How You Can Be Mindful, Courageous and Adventurous

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Compassion, love, courage, patience, kindness, forgiveness and faith. These are basic tenants found in most philosophies, spiritual practices and religions globally. These are also answers to many of the pains that you may experience. Find out the power of these principles through practice.

    It seems that there is always an opportunity to express one if not all of these in any given situation. In dealing with hardships, pain or confusion it seems that there are always two roads to take – one of faith and love or one of fear.

    Having a daily practice of some sort allows for mindfulness and the pursuit of intentionality. Without focusing on intention in what you do, someone else takes the lead. You are the designer of your path. You apply meaning, judgement or opportunity to all encounters you have. Be the master not the victim.

    Exploring ways of practice takes dedication and commitment to small increments of change over longer periods of time. Practicing regularly for a shorter duration beats longer periods of binge practice. Set goals, accomplish them and repeat. Create a life that is big! Imagine a reasonable goal and set your mark one step further. Be imaginative, creative and powerful. Aim to achieve high and serve higher.

    Challenging and overcoming your fears produces growth. Evolution comes from the act of living in a place of love/faith through all things. Looking at your own limitations is brave. Exploring the depths of pain you have experienced and changing your outlook is heroic.

    Do not blame. Choosing to take responsibility for choice, action and outcome will produce liberation. Holding contempt only produces limitation.

    Painful things happen, it’s part of the ride. Acting with valor will be exceptionally challenging during these times. Explore the familiarity with the circumstance, encounter or person. Find the commonality or connection that exists and expand it. Forgive the situation and have compassion for the being. Forgive yourself.

    The body gives clues to understanding the experience. Be mindful of the messages you receive from your body, it is your guide. This system is not one directional. Your experience, lifestyle, attitudes, emotions and thoughts impact your body and mind. Be curious about the connectivity between the body, mind and spirit. There are answers here.

    Your energy is contagious, do not underestimate this. Bring value and positivity to all interactions. Choose to be a force for lifting others up. Happiness can be found in service. This is the way to change the world.

    Spend time discovering your sense of meaning, spirituality or religion. When you’ve determined your beliefs, keep examining them. The depth at which you can explore the nature of existence is unlimited, have fun with this.

    Be courageous. Remember your purpose. If you have forgotten it, explore what you love. If you are unsure what you love – play. Build your work around the intersection between purpose, passion, talent and experience.

    Go on adventures. Push the limitations of your understanding. Challenge your expectations. Learn the value of other perspectives.

    Be uncomfortable. Be an explorer.

    Michael Diettrich-Chastain

    Michael Diettrich-Chastain is a Coach, Licensed Professional Counselor, Consultant and Blogger. Michael combines his unique background of working in mental health, management and training to provide coaching, counseling and consulting services to individuals and organizations. Michael provides leadership coaching and personal coaching for individuals interested in expanding their strengths and effectiveness in work and life. Michael has presented internationally on a wide variety of topics within the personal development and interpersonal dynamic arena. He is founder of Synergy Consulting and Counseling in Asheville, NC. Michael's organizational workshops focus on building personal awareness so that the human side of business can flourish! He writes weekly on his blog and his writings have been featured on Monster.com, Comidor, Daily Worth, Livestrong, Evercoach and The Washington Post.

    For more information, please visit pathtosynergy.com.

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    1. Michael Sobieski
      Michael Sobieski says:

      Thank you Michael for these words of wisdom. After a very stressful morning, I have gained a little peace. Keep spreading the light man!

      Reply
    2. David Chastain
      David Chastain says:

      I’ve read that our children can take what we teach them and build it into something stronger, more meaningful, and more inspiring. I think who ever wrote that must have been referring to you! Well done.

      Reply
    3. Kristin Anderson-Wolff
      Kristin Anderson-Wolff says:

      Thanks for your post Michael. It’s such a gracious reflection to encounter in the middle of a day of work and meetings. I appreciate the opportunity to reflect and consider my practices.

      Reply
    4. Jessi LaCosta
      Jessi LaCosta says:

      I liked this article a lot and was drawn most to this line “Do not blame. Choosing to take responsibility for choice, action and outcome will produce liberation. Holding contempt only produces limitation.” Thank you – nice to see another coach from North Carolina!

      Reply

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