The "secret" to living a great life? Si Ekin's Courage Journal. 23 May, 2012
I am reminded of is the power of ritual. Without the daily ritual, for example of doing my two minute movitataional talks, they would not last. There are just too many reasons not do them.
As a life coach, and self-styled teacher of courage, I both coach people and constantly reflect on my own life (funny that?!) In the process I have been thinking and journaling some important questions, like:
Who am I?
What is my purpose?
What do I want?
What is my philosophy?
I notice that I get excited, frustrated and confused by doing it. I have done it many times before and might do it many times hence, particularly, "who am I?!"
I get that these questions are ultimately, unanswerable from a perspective of is or the truth. But what I get is that the game is about saying what I believe to be true. After all, we have to put the stake in somewhere, right? So what I re-get is that my stand, my commitment is truth.
And so I have returned to my greatest truth of all. The one that keeps me focused, the one that get's me out of trouble and the one that breathes life into life? The power of being my word.
In a world of so many uncertainties and paradoxes, being my word is king.
Of course I know this – it is my slogan, for heaven's sake! But I also know that I have often erred and forgotten this elegant, simple and workable distinction.
We are either our word and our promises or we are our reasons, excuses and justifications. In a world of uncertainty, it is our stand for what we are committed to that makes it certain.
You might want to consider:
What promises have you made and not kept?
What and who do you need to communicate with to restore the power of your word?
What would it be like if you made it your life's commitment to keep your word?