this year, I learned that lesson through experience.
This year was the year of Girls on Fire.
Along with our Board and a committed group of collaborators, I thought that Girls on Fire would come in the form of a 5k Walk for you and our greater community.
When it became clear that our 5k was not going to happen in the way we had planned, despite the great efforts of our Board and many of you, I was discouraged; many of us were. We walked through the muck and honorably completed what we had created together to date.
We left the future open and unknown.
We spent time reflecting on what we had received through our contribution to Heart of Leadership over the last 3 years, and we realized that although we wished we had produced more together, what we had produced was not only high in quality and impact but had called us to grow through the challenges of living and leading from the Heart.
We were more connected to our values and each other. We were up to things that mattered to us. Businesses had their biggest years yet; we landed dream jobs and pursued bold goals; we were invited to facilitate in rooms where the level of leadership once intimidated us; and we became better partners, mothers and friends.
On September 3rd of this year, I gave birth to my first child, Lilyanna Joyce. Between welcoming her into the world and experiencing the state of our world over these past few months, I know now more than ever the importance of leading from our hearts.
Part of me wants to jump in and discover the big answers to the big problems, and I have learned through this year to instead focus on what’s here in front of me, to focus on taking the next right step.
This fall, our Board completed a 30/60/90 Day Plan focused on our personal values and found great benefit in our lives from it.
We are offering this “next right step” – an opportunity to join us in a 30/60/90 Day Values Plan in 2017 to support what you’re up to in your life. More to come in the New Year.
As I look around to those of you who have been a part of Heart of Leadership, I see a community of Girls on Fire. That fire did not ultimately come from producing the result in the form of our 5k but instead as we took what we were learning together as fuel for what we were up to in our everyday lives.
Once an achiever at all costs, “failing” at the result can still get me, but when I drop out of my head and into my heart, I know that we are – I know that I am – doing the work.
I remain committed to Heart of Leadership, to discovering what it means to live and lead from the inside out.
If you feel called, please stick around. Reach out. Let me know what you’re up to! I’ll circle back with you again soon.
From the Heart,
PS – I had written a poem about Girls on Fire earlier this year. Find it here. May it ignite a spark in you.