“The first and best victory
is to conquer self.”
7 Best Practices for Life Leadership Continuum and 7 Areas of Life
Best-Self Leadership is the first best practice to plan and lead in life.
Joan Dunn donated to Life Leaders a box of books on leadership and professional development Stretch valued. A few folders enclosed included workbooks and handouts that he or we had presented for Life Leaders or other organizations over 25 years.
One of the sheets was from a presentation I invited Stretch to give on Best-Self Leadership, which he gave in 2015. He was trained in it at West Point and committed to it all the years I knew him. The sheet outlined his philosophy and plans to guide his life and to coach others. He listed motivational quotations, including Plato above, and a summary of concepts and covenants to which he was committed.
I thought you would want to know this as well as appreciate the wisdom of ancient Greek philosopher Plato. –David
Callings can be discovered through significant experience. Most people seem to want this approach to have an “aha” experience and know your callings.
Callings can be discovered through proactive effort. They often come into focus through prayers and plans. Pray and Listen, then write what you hear. Review your plan daily, and over time you will add and edit until you see more focus and feel more inspiration. This is often the most effective approach though for some the least popular. It takes mental energy and action.
Whether you “just know” your purpose and priorities or you work on your plan like a sculpture that increasingly takes shape, the plan for your calling must be written to describe your mission and vision, what you intend to do, and how you will develop your capacity to “Be, Know, and Do” well enough to succeed–if you want to do your best.
The article following may be part of the process for you to discover and develop your callings. I found it insightful.
You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it.
writes Kate Torgovnick May
Whether it was during a career aptitude test or in a heart-to-heart chat, chances are someone has talked to you about how to “find your calling.” It’s one of those phrases people toss about.
But StoryCorps founder Dave Isay takes issue with it … specifically, the verb. “Finding your calling — it’s not passive,” he says. “When people have found their calling, they’ve made tough decisions and sacrifices in order to do the work they were meant to do.” In other words, you don’t just “find” your calling — you have to fight for it.
And it’s worth the fight. “People who’ve found their calling have a fire about them,” says Isay, the winner of the 2015 TED Prize. “They’re the people who are dying to get up in the morning and go do their work.”
Over a decade of listening to StoryCorps interviews, Isay noticed that people often share the story of how they discovered their calling — and now, he’s collected dozens of great stories on the subject into a new book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. Below, he shares 7 takeaways from the hard-won fight to find the work you love.
U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day
The founding fathers believed in writing The Constitution of the United States to inspire and guide the country.
They took action to draft this forward-thinking document.
The same principles call on us to write constitutions to lead our lives, families, and organizations.
The Constitution of You: Draft Your Constitution
Thursday, September 17
5:30-6:30 pm Refreshment & Workshop to draft Your Constitution
optional supper follows for those interesting in more information or discussion
Birmingham Area / 201 Office Park, 3rd Floor, 1st Financial Group Conference Room, Hosted by Melvin Carrington Smith, 205.276.2333, & David Dyson, 205.422.6484
No charge to you or your guest.
RSVP: event posted on Eventbrite or write to David@LifeLeadersInstitute.org
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Constitution Day and Your Constitution
This is the first workshop Life Leaders has offered on Constitution Day. We are beginning by inviting members and a few friends who want to take advanced steps on their plans for life. We will offer you water and coffee, a sip of wine donated if you wish, provide a few minutes on concepts and tools, then allow most of the time for writing your constitution, plus coaching if you want it. The template provided will offer modern-day language to prompt your thinking about mission, vision, values, beliefs, and strategies, which are also embedded in the Constitution. Use our template or adapt your own.
Students will understand the Constitution better if they write one for themselves. Families can live better together if they identify shared vision and values. Individuals live better if they internalize their Constitution just as the U.S. Constitution guides laws, plans, and budgets.
You probably will receive bonus ideas for your desired legacy, lifestyle, and goals to fulfill those. The “Big 3” parts of a plan that can add to goals: Constitution, Legacy Vision, Lifestyle Vision. College students who have written these with us have improved college and career decisions plus motivation due to having more purpose. Mission for Marriage statements have helped couples, engaged and married.
Empowerment Week connects to Constitution Day
We presented a seminar last week on “Earning Empowerment” to support you and Empowerment Week in Birmingham, which focuses on commemorative and service events. If you also want to receive lessons and tools as well as take action on how to earn empowerment, you can visit and/or join Life Leaders. You can learn “Levels of Earning and Delegating Empowerment” and how to prepare better in professional and other areas of life. Writing your Constitution with a draft mission, vision, values, and strategies provides inspiration and guidance toward your goals. For those who want more empowerment, this is a valuable step.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is a combined event that is annually observed in the United States on September 17. This event commemorates the formation and signing of the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become US citizens.
Life Leaders America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Alabama that presents events monthly plus provides public service programs supported by volunteers, staff, and budgets funded by membership donations, grants, and sponsorships.
True Empowerment comes from earning it by individuals, teams, families, and organizations–and about society providing opportunity.
Empowerment Week starts Friday for the City of Birmingham, with nicknames such as Magic City, Freedom City, and more.
We believe a balance of education, service, and commemoration is best.
If you want to invest in your capacity to earn empowerment and help others earn empowerment, we invite you to attend a short seminar on the eve of Empowerment Week in Birmingham:
Thursday, September 10, 5:30/6-7 p.m.
Free Tickets as a Public Service of Life Leaders Members and Partners
Tickets (free and easy in less than a minute):
www.LifeLeaders.us (click Take Action at top and Attend to see seminar listing to click on Eventbrite button to get your ticket sent by email)
or call 205-422-6484–we can help.
Next Life Leaders Seminar in Birmingham Area: Thursday, September 10
April Odom, Birmingham’s Director of Public Information, and I worked yesterday on possible ways for the City and Life Leaders can work together to advance the City and freedom initiatives. We will follow up on Empowerment Week, Freedom City on social media, and more very soon.
Thanks for following our progress. David
We have freedom to choose our response to what happens.
That’s a lesson from Dr. Stephen Covey on a video I shared with Life Leaders at the monthly seminar and meeting.
We can choose character development more than personality. We should include character development in our goals to be better instead of just appear better.
We can choose success with higher courage and commitment. Our results come from choices and actions. We can be better than what we have learned, what we have seen, and what our culture has endorsed.
Action: we can envision our best-selves, write our mission and vision, and take action on one or more priorities to inspire and guide us. We can change the way we have responded in the past. We are responsible for our results as a product of our choices. Even when outside forces act on us, we must own the plans, actions, and results. When we do, we can improve circumstances as well as our own character, including courage and confidence.
If you agree, you may like to follow or attend Life Leaders. http://www.LifeLeaders.us. We are improving our video channel and other resources we hope will help you PLAN and LEAD your LIFE to flourish at your callings.