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A Code of Character

In The New CGI, I shared on Charity and Generosity as Intelligence. Since then, I have been exploring a 42 Day Countdown to 2021… by deconstructing on these words…

I offer this because I just got through Day 37 for Wednesday, November 25, 2020… and am about to explore, “Be fair in thy judgement and guarded in thy speech.” for Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27 respectively. I say this because I encourage you to follow along. I am increasingly seeing these words as a Code of Character (and leadership) at school, work, business and community… personally and professionally. I invite you to explore with me, heading into 2021.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

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A New CGI

In Remembering Zeal, I shared…

“Pursuing our own vision of Excellence starts with getting so tastably clear on why it all matters. We need taste it, palpably so to find our Zeal and deal with the tiredness that comes from us not seeing it. Going honest and true… getting courageously clear on what and who matters most. There we find mission and meaning. There we find passion and purpose. There, we remember our Zeal. For the Fallen, we Rise.”

There was a lot in that post and I humbly and sincerely suggest the read and reflect. That said, and this week, my head and heart turn to Charity and Generosity.

I suggest that there is an intelligence to their practice. Kindness and Empathy matter. It matters to others and it matters to ourselves. And there is Science to support. As I walk my purpose with Zeal, I am reminded that Charity and Generosity matter… vitally so. They matter in their Sincerity of practice.

They matter to my own wellness and to that of others. They matter to you and your others. They are a spirit, countenance and gate that results in daily actions guided thusly. I am reminded this day of how vital that is.

Reflect on these virtues of Charity and Generosity. Know that they are an intelligence in and of themselves. So, maybe it is time for a new understanding and practice of CGI…. just be and be just.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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and our MULTIVERSE of online forums and offerings

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist,

Remembering Zeal

In Your Best CO, I shared last week on the importance of Certitude and Optimism. I suggest the read, and reflect. In these days and times, we need both as that “CO” in our lives and organizations … at home, school, work, business and community.

Being certain of that which matters most to us and in which we truly believe… and walking forward with that in Optimism… can serve as anchor and rudder and ballast and fuel.

That said, this week, I find myself tired; very freakin’ tired. Honestly so. And I think it was Jimmy Johnson, former coach of the Miami Hurricanes, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins who said something to the effect that being tired makes cowards of us all. So, I am thinking that, if we need and seek Courage in these times (I certainly do), we need remember some things.

Remembrance

In exploring Courage in the face of being tired, I am reminded this Remembrance Day, that laziness is not a thing… it is a lack of a thing. Motivation. Like darkness is the absence of light, laziness is the absence of motivation.

That lack of motivation can be born of tiredness and exhaustion and its impact on our practice of Courage. We can get to a point where we consciously or unconsciously ask ourselves, “Does it even matter?” Being aware of the impact of our weariness on our Courage and motivation is a start; a great start.

I am also reminded that motivation is more than rah-rah; a lot more. Motivation is deeper than we often imagine it. Motivation is driven by the practice and experience and manifestation of three powerful Virtues.

Indeed, motivation has three core factors… energy, direction and follow through. It requires all three. Having energy does not make one motivated. Many run around all day getting little done, not unlike spin tops going nowhere. Having energy and direction does not necessarily get things done either, if we do not follow through amidst the trials along the way. Energy, direction and follow through… born of Enthusiasm, Purposefulness, and Steadfastness… this is true motivation. But this morning, amidst my tired, I am also remembering that such three are found in…

The Deal on Zeal

Zeal has, in some circles, gotten a bad and misunderstood rap…. zealots, you know. But Zeal is that purposeful enthusiastic, determined Virtue that says “tired, be damned, we are going there, we are getting there”. It is a fiery resolve and Ardor. Am I saying that we should exhaust ourselves? Indeed and in deed … not. Dale Carnegie once said, “Rest before you get tired.” and there is Wisdom in that. Still, there are times when we must particularly practice Zeal. I have no doubt in times of battle, exhaustion and fatigue can be our greatest adversaries.

I think on my parents and that generation that lived through a Great Depression, a World War and more. Imagine such times, and length of days. This Day of Remembrance, ponder on that. Go beyond a cognitive remembrance. Try to feel what that must have been like. How does one make it through? Part of it is Sacrifice. I think Zeal is a huge part of it. Zeal, the practice of …

  • a deep sense of purpose and meaning
  • passion for what matters most, giving all we have to it
  • Perseverance and Enthusiasm
  • Joyfulness and Consideration, along the way

What does that look like for me? Keeping my eyes on the prize… and my feet on the ground…

But, it is more. It is about getting to an emotional and, dare I say, spiritual WHY. Zeal demands that dive. I am in that space this day, digging deepest yet into why any and all of what I do truly and fundamentally matters. I will let you know what I uncover. But such a dive requires Candor within.

And, Zeal is manifested in diverse ways. Along the way, we can and must rest. We can move and be still with Zeal. We can rest and reset with Zeal.

Remembrance and Zeal

I am tired. Very tired. And, I will rest. But, I will not forget those who committed their lives… and I will not forget the power that is Zeal. I will not forget its importance in defense of what is right and of character. I will not forget its importance in these times of trial and baseness. I will not forget Zeal in these days of Pandemic, Social Justice and Reset. I will remember who I am. I will remember what moves me, feet and heart. I will remember what matters most to me. I will remember the global goals, and the importance of my own and each of our roles in the betterment of the world. These are our historic times, and they require our own individual acts of remembrance and heroism. I will spend time more deeply remembering this day.

For me, and today, my best Remembrance of those who gave all… is to reflect on what that example means for me in living my life, here and now… and forward. My best Remembrance of Zeal is to consider what they had to conjure and offer up… and ask myself what must I do so in spirit, now and forward. How can and will I truly Honor the Fallen…

… by rising, with Zeal… and being the hero of my own life and story… genuinely. In movement and in stillness. And, in so doing, I now remember those words of LP Jacks…

  • “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

Pursuing our own vision of Excellence starts with getting so tastably clear on why it all matters. We need taste it, palpably so to find our Zeal and deal with the tiredness that comes from us not seeing it.

Going honest and true… getting courageously clear on what and who matters most. There we find mission and meaning. There we find passion and purpose. There, we remember our Zeal.

For the Fallen, we Rise.

This is how we can best deliver. Oh and, if figuring on purpose matters to you… check out this recommendation and get it.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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CHECK OUT OUR COACHING

and our MULTIVERSE of online forums and offerings

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist,

Your Best CO

In On Words and Up Words, I shared on an important “D Line” for us all. And I said, “And the fuel of it all is to dare. It all moves with Daring. Now all that is one D Line rotation; and one I find myself pondering on as I head into 2021. This has been and continues to be an historic year. I believe that we are in historic times and the Infinite Game is afoot.

This week, and in light of my own practice of Detachment, Discernment, Decisiveness, Daring and more… two thoughts occur to me.

First, amidst the ongoing aftermath of an election which is still not complete (ballots remain to be counted)… and amidst Pandemic and matters of social, economic and environmental Justice

… I am reminded that there are two virtues vital in these times.

Second, and keeping Certitude and Optimism in heart and mind… strategic leadership engages four core activities… analyzing, formulating, implementing and evaluating. In any given situation, we are best served to discern the situation, decide on a strategy born of that Discernment, dare to initiate on that strategic Decisiveness, and evaluate on that Daring and execution, with Diligence. And it requires putting it into practice.

Running up to my 60th birthday last February 20, I had established a series of aligned goals to achieve by 20/02/2020. I subsequently achieved and realized some 85% of the goals. This week, and amidst the world locally, globally and glocally, I thought to do so again… for the next 14 months through to 2021.

… and I thought to choose my Code for living the walk and talk…

What is my point? In these times, the chance and cause for overwhelm can be great. All that we can be certain of is primarily internal. We cannot be certain of outcome but we can be certain of effort. We cannot be certain of response, but we can be certain of intent. Certitude matters…

Certain in uncertain times; and practicing Optimism

… in doing so. Certitude is our ballast and Optimism our fuel. In combination, there is your best CO.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

CHECK OUT

CHECK OUT OUR COACHING

and our MULTIVERSE of online forums and offerings

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist,

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