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The Character Leadership Company

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A New Chapter with Benny and Jarry

Last week, I posted on My Summer CAMP.  In it, and among other things, I suggested that, “My thought to you is four-fold.

  • Cleansing of mind, body and spirit requires honesty, openness and courage.
  • Doing so is an investment.
  • Doing so requires us to be open, adaptive and relentless (your OARs in the water).
  • The return is high, on Clarity and Confidence.”

Such as been born out this past week, with changes coming to Epic Engage™ and how and why and with whom we work it.  One of the first changes is to this blog.  Going forward, much of my own work will be with my best friend and comrade in arms, Jenny Dearing.  You will learn more of Jenny in the days and weeks to come but our work together is driven by the advancement of character, love, unity and excellence.  What does that mean?  You will find out soon.

For now, let me suggest that I am personally more clear than ever on what Epic Engage™ stands and works and serves for, going forward.  Here, the blog will be known as Benny and Jarry, to represent the combined work of two best friends with passions and capacities for work that matters to both of us.  More important for now, it is a reminder that my question to you last week still stands.

How can you see yourself cleansing and getting to the essentials How can do CAMP?  How can you have those cool, meaningful conversations with those you deeply trust… to explore who you are and what has most meaning. How can you take actions needed to align in accordance?  How can you meditate on such, nay even pray?  I am thinking July and August will continue to be CAMP, for me…. as I get ever more clear on the work, service and play ahead.

Stay tuned for the first of Benny and Jarry, and look forward to a fierce and fun mission and service as we move forward together, stronger.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

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Summer Cookin’ with the AL’s

You can call me AL for this blog, lol. But this post is about some new Summer cookin’ for yours truly.  You see, last Wednesday, I posted this on Check In and Conclude.  And now, with Summer in fuller swing, I posted this latest issue of The broadCAST™ for July 2019.  As part of the CHECK IN, I offered…

“As part of my 20022020 Vision, here is what I am cluing up between now and July 1.

  • Getting my weigh scales, gym and Panda ready for a Summer of full on wellness, including my first ground setting meeting with a nutritionist Friday… all towards that 36” Waist, Lean and Strong.
  • Setting my schedule for LEARNING this Summer:
    • MBa – Character Leadership and Unity Building
    • Mandarin and French
    • Ruhi Intensive
  • Preliminary PLANNING for CNA and MUN into Fall 2019.
  • Developing my 5 Year W.E.A.L.T.H. Plan for 2019-24.
  • Re-engineering the Epic Engage™ website, including a schedule of project plans.”

But The broadCAST™ moved me to revisit my GROWTHery list leading up to February 20, 2020… with my AL’s work.

  • SpirituAL … I am a spiritually connected man, and Baha’i
  • EmotionAL… I am a Simple Man, best friend to my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • PersonAL… I am a singer, dancer, cartoonist, writer, archer and storyteller
  • PhysicAL… I am a man of 36″ waist and 100 kilos
  • MateriAL… I am a man of simple beautiful home and car, with new bed, telescope and wardrobe
  • FinanciAL… I am a man of healthy WEALTH, not extravagant but allowing me to do the work I love and love the work I do, to live the life I love and love the life I live, and support the causes and people in which I believe most
  • VocationAL, ProfessionAL, OccupationAL… I am an educator, for life
  • EntrepreneuriAL… I am The Unity Guy™ of Epic Engage™, the global Character Leadership Company
  • EducationAL… I am a master student and teacher on character leadership, education and unity building, able to speak in English, Mandarin and French

Consider some or all of the AL’s.  Consider where you are and where you want to be with some or all.  Then you develop a powerful GROWTHery list.

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

THE Epic Engage

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

I am on a 500 day journey, leading up to my 60th birthday on February 20, 2020 (20022020).  I have been posting on same, with my latest just last week in DEEDS, WORD and L.O.V.E.  .  In it, I reference an earlier post called SNAPSHOTS and LOVE.

Within that, I share thoughts on L.O.V.E. as an action.  I specifically suggest, “… in support of my efforts I am reflecting on love and its importance.  I am considering how I approach these tasks not simply knowing that I will love the results, but seeing love as an action in getting there.  LOOK inside for my strengths… strengths of character, abilities, skills, knowledge, excellence and temperament… my best CASKET.  Seek out OPPORTUNITIES (my snapshot) where those strengths are needed.  Have a VISION of how much better the world, or my corner of it, will be when applied.  ENGAGE, and do it.”  Game on!

WITH THAT IN MIND

Within those posts… I offered my current Snapshot Vision for November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days. Certainly, I am quite pleased to say things are humming along and I am estimating that 95% of the vision will be complete by January 1. I am humbly excited.  Those results are happening as I practice Reliability, Steadfastness, Honor, Contentment and Endurance; my strategic 5 virtues for the journey.  You can do your own strategic 5 card spread right here. Determine an issue or goal, and go for it.

That being said, and with those 5 virtues in mind, I am finding these 90 day “bricks” to be very useful… 5 grocery list visions (if you will) that will build upon one another to reach 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 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, boxing 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.

SO WHAT?

All of this is to say that the system is working, and that got me thinking on some things.  Just this past Monday, I was called in for the results on some tests; tests that I have been periodically taking since my stroke in 2015.  To date, all tests have been fabulous; clean slates.  However, this one showed signals of the possible onset of diabetes.  I do not have it, but there were signs of its potential.  That galvanized me.

It got me thinking even harder on my vision.  It got me thinking about obligations and rights.  Right now, I am meditating on rights and responsibilities.  In particular, I am reflecting on Responsibility as a virtue.  I am considering not simply the practice of Responsibility but the focus.  In other words, it is not simply important to be responsible but to personally, professionally and strategically determine to what and whom I intend to be responsible.  The words of my friend Michelle Cederberg speak something to that.  I am listening.  Indeed, that was a large part of the motivation for the 20022020 Vision.  Discerning and deciding upon that to which I see myself responsible is vital.  The 20022020 Vision holds me to that focus.

It has all got me considering my career and calling… and a leaning in on the potential of social enterprise; what I call communitrepreneurship.  It has got me thinking that a new business plan is part of the 20022020 Vision and (I am thinking) due this month, heading into 2019.  It has got me considering the Global Goals and my individual and professional responsibility to help with everything from global education to food sustainability.  And, it has got me to consider all of that under the mantle of simplicity, ease and awesome… as my unofficial mentor Joe Calloway writes.

For me, as a Baha’i… I am still reminded that Baha’u’llah said, “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds …”  and that Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.”  He also said “Rise then unto that for which you were created.”  I only offer this as these words are calling me to an ever sharper focus on my own vision and its relevance to myself and my life … and my world.  The 20022020 Vision is intended to be a simple picture in my head and heart.  Indeed, it is known to me in an instant of thought.  I see it in the blink of an eye.  Articulated, it takes words:

  • It is 20022020, and I am The Unity Guy™; student and educator around leadership grounded in character, unity, and spirit… delivering in English, Mandarin and French.  
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and all of what and who I love. 
  • I am healthy and strong, and wealthy enough to do the work I choose; living as a happy and joyful man.

… but within, it is simply known.  And, within is where we take it.

THE Epic Engage

To do that, I am reminded of 9 words that are swimming around in that head and heart of mine, of late… “Everything requires everything.  To be ready, do the work.”  My greatest mentors have said that when we have a clear vision, we must needs act as if it has already happened.  We must be wholehearted.  I must remember that I am that guy, that man. that human. So:

I am Barry,  student of character, unity, and spirit, fluent in English, Mandarin and French…  living life with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and all of what and who I love… healthy and wealthy enough to do the work I choose. I am that Simple Man.

This is my ever focusing and personal sense of vision.  If I carve it down and refine it but more, I am a Simple Man

  • a tri-lingual and global student and educator on character, unity, spirit
  • living with great love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, and epic stories
  • enjoying, archery, boxing and all of what and who I love.
  • healthy and wealthy enough to do the work I choose.

My work will continue to be born out of it; as an educator and entrepreneur.  My business plan over these next couple of weeks will truthfully and powerfully and simply reflect it.  This is a journey; more than 500 days… much more.  It is life long.

It is life long… for us all.  But we get to decide who we are.  We get to dare ourselves to be that person, even now.  But, we must go inside.  So, my questions to you are:

  • Who are you?
  • Who do you want to be?

Be that.

Now.

I dare you.

See where that takes you.

That is the Epic Engage™;  the one inside.  Indeed and in deed:

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

 

 

 

GREAT Goals and the HUNT

Last week, I shared in Homes Stretch, 3 Steps that, among other things, I am reminded there are three simple but hard steps working towards our own something cool … first, have the big picture clearly in mind and heart… second, establish mini 90-day snapshots to be the bricks in building that something cool, and, third, execute.  The hard part is to take the time in getting clear… and in the doing it.  Yes, clarity and commitment to follow through are simple and hard.  And, crucial.  This week, after an eventful, soul searching and eye opening week, I offer the following.

 

THE BIG PICTURE STAYS TRUE

If anything, this week confirmed for me that my big picture vision stands.  It is important to be clear… and clarity requires diligence in the reflection on same.  Clarity requires digging and questioning and observing and listening.  This week, I had numerous moments to do so and get sure.  My vision remains, and stronger for the reflection this week.

  • 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, boxing 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.

That being said, this week also suggested that I might boil it down to:

  • It is 20022020, and I am The Unity Guy™; student and educator around leadership grounded in character, unity, and spirit… delivering in English, Mandarin and French.   I am living a life filled with love, song, dance, cartooning, writing, epic stories, archery, boxing and all of what and who I love.  I am healthy and strong, and wealthy enough to do the work I choose; living as a happy and joyful man.

That is my gift to me on 20022020.  And, it is best manifested by understanding it as reality now.  Michelangelo himself suggested that he carved the angel out of the stone, implying it was already in there.  Getting clear on that pre-existing condition of reality matters and should not be avoided as something warm and fuzzy.  It is bedrock.

So, the big picture is confirmed, and in hand.  Indeed, over the years, I have developed a system I call GREAT™ Vision.  To have a powerful vision, you set your GOAL with specifics, then get abundantly clear on its RELEVANCE for you.  You figure out how you will EVALUATE your progress.  You determine your ACTIONS necessary, and you set your TIMETABLE.  The above around which I have articulated these past few days and weeks meets the needs on goal, relevance and timetable.  Let us consider execution and evaluation.  Enter, the other two steps previously noted.

  • establish mini 90-day snapshots to be the bricks in building that something cool, and
  • execute. 

MY 90 DAY SNAPSHOTS

To manifest the vision, I had noted last week that:

  • I will walk as a student of character
  • I will learn the very basics of conversational Mandarin
  • I will prayerfully engage in my Ruhi studies
  • I will sing, write, and live with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda
  • I will teach business leadership at college and do my thing with Epic Engage™
  • I will eat “more than right” and walk daily.

I now suggest, with tweaks and as part of my 90-day snapshots…

SNAPSHOT 1: November 15, 2018 through February 12, 2019… 90 days.

  • 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
  • I have a 38 inch waist, eating “more than right”, walking daily
  • I have completed and constructed my 20022020 462-day W.E.A.L.T.H.™ Plan.

February 13-20, 2019: Reflection, Reset and 59th Birthday

SNAPSHOT 2: February 21 through May 21, 2019… 90 days

  • I am developing my own institute course load around character, unity and spirit
  • I am weekly practicing my conversational Mandarin and French
  • I am advancing my studies with The Ruhi Institute, with Book 8
  • I am continuing my education studies, with completion of 1 new 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 and through momondays
  • I am boxing in the basement weekly
  • I am spending beautiful time with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda, daily
  • I am winding down my 18th 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.

May 21-24: Reflection

SNAPSHOT 3: May 25 through August 22, 2019… 90 days

  • I am preparing to launch my new institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am functionally and basically conversant in Mandarin and French
  • I have completed an additional course in The Ruhi Institute, Book 9
  • I am continuing my education studies, with completion of 2 courses
  • I am in a wonderful cool and loving relationship; yes, yip, yup, uh-huh 🙂
  • I am living a life filled with love, song, and dance.
  • I am cartooning and writing, and sharing those epic stories through video and momondays
  • I am back at practicing archery, and still boxing
  • I am living with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda by my side, everywhere
  • I am concluding my 18th 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

August 23-24: Reflection

August 25 through November 22, 2019… 90 days

  • I am delivering on the institute for character leadership and unity building
  • I am sound in conversational Mandarin and French
  • I have completed another course in The Ruhi Institute, Book 10
  • I am continuing my education studies
  • 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 19th 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.

November 23, 2019 through February 20, 2020… 90 days

  • The Traig`hen Institute™ in Character Leadership and Unity Building has launched
  • I am conversant in Mandarin and French
  • I have completed the full course load of The Ruhi Institute
  • 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 19th 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.

First, I had a dream.  Then, I had a vision.  It was deliberated on and articulated, and reflected upon and crafted.  THEN, and now, I have a plan with a checklist for measurement.  Now, it is about the execution.

RELEVANCE MATTERS

With that in mind, I am a strong believer that relevance fuels execution.  Knowing THE WHY is vital.  I know my why.  I am approaching 60.  I am young.  My stroke taught me that life is not given; it is appreciated.  The best way we can appreciate it is to live it.  The best way to live it is to live it as you.  In the Baha’ì Faith there are several Writings that even more deeply;y speak to me at this time.

From Bahá’u’lláh

  • Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou wast created. These words speak to me of the idea that we all are created noble but yet we sell ourselves much too short, forget who we are and are expected to rise to who we always have been.
  • Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom. This speaks to me of the vital and noble nature of education, for the betterment of the world. Speaking of which…
  • The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.  These words speak to me of a simple power we all have; character.
  • Let deeds, not words, be your adorning.  This speaks for itself; action… execution.

They all speak to me of relevance, for me.  My humble suggestion is to get clear on what is deeply important for you.  Know your big picture, however simple it might be.  Get clear on your snapshot milestones.  Then, execute.

Therein lies the GREAT hunt.  Therein, the way to live up to our heroes.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

An Invitation to Bucket

In my return to Barry’s Blog last week, I wrote on Too Long and Too Much and Thanksgiving. Amidst this past weekend, I had a personal a-ha and it resulted in LinkedIn posts on a 500 day journey towards my 60th birthday.  Just this morning, I wrote on Commitment and Day 2.  I have long been about exploring character and building healthy unity.  The a-ha serves both.  All of that is to say, I am now extending an invitation to you and yours to walk with me on the journey.  If you decide so, discern on your buckets of interest.  I call them the ALs, as they all end in “al”.  🙂

  • Spiritual… your spiritual, soulful life
  • Emotional… relationships and love
  • Material… the stuff
  • Physical… your health
  • Financial… things money
  • Educational… what you intend to study and learn and master
  • Vocational… work, service and calling
  • Social… contributions to community
  • Inspirational… the joyful for you

Even this morning I have updated a little.  I have opted to combine mine down to 5.

  • 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

My five buckets statement to be filled by 20022020 (my 60th birthday) goes like this:

  • 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.

Those are my five for Fidelity (promise kept) and Commitment (follow through).  You need not choose 5 buckets.  Choose one, if that calls to you.  But, here is the thing.  Whenever you join the journey, we set our sights on 20022020, to have a cool, funky online celebration.  Imagine the feeling.  Join me.  I hope you do.  I dare you to…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

BLG

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

PS

For more on thanks… and courage, check out the broadCAST for October 2018.

PPS

Here is a beautiful video on being thankful for movies, from a student of mine.

 

Too Long and Too Much

TOO LONG

It has been way to long.  August 22 was my last post on Barry’s Blog.  Life both got in and out of the way.  I consciously and even unconsciously decided to step back and even stream line. I had to get back to what was important.  I had to re-center and align with the global goals as they relate to this soul.   That was good and needed.  But, now it has been way too long.  Now, it is time to get back on the horses.

TOO MUCH

Part of the problem was that I realized that there was way too much.  Even today, I came across this post on the power of simplicity in discerning and deciding how we ride.  I invite you to have a read.  Simplicity is a virtue; and one of focus.  As we carve away the unnecessary, we find the paramount.  For me, these past few months have been such a journey.  The result is that in the coming days, significant but simple changes will be made to this very site, and the focus of my work; education.

“Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit therefrom.”  These words, ring and resonate within my spirit, and through every cell in my body.  They remind me that I know.

I KNOW

I know that I choose to serve world embracing educators and entrepreneurs; those who want and intend to make the world better in the classroom and in business.  Get rich quick is not my interest.  Legacy in education and entrepreneurship is.

I know I want to work with world embracing and emerging leaders… socially conscious youth and community activants who want to powerfully and practically change the world.

I know that I want to do that through my teaching, speaking and coaching.  I know I want to do that by exploring character leadership and unity building.  I know that I want to deliver on that through speaking, singing and a myriad of modalities.  I know. I do.

I know that I am an educator and that it is my life’s work.

And, I know that everything requires everything and to be ready, I must do the work.

THEN, IT GOT MORE CLEAR

Then, last Friday, we had our first ever lockdown at College.  Oh, yes we did.  Without going into detail now, I also now know at a much more palpable level that I want to be physically strong and healthy to do this work.  Indeed, at a session I facilitated this past Tuesday with the Single Parent Association (my twentieth year doing pro bono work for that wonderful organization)… and one with the Atlantic Halfway House Association the week before… I found myself articulating same.  The carriage must support the rider.  The body must effectively sustain and carry the mind and heart.

Ultimately, there is a new simplicity here.  No plans nor goals are at the core here.  What is at core is a simple understanding is that this horse needs to be healthy to run with the other horses.  In so doing, much of what my heart and mind deeply seeks to achieve will be served and reached.

Where do you need to go for less over more?  Where do you need to simplify and focus?  How can you get essential?  Your life may already be way too much for way too long.  It may be time to choose and prioritize.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

BLG

 

Steadfast and Flexible

Some two weeks back, I offered This is Day One:  The Journal Begins.  In it, I said, among other things…

  • “On December 31, I posted this wish of Happy 2018!  Within it, I offered thoughts on 5 strategies for the incoming year.  I believe it worth a read and viewing… and reflection.  If making this an authentic and great year is important, I doubly suggest so.
  • The C.A.S.T.™ also, collectively, offered this post on 10 perspectives on goals and their achievement; and I humbly but strongly recommend the read as well.  There are views and thoughts worth the time, plus music and message that can add to your launch into 2018.”

I offer this to say, “How is your new year going thus far?” 

What is it bringing you?  What are you bringing to it?  Is it more of the same ol’ same ol’?  If so, what needs changing?  Are the challenges heightened?  If so, what needs to be called upon within you to rise to those challenges, in whatever healthy form?  Is it going great, full on and better than expected?  How can you best ride that wave to ensure sustainability as best you can?

Either way…

… the arbitrary changing of dates does not necessarily change anything; as much as the fireworks might say otherwise.  The 1st of the year is but a convenient anchor point for a somewhat inconvenient truth.  Much of it is our choice.  It is our choice in terms of how we act and respond.  It is our choice in terms of how much we accept and do not.  It is our choice to get back on the horse or not.  That is our responsibility… our response ability.

I heard it said years ago that every diet works.  Some are healthier than others, but every diet works… if we avoid the one fatal step.  When we fall off, however briefly, do we give up or get back at it?  The nutritional counselor in the radio interview said that, if we do well for 6 days and bad for one…. we will be successful… if we get back at it.  This is true of anything as goal.

It is true in matters of business, health, job hunting, and more.

For me…

I entered this year, with great progress in my walking… 105,000-120,000 steps a week.  A week ago, my left ankle pulled and I have had to bring things back.  But I adjusted, both exercise and diet (not a “diet”, my food intake).  I remain eating healthy and walking to a lesser degree, for now.  The result?

I sit here, writing, in pants that are 42″ waist, down from a max of almost 50″ at one point.  I am in an online exercise and walking group using Fitbit, and I am even guest hosting some online exercise classes for my friend Krista Walsh… aaagh.  I am adapting and reducing and managing this journey.  I am making better choices.

Steadfastness and Flexibility

This is the one area for the last almost 20 years that has been challenging.  It was challenging because (a) I never found the answer that worked for my temperament (until now) and because, in the past, when I fell off, I did not successfully reset.  I did not adjust.

Darwin never actually said it was “survival of the fittest”.  He essentially said it was survival of the most adaptable.  Rivers get where they are going… they may meander, go to trickles, then rapids and falls but they get where they are going.

All of this is to say that steadfastness and flexibility are important elements of our growth.  They are heroic in nature.  We learn and adapt but we do not give up.  Wherever you are with your goals, know that this is always DAY ONE.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Some other reads, of note…

PPPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

HAPPY 2018!

BARRY’S BLOG

Happy New Year!  I posted this on Facebook and LinkedIn on the Eve…

Call it a #promise or a #resolution. Both, by definition, imply #commitment to an #action or #goal. Be your own best friend and promise yourself something truly important to you… truly important. What matters to you most in 2018? Do that. #leadership

However you celebrate… do so with joy and care.  And, may 2018 be your best year yet.  For me, I choose to celebrate in reflecting back and dreaming forward, with my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda… who does NOT like the fireworks in the neighborhood and appreciates her “dad” being around.  Besides, I love the time because it allows me to center amidst a purposeful and filled life.  So, as we enter into 2018, I offer the above… and this video wish.

And, after a promise to do so… I now offer these five videos addressing the Five Strategies of The Virtues Project™ and how they might help in making 2018 your best yet.

These five strategies can be powerful daily building blocks to having a cool year, if practiced.  With that in mind, I invite you to hold on to this post and these videos… in order to engage the cool work this year.

That all being said… in 2018… I wish you…

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

Some other reads, of note…

PPPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

Barry’s Blog

Change is coming in 2018.  To date, we have published some 332 posts under The Epic Blog name; right here.  Personally, I chose The Epic Blog as a name to somehow “fit” with the Epic Engage™ branding.  Truthfully, I always struggled with the name as it implied the blog was epic.  What it has been is a series of thoughts around character education and leadership; and it will continue to be so; sincerely offered.

That being said, of late I have been documenting my own road back to full health and strength after stroke with the latest installment from last week being Wayfarer 8.0 .  This past week has seen continued and consistent progress with almost 80,000 steps already in over the last 5 days.  Essentially, this journey is an application and practice of character; employing Cooperation with my new and supportive team online, Discipline with my consistency… and Joyfulness in how I have created the space to do the work necessary. The success, present and continuing, will be founded and grounded in the practice of character.  Great and consistent and reliable behaviour and action is grounded so.

With that all in mind, going forward this will be Barry’s Blog; a humble offering around observations, thoughts and ideas with respect to character leadership and education on the ground in real time and real world.

Just this past week, Christmas Day in fact… I came across this on new conversations in the classroom. As a business educator myself, I strongly and humbly suggest a read; whether you are an entrepreneur, educator or emerging leader.  It references ethics and values… but I would suggest that we are talking matters of character.  Issues of harassment, justice and success in the marketplace alike… they demand character.  They demand stronger senses of fairness, empathy, discipline, trust, trustworthiness, courage, excellence, honesty, commitment, understanding, and so much more.  Read the article and consider, for yourself, what strengths of character are demanded at school, work, business and community… going forward.  Such reflection matters now, more than ever.

Right here, each week, we will look at the world and our corners of it … and explore the vital importance of the faces of character… some 101 and counting virtues that set us up for sustainable strength and success.  This will not be kumbaya (nothing wrong with that but it won’t be that).  This will be real … real time, real world… exploring the nuances of character and how to build cultures grounded in same.

If you are an educator, entrepreneur or emerging leader… I say to you that we will take a few minutes each week and give it real take-away value.  Hope you join me.

Won’t you? … I am asking you.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. 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, business and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

I invite you to listen to and download the song by Sheena Grobb and Maria Aragon.

PPS

Some other reads, of note…

PPPS (Other Resources)

  • Our work is all about character. We work hard and joyfully to help build character driven, united and resourceful organizations and communities around the globe. As part of that work, we offer you …
  • and our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

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