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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.

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Michael Diettrich-Chastain is founder of Arc Integrated, an independent Organizational Consulting and Professional Coaching firm. Through a focus on emotional intelligence, leadership and communication, Arc Integrated aims to empower individuals and organizations to achieve optimum performance and true sustainable change.

As a consultant, Michael has helped organizational leaders and teams improve retention, productivity and sales.  Michael focuses on improving employee engagement, bettering leadership and fostering stronger collaboration within systems, to improve the organization’s bottom line.  Michael has facilitated trainings on leadership, team building, communication, emotional intelligence, employee engagement, self-care and other topics.

As a Professional Coach, Michael is passionate about helping individuals resolve anxiety, stress, career transition and work/life balance.  Michael also helps individuals recognize and develop strengths in order to become more effective in their careers and personal lives.  Through much of his work, Michael sees the value in empowering clients to re-engage with their sense of purpose.

Michael has presented internationally on a wide variety of topics within the personal development and interpersonal dynamic arena.  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, Comidor, Daily Worth, Livestrong, Evercoach and The Washington Post.

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This Post Has 19 Comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. Thank you Michael for this inspiring post. ” Do not blame,take responsibility…..has served me well many times. Yes, it is liberating. Keep up the good work !

  6. I’m so glad my instincts are working that I saved this and didn’t delete. This is perfect at anytime to stay mindful, remember who I am/ we are. Thank you for sharing, Michael.
    In gratitude and love.r

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