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Spring Forward, March On…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace, passion and prosperity…

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy

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

Thanks Giving?

This weekend is Thanksgiving in Canada.  But, we run those words together too often without thinking upon their meaning.  Some questions I suggest you ponder this weekend include for what and whom are you thankful, what is about those people, places, things and ideas that cause you to be thankful, and have you articulated and expressed such specifics to them?

For what are you thankful?  To whom are you thankful?  What causes you to be so?  These are important questions.  Expressing the answers to those people, or to a higher power… is important.  One exercise I like that helps to get more clear on thanks is to explore your own Ikigai.  Ask yourself what do you love and what are you good at doing?  This is the first half of your Ikigai and gets you listing “the good”.

A second activity is to take this list of 101 virtues and think of the people, places, things and ideas for which you are thankful… and attribute the why to aspects of their character.  How do they make you feel?  What states of being do they illicit?

If you want a copy of either, please let me know.

Spending time in thanks requires us to ponder that for which we are truly thankful.  Sincerity of thanks is more important than shoulding ourselves on thanks.  Find one thing for which to be truly thankful and sink your soul into that.  Then build upon it.

In the classroom and on campus, for what are you thankful?  In business, for what are you feeling thankfulness?  As a leader, what brings out such feeling?  As a student? As a parent?  For what are you sincerely grateful?  For what do you genuinely give thanks?  Have you given it?

Tell the people who need to hear.

That is thanks GIVING.

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.

What is Your Reset?

I have been going through a strategic process or journey (conscious and unconscious) these past few months.  I expect it to continue during my summer “break” throughout my work with youth and community engagement.  During this time and on LinkedIn I have been sharing posts such as:

… among others.  This is all to say that the strategic exploration has been both purposeful and accidental.  It is not unlike traveling a river and finding multiple excursions along the way.

What I am realizing is that there is a reset underway.  It is not a wholesale reset of life, as there is much in my life I want and intend to keep.  It is more of a sharpening of the blades, to cut away the needless distractions and focus my energies and talents in ways that better fit what LP Jacks terms as the Master in the Art of Living.

  • “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.”

For me, that is returning to the process that started this all in Aim High… and then 5 Questions of Clarity. For me, what is ever more clear this day (amidst one of the busiest weeks of the year and the news of the passing of someone who meant something more to me) is:

SPIRIT/VISION: fiercely walk with Honor and Love.

MISSION:  I endlessly champion character and unity.

ACTIONS: I do so through studying, practicing, playing, working, leading, following, teaching, speaking, coaching, dialoguing, facilitating, training, writing, singing, dancing, cartooning, and creating on same. I do so through prayer, play and profession.  I do so through my own full on road to health; mind, body, spirit, and soul.

SUCCESS: I define my success by effort, not outcome.

HAPPINESS: I enjoy the ride by making aligned choices that I go Hell Yeah on.

Even as I write this, I know this.  Amidst all of the ducks in life, I know this is my path to lead, for me.  Every cell in my body feels this.  It does not matter if its articulation to the world varies.  I know this is me; and that my actions will speak the rest.  My deeds, not words will be my adorning.

Yes, there is a reset underway.  But, like any great reset… it is about getting back to something, and doing away with the dross and distraction that might have accumulated.

By the way, I should note that unity is not uniformity nor is it everyone sitting around and singing kumbaya.  It is finding your best place and letting others find theirs.  In so doing, we all work together, whether we actually work together.  Finding your place builds unity in diversity.  That is the kind of unity that is organic, dynamic and serves us all.  That is the kind of unity I champion.  Live and let live.  Learn and let learn.  Lead and let lead.  You get it.  🙂

What is your reset?  Answer those 5 questions.  Make it real.

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

Check out these past posts on:

PPS

  • 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 …
  • our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

 

 

 

Being You is Not a Science

The past couple of weeks or so, I have been exploring strategy; particularly that of being you.  It was explored in:

And then, this morning, I came across this on HIRE ME.  IMHO, brilliant.  🙂  Yet, I see some of the comments saying that others would try this.  Creativity is not copying.  Individuality is not mimicking.  Being you is not hitching a ride on the coat tails of someone you admire.  It is a courageous and truthful exploration of who the hell you truly are, at your best.

Prince knew it.

He sung of it.

Being you is not a science, but an art.  It is an exploration of the now.  Our best branding, personally and professionally, is grounded in it.  As we do, we are known.

This Monday, I speak on it.  At MoMondays, I share the stage with Krista Walsh, Jon Butler, Christa Steeves and Suzanne Bloodworth.  I am looking forward to the messages of these wonderful and talented people.  My own message will be a deep, cool and even fun dive into finding that clear focus of you.  I hope you join me and us for a fun evening of exploring inspiration.  Tickets are apparently online ’til this evening… then $20 at the door.  It will be a great evening.

Ultimately: Be you, and see where that takes you.

Peace, passion and prosperity.

Barry Lewis Green, aka The Unity Guy™

Barry is ultimately a vocalist, speaker, coach and educator. His work is about exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths of character and building upon them. As a business educator and Master Facilitator with The Virtues Project™, Barry is The Unity Guy™ and his work is focused on character education and leadership … and its impact on build powerful, practical unity that moves us forward together. 

EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic service is all about working with educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders to help build strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work, business and community. It s about building campuses, companies and communities where everyone matters and contributes everyday.

PS

And I invite you to check out these posts on:

PPS

  • 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 …
  • our buffet of FREE services and resources here.

 

Wayfarer 1.3: The Power of Consolidation

First, off … and finally… to get truly grounded on this journey, I invite you to check out 4 earlier posts called Wayfarer: Ground Zero?  and Wayfarer 1.0 and Wayfarer 1.1and Wayfarer 1.2.   While this will be the last recap of sorts, I think it somewhat necessary to note that, in and throughout them, I offered this…

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.  And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

With all of that in mind…

I had my weigh in.  43 pounds down.  From the high of 316.  Still, this has been a plateau kind of week.  My weight has pretty much hung tight.  I am 43 pounds down… 2 pant sizes reduced.  But, it has also been a time of both encouragement and consolidation, before the next big push.

Over the weekend, I posted this pic, humbly but enthusiastically.  The resulting response of encouragement was positively overwhelming.

203 responses and counting, of kindness and encouragement.  That kind of response helps to generate Confidence and Accountability.  The outpouring of constructive response serves to further strengthen resolve.  And, I am thankful… humbly so.  Indeed and in deed, such feedback helps to advance Confidence, Accountability, Responsibility, Strength, Resolution, Gratitude and Humility… and more.  All virtues; all strengths of character.  Appreciation, in itself, is a virtue.  The Appreciation expressed by so many, is returned for such expression.   The point, for me, is the importance that character plays in such a journey and the willingness of people to be kind and supportive… all strengths of character.  It is not lost on me.

Now, as to consolidation… goals are great, and I am achieving mine.  43 pounds and two pant sizes down.  Yup.  🙂  Another 30-40 to go.  Goals are important.

Still, at this time of plateau, juncture and consolidation… it is more apparent even now…  execution is daily.  As I noted in my last Wayfarer post, “Coming from a masonry contracting family, strong buildings are built one brick at a time.  Each brick, well laid, supports the next.  That requires the virtues of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion; being wholly committed to execution each day. It requires treating each day as a well laid brick, and understanding that the results will take care of themselves so long as one executes with Excellence, another virtue.  In other words… while setting effective goals is vital, it is the execution that makes it happen.  That execution requires a daily approach of Discipline, Diligence and Devotion.  It requires it one day a time.”

Consolidation is a daily practice… to look back and ahead, and assess where you are.  That is strategic.  The process of strategic planning involves 4 steps:

  • Analyze the Situation (Consolidation)
  • Formulate a Strategy
  • Implement the Strategy
  • Evaluate the Strategy

… and each of these can be done daily.  At the end of each day, take account of the day, and CONSOLIDATE.  From there strategize for the next day, implement that strategy, and evaluate again at day’s end.  Dale Carnegie would say “Live in Day Tight Compartments.”  Baha’ullah would say “Bring thyself to account each day…”

For me and for now… I am starting again, but this day 43 pounds lighter and 4 inches slimmer.  But, I am starting again.  And, each day, I will.

SO…

Where in your work or life do you need to more greatly practice daily Discipline, Diligence and Devotion to start again, each day?  Where in your life… do you need to understand that goals achieved are goals maintained, and that requires daily attention?

I invite you to do that.

I also invite you to THIS EVENT TOMORROW.

Until next time,

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…

PPS (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.

AND an invitation…

Wayfarer 1.1

First, off … I invite you to check out a post called Wayfarer: Ground Zero?  In it, among many other things, I offered this…

Back on October 15, I offered this on 77 Days and Beyond.  Then, on October 18, I shared on GREAT and SLOWER Health.  Since then, I have continued to live, reflect and learn.  This past week, I got rid of 4 pairs of 46″ waist pants; an act of burning my boats, if you will.  I have fortified my home with good food… in taste and sustenance.  I have witnessed a slimming, even today.  And all of that is to say that this journey continues… and, starting in November… weekly on Wednesdays… I will be checking in on my journey around the application and practice of character in this area of greatest and most present challenge; my very own health.  I do invite you to join me as the lessons learned and shared will be applicable across many areas of life, I humbly expect, suggest and contend.

Then last week, I offered Wayfarer 1.0… as a first update.  In it, I said…

For those who might not know, on August 20, 2015… I experienced a stroke that, while “minor”, has left me with what I call “remnants”.   One of those is a tiredness that extends beyond being sleepy.  What I have been able to piece together is that a stroke can have an effect on the brain such that it requires much more rest and sleep.  Indeed, sleep is the brain’s friend in health… among others, as I am finding in my own research…

That stroke, while not debilitating in any “major” sense, took much from me… in the way of my “tornado” style of energy and living.  My life still has moments of great energy but with much longer moments of rest.  It is now more like thunder and lighting, with great pauses in between the thunder and the lightning.  The AND is bigger; so much bigger.  Indeed, my energy requires a more strategic approach. That was a very difficult realization.  Very.

That being said, I am also aware that, given this new “culture of tiredness” around which I have to adapt, my weight is a factor in alleviating at least part of the impact.  While all of my tests over these past two years or so have shown no issues with blood pressure, cholesterol or other influential factors for stroke (it has left medical experts shaking their heads, for sure), I have come to understand the stroke as a shot across the bow and my weight is part of the inventory check; to repair and heal.

With that in kind, I posted this just this morning on Facebook.  Yes, after throwing out my 46″ pants (actually sent to a bin for recycling used clothes)… I woke this morning to realize that I can now fit into 42″ pants.  As I have said, my high was 316 pounds (144 kilos)… and 48″ waist… and I am now down to 275 pounds (126 kilos)… and a 42″ waist.  I intend to keep going. 

The feeling from this moment this morning… was gratitude.  I am grateful for that spark within me that has never given up.  I am grateful for the capacity and willingness to learn and discern and earn the right to keep going.  I am grateful for my study and application of character as it applies to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  I am grateful for resilience and trust and faith.  I am grateful for that “shot across the bow” and the “reminders” along the way.  I am grateful for the “remnants” of the stroke that continuously teach me.  I am grateful for my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda who teaches me daily.  I am grateful for those who have taught me, whether they realize it or not… that my health matters.  I am grateful for persistence and determination and fortitude.  I am grateful for flexibility too.  All have empowered this spirit to keep going.  I am grateful.

My intent is to continue exploring character as the foundation for making better decisions in terms of my own health and wellness.  How about you?  In what area of your life do you need to advance strength of character right now?  Health?  Finances?  Business?  Relationships?

Whatever goal you might have for health, wealth, personal or professional… the matters of character we explore on this journey should be of value.

So, I invite you…

Until next time,

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…

PPS (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.

AND an invitation…

Leader ToC with Trent Langdon

This month, with our seventh in the series of Leader ToC™ Blog Posts for 2017, we connect with a friend and colleague in education, Trent Langdon.  With his background and passion, I am thrilled to have him join the conversation around leadership and character at Leader ToC™.

That being said, and before we head into that conversation, Leader ToC™ (Thoughts on Character) itself is our monthly series engaging leaders around the world on character, leadership and more.  Before we get started this month, here are:

… if you wish to catch up; there is your baker’s dozen. 🙂

And, we do indeed encourage the reads.  This is Issue 13, with more to come.  We are thankful, and look forward to continuing the learning journey; and having you with us.  We hope you engage and enjoy.

INTRODUCING Trent Langdon

Trent Langdon is all about building legacy through character education and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; recently elected as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) 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 and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™.  Check out Trent’s blog.  You can email Trent at trent@epicengage.com and find him on Twitter or LinkedIn (@TrentLangdonNL ).

And now, on to …

Engage the Leader ToC™

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Hey Trent; glad to have you on board with this month’s Leader ToC™.  We typically start with the big question… “Who are you and what is it you do?”

Trent Langdon

Glad to be here Barry.  Well, I am an educator / school counselor, and an advocate for teachers, public education, human rights, and mental health.  In addition to my daily experiences as a teacher, I have contributed to the governance and leadership of my professional affiliations since the start of my career.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

That is no small order and track record; so you are working with those you serve in students and teachers and the profession of teaching alike.  With that in mind, for whom do you do this work best? In other words, who is your best audience?

Trent Langdon

I work directly for my students, families, and teacher colleagues within the education system… however I fundamentally champion character development, actions of integrity, and humanistic leadership (through the work of Epic Engage™ and my own social media communications).

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Tell us a little more about that.  How do you best serve them in doing so? In other words, how do you offer your services?

Trent Langdon

When a group or an individual is interested in connecting to explore any of the themes / areas mentioned above, I work directly with them (either in person or online) to create an action plan that addresses their specific needs (whether it be group work, a speaking engagement, etc.); supports and services are then delivered with a personal approach.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

So you do personalized programming around your body of work and audience.  Excellent.  Based on your work over the years… in these times, what are the challenges and opportunities of leadership… from your perspective and experience?

Trent Langdon

Here is a thought that encompasses a challenge and an opportunity.  A challenge is maintaining that ‘human’, personal component as part of daily interactions.  The opportunity is to maintain that ‘traditional’ human approach by ensuring time is set aside to send that ‘store-bought’ card of condolence, ensure that you meet for coffee at least once per week with a friend / colleague, or send a hand-written message of thanks to a person that has inspired you in some capacity.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I like that… the challenge and opportunity as two sides to the coin, so to speak.  So, in the face of that, when considering the strengths of leadership as they might relate to character… what virtues do you consider to be paramount as strengths and why do you believe them vital?

Trent Langdon

Hands-down, my personal ‘go-to’ virtues are INTEGRITY, HUMANITY, & THANKFULNESS. These three give me an opportunity to look inward (integrity), outward (humanity), and simply acknowledge (thankfulness) the Source / God / Creator of all things good.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Love it.  Given that, what is one piece of advice you might have for our readership on developing leadership and strength of character in these times?

Trent Langdon

Investigate those virtues that are your foundation; those virtues that guide and strengthen your personal and professional efforts.

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

I hear you.  That is core, in my opinion.  To thine own self be true.  And you do work ultimately around that.  So, how can someone connect with you for more information on your work?

Trent Langdon

Well, you can email me directly at trent@epicengage.com and connect with my Blog or on LinkedIn and Twitter (@TrentLangdonNL ).

BARRY LEWIS GREEN

Trent, that is it… for now.  🙂  I really appreciate the time… and your work my friend.  Thanks for joining us on Leader ToC™.

Trent Langdon

Been a pleasure Barry.  Thanks for the opportunity.

 

Leader ToC™ out…

Folks, check out Trent; I encourage you.  You will be glad you did.

And, yes indeed, we continue on.  Continuing through 2017, around the third or final Friday of each month… we will engage and explore with experts and leaders around the globe.  We invite you to join us.

Until next month…

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

Here are some additional resources that may be of use and\or interest:

PPS (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.

Cheering Ourselves On

Earlier this week, we shared this post on Cheerful, Humble Charisma … to open up the conversation around Cheerfulness as a virtue; a strength of character.

Then , last night, this happened on Froude Avenue in our fair city of St. John’s.  Since then, the rising up  of help has been phenomenal.  People are cheering on with material and emotional support.  Amidst the loss, Cheerfulness has it’s place to cheer those in need.  And Froude Avenue Community Center is a source of Cheerfulness.  Keep helping.  It is a manifestation of Cheerfulness.

That being said, Cheerfulness does indeed play a role in cheering ourselves and others on.  When we offer ourselves, out of a generous spirit, we are practicing Cheerfulness. Dale Carnegie himself once said that one of the greatest ways to reduce stress in our own lives is to focus our attention on the needs of others.  Cheerfulness and Helpfulness go hand in hand.

This coming Thursday, June 29… CAPS Cares is offering an opportunity to practice both. Bottom line, it is all about advancing public conversations around healthy minds and wellness… a slant on Cheerfulness, if you will.  Here is our latest update on the event, free and open to the public.

That all being said…

here is a three-step exercise we suggest you practice…. around manifesting Cheerfulness.

  • STEP ONE:  Think of 5 things that cheer you up, especially when you might not be feeling such instinctively.  They need to be powerful.  Thoughts of a certain vacation, specific memories with children, an accomplishment that brings a healthy humble sense of pride, an activity that brings a genuine smile to your spirit, a song that does the same… and so on.
  • STEP TWO:  Then consider what artifacts you might have that remind you of same… pictures, souvenirs or the like.  Determine what visuals serve as anchors to remind you.
  • STEP THREE: Create a space at your desk where those artifacts can reside… a go to mini oasis of cheer, so to speak.  In moments of being “off”, take one of them up and spend some quick, cool reflection time.  Do not just glance at it.  Pick it up, savour the memory.  Taste it.  Munch on it, until it ignites Cheerfulness.  Go there.

Cheerfulness, like any virtue, is practiced.  We must sharpen the blades on it to build the muscle.  We will explore some more later this week… but if you are in the St. John’s area, get out to CAPS Cares.

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.

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News and Views, Volume 3

News and Views is a new initiative for 2017.  We always open by saying that… on a more random and periodic basis, we will do a short post with some links to read and ponder.  In some ways, it is a catch up.  In other ways, we might bring the mustard; and a little relish.  🙂

BE HUMBLE

This third issue examines the idea of Humble Swagger™.  On our website, you will find us saying…

In these times, an assured step is vital.  We call it Humble Swagger™; that genuine and healthy confidence that is grounded in both certitude and humility. 

Indeed, it is grounded in faith, trust and confidence of the deepest and healthiest kind.  And, it is our work; advancing the needle on the kind of sure step that builds strength, unity, resourcefulness and what we call joyful excellence.

Humble Swagger™ cuts through the distractions, drama and doubts to get to the daring, decisiveness and deeds.  It is the countenance of Aragorn, Neville Longbottom and Coach Boone.  It is the presence of Malala and John F. Kennedy.

THE HOT DOG

The HOT Dog™ is our lead piece.  Just this week, we posted this YouTube video on Humble Swagger™.  In 90 seconds, we get clear on what it is and is not.

THE MUSTARD

In support and addition, we also offer this post on To Think or Not to Think. It begins to explore the power of instinct, which is a notable piece in the notion of Humble Swagger™.

THE Ol’ RELIABLE CATCH UP

As a regular and reliable compendium of sorts, we offer this link to over 340 LinkedIn posts to date around character and leadership and education… and this link to our EPIC Blog.  You will find literally hundreds upon hundreds of posts addressing matters of walking the sure step and more… ideas around character and leadership pertinent to school, work, business and community.

THE RELISH

Last issue, we offered this video on the power of promise.  It so speaks to Humble Swagger™ that we offer it again; as well as this song of hope and strength.  🙂

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.

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