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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

Purpose and Pace

Last week I wrote on my best contract.  It grounded me.  I might suggest a read of it as it speaks to purpose and meaning and more.  I am continuing to read it.

Last Friday, I had an incredible session with entrepreneurs around getting clear on message and meaning.  That session further grounded me in my own sense of purpose.

Then this week, I engaged a big bad bug.  It grounded me too, but in a very different kind of way.  The down time allowed me to ponder what Linda Kavelin-Popov has coined as a pace of grace.  First, I recommend you check out her writing.  I love her work.

But back to the point.  A pace of grace, to my understanding, is not about walking around in some quiet and meditative state at all times.  As Dan Popov once said to me essentially… water has grace in all its forms… as a drop, a trickle, a stream, a river, rapids, water falls and more.  It is being what it is when it is.  Bruce Lee spoke to the capacity of water too.

For me, this week, I am pondering purpose and grace.  What does it mean to know both?  Every creature in nature inherently understands same.  Our minds are wondrous tools but can stand in the way of us “knowing” purpose and grace.  This week, I constructively challenge you to reflect on purpose and grace… and find your pace.

I am.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

My Best Contract

Some time ago, I referenced the notion of dealing with the ducks.  So many things can grab our attention and disrupt and distract… and more… taking our eyes off the prize.  Of late, I have been experiencing the culmination of a strategic reflection over the last year or so in particular; a reflection intended to get a sharper focus on the most important path for me.  A manifestation of that culmination is found in Manifest, Oh!.  In so getting to this space of late, I have been exploring patience in posts on:

The journey has had a last minute spurring from a reading and reflection on:

I offer these up for two reasons.  First, I humbly suggest each is worth a read and reflect as stand alone.  Second, the value in my own going back on what I have written is not lost on me.  When we record, we must always remember that there is value in the review and reflect.  Record, review and reflect offer a powerful, simple process for learning.  I might suggest that record, review, reflect and re-engineer are a powerful foursome.  I guess I just did.  🙂

That being said, in Manifest, Oh!… I stated that:

A manifesto is a published declaration of the intentions and motives. Mine now goes something like this.

  • I believe in humanity and its future and I am prepared to stand for it in faith, thought, will and action. It is my best birthright. I believe it to be all of ours. I unapologetically believe in the nobility of the human spirit and choose to explore and celebrate humanity and the best and truest of heroism, humility, helpfulness and humor. Yup, there is a bunch of H factors worth hoisting and honoring. In so believing…
  • I teach business leadership at College of the North Atlantic, in class and online; and love my global work with Epic Engage™.
  • I work with noble minded and hearted leaducators, communitrepreneurs and emergents in advancing character leadership and unity building.
  • I deliver in English, Mandarin and French to bring that work to the world. 
  • 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 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.
  • I am loving it! All!

My 90 day strategic plans for 20022020 as referenced in 2019, Here We Come… they remain, and aligned.  Having a powerful set of 90 day plans aligned with a truly resonant vision is a powerful thing as well.  This is why I suggest some rereads of the above, on and of your own.  But, the core of this blog is truly around an a-ha for me this morning.

My Best Contract

Years ago, I discovered this prayer by Abdu’l-Bahá.  I fell in love with it, and then, after a time, took it for granted somewhat.  In saying it this morning, I realized that it is a contract between God and myself. Let me explain.

What I ask of God is this:

O God!  Refresh and gladden my spirit.  Purify my heart.  Illumine my powers. 

What I promise to God is this:

I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. 

What I expect of God is this:

Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. 

What I commit to God is this:

I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being.  O God!  I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me.  I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.

What I accept from God is this:

O God!  Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. 

What I give to God is this:

I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.

As a Baha’i, I see God as no “man in the sky”, but an unknowable and truly sentient force that is in ultimate control.  Maybe, the ultimate mathematician. 🙂

That being said, I have my free will, or I would not be choosing to offer up what I do in this prayer.  I could chose not to do so.  That is my right, and responsibility.

So, why is this important?  For me, I now see that the path towards my Vision 20022020 with its 90 day strategic plans, and the living of my manifesto, must needs be best guided by this contract in the form of this prayer.  As I walk resolute towards, I need to remember what I ask and what I promise.

I Ask, Expect and Request

  • I ask to have my spirit refreshed and gladdened, my heart purified of questionable motives, and my powers illumined.  I ask and expect that God be my Guide and Refuge.  I ask and recognize that God be my better friend.

I Promise

  • I promise that I will lay all my affairs in the “hand of God”.  I promise, in so doing, that I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved and that I will be a happy and joyful being.  I promise that I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me.  I promise that I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life.  Full of anxiety and dwelling on the unpleasant is my promise to avoid.  It does not imply that I will be free of same but that I will not dwell there.  That is significant.  I will have my moments but I will not stay there.  Most of all it means that I promise myself to my best understanding of God.

Whether this resonates for you or not, it does for me.  Whether prayer and God resonate for you or not, there is value in understanding that:

  • a powerful and resonant vision is important
  • 90 day strategic plans are very useful in getting there, and
  • a “spiritual” contract or commitment to guide the walk is advisable.

I have my vision, my plans and now my contract.  Time to up the work and business.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

 

 

 

Strategic Patience

I have been pondering Patience a bit of late.  Last week, I shared on Patiently Something Fierce. I suggest it a worthy little read, with links.  That being said, I am pondering the strategic application of Patience.

Patience is a powerful strength of character in moving forward and facing the future.  Patience is not simply biting our tongue or holding our breath.  It is a knowing that we will get there; wherever there might be.  Water is patient.  It gets where it needs to go, eventually, despite blocks and dams and obstacles.  It will find a way.  Sometimes it will roar and rush.  Sometimes it will flow, or even trickle.  Sometimes even, it will seem stagnant but it is either evaporating or seeping into the water table.  Either way, it will get where it is going.  It is Patience, as strength.  Much of nature knows this too.  Do the work, and inherently trust in the outcome.

I saw this same quality in Chris Ballard, GM of the Indianapolis Colts in his season closing remarks.  Patience is a quiet but powerful knowing that, as we focus on our work, things will happen.  Patience is a powerful form of confidence.  It is poise personified.  It trusts.  It understand that there is work to do, but it trusts in the process.  So, going forward, it is a powerful, practical strength of character, and it is grown in practice.  For me, the T’ra’at is indeed talking.

When we look on other matters, we need to be strategic in understanding when Patience is called upon, and not.  I strongly suggest that Patience is a noble practice in working and living with others.  Everyone has a journey.  That being said, I have fallen prey in my life to excessively waiting on people with respect to work and projects and initiatives, often over accommodating for their hesitancy.  Unfortunately that hesitancy is often grounded in their inability to say that they are not truly ready, willing or able… and in their desire to politely agree so as not to disappoint.  While we should and must be patient with people, that does not imply that we should accommodate thusly.  Great advice given to me years ago, but only now fully gotten is…

  • … go fiercely in the direction that your soul calls and see who shows up.  Do not entertain the well -intended.  Engage the intent.  Do not accommodate the polite “cannot say no” travelers.  Ride with those who have identified they are going there too.  Be patient with those who cannot or truly do not want to ride with you, but not patient in waiting on them changing their hearts or minds.  The train is rolling, and the right ones will catch up.

I am munching on this; digesting it.  Patience is a strength, and a strategic one at that.  It is wise to know when and where and with whom it is required.

As Joe Calloway puts it in his book The Leadership Mindset, “As the leader, you are the prime keeper and defender of the culture. It is your job. While everyone is part of the culture, you can’t delegate this one because you are the embodiment of the culture. Regardless of what it says on the poster in the break room about ‘Our Culture’ everyone looks to you, what you say, and, more important, how you behave to know what the organization stands for.”  You must assert same.  Patience tells you move forward and trust in the process.  It also tells you that, if some are not on board, you must keep moving.

Whether in school, at work, in business or throughout community… the strategic strength that is Patience must be considered.  As of tomorrow, I have 400 days left for my 20022020 Vision.

  • It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building. 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.

Slow and steady patience in building that vision; I am reminded.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

Patiently Something Fierce

“Somethin’ fierce” is a phrase I have heard turned locally over the years.  “That weather was somethin’ fierce” … meaning it was definitely intense.  Last week, I posted on The Pit Stop of Patience and the importance that the virtue that is Patience plays in living our best lives.  I believe that it was Elizabeth Barrett Browning who wrote of what we could learn of Patience in nature.

‘O DREARY life,’ we cry, ‘ O dreary life ! ‘
And still the generations of the birds
Sing through our sighing, and the flocks and herds
Serenely live while we are keeping strife
With Heaven’s true purpose in us, as a knife
Against which we may struggle ! Ocean girds
Unslackened the dry land, savannah-swards
Unweary sweep, hills watch unworn, and rife
Meek leaves drop year]y from the forest-trees
To show, above, the unwasted stars that pass
In their old glory: O thou God of old,
Grant me some smaller grace than comes to these !–
But so much patience as a blade of grass
Grows by, contented through the heat and cold.

Panda, my #bestlittledogintheworld demonstrates it.  This morning, I am still reflecting on its power to wait and believe, and trust.  This morning though, I am also reminded of the strength that is fierceness.  Panda demonstrates such as well.  The word fierce can conjure up images of violence and aggression.  But its meaning can also illicit thoughts of strength and assertion.  I consider the former to be faux fierce, and the latter to be the real stuff.  I need the real stuff with my buckets of health, education, service and love this year.  I especially need it with respect to continuing getting back to a healthy, strong body.  Patient and Fierce, oh yes.

Fierce is that strength of both veracity and tenacity.  Veracity is that strength of character grounded in Truthfulness.  Tenacity is that strength grounded in Determination.  Now, imagine Patience with this twin winged power of Truthfulness and Determination.  This does not imply that one has to be the proverbial bull in a China shop.  That, I still consider to be the faux fierce.

It does imply that we know our best destination; the one for which we have the utmost resolve.  It does imply that we not obsess on that which distracts us… our frustrations, fears and idle fantasies.  It does imply that we are (as my dear soul sis and I refer to as) holy all in full arse.  We are wholehearted with being fierce. We are stronger than our fear.  Indeed, the only and true fear we have is in not reaching for that destination, of service and life.  We are willing to give our very all for it.

Imagine the strength that is the balance of Patience and Fierceness.  Imagine the Trust and Certitude in having a clear and strong sense of who you are and where your soul knows you need go.  Imagine that Patience to know you will get there.  Imagine that Fierceness that will bring you the resolve to do so.  One is your ballast.  The other is your sail.

For me, I am pondering such capacity this morning as I continue my journey, and into a new year.   I am reminded by colleagues of the capacity that this time of year potentially brings.  I am reminded that I need to be patiently something fierce.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

The Pit Stop of Patience

On New Year’s Eve, I wrote this on And So It is New Year 2019. It concerned itself with vision and goals, purpose, meaning, character and more… and I truly and humbly do suggest the read.

Last night and today, January 1-2 in the Northeast Avalon including St. John’s and Mount Pearl, we were met with this storm.  At first it promised to be a blizzard, but it turned and is turning out to be two storms in one.  I even liken it to a bit of a snowy hurricane; high winds and snow, lightening up with rain and freezing rain for a bit, then returning to snow and very high winds.  It has grounded the city, at the very beginning of the new year.  For a snapshot look, notice the shovel handle in the far right of the photo, just outside the door.

Yup, walloped a bit hard, and amidst all the plans for the new year.  Social media has been filled with messages for a great new year, and I am sure many had plans to hit the ground running, myself included.  For me, the intent was and is to launch the new EPIC Speakernet…. 26 expert speakers coming together to be available for conferences and events in Newfoundland and Labrador… effective and officially today.  The thought was and is to launch the introduction of #hUmaNITY and Project BLACKWING™… this week.  The thought was and is to launch our now 19 free services… including DELIVER™, CAPS Cares, and Speakeasies™.  And yes, our updated site.  Yes, there were great intentions, and I guess, by noting them here, I have kind of introduced and/or launched each.  Still, I am reminded that journeys require patience.  Even just two days in can test the journey.  We are eager to get at it.  Then, right at the beginning, a wheel can fall off.

Patience is not about biting our tongues or holding our breaths.  Patience is the power (or at least one of the core powers) of the hunt, and the journey.  The hunt is not simply about the chase, but the wait.

And that can be weighty for many of us.  I know that it can be for me. But then and tonight, I think…

Consider Patience

The Virtues Reflection Card says it is hopeful and expectant, un-rushed and gentle with mistakes.  It says it accepts where we are, with an essential confidence that that is not where we will stay.  Patience does not panic or become disturbed or doubtful.  It breathes well. It trusts that we will make it.  It is the tortoise over the hare.  It has a quiet confidence, and sense of certitude.  It know it will get there.

As my back is “gone” and the snow keeps coming, I need to understand this.  As we each reach for that which we most soulfully desire this year, in whatever areas and arenas of our lives, we need to remember that Rome took more than a day.  Our souls know that.  Our egos struggle with it.  Listen to your soul.  Our lives are journeys.  Our years are segments.  Our days are miles.  Some miles are pit stops and we (I) must remember that the pit stops are necessary.  Indeed, I believe it was the remarkable Stephen Covey who once referenced that sometimes we are too busy to stop for gas, and we must stop for gas.

So, as you venture forth in 2019, enjoy the ride, be alert to the times for both movement and stillness.  If it helps, I offer up this prayer I say in remembrance of my sister.

  • Make me ready, in all circumstances, O my Lord, to serve Thee and to set myself towards the adored sanctuary of Thy Revelation and of Thy Beauty. If it be Thy pleasure, make me to grow as a tender herb in the meadows of Thy grace, that the gentle winds of Thy will may stir me up and bend me into conformity with Thy pleasure, in such wise that my movement and my stillness may be wholly directed by Thee.

Among other things, it speaks to me of the necessity of movement and stillness.  It is not all up to me.  I am simply to be ready.  This storm is out of my control, as is much in life.  What is within my grasp is the ability to be ready.  In education, leadership, business community building and more… certainly, in life … in 2019, I wish that you live your life ready and to be alert to the things that come your way.

Listen and live.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

2019, Here We Come

A WISH

Today, I found myself at the top of Signal Hill taking in the view of St. John’s and Mount Pearl and Cape Spear and the North Atlanticand the sight of Cabot Tower itself.  That Tower is and has been such a vantage point for so very long.  There I was … me, my music, and the wondrous view… and my thoughts.  One of those thoughts was a sincere wish.

I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, however you might celebrate this time of year.  Whether Christmas or Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or Festivus, Winter Solstice or… you get the picture; I hope you truly find joy in it, for you and those you love.

THOUGHT TOO: Reflection

And there were other thoughts. Just before Christmas, I wrote on my Pre-Flight Check.  It was and is the culmination (thus far) of a journey towards what I am calling my 20022020 Vision.  That vision, set out several months back and focusing on celebrating my 60th birthday, remains:

  • It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building.  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.

On November 15, I set out what I called and call my 90 Day Snapshots in GREAT Goals and The Hunt;  90 day plans that serve to build towards that vision. During these past few days, I have reflected on my progress with those snapshots.  Here is what I have found.

  • GOOD.  I am walking as a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit… having completed my Ruhi Studies Book 1 and prepared my study library on character and unity. I have secured learning resources for conversational Mandarin and French.  I have completed my latest MUN course with a grade of 92 (a 90 average over three courses thus far).  I have been singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda… and finding new and challenging songs to expand my repertoire, if you will.
  • GOOD. Over this week, I am re-launching the new Epic Engage™ in January, with Project Black Wing™ for launch January 1, 2019, DELIVER™ sessions and Thinking CAPS™ national chats planned… and NLAWS™ and Speakernet officially launching January 1, 2019.
  • GOOD. Thus far this past Fall, I have also developed strong connections with the business development community, including MBO, Futurpreneur, and NLOWE… and have successfully completed the Fall term, teaching business leadership at college.
  • GOOD. AND, I am this week completing my 20022020 W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

And then…

  • GOOD kind of, in learning. Finally, we made the strategic decision to cease momondays St. John’s under our leadership and focus our best energies on other projects in 2019.

THE NOT SO GOOD, but GETTING BETTER.  All in all, it has been a productive first swing and Fall, and I am pleased with the effect of having a 90-Day Snapshot with which to work.  The one gaping misfire is on “I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily” and that is being resolutely addressed with a new and vigorous plan for 2019.  Strategic thinking requires that.

LEARNINGS

All of that is to say that this time, during this week, has already served to be a great check in as I prepare for 2019. What I have re-learned is that:

  • a powerful, personal, relevant and resonant vision is the basis for great motivation and commitment.  Any moving vision must have real meaning … for ourselves.  Anything less is a waste of time and talent.
  • 90 day snapshot visions help make the long term vision less daunting.  Think of them as clear and manageable building blocks or grocery lists where you can focus on getting them achieved or completed… knowing that, by doing so, you are moving towards your bigger vision.  I think Matthew McConaughey speaks to such here.
  • execution is everything.  “Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.”

And so, I am opting to reset with revised snapshots running from January 1 2019 through to February 20 2020… some 416 days.  I offer these now for myself and in the spirit of accountability… and for you in seeing examples of what such snapshots can possibly look like; simple or otherwise. 

Then, and below, I offer some thoughts for the New Year.

MY NEW 90 DAY SNAPSHOTS

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
    • NLAWS™ and 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.

SNAPSHOT 2: April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019… 91 days

  • I am developing my own institute course load around character, unity and spirit
  • I am weekly practicing my conversational Mandarin
  • I am deepening my studies with The Ruhi Institute, with Book 1
  • I am continuing my education studies, with completion of my 4th course
  • I am Salsa dancing weekly; oh and singing weekly too
  • I am voraciously writing and cartooning my Aukwords™ blog monthly
  • I am continuing the monthly work of epic stories, on video
  • I am boxing in the basement weekly
  • I am spending beautiful time with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda, daily
  • I am winding down my 19th year of my love of teaching with College of the North Atlantic
  • I am continuing to advance my global work with the new Epic Engage™
  • I am a 36 inch waist, first time in 25 years
  • I am on top of my W.E.A.L.T.H.™ plan, holding true to its expectations.

SNAPSHOT 3: July 1, 2019 through September 30, 2019… 92 Days

  • I am preparing to launch my new institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am functionally conversant in Mandarin, and am brushing up on basic French
  • I have completed additional coursework in The Ruhi Institute, with Books 2-7
  • I am continuing my education studies, with commencement of my 5th course
  • I am living a life filled with song, and dance.
  • I am cartooning and writing, and sharing those epic stories through video
  • I am back at practicing archery, and still boxing
  • I am curling again, after 24 years absence
  • I am living with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda by my side, everywhere
  • I am concluding my 19th year of teaching business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am growing my global work, reach and service with Epic Engage™
  • I am still a 36 inch waist and have reached my 110K in weight (slim for my body structure)
  • I am healthy and strong
  • I am enjoying a vacation, oh yes I am
  • I am staying on my W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan

SNAPSHOT 4: October 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019… 92 Days

  • I am pre-launching the institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am sound in conversational Mandarin and advancing my French
  • I have completed another course in The Ruhi Institute, with Book 8
  • I am continuing my education studies, completing my 5th course
  • I am in a wonderful cool and loving relationship; yes, yip, yup, uh-huh 🙂
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and more of what and who I love
  • My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all
  • I am teaching my 20th year of business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am globally serving with Epic Engage™
  • I am loving it!
  • I am 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong
  • I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

SNAPSHOT 5: January 1, 2020 through February 19, 2020… 50 days

  • The Traig`hen Institute™ in Character Leadership and Unity Building has launched
  • I am conversant in Mandarin and French
  • I am completing the next course load of The Ruhi Institute, with Book 9
  • I am commencing my 6th course in education studies, with plans for more
  • I am preparing for my second Pilgrimage to Haifa
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and more of what and who I love.
  • My #bestlittledogintheworld Panda is by my side in enjoying it all.
  • I am teaching my 20th year in business leadership at College of the North Atlantic
  • I am thriving in my service and work with Epic Engage™
  • I am soooooooo loving it!
  • I am still that 110K in weight (slim for my body structure) and benching same; healthy and strong
  • And, yes, I am financially ready, willing and able to support special projects in which I deeply want to invest and contribute.

February 20, 2020… CELEBRATE!

That day will be a celebration; a genuine and powerful and joyful one.  Fully realizing living the life I soulfully believe that I am called and drawn to is a gift… and one that is earned.  With that in mind…

CLOSING THOUGHTS

As 2019 approaches for us all, I am not one to believe that life is meant to be magically “abundant”.  It is meant to be filled with up’s and down’s, in’s and out’s, yin’s and yang’s.  It is meant to be lived.  But, it is best lived intentionally.  We cannot control the waves but we can ride them and sail them.  We cannot control those ducks but we can lead them.  It requires that we get clear on where our soul knows we need to be… whether at work, school, business, community or life.  That requires truthfulness and courage … to even ask, admit and accept.

It requires us to know that work is involved and demanded.  It requires us to understand the vital importance of character.  It demands that we find people who believe in us.  It demands we do it in a world that might not yet believe in us.

Nine words have come through reflective and prayerful meditation this year, for me.  “Everything requires everything. To be ready, do the work.”  I believe that I am getting ever closer to fully understanding their meaning.

That is my journey for 2019.  How about you?

2019, here we come.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

Pre-Flight Check

Back on October 10th, I posted this on An Invitation to Bucket. In it, I suggested that I would focus on 5 “buckets” going forward:

  • Educational, which will include my MBa, Mandarin, French and even spiritual
  • Joyful… which will include emotional, and inspirational
  • Work and Service… including vocational, and social
  • Physical… my health
  • WEALTH… including material and financial

First, I suggest you might find it of value to read that post.  The notion of buckets is particularly of value to me.  From that, I developed my “five buckets statement” to be filled by 20022020 (my 60th birthday)… an application of Ikigai for me personally:

It is 20022020, and I am a master and lifelong student of the global body of work around character leadership and unity building.  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.

Since then (and if you want to follow the journey), I have written on:

The learnings and evolution continued on this sense of vision.  Then, it heated up with this on GREAT Goal and the Hunt… whereupon I set my 90 Day Snapshots as building blocks for my vision.  I do suggest a good read of that post.

Since then, I documented and developed on:

,,, further “sharpening the blades” on this path of commitment.  To date, it has culminated in last week’s post on THE EPIC ENGAGE … wherein I asked “Who are you? Who do you want to be?”

So What?

All of this is to offer up a path upon which to reflect in possibly reading these posts, and to say that this morning I see them as a boarding of the plane, if you will.  You see, yesterday was a day that started with intense challenge and yet a focus on getting up and at it.  Through it all, I called upon Courage and Certitude, a deep sense of Faith and Trust in what I know… of me and my Commitment to my vision.  I was not going small.  By day’s end, much had changed… had been accomplished, and even re-evaluated.  The getting at it had gotten me to it.  It had revealed nuanced but important realizations.  Yesterday was my pre-flight check, having spent the last few weeks boarding the plane.

What did it reveal?  Well for SNAPSHOT 1: November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days…. it revealed success and otherwise.

  • I am walking as a daily student of the practice of character, unity and spirit
  • I am learning the first basics of conversational Mandarin and French
  • I am continuing my education studies, completing my current course
  • I am prayerfully engaged in my Ruhi studies, Books 1 through 7
  • I am singing, writing and living daily, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I have re-launched the new Epic Engage™ in January, with:
    • Project Black Wing™ for launch January 1, 2019
    • DELIVER™ sessions November 2018 and January 2019
    • Thinking CAPS™ national chats December 2018, and January and February 2019
    • NLAWS™ and Speakernet officially launched January 1, 2019
    • new blog-comic strip called Aukwords™ launched in January 2019
    • momondays St. John`s December 10, 2018
    • Speakeasies™ starting in January 2019
  • I am sharing epic stories, via video and momondays
  • I have strong connections with the business development community, including:
    • MBO
    • Futurpreneur, and
    • NLOWE
  • I have successfully completed the Fall term, teaching business leadership at college
  •  have completed and constructed my 20022020 462-day W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

I am successfully on track and even ahead on most of these items (the blue).  There is but one that is currently “woeful”.

  • I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily

Actually, it is more “whoa-full”.  I had to go whoa and realize that something was not quite right.  The  systems check has found an issue.  Yet, that has changed in the last two weeks too.  With the pre-diabetes warning of my doctor (a new piece of news as past tests have never show such a sign) and the promise that it can be thwarted in its advance… I am now eating so much better; so very much better.  I am not on track with the snapshot goal, but I have found the track.  Success!

THE BOTTOM LINE

I offer all of this to say that my pre-flight check and its revelations have demonstrated and reinforced to me that:

  1. having a clear and palpable vision is powerful
  2. having snapshot goals as building blocks towards that vision are equally so
  3. systems checks on the validity of both are vital… and are more productive than shaming.

As you get clear on your vision for 2019 (and I hope and suggest that you do), and identify your snapshot building block goals in getting there… please approach them and evaluate them not as pass or fail, but as learnings to help ready for flight.  See the “glitches” as gifts.  See them as teachers.  For me, there have been real successes with the practice of character, unity and spirit, Mandarin and French, education studies, Ruhi studies, and singing, writing and living daily with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda.  In addition and over this Christmas Break that I have just started, it will see me finalizing on the new Epic Engage™ in January, and constructing my 20022020  W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.  These are successes for me.  But so is my learning on health.  There is no shame in learning, only strength.  For me, what I have learned on that front is that I needed to get deeper on my sense of commitment.  The pre-diabetes warning was just that.  It has galvanized me, not shamed me.  As an educator, I understand that tests are not meant to fail us but to teach us what we know and need to get better knowing.  I am learning.

I wish you a year of vision, goals, learning and growing.  I will share more in a few days.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

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