I am one.

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale

Today I had the honor of watching my great friend and fearless Vice President, Rebekah Uhtoff, recognized as a Kitsap County YWCA Woman of Achievement.  She was recognized for her dedication and devotion to the community via our Bremerton Beyond Accessible Play project.  It was a memorable moment, complete with a few tears of joy, watching such a deserving woman honored for all she does for her children and her community.

When you need a picture of what driving change looks like, picture her face. She is a warrior for a positive future so ALL may play.  Congratulations Rebekah!!!!!!

rebekah

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A lion

The beautiful lion of the zoo of Basel

A lion doesn’t concern himself with the opinions of a sheep.” – Richard Sherman

Congratulations to Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks on their Super Bowl win.  Thank you to Mr. Sherman for reminding us that change agents shouldn’t worry about what status quo keepers think about their ideas.  Drive change by making the change start with you and eventually the sheep will follow.  After all, they are sheep.  That’s what they do.

Good luck this week my fellow lions.  May the Seahawks’ success rub off on you.

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Out of the box

The best way to get people to think out of the box is not to create the box in the first place.” – Martin Cooper

 

carnival mimeWhat if, much like the mime, there is no box unless we imagine it to be there?

Over the years, I’ve watched so many people struggle against imaginary walls.  Their pain, their suffering, their anguish were all real, but their box was a figment of their imagination, conjured up by years of little comments and compounded slights.

Anytime you’re feeling stuck in a box, I ask you to stop your struggle and first check to be sure the box is real.

What’s a rule you think you can’t break?  Break it.  What happened?  Was the outcome what you expected or much milder?  Was there any consequence at all?

 

 

(Allow me to insert a necessary warning against being stupid and toying with any rules of physics here…never try to fool nature…it cannot be fooled!)

Whether you’re in a box or out free, try driving your change this week.  Box or not, you’re likely to find more room to move either way.  Why not try?

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Work with pride

Indian Peafowl

All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride.” – W. Edwards Deming

How odd it is that pride in your work is too often mistaken for arrogance.  I often wonder why that is so.  Perhaps people are confusing false pride with reality-based pride.  False pride says, “Give me unearned respect.” Reality-based pride says, “I’m not working for your approval. I’m working for mine.”

In Heart of Change, John Kotter lists the emotions that drive change and the emotions that stall change.  I’ve listed them below.  They are worth remembering and leveraging.  I know I too often can slip into the emotions that stall change, especially when I’m frustrated.  I’ll admit that frustration leads me to anger, frustration, anxiety, and more.

How about you? Can you stick with the emotions that drive change or do you slip into the emotions that stall change too?

This week, as you try to drive the change you care about, think about which emotions you are leveraging.  It just might make all the difference.

Emotions that drive change:

  • Faith
  • Trust
  • Optimism
  • Urgency
  • Reality-based pride
  • Passion
  • Excitement
  • Hope
  • Enthusiasm

Emotions that stall change:

  • Anger
  • False pride
  • Pessimism
  • Arrogance
  • Cynicism
  • Panic
  • Exhaustion
  • Insecurity
  • Anxiety

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Grow Brave By Reflection

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.” – Thomas Paine

Chimrain peak, Jaz Banda [Explored]As the first full week of the year dawns, let us be encouraged by our fellow souls that can live like the man in Mr. Paine’s quote.

This week, I commit to smile, gather strength, and grow brave.

What will you do?

Why not try?

 

 

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Build me a son

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.” – Douglas MacArthur

You may have noticed that I’ve been away from blogging for a month and a half.  I’m ready to reveal the reason why.

I’m expecting my fourth child, a son, and I’ve been too terribly tired these past several weeks to do much more than my usual routine of working full-time, raising three young children, caring for my husband and home, and raising money for a community project that is nearing completion.

My new year’s resolution is to return to my blogging routine because I’ve got lots to share with you and I love our exchanges of ideas.

2014 is set up to be the year when true leaders emerge or the systems we rely on suffer.  I look forward to being here with you as you lead boldly in 2014.  Together, we can drive the change we want to see in the world.

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