What is the Source for Bringing Your Best Self to Work and Life? | Blog

What is the Source for Bringing Your Best Self to Work and Life? | Blog

Over the last few weeks I have traveled to New York & Edinburgh and will be heading to LA next week. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching, sharing and connecting with entrepreneurs and business leaders at the Beyond Limits in Business events.

I have been inspired by the stories of transformation and insights that each of my co-presenters have shared. Hearing their journey as they’ve discovered more of who they really are and have seen beyond their thoughts to a richer quality of mind has helped me see with more clarity and simplicity as well.

During these events, I find myself exploring, “How do we bring our best selves to our work and our lives?”

With all my previous training and experience, the source of “doing well”, the source of change and transformation used to look like acquiring new skills, training, adjusting my personality, behavior modification, personal will and discipline. 

It seemed to experience anything new in myself; something more of me was required. 

Over the last few years, that premise has been challenged for me in a really amazing way. I can see, I had a big misunderstanding.

Experiencing new capacities, new potential, fresh thinking, letting new parts of us emerge is actually about letting go versus adding on.

By letting go of preconceived ideas, memories, of who we think we are and what we think we’re capable of, we are able to tap into new experiences of ourselves. We naturally begin to experience more. 

Beyond the thoughts and ideas, we have about ourselves and others, lies a deeper knowing, a deeper truth. To “know it” we must suspend and let go of our history, the conclusions we’ve drawn about ourselves and see what we don’t know. 

This new relationship and new knowing of ourselves is brought to life in the moment through our presence. 

So, rather than adding on new skills, competencies or behaviors, it’s a falling away and a falling into our presence.

The source of fresh; the source of new; the source of doing well comes from our innate nature. Our True Nature. And this already exists. There is nothing to acquire. This resource, our presence, this essence is alive and a constant. 

When we get curious about seeing this deeper nature in ourselves, we wake up to a whole new world of possibility. 

Allowing ourselves to be present with a freer mind, our listening improves, we connect more powerfully to others, we tap into states of flow and creativity.

The source of shifts, change, transformation, connection come from this place – this space.

I encourage you to go on this exploration for yourself. What happens when you suspend all the assumptions and ideas you have about yourself and you allow your presence, that essence to come more alive? If you’re like me and the other leaders and entrepreneurs I’ve been teaching with, I know you will likely surprise yourself and discover more than you could imagine.

“By letting go of preconceived ideas, memories, of who we think we are, we are able to tap into new experiences of ourselves.”

The greatest strategy for success is not a strategy – it’s a space

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Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company bringing the insights of performance and fulfillment to clients around the world. She helps organizations, leaders, entrepreneurs and coaches access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of performance in work and life. Barb is the Founder of Beyond Limits in Business and host of the Real Business Real Lives podcast. If you’d like to experience in-depth, robust and transformative mentoring for you and your business check out Barb’s 6-month Beyond Limits Small Group Mentoring Program. You can follow Barb on Linkedin, Twitter and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at barbarapatterson.com 

 

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