Celebrating 2018

In December we celebrated what was by looking back at the past year and thinking of 12 AMAZING things we did in 2018.

“Everyone has to face obstacles. Everybody has to face hurdles. It’s what you do with those that determine how successful you’re going to be.” – Craig Sager

By looking back, we are remembering things that may have been forgotten. Our minds may focus on the most recent things that have happened in our lives, but when we dig all the way back to January 1, 2018, we understand how far we have truly come this year. By looking back at what you have accomplished throughout the year, you can motivate yourself to keep doing all the things! By looking back on what we have done this year, our minds open up to the possibilities of the upcoming year. Learning from the past allows us to grow into the person we want to be.*img_5424

Being able to look back and see how we have been living out your vision helps to demonstrate who you are and how you have been presenting yourself to others. We as an institution are looking back to ensure we are helping to create a just and caring world through the work that we are doing. It’s important to continue to keep our mission and vision front and center, and one way to do that is by re-visiting what we have done this year.

We want to encourage you to take some time today to revisit your year so you, too, can celebrate what was great about 2018 and learn from the hurdles you faced. Use our template (on right) and write down some of your accomplishments! Tag us on social media (@LeaderShape) to show us your 2018 highlights.

Looking to What Could Be

With 2019 quickly approaching, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the new year will bring. And not only am I thinking, I am feeling, too. Nervous. Sad. Excited. I am feeling all of that at the same time, and I like it. It is messy, but Paul, LeaderShape president, always talks about how you should stay in the mess because that is where you learn the most.

Can you relate to having mixed feelings like this?

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November and December seem to be the months when people celebrate with family and friends, and reflect on memories from the year that was. For me? It is a race to finish strong, and a chance to begin “new habits” a bit early.

To be honest with you, that is something that I am still working on. Diving into the mindset off finishing strong to start strong is going to be a journey, but one where I hope to learn and grow, and invite you to do the same! Here are three ways that I am putting my possibility mindset into action.

  1. Ask why. I’ll sit down, usually in a cozy spot, with an instrumental playlist in the background. At first I’ll allow my mind to just wander. Then I’ll zero in on an experience and begin asking myself intentional questions about it, beginning with “why?”. Let me tell you, asking “why” works wonders; doing this has helped me to better understand what my purpose could be and what I want out of life.

  2. Mind map. Get some handy-dandy colored pens and paper and start writing out your thoughts and see where that takes you. For example, by mind mapping, I have been able to see where my stressors lie and what new directions my energy and effort could travel to. Tip: if you have trouble at first, use a prompt! Try this one out: If you didn’t have to worry about money or people’s opinions, what would you do with your life? If you aren’t sure how to get started with your own mind mapping, this article might help.

  3. Don’t just dream, act.  After I’ve found some clarity through asking why and mind mapping, I don’t want to stop there! Cue the sticky notes (neatly) scattered around my desk and list of to do’s and not to do’s. By taking these actions, even small ones, I am left with a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going. Putting in the initial work and effort will set the stage for what the future can be.  

In what ways do you focus on the future? How can you use your time before
the end of the year to help you look to what could be in 2019?

Colby Brown is a Community Engagement Intern for LeaderShape. He participated in the Institute (2015), served as an On-Site Coordinator for national sessions of the Institute (2017, 2018), and recently participated in Catalyst (2018). As a retired mascot and recent graduate, he spends his young professional life giving back and pursuing a graduate degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs.

New Trustees Join our Board

LeaderShape is pleased to announce the addition of six new Trustees.

All six have been involved with LeaderShape to varying degrees throughout the years and they believe in and support our mission and vision of a just, caring, and thriving world where all lead with integrity and a healthy disregard for the impossible. Joining the LeaderShape Board of Trustees are:

  • Marilyn Bugenhagen – Faculty, Federal Executive Institute for the United States Office of Personnel Management;
  • Christine Craft – Senior Advisor to Hospitals for Health Systems & National Consultants;
  • Rob Edmunds – Senior Vice President for Dave & Buster’s;
  • Jennifer JJ Jones – Executive Director at Southern Methodist University;
  • Jeremiah Shinn – Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Boise State University;
  • Katherine Weeks – President of Allay, LLC.

We are excited to welcome them and look forward to what they bring to the organization.