Vision, Hope, and Leadership

Part of a chapter in my book, Lost & Found

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Planning Change

Many groups lack the foresight or level of planning required to take an organization beyond the early stages of development. For some, that’s fine; they may not need to have long-range planning. However, if an organization wants to make a real impact on its little portion of the world (a.k.a. mission and vision statements), they have to get past the initial push of enthusiasm and break out of the limitations implicit in working without a plan. But even with a plan, organizations require far more than goals.

Sometimes this can happen through fortunate circumstances or enormous effort on the part of the whole organization to keep things growing organically. I’ve seen this and it is wondrous and rare turn of events. For the rest, it means either the organization will hobble along, perhaps doing OK and sustaining itself on generous donations of time and effort, or they begin the other natural result, dissolution. This can happen slowly, even imperceptibly, over a long period of time; usually, the money or volunteers or both dry up. The stalwart few hold on to the remnants as long as is humanly possible, but unfortunately this rarely works in the long run.

Hope as an Intangible Asset

Hope is one of those intangible assets that can never be measured, bought, or borrowed. It must be present and sustained by those in the position to provide leadership and vision. Hope is like water; it can easily run through the metaphorical fingers of an organization if it’s not contained with some degree of effort on the part of those whose mission and therefore job it is. Equally unfortunate, for leadership of almost every kind, two common issues arise. One is to take the job too seriously; the other is to take oneself too seriously. For me, this has been truly been a life lesson.

A new nonprofit is being created to assist Native Americans in dealing with the aftermath of integration into American society and cultures, often without any real help from the agencies that supposedly were designed to fill this role. The main problem with any governmental agency is that it becomes a victim of its own ideas of rules and efficiencies and of course, the bureaucracy inherent in their very structure. So this nonprofit will step up to the proverbial plate.

A Leader’s Heart

Though this leader’s heart can sometimes be burdened by doubt, it is never without an unflagging sense of hope. This has been my lesson and gift from my participation in this process. There was a TV episode where one character was warned of false hope. The quick and heated retort was that there is no such thing as false hope; there is only hope or no hope; it can never be anything in between.

Envisioning Hope

May I offer that hope is at the heart of our outlook on life? If we have no hope that things are or will soon be better, we will find ourselves in a downward spiral of depression and ultimately failure. However, by focusing—in the mind’s eye—on what may seem to be a false hope to the more pragmatic of us, especially in those of us in a leadership position, we successfully keep success an illusion. In other words, it truly is folly. Vision keeps the eye focused on the true goal of the mission’s success, but, it’s the recognition that in keeping hope alive and well, our success is assured. That’s as true in business as it is in life.

© 2016 DeBrady.biz

Excerpted from Lost & Found: Finding the Lost “I AM” Within You, Chapter 17, Guidance for Living in the New 5D World

Yikes…Have I become my parents?

Perhaps it is so ingrained in who we are as adults to be the product of our parents, both the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, that make us…well, us? Unique individuals who have something to contribute, even if some of it happens to be annoying…at times.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “I’ve Become My Parents.”

Parents and children torn apart
Getting along…or not?

Why can’t we just get along with our parents? Maybe because we’re so much like them!

Over the years, I’ve noticed that many of those annoying things that I saw in my parents were things that I now do…to others…double yikes!

If there’s a way to pick only the good qualities of those who raised me to adulthood, that would be a different story. But, it now seems that it is many more of those questionable traits that I’ve adopted for my own.

The ten step programs might have some good suggestions, namely the first step…knowing you have a “problem” is key to changing it. Unlike drinking or smoking, changing a “negative” behavior is not something you can just quit doing like throwing away the pack of cigarettes or booze.

Does one enter into therapy to that annoying habit of over-sharing information in a seemingly friendly way? Perhaps…it seems that therapy is one of those avenues that are long and expensive, worthwhile though they may be, there is always another level of issue to uncover and deal with.

Or does one use some other self-help method to illicit change in oneself? Perhaps a self-administered electric shock every time I open my mouth when it’s not welcome? Hmmm, doubtful!

Perhaps it is so ingrained in who we are as adults to be the product of our parents, both the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, that make us…well, us? Unique individuals who have something to contribute, even if some of it happens to be annoying…at times.

At the end of the day, maybe it is the “looking in the mirror” that is seeing our parents in our own behavior that is uniquely human. We are who we have been raised to be, but we have an obligation…to ourselves…to change those things that we identify as “negative” by introspection and self-analysis. We have only our own best interests at heart…and…at the end of the day, isn’t that like being your own best parent?

I think so.

Read This If You Really, Really, Really Want to Change the World (3 Easy Steps)

P3 Coaching & Training

You are a catalyst for major and ever-lasting change in the world. Yes, YOU! Right now you are changing the world, hopefully for the better. During your time on earth you are making your mark on the planet and the lives around you daily. Although our impact seems relatively small, it is quite the opposite. When you make your mark on the life of someone else, that mark is carried off into the world to create change in ways that you never even contemplated. Therefore, the question is not “if” you are changing the world, it is “how.” Here are three key steps to ensure that your impact on the world is a positive one.

1. Be Kind: This seems like a no-brainer, but in our rushed and hurried world, it’s not always that easy. When you are at the local coffee shop and the cashier is rude to you, or when someone cuts you off in traffic, or when a family member or friend betrays you, your automatic reaction may be to lash out. It’s natural! What I want you to think about is this: Every word you speak becomes part of your legacy, your bequest upon the world. You do it every day, hundreds if not thousands of times.

via Read This If You Really, Really, Really Want to Change the World (3 Easy Steps) | P3 Coaching & Training.

Earth Changes and Human Choices

ancient stone circle taken from the air
Seasons pass by and slowly we change until we won't even recognize ourselves.

Earth changes, the environment and ecology, in general, are coming to the forefront of your collective awareness. In the “past,” you had the concept that you were making minor, if any, impacts on the world you live in; however, you have gotten “warnings” and other crises that should have provided the motivation for making the necessary adjustments in how you view your physical environments. The other factor, which is not a direct result of your environment, is the changes which are impacting the earth.

When considering how this will affect your life in the near future, there seems to be a considerable amount of fear. You will be guided, with sufficient notice, of the locations which will be able to sustain life during this critical timeframe. Those of you who are to remain “in-place,” as it were, have been given the guidance you need to get through the coming upheavals. Localities of protection, pockets of “safe zones” will remain so that the lightworkers who have chosen to hold this space for those who will need spiritual support.

As changes increase in intensity and magnitude, the general population will reflect these changes in terms of increased fear, anger and hostility. Others will choose, instead to step off the wheel of life—leave physical form—sometimes in violent and surprising ways. Still others will choose exit plans which will appear to be through disease processes which are diagnosed as terminal and inoperable. You will begin to notice that some of these people have a sense of “giving up” and not fighting these “fates.” They will have the viewpoint of inevitability. Remember that you always respond to these changes at your own level of understanding. When these things appear overwhelming, the response you may have is to give up this perceived “fight.” It is equally important that you resist making judgments on another’s path or choices.

In your current physical form, you are unable to “see” how the path of this other is leading to the conclusion that the soul has predetermined before incarnation. It is in the pre-birth state, that you were given choices in how you were to experience and grow on the soul level…and how that may appear to others who will not understand your purpose or path. This is as it should be. The best use of your perceptive abilities is in being more clear about how you are manifesting your own path and how that may require adjustments through the lessons that you provided for yourself. It sometimes appears that the other affects your path in ways you would not choose for yourself; this is not the case. You have chosen your path; they, theirs.

One goes through life on this sole and very individual path of the soul. Once you step off the wheel of life, you will have the opportunity to review that which you have done and how that affected those who were with you in your lifetime. You may be surprised to see just how interwoven your paths really are…and how perfect each on was to put you in the position to begin the next leg of your soul’s journey. Bless, then, the path of the other, as you do your own. Know that the Universe provides ample opportunity for each of you, as is its design and purpose. And, know that you are loved, in ways to obscure for you to understand with your current, limited viewpoint.