Learn to Live an Examined Life
Have you ever had one of those facepalm moments, when you realize you’ve done something fairly um...dumb.
My facepalm moment:
I was talking to a friend about my upcoming Facebook live session this week, and they were like…”What’s Facebook live?”
Then it hit me! What if YOU don’t know what Facebook Live is either? Or maybe you know, but you aren’t sure how it works.
Here I am for the last few months telling you to watch my Facebook Live sessions, and you may have no idea what the heck I am talking about or are a bit hesitant about viewing them.
So...let’s back up!
Maybe you’ve been on some of my webinars or watched some of my videos on Youtube. Some have been in face-to-face training sessions with me. Facebook Live, is a little bit like all of those and a bit different.
So, I open my phone and instead of posting a picture or comment on Facebook, I share myself...live in the moment. I talk to you...actually, I’m usually teaching you something.
When I am on Facebook Live, I’ve prepared something to share with you. It’s something that can help you.
So just like my webinars, blogs and YouTube videos, it’s usually a snippet of something you would get in one of my courses or my training sessions. For example, today I will be talking about delving into the craziness of our lives. I will be teaching you how to learn to live an "Examined Life." Because, as Socrates said, "The unexamined life is a life not worth living."
What’s different about Facebook Live?
Unlike a Webinar, I don’t share a slideshow, you see me. Just me having a chat with you. Usually from my office, so it feels like I just invited you to pull up a chair and we get to talk.
Yes, you get to talk too!
Well...sort of. I can’t hear you or see you. However, I can tell that there are people watching as I talk. You can make a comment, ask a question in the comment box and give me a thumbs up or share a bit of love if you like.
In fact, I encourage you to connect during the session. The whole point is that it is interactive. So I’ll ask you questions, and I want you to comment or ask me questions as well.
A few other things you might want to know
If you have any other questions, post them in the comments below and I'll be happy to answer them, to the best of my ability.
It's time for a mini reset of life
Can GRIT make you happier?
How happy are you? Are you content? Do you have moments of peace? Do you feel good? Perhaps you do, but not nearly as often as you’d like to.
If you are like most women leaders, your responsibilities and frantic pace leave you feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, irritated and frustrated. Happy, my guess, doesn’t hit the top of the list very often.
But what if it could?
What would more happiness be like?
What would it be like to feel more of those “good” feelings on a regular basis? As one woman inthis survey put it:
“I would go to work at a place I feel valued and appreciated and come home with energy to engage with my family. I’d return to feeling light-hearted which is my natural state.” (Go ahead and do this survey...I'd love your input!)
Mmm….. doesn’t that sound splendid?
Start with Grit
There is a way to find those feelings. You can foster more happiness in your life, even if you are a woman leader with a lot of obligations, commitments, and responsibilities. One way is by developing gritty hope. That starts with growing the personality trait of grit.
Not wimpy hope!
Hope is often misunderstood as luck or fate. “I hope tomorrow will be better” leaves things up to chance. But someone with a gritty personality takes hope one-step further. They will say things like “I resolve to make tomorrow a better day.” To me, that statement is hope on steroids. It’s a gritty hope. Rather than waiting to see what tomorrow will bring, you decided, to make it different.
Too many women give up control over their life circumstances
Where many frustrated, irritated andoverwhelmed women leaders struggle, is when they give their power away. They get frustrated with their jerk boss, unappreciative staff, slow-moving peers, unsupportive spouse and demanding kids. They lay blame for the experience of their life on other people. “If they would all just smarten up, life would be fine!” If everyone did things as you want them to do, you would be more productive, more relaxed and yes, even happier right? The problem with that mindset is that you wait for that to happen. And wait. And wait some more. While you are waiting, you stew and moan and get even more irritated.
You can't wait for life to happen
But, it doesn’t change, does it? No. People don’t transform into stellar employees, charming bosses, amazing husbands and brilliant children, by us waiting for them to decide to change. Sadly, life is not a fairytale.
Take back the reins of your life
Instead, you need to cultivate a sense of hope and optimism WHILE taking action. That action isn’t always going to be easy. It will require action that won’t change things overnight. The action that I am talking about must also be purposeful and focused. AND you will need to take action filled with a powerful sense of hope that it will, over time, make a difference.
You will have to think differently
To take this kind of hopeful action takes a serious mindset shift. From giving up our sense of power, and waiting for it to change, to taking back responsibility for our lives requires us to change our thinking. It means we need to develop a growth mindset; one that believes we can change and grow and develop. We need to train our minds to understand the process of change and growth and embrace the time and effort it takes to see results.
Gritty hope puts you back in control of your life experience
When you develop hope to make your leadership and life better, you move from feeling victimized to feeling in control. You begin to see opportunities, relationships, and experiences in a new way. Your hope helps you to experience more moments of cheerfulness, enjoyment, and peace. Yes, you become happier, when you become grittier.
Measure and increase your GRIT
Do you want to know how gritty you are? Click here to get the worksheet that will help you discover your Grit Score and create a plan to increase your grittiness. Watch this to learn more about the 4 psychological assets of grit at work. Learn more about developing grit in your leadership and life here.
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