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Remembering Zeal

In Your Best CO, I shared last week on the importance of Certitude and Optimism. I suggest the read, and reflect. In these days and times, we need both as that “CO” in our lives and organizations … at home, school, work, business and community.

Being certain of that which matters most to us and in which we truly believe… and walking forward with that in Optimism… can serve as anchor and rudder and ballast and fuel.

That said, this week, I find myself tired; very freakin’ tired. Honestly so. And I think it was Jimmy Johnson, former coach of the Miami Hurricanes, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins who said something to the effect that being tired makes cowards of us all. So, I am thinking that, if we need and seek Courage in these times (I certainly do), we need remember some things.

Remembrance

In exploring Courage in the face of being tired, I am reminded this Remembrance Day, that laziness is not a thing… it is a lack of a thing. Motivation. Like darkness is the absence of light, laziness is the absence of motivation.

That lack of motivation can be born of tiredness and exhaustion and its impact on our practice of Courage. We can get to a point where we consciously or unconsciously ask ourselves, “Does it even matter?” Being aware of the impact of our weariness on our Courage and motivation is a start; a great start.

I am also reminded that motivation is more than rah-rah; a lot more. Motivation is deeper than we often imagine it. Motivation is driven by the practice and experience and manifestation of three powerful Virtues.

Indeed, motivation has three core factors… energy, direction and follow through. It requires all three. Having energy does not make one motivated. Many run around all day getting little done, not unlike spin tops going nowhere. Having energy and direction does not necessarily get things done either, if we do not follow through amidst the trials along the way. Energy, direction and follow through… born of Enthusiasm, Purposefulness, and Steadfastness… this is true motivation. But this morning, amidst my tired, I am also remembering that such three are found in…

The Deal on Zeal

Zeal has, in some circles, gotten a bad and misunderstood rap…. zealots, you know. But Zeal is that purposeful enthusiastic, determined Virtue that says “tired, be damned, we are going there, we are getting there”. It is a fiery resolve and Ardor. Am I saying that we should exhaust ourselves? Indeed and in deed … not. Dale Carnegie once said, “Rest before you get tired.” and there is Wisdom in that. Still, there are times when we must particularly practice Zeal. I have no doubt in times of battle, exhaustion and fatigue can be our greatest adversaries.

I think on my parents and that generation that lived through a Great Depression, a World War and more. Imagine such times, and length of days. This Day of Remembrance, ponder on that. Go beyond a cognitive remembrance. Try to feel what that must have been like. How does one make it through? Part of it is Sacrifice. I think Zeal is a huge part of it. Zeal, the practice of …

  • a deep sense of purpose and meaning
  • passion for what matters most, giving all we have to it
  • Perseverance and Enthusiasm
  • Joyfulness and Consideration, along the way

What does that look like for me? Keeping my eyes on the prize… and my feet on the ground…

But, it is more. It is about getting to an emotional and, dare I say, spiritual WHY. Zeal demands that dive. I am in that space this day, digging deepest yet into why any and all of what I do truly and fundamentally matters. I will let you know what I uncover. But such a dive requires Candor within.

And, Zeal is manifested in diverse ways. Along the way, we can and must rest. We can move and be still with Zeal. We can rest and reset with Zeal.

Remembrance and Zeal

I am tired. Very tired. And, I will rest. But, I will not forget those who committed their lives… and I will not forget the power that is Zeal. I will not forget its importance in defense of what is right and of character. I will not forget its importance in these times of trial and baseness. I will not forget Zeal in these days of Pandemic, Social Justice and Reset. I will remember who I am. I will remember what moves me, feet and heart. I will remember what matters most to me. I will remember the global goals, and the importance of my own and each of our roles in the betterment of the world. These are our historic times, and they require our own individual acts of remembrance and heroism. I will spend time more deeply remembering this day.

For me, and today, my best Remembrance of those who gave all… is to reflect on what that example means for me in living my life, here and now… and forward. My best Remembrance of Zeal is to consider what they had to conjure and offer up… and ask myself what must I do so in spirit, now and forward. How can and will I truly Honor the Fallen…

… by rising, with Zeal… and being the hero of my own life and story… genuinely. In movement and in stillness. And, in so doing, I now remember those words of LP Jacks…

  • “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

Pursuing our own vision of Excellence starts with getting so tastably clear on why it all matters. We need taste it, palpably so to find our Zeal and deal with the tiredness that comes from us not seeing it.

Going honest and true… getting courageously clear on what and who matters most. There we find mission and meaning. There we find passion and purpose. There, we remember our Zeal.

For the Fallen, we Rise.

This is how we can best deliver. Oh and, if figuring on purpose matters to you… check out this recommendation and get it.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

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T-Time Thoughts

Last week, I wrote on soulful work and living. This week, on LinkedIn, I shared on walking it. Today, I find myself in the eye of the storm, a brief shining moment of peace amidst huge amounts of stuff to do, all converging this latter part of September. The overwhelm in the eye. Aaaaagh. Then, I realize that it is Day 93 of ROCK 105 … all about…

Huh? How does that even relate? Telling the truth kindly and gently? Reflecting on my words? Thinking before I speak? Not allowing anger to control? Discerning the timeliness of thought and speech? Courteous language? How does this relate or resonate?

In our self talk. What if, when in overwhelm, we spoke to ourselves thusly? What if this over somehow beating ourselves up?

Hmmmm. Hmmmm indeed. Hmmmmm in deed.

Give that a try. I am.

In addition, and over Days 94 (Thursday) through 97 (Sunday), I will be practicing…

Thankfulness, Thoughtfulness, Tolerance and Trust. Now, there is a T-4 worth considering. And they tie into the message of today. To practice Tact with myself, maybe I consider the roles of Thankfulness, Thoughtfulness, Tolerance and Trust.

What a thought!?

Worth a thought.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire.

Dare to Care

The exploration of character and unity drives my Soul. Two of my favourite Sacred Writings are…

  • “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens.”
  • “The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct.”

R4/D2 Continues

R4/D2 was a bit of a starting place, again. In that post last week, I shared on real, raw, right, results, Dominion and Daring. I humbly suggest the read, as I am going back to reread… myself.

Since last week, the world continues to foment and torment. I am a man of Optimism, and I believe that change is coming, and in ways we might not even expect. And, it can be hard or easy. Our choice. But, it is coming… short and long term.

That said, my own personal change is afoot… with R4/D2 in heart and mind. The walking continues. So does the blogging and more. I am continuing my reading of The Realm Between. I am working through my own new path.

broadCAST Live is growing. Justice Lead too. A new show called Talk Reel with Stephanie Staples coming soon. Rise Above#hUmaNITY … and more.

T.U.G.tv is coming.

I say none of this to impress, nor even impress upon. I am simply learning as I go. I say this because my Soul is stirring. It is trying to tell me something. And, I am listening.

As I head into this upcoming weekend, I am leaning towards taking my work and business … and somewhat spinning it all on its head. I am teaching online these days as I walk through my now 82 days of isolation. I am exploring new capacities in doing so. But, my work with Epic Engage is getting more than a re-look. I am examining the very foundation of what I do with it. Indeed, this month, it undergoes a Soulful re-engineering to meet the real, raw, right and results… and to be grounded in Dominion

and Daring.

In so doing, I dare to care, for myself and my world. We live in this wold. Our Souls may not be of it, but we are in it. For me, I am ever closer, creeping closer to that notion and what it looks like for me.

For you, what would it look like to own who you are, be it, do it and live it? What would it look like to bring you to the world or your corner of it?

Do that.

I will.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

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and our MULTIVERSE of online forums and offerings

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

Step Back and Forward

In Candor Can Do, I wrote, “In these days, there is much to distract us. I know there is for me. And for me, Candor with myself and the resulting focus it will forge… will help me walk through those distractions with an assured step.”

I suggest that read.

Then I suggest this written today on the F Bomb.

Y’see… this past week, we launched broadCAST Live and Justice Lead. I invite you to check them out. We also posted the broadCAST for May 2020. All great stuff, that has me thinking. For me, it is time to take something of a spiritual step back, on the eve of 70 days of taking a physical step back under self isolation. For me, it is time to step back, to step forward. It is time.

How do you need to practice your own best Resilience? See you on the other side.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

CHECK OUT

CHECK OUT OUR COACHING

and our MULTIVERSE of online forums and offerings

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

Our Own Script

Last week, I shared on Apathy, Fear and Responsibility, somewhat unknowingly ahead of considerable developments on the COVID-19 front. Yesterday, I posted this on doing and achieving through this time in which we find ourselves.

All of that is to say that I am starting my own journey of self isolation and homeworking, and thought to do daily posts of motivation, music, memes and more that will can possibly educate and entertain and engage. It will incorporate my regular LinkedIN posts… and these weekly blogs, plus more. It will be a place to find resources and recharge, for me and us all, should you choose to engage.

For now, here are several legit resources:

Here is another great resource, a classic from Dale Carnegie on How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, an all time fave of mine. Here is classic audio on it. Here is a summary. And a summary audio/video. And, here you can purchase it.

Oh… and here is my new fave album by Andy Grammer, listening to now. 🙂

I am treating these days like the writing of a movie script; a heroic one. Join me in creating your own. We got this. This is Day One.

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green

aka The Unity Guy

CHECK OUT OUR COACHING

and our MULTIVERSE of online forums and offerings

Barry Lewis Green moves the needle on character leadership and unity building with joyful ferocity and thoughtful zeal.  Barry helps leaders forge strong, united cultures at school, work, business and community.  Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart.  The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.”  With 39 years in education and leadership training and development … and work in the private, public and community sectors across Canada… and as a speaker, educator, master facilitator, coach, writer, singer, dancer, and cartoonist, Barry stokes the fire on together strong.

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