It’s been nearly 30 years now since the term “Abundance Mindset” was introduced by Stephen Covey in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and while we’ve benefited greatly, his idea still faces powerful forces promising relief from scarcity.
About a year ago, I had run across Simon Sinek’s talk about leading others by focusing on the “why” rather than the “what” or the “how”. People will align with your “why” — if your “why” is worthy and can be communicated concisely.
Rambling thoughts, try to pull together.
Shifts in communication, feelings of helplessness, anxiety and depression — all whole we’re living in an age of abundance. The contrast strikes me.
I still have this silly notion that I can change the world, but I now know I have to change myself first.
For more than a year now, I’ve struggled with how to shape without being grouchy.
I’ve been thinking about my personal “Why”. This and how I might boil it down to make it concise. I sort of knew it wasn’t going to be just one thing, and I struggled to simplify this down. This list goes to 11.
There were themes that ran through my thoughts:
- Growth isn’t just movement toward a destination. Growth happens in how we handle the choices. Growth is the development of skill in recognizing and making those choices: The Journey is the Destination
- Growth can be upward, but not a line. Maybe a spiral because there are cycles: failure and success, joy and sorrow, hope and despair. These ups and downs are opportunties to step back, observe where we are, and decide what is meaningful.
- There are other cycles: Helping and being helped; teaching and being taught; pausing and moving forward. These cycles are the drills we repeat as we develop and grow.
- Pausing to reflect whether or not we can do better — and reflect on what “better” means
- Thrive: not just materially, but emotionally, socially, and spiritually as well.
I wasn’t sure how to write these down. And I’m still writing the story of my own experience.
To write down my purpose, my reasons for creating Angel Factories, I followed a pattern provided by Simon Sinek in his book “Start with Why“: To <take some action>, so that <I find some benefit>. These are my “why’s”:
- To walk deliberately, so that I can know my path.
- To know my path, so that I can see my choices.
- To see my choices, so that I’m sure to follow my dreams.
- To follow my dreams, so that I can find my soul purpose.
- To find my soul purpose, so that I can engage with what is real.
- To engage what is real, so that I know what is meaningful.
- To share what is meaningful, so that I bind myself to loved ones and our community.
- To serve my loved ones and our community, so that we thrive.
- To thrive, so that we have enough to help others.
- To help others, so that we become angels.
- To become an angel, so that I can walk deliberately along my path.
The “Why’s” form a cycle. At any given point in your life, you may find yourself in one spot or another. It doesn’t matter where we start; we always come back around to where we started, but with more experiences under our belt, and more suited to deliberately walking our path.
Tighter loop (maybe a diagram?):
- Step back to Observe (space between the thought and the reaction)
- Choose Angel Work (orient yourself)
- Live as an Angel (deliberate, abundant, in alignment with your soul)