To celebrate the launch of the new EPIC Engage™ website this day, I thought to simply offer up our definition of the virtue of wholeheartedness, as it is core to our work now and going forward. As Amy Hiscox and I consulted on the nature of this virtue, we arrived at an understanding of it that encompassed our collective passion for our work, the very work itself and the meaning for ourselves as individuals.
Wholeheartedness is discerning our truth and living it with devotion to purpose by being ‘all in’. ‘All in’ means accepting ourselves so that we can give what we have to the world completely. It is discerning the song we are meant to sing, and singing it with all of our heart. Wholeheartedness is embracing life fully, without holding back, and doing what must be done, especially when it is challenging or risky. We commit with courage to live by what is real, genuine, and sincere. We dare to be real. We offer ourselves and others the gift of feeling heard and understood, through active listening, and that is part of our service to the world. Wholeheartedness takes us beyond thinking to a deeper knowing of our purpose. We refuse to sit on the sidelines and that frees us from regret. When we are wholehearted we are fiercely focused on what’s under the surface and really going on. This, coupled with sincerity and zeal, emboldens us to serve while steadfastly keeping our true purpose front and center. We deepen in wholeheartedness when we choose to empower and not overpower. Even if we stumble and fall, we don’t allow doubt to distract us from what we know to be true. When opportunity comes, we step into it. Carpe diem.
For organizations and individuals, the Practice of Wholeheartedness engages the following commitments and behaviours….
- I give 100% to all that I choose to do
- I relentlessly live by my deepest values and purpose
- I strive to see and hear what is real; it is my service.
- I honor my own worth by having the courage to be original
- I am confident in initiating new ideas
- I awaken the virtues in my soul by choosing to live them
- I seize the day and every purpose driven opportunity
So, as EPIC Engage, our work moving forward is about making a difference for the difference makers. For you, going forward, if wholehearted work and living are vital, what does that mean for you and those with whom you work? Maybe we should chat.
On behalf of the EPIC Engage™ Team.
Peace, passion and prosperity.
Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™