As we begin this broadCAST™, we honor three special days early on, in this very month,
The broadCAST™ is a monthly weigh in by members of The CAST™ of Epic Engage™. Independent experts in their own right, members of The CAST™ have an opportunity to share their earned insights right here, for you, each month. With that in mind, we wholeheartedly encourage you to connect with these experts on their respective expertise and how it might be of service to you. They each bring such great value in service to their work in communications, youth engagement, education, compassion, business, health, leadership and more.
With the above in heart and mind, the theme for The CAST™ in July was:
- Dominion, often defined as the right of governing.
- Independence, often defined as freedom from the control of others.
They can also both be, and are, virtues; strengths of character. Dominion over oneself is a form of discernment, detachment, discipline and decisiveness. Independence is based on our healthy truthfulness, assertiveness and integrity.
So, with July comes Dominion (Canada) Day and Independence Day in North America. If Dominion and Independence are virtues, and they are… based on your expertise and personal experience… what is one thought you might have about taking charge of one’s life in a way to create the life we best desire?
Now, before we go further… unfortunately, and due to life matters, we are truly missing new contributions from Krista Walsh and Mark Black this month. I know that they send their best wishes, however you celebrate and honor these days… and we have chosen to do a retro recall on each for this month, in line with the question for the month.
So, in essence…
What is one thought you might have about taking charge of one’s life in a way to create the life we best desire?
The responses were varied and cool.
Engage and enjoy. 🙂
RAY HOLLISTER SAYS
My thoughts about taking charge of your life with regards to these two virtues is simple: take neither Dominion nor Independence for granted! The very virtues we argue and fight over within government are also applicable to our daily life. So, I submit to you that we must practice and learn to govern our actions in such a way that we magnify the independence of those around us while simultaneously encouraging growth and prosperity for all. By focusing our efforts on others, the rewards that come back to us will be magnified and intensified with the same enthusiasm and effort that we put forth. Rise!
Ray Hollister is all about strength, excellence and potential. In fact, he has a very special connection with students – he’s helped thousands achieve average scores of over 90% for 20 years! His love of learning… and his ability to teach anybody the same easy strategies he used to study far less than everyone else while maintaining outrageously high test scores… quickly earned him a lot of ‘friends’ seeking his advice. Ray has personally conducted numerous studies to develop an intense, focused, and results oriented program for college students. With the success of that program, Ray set his sights on helping younger students in Junior High, High School, and those just entering University. The end result is a program that will help any student – especially YOU – learn more, study less, and earn consistently high grades. www.rayhollister.net
KRISTA WALSH SAYS
Krista Walsh is about productivity and creating cash flow. Krista is an award winning entrepreneur, author and speaker. From dental assistant drop out, to family business builder, to emerging leader for Atlantic Canada (twice), Krista will share her journey from failure to success and explore how to increase your cash flow and productivity. In 2005 Krista established “KC COLLECT,” a credit, collection and resource company. It would be the first and only female-owned collection agency in Atlantic Canada. Krista’s informative presentations engage and challenge audiences to effectively manage and build their businesses, professional relationships, and enhance their profiles. Andrew Oland- President, Moosehead Breweries says “Krista is a smart, dedicated and passionate woman. She is an engaging and practical presenter who adds tremendous value to any audience.” Her breakout sessions will assist you in navigating the practical tools you can implement immediately to increase sales and productivity, enhance and build relationships, and strengthen and increase cash flow. Krista’s determination and vision has been recognized by her peers and she has twice received the Atlantic Canadian Emerging Award as one of Canada’s leading young entrepreneurs. www.kccollect.vpweb.ca
JOEL SWEENEY SAYS
Joel Sweeney is all about effective communications. He has been speaking, training, coaching and writing about it for over 20 years. He is the author of The Wedding MC Handbook and Little Helpings of Food for Thought. His third book, The Speaker’s Tool Box – Perfecting the Craft of Speaking, was released in the 2015. He is the owner of Professionally Speaking (established in 1995). Joel helps entrepreneurs and business professional become effective, engaging and confident speakers. www.JoelSweeney.com
LIZ BURT SAYS
I’ve been thinking about the topics of dominion versus independence all month, and in my mind it relates to being a leader versus a follower. I think the wisest people, and best leaders, know when to follow their own intuition and expertise… yet also know when to let others step up and take the lead. They know it takes the ability to listen to others and bring together the strengths of the group to garner the best results. In fact, the best leaders know that, overall, they won’t always have all of the answers… and the best approach could be to seek the experience and advice of their peers. To bring this back to using these virtues to create a great life, we should focus on our strengths and hone our skills, yet also know when to look to experts for the tough questions and help us in areas where we are less experienced. This is neither dominion nor independence, but rather the best of both worlds. 🙂
Liz Burt is about real and healthy results. She is a master motivator. She is also a marathoner and marketing specialist living in Calgary, AB. She holds a three-year diploma in Business Management and Marketing, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, and will begin her MA at the University of Alberta this spring. In addition to being wild about learning and running, Liz is also an avid traveller and has backpacked through twenty countries in the last few years. In her professional life she loves working with small businesses to develop simple and effective marketing and communications plans that achieve real results. She is creative, a bit of a health nut and loves to share her healthy passions in her blog. Liz is a goal setter and risk taker. She loves coffee, cooking, and great conversations. She gets huge joy in helping people and small businesses achieve their goals and are always ready to lend an ear and share advice. www.soundbodysoundmind.wordpress.com
MARK BLACK SAYS
Mark, we miss you this month but I looooved this around claiming what we do by putting love into it; and I quote.
When we love what we do it is beneficial for everyone. You enjoy your work more, those who work with you do as well. And if you serve clients or customers, they will benefit as well. I think it’s important to distinguish what we mean by loving your work however: it’s often said that if you love what you do, you never “work” a day in your life. I don’t buy that. It implies that loving what you do is a passive act – you love or hate your job because of the job and not because of you. Rather, I believe how much you love your job is the result of how much love you put INTO it.
SHEENA GROBB SAYS
Before you charge full steam ahead in the world, take time to understand your values and dreams fully, independent of outside influence. Be conscious of the deep inner whisper of your heart, because it is this voice alone that will lead you towards a deeper fulfillment in your own life. Accept and embrace exactly who you are and how you might do things differently from others. This is where true dominion and independence exists, and it’s more creative than you might think!
Sheena Grobb Singer/Songwriter and Speaker… is humbly amazing. “It is without a doubt a masterpiece of songwriting and soundscape. Really incredible, soulful music. She will definitely get a huge audience in time, trust me.” Alex Wharton, Abbey Road Studios. A songbird from the age of two, songwriter at ten, with 3 albums under her belt, a nomination for the Western Canadian Music Awards, and over 500 tour dates across Canada, the US, and the UK, Sheena Grobb (one of Canada’s best kept secrets) is spilling over. With the release of her newest album, The Breakless Heart, mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London, and a life changing music video created by Lindsey Nelko (past choreographer with So You Think You Can Dance), Sheena is embarking on her most meaningful project yet – The Living Compassion Project™ – inviting others to “unlock their lives” through sharing their stories… as she begins to share hers. www.sheenagrobb.com
TRENT LANGDON SAYS
Trent offers up on Integrity, in this great little video.
Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and development. He is a junior high school counselor for 650+ adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; currently completing his 2nd term as a member of the Provincial Executive Council of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) and now as the incoming NLTA Vice-President for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and serves as a member of the CCPA Ethics Committee (Complaints Division). And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage team. www.epicengage.com
JAMIE McCABE SAYS
We are the creator of our own lives. We chose our reactions and, at each cross road, we pick a direction and a lane to move forward in. We hold all the power to create what we desire. While just wishing and wanting isn’t enough to move you ahead in life, your actions and reactions are. Being in the creative field, I recognize and appreciate the individuality we all hold within us and encourage and inspire us all to be authentic, passionate and caring to ourselves and others. Be YOU and happiness follows.
BARRY LEWIS GREEN SAYS
Barry Lewis Green is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. His book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that. and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday. www.epicengage.com
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