I hope this note finds you doing well and feeling healthy.
Today, we are collectively navigating a Transformative Moment like none other as we work our way through this Coronavirus pandemic. As I sit here today and reflect on transformative moments and personal leadership, I'm reminded of the resiliency in humans. We all face transformative type moments in our life and some moments feel bigger than others. Some moments empower us with confidence and some drown us in fear.
When I feel a sense of fear, I do three things:
- Revisit what my Unique Strengths are. (this gives me confidence)
- Consider what I've learned and still need to learn. (each moment is an opportunity to learn something)
- Pause... and Build a Plan for myself. (a roadmap to what success looks like and means to me and for those around me)
Then.. I set out to "Create My World" and continue playing the game of life with confidence.
My Biggest Fear
Today, we are being told to be alone and practice "social distancing" so that we can help create a win-win for as many people as possible. This isn't as easy as it sounds or ideal, but it seems to be the right thing to do.
When I ponder what we're going through, I think of the young minds that will be coming out of this Transformative Moment in time with more anxiety, fear, uncertainty and curiosity than what they had just a few weeks ago, which was already trending off the charts in a world full of conflicting messages.
I fear that the pace will not slow down but only speed up as we get back to the new normal. I fear for those who do not know their unique strengths and/or do not have a plan for themselves that they're confident in and feeling passionate to pursue.
This is what keeps me going every day as we build out Project OTY.
The Last Six Months
This blog started as an update on Project OTY and got sidetracked by a few thoughts above regarding the Coronavirus which is on everyone's mind. When I look back over the last six months, there is a lot to be grateful for. What I am most grateful for is...
Students pausing to think about their future.
Students sharing their Unique Strengths with one another.
Students discussing the Fears they are managing and Enrolling others to help.
Teachers confidently sharing the Project OTY curriculum with students.
Students confidently building a plan for themselves. (Confidence going up. Anxiety going down.)
The Next Six Months
Nobody knows for sure what the next six months will bring, the problems we'll need to navigate, or the opportunities that will present themselves. What we do know for sure is that each of us will need a plan for ourselves and a vision that we're passionate to pursue with confidence.
So... while things are still in a state of flux.
- Encourage those around you to lean on their Unique Strengths.
- Encourage those around you to consider what they are learning in the moment.
- Encourage those around you to pause... and start building a plan for what they want their world to look like in 5 years.
When we get focused on building our future, we spend less time in a state of fear, anxiety and uncertainty and more time enjoying the journey.
Stay Healthy (Body, Mind and Spirit)
My focus for the next six months is helping those I can to navigate this Transformative Time. The next step for Project OTY is building out a technology around this curriculum that will allow us to share it at scale. There's a lot more going on and I appreciate the ongoing support, help and feedback. If you ever want to learn more or if you've got thoughts and ideas to share, please don't hesitate to reach out.
"Build YOUR Roadmap" This is the curriculum we're sharing with students. The Spanish version, "Construye TU Hoja de Ruta", is now live on Amazon and rounds out the curriculum package for schools. The Leaders Manual is being used by teachers.
"Transform with Confidence" is the book for parents/adults who want to take a deeper dive into understanding the psychologies and philosophies behind the curriculum and the project.
If you know anyone that could use a "pick me up" or a little help in pulling their plan together... grab a copy of the workbook.