Barry Lewis Green
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The Character Leadership Company

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A Discerning Mind

Last week, I posted on Discernment and Decision Daily.  Just this morning, I posted on LinkedIn on Trust, Trustworthiness and Discernment.  Indeed, I have been discerning even more so of late…

All of this is to say that the practice of Discernment is not an event. It is organic and dynamic, It is best practiced as we go.  It is not about having to be “serious” all the time but it is about being “aware”.  Every creature in nature practices it in order to live, survive and thrive.  It is the practice of Consideration and Mindfulness in active execution.  It is thinking about what we are witnessing and experiencing.  We need it ever more so in these times.  I need it ever more so, in meandering mindfully through my persistent road to better health and strength.  I need it to be aware of my successes and lack thereof along the way.  I need it to determine what I am doing right and what I need to adjust or correct as I go.  For any worthy goal, Discernment helps us navigate by watching what is happening and helping us correct course where necessary.  Without Discernment, we bob and buoy on the ocean of life and work, never aware of what we need to do more of and differently.  I recently saw a post that essentially said that April Fool’s Day seems to be the only day of the year that we actively question what is on the net, and out in social media.  Discernment would change that.

We need Discernment in our job hunts, career paths… at school, work, business and community … as educators, students, leaders and entrepreneurs… as parents, friends and colleagues.  Discernment sharpens the blade on Wisdom… a most valuable commodity for our health and well being.

For your own Discernment, here are 12 perspectives around “Easter eggs” of ideas.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

Discernment and Decision Daily

Last week, I wrote on Every Day is Judgement Day. And on LinkedIn, I wrote this past couple of weeks on The All-In Virtue and My Own Opus.  Here is what is occurring to me this day, this second day into April.

  • Every moment is a moment of judgement; a time of discernment and decision.  It is not unlike walking an unknown trail and being conscious of every step, trusting in our Discernment and Decisiveness.  

On one level, this is not rocket science nor earth shaking but I think we often take that process for granted, and it almost becomes unconscious… not unlike driving the same road every day and taking that trip for granted.  On another level, it requires the practice of deliberate Consideration.

  • What if we considered that our life is an unknown road, because it is?
  • What if we realized that we have not travelled this road before, because we haven’t?
  • What if we took our steps more consciously?
  • What would that look like?

As I walk towards my 9 milestones for my 60th birthday February 20, 2020, I think this is an important recognition.  I have never walked towards my 60th in my 59th before.  I certainly have not established 9 milestone goals before.  Each moment is a judgement call; a discerning decision to place my foot on the next part of the path.  Each decision matters.  Each can take me closer to or further from my intended destination.  Each decision can keep me focused or distract me.  Each decision can shorten or lengthen the time in reaching for intention.

How does this fit for you?  What would this look like?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Every Day is Judgement Day

Last week, I wrote on Pulling Back the Bow.  In it, I wrote that:

  • Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and his thoughts on resistance come to mind.  The closer we get to moving, the greater the resistance, not unlike a bow.  I am there.  And now I need most to pull back on that bow of health.  It will support all of the others.”

This week, I wrote on Facebook…

  • As I collapse on the bed… getting through a second very busy day while living with these lungs right now… a totally unrelated but somehow related thought occurs to me on judgement … of all things.  There are two ways to think of judgement.  The first is about making good and sound decisions for our own lives.  The second is about looking at other people’s lives, thinking we somehow know them or know better, and judging them on their actions.  The former is wisdom.  The latter is ignorance by it’s true definition.  Live the former.  Let go the latter.  As I crash here, I realize no one knows my life and I know no one else’s. My responsibility is to live as best I can … and not judging others. My responsibility is executed by practicing sound judgement in my own decisions.  No idea why that popped into my head and heart but I am glad it did.

Judgement is making sound decisions, and I am making them.  As leaders, educators, entrepreneurs and livers of life… as students, mentors and more… good and sound daily judgement matters.  That requires wisdom and even sacrifice.

Practice that kind of judgement.  I am.  It is mine all mine.  🙂

Make every day, Judgement Day.

Seems like a Van Hagar kind of day, lol.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Pulling Back the Bow

I just wrote this on Simplicity and Excellence, inspired by Joe Calloway and Randy Pennington.

Writing it got me thinking about how slippery a slope the process can be.  For me, my nine milestones I shared once again in My New Day and Semester continue to be vital for this year.  But… the one that is both most important and challenging is the health milestone.

Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and his thoughts on resistance come to mind.  The closer we get to moving, the greater the resistance, not unlike a bow.  I am there.  And now I need most to pull back on that bow of health.  It will support all of the others.

How about you?  Where do you need singular focus and purpose now?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

New Day and Semester

The virtue I am pondering is Courage this day; the Courage to Perfect.  10 days ago was my last post on Spring Forward, March On.  It has been an eventful 10 days.  No stories,today though.  I am left with a thought all the same.  With 4 days left in my Baha’i Fast and the discernment from same… and with my last report in here on my blog… March 20 is Naw Ruz (New Day) and my New Year.  My goals remain for Spring and Summer:

  • 36” waist, healthy and strong; best shape of life
  • master and lifelong student of character and unity
  • speaker in English, Mandarin and French
  • student with The Ruhi Institute
  • lover, singer dancer, cartoonist, writer, archer and storyteller
  • simple man with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • business educator with CNA
  • Strategic Leader with Epic Engage™
  • financially capable contributor to the world

7 days ago, I grouped them with the notion of Semesters in mind.  Right now, for March 21 through June 20, 2019, I am focused on 5:

  • 40” waist, healthier, stronger
  • successfully complete my MUN course this semester
  • successfully complete my academic year as business educator with CNA
  • sharpen the blades building Epic Engage™ and its 5 core deliverables
  • complete my 5 year WEALTH and contribution Plan

My focused 5.  I say this because I remain a deep believer in the BIG VISION, and the 90 day Strategic Goals… and now the idea of the Semester work.  I have 5 courses to work on.  My thought to you is have your big prize and your shorter term strategic goals in getting there… and treat every 90 days like a semester in a term.  I think you will find it useful.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Spring Forward, March On…

Last Wednesday, I wrote on Planning Your Party.  In it, I suggested that “What if you were planning for your own birthday, a month down the road or a year? If you were to identify a number of gifts that you would give yourself by that date, what would they be? How can you get abundantly clear on them so that you create your own grocery list for that birthday party of birthday parties?”

Did you consider it?  Do it, I humbly suggest.

This week, with a break from College, I have time to consider some “gifts” along the way.  Right now, here is my current gratitude list:

  • 36” waist, healthy and strong; best shape of life … I am Fasting and feeling slimmer already.
  • simple man with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda … this is ongoing, every day.
  • Strategic Leader with Epic Engage™… with a cool trip to serve in Marystown this week.
  • financially capable contributor to the world… financial planning is happening this week too.

Then, with a Spring and Summer ahead, I make a grand and cool push on the 9.

  • 36” waist, healthy and strong; best shape of life
  • master and lifelong student of character and unity
  • speaker in English, Mandarin and French
  • student with The Ruhi Institute
  • lover, singer dancer, cartoonist, writer, archer and storyteller
  • simple man with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • business educator with CNA
  • Strategic Leader with Epic Engage™
  • financially capable contributor to the world

I am convinced that the big vision is big time crucial at school, work, business and community… and the little gifts along the way make for little gifts of encouragement.  Do both.  I continue.  I march on…

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Planning Your Party

Last week, I wrote of my Birthday Ticket.  One week later and one week into my 60th year, things are happening.

  • 36” waist, healthy and strong; best shape of life … house is good food friendly; gym is refurbished.
  • master and lifelong student of character and unity … 4 new books and my “library” is ready.
  • speaker in English, Mandarin and French … plans are in place for a summer of practice learning.
  • student with The Ruhi Institute… ditto for summer plans of a retreat.
  • lover, singer dancer, cartoonist, writer, archer and storyteller … starting video storytelling project.
  • simple man with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda … this is ongoing, every day
  • business educator with CNA… as is this, with a College BREAK next week.
  • Strategic Leader with Epic Engage™… and business planning next week during BREAK.
  • financially capable contributor to the world… financial planning next week too.

This is not unlike a birthday planning grocery list.  The simple power of having identifiable milestones to work on daily, weekly and monthly is considerable.  My intention is to “move the needle” on at least one item daily, kind of like moving pieces on a board; nine pieces that must make it home.

I am feeling good on this process already.

FOR YOU?

My simple thought to you this day is this.  What if you were planning for your own birthday, a month down the road or a year?  If you were to identify a number of gifts that you would give yourself by that date, what would they be?  How can you get abundantly clear on them so that you create your own grocery list for that birthday party of birthday parties?

How can you do this as a leader, educator or entrepreneur?  As a student?  How can you do this at home, school, work, business or community?  Your “birthday” might be the beginning of your school or fiscal year.  It might be the anniversary of your company or community.  Everything has a “birth day”.

Get your grocery list together for that next birthday.  Then go shopping daily, weekly and monthly.

I am.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

My Birthday Ticket

Last week, I wrote on Wander, Wonder, Ponder, Render … where I suggested that a four step process for exploring decisions for our lives moving forward might go like:

  • wander through your life from birth to now, walking through the life events as they have happened (I call it walking your life line).  Be deliberate and walk the journey.  That which we most remember, we do so for good reason.
  • be in a state of wonder in doing so, realizing this as an epic journey filled with trials and triumphs and everything in between.
  • ponder their most constructive lessons for you.  Ultimately, each trial and triumph is a teacher.
  • then render some form of decision on where you go from here.

Today, on the eve of my 59th birthday, and in part born of such a process this week, I both wrote this on Our Universal Three and created this “birthday ticket”.  The birthday ticket identifies a concise list of things to happen in this, my 60th year, and ahead of my 60th birthday next February 2020… yup, this time next year.  They include 9 milestones that will make my 60th my best birthday yet.

  • 36” waist, healthy and strong; best shape of life
  • master and lifelong student of character  and unity
  • speaker in English, Mandarin and French
  • student with The Ruhi Institute
  • lover, singer dancer, cartoonist, writer, archer and storyteller
  • simple man with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • business educator with CNA
  • Strategic Leader with Epic Engage™
  • financially capable contributor to the world.

This “ticket” is now present on my desktop at College, and at home.  It is on my phone.  It is concise and clear.  It is a one year bucket-grocery list of gifts to me, in becoming and being.  It represents my 20022020 Vision of:

  • It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building. I work with noble minded and hearted leaducators, communitrepreneurs and emergents in advancing same. In so doing, I have learned conversational Mandarin and French to bring that work more global. I have also engaged a deepened level of spiritual studies and practice through The Ruhi Institute, and more. I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery and more of what and who I love. My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all. I am teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and doing my global work of Epic Engage™. I am loving it! I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong. And, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

It is served by my 90 day strategic plans… and I have aimed and claimed my way to this clarity.  All of this is to say that I highly recommend the process of identifying your gifts to you this year.  They can end up being gifts to the world.  In my case, these 9 milestones above answer:

  • Remembering who I am and want to be as Barry Lewis Green
  • Readying myself by learning and developing in the areas that are most aligned for me.
  • Rising to serve as such where I best can.

So, how about you?  For your birthday, or any launch day, what might you set aside as the gifts of gains in your life?  What gains can you lay claim to that will serve in you being your very best?

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Wander, Wonder, Ponder, Render

Last week, I posted on purpose.  In the last few days, I made a decision 30 years in the making.  Just this morning, I brought together 9 posts on leadership.  All of this is to say that today I am thoughtful on decision and action.  I wrote on action as prayer… and I am realizing ever more so today that the quality of a decision rests in being connected with wisdom somehow.  On my own health road now, this is even more true.

So, I simply offer this thought this week. Wander, wonder, ponder, and render.  Wander through your life from birth to now, walking through the life events as they have happened (I call it walking your life line).  Be deliberate and walk the journey.  That which we most remember, we do so for good reason.

Be in a state of wonder in doing so, realizing this as an epic journey filled with trials and triumphs and everything in between.

Ponder their most constructive lessons for you.  Ultimately, each trial and triumph is a teacher.

Then render some form of decision on where you go from here.

Do this on your own or with a friend, or a professional (as I am not one in that area… but a student of spiritual reflection).  It is not unlike that moment in Castaway.  Watch the movie for context if you like.  But that final scene, he is experiencing the wander, wonder, ponder and render.  You can almost “see” those wheels of life and lessons turning.  Your life matters.  As does mine.  My decisions reflect that.  As must yours.

Be brave.  Be strong and brave.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

Because You are Here

Last posting, I noted some thoughts on Purpose and Pace… and a pace of grace. I humbly suggest it worth a read, including the links.

This past week, on LinkedIn, I have written on a New Year and Perspective, on Necessity and Humble Swagger, and on Principle, Character and Leadership. And, back on February 4, I wrote on Mastery and Meaning.  All were an exploration of perspective… for me, and hopefully you the reader.  In part, they were all inspired by my exploration of my own connection to the Global Goals.

These days, I am challenging my own perceptions.  It serves two purposes; to question in order to confirm that which is my true and best core and to eliminate that which is not.  It is kind of a soulful surgery, exploring my perceptions of the world, its diversity, and its presumptions of leadership.

What I am more fully understanding is that I am not driven for fame, but impact.  I am not driven for popularity, but meaning.  I am not driven to create contention nor offense, but build dialogue.  I am more fully understanding that leadership is heroic and humble, and capable of being practiced by us all.

Leadership matters.  Great leadership is trustworthy and inspiring of that trust.  Great leadership gives a damn.  Words are hollow, deeds are true.  Great leadership cares.  It rolls up its own sleeves to be part of, not boss of… it says what it means and means what it says.  Great leadership values people.. not on paper nor in speeches, but in action.  It trusts and engages people.  It believes in them.  It holds up a high standard for us all to strive, out of human desire to grow not fear of failure or punishment.  It is not born of ego, but guided by soul.  And it freakin’ matters.

The messianic style and the sometimes seeming worship of gurus does not speak to me in the slightest.  I do not remotely see myself in such role or capacity, nor do I wish to see myself or be seen as so.  I believe “studentry” is “mastery”; and it is fueled by a humble desire to learn.  I think this is what some of my personal fave writers and speakers address… Dale Carnegie, Stephen Covey, Richard Bolles, Dr. Brene Brown, Steven Pressfield and Joe Calloway, among others.

So What? 

So, what does this mean for me today?  It means that I have questioned my motives.  My post on Manifest Oh!… I have gone back to a reread and reflected and digested. For me, it still stands.  For me, it is about the work.  And, when it comes to my 20022020 vision and strategic goals, I am ever more clear on the WHY.  My best contract stands.  As I continue to work on this current strategic snapshot:

SNAPSHOT 1: January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019… 90 days.

  • I am a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit… in studies and practice
  • I am learning the first basics of conversational Mandarin
  • I am continuing my education studies, commencing my next and 4th course
  • I am prayerfully engaged in my Ruhi studies, continuing to focus on Book 1 as baseline
  • I am singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I am Salsa dancing weekly too
  • I am building on the re-launch of the new Epic Engage™ with:
    • Project Black Wing™
    • DELIVER™ sessions  January, February and March
    • Thinking CAPS™ national chats January through March
    • The Epic Speakernet promotions and building
    • a new blog-comic strip called Aukwords™ launched in January 2019
    • Speakeasies™ starting in March
  • I am sharing epic stories monthly, via video
  • I am continuing to build strong connections with the business development community, including:
    • MBO
    • Futurpreneur, and
    • NLOWE
  • I am starting my Winter Term, teaching business leadership at college
  • I have a 40 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily
  • I am following my 20022020 W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

… I am more aware of the reason.  In 13 days, I will turn 59… with one year until 60.  I intend 60 to be the year I am at optimal health and strength, because I see a new chapter unfolding… one that is driven by the soulful need for humble, joyful service and excellence.  I intend my life and work to be so.  I want the physical carriage to support such for as long as I am on this planet… not for fame nor glory, but for my life, in service.  I believe it Goethe who said, “The deed is everything, the glory naught.”  I believe in the words of Baha’u’llah, “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.” For me, my why is clear.  Because I am here.  A life of words is only worth the deeds supporting same.

Getting to your WHY is crucial.  This week, I cover motivation with my students in Organizational Behaviour.  It will be part of our dialogue.  Because I am here.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

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