LeaderShapers in Action

LeaderShapers In Action

Our LeaderShape community is filled with people who are guided by their core values and who embrace possibility. Through our Catalyst program, they are encouraged to start something extraordinary on their campuses and in their communities. As Institute graduates, they commit to living and leading with integrity and contribute to creating positive change through a personal vision for the world. By participating in Resilience, they understand the importance of their own personal resilience and work to incorporate resilience-building habits into their daily lives.

As a way to shine a spotlight on the amazing folks in the LeaderShape community, we’ve been collecting and sharing their stories. We’ve learned about Thalia, a graduate assistant in the Office of Diversity Outreach and Development at Kent State University, whose family cluster pushes each other to be a better version of themselves everyday. We connected with April who tells future LeaderShapers to, “[give] it as much as you got, allow yourself to be uncomfortable, because it is only then when we truly learn and grow.” You can also meet Christopher, Eliza, and Jave’on, here.

What about you? Are you someone who is living your best LeaderShape life? Do you know someone who is? If so, contact us! We want to know more and we’re eager to share these LeaderShape stories with the rest of the community.

It Only Takes Three Steps to Start Something Extraordinary

Three Steps to Start Something Extraordinary

Continued from a Q&A session with Community Engagement Team, KBH, Krista, and Colby share how they found ways to keep focused on the important (i.e. starting a habit). 

KBH: I would say it is particularly helpful to make sure that what we say is a priority is truly important to us. That it is something important enough that we are willing – even excited – to put the work necessary into creating a meaningful habit. Perhaps, then, the distractions of life won’t be nearly as appealing as the path to accomplishing our new habit.

Krista: Recognize that life doesn’t always go as planned, but use your struggles as a means to achieve more. Make sure that you feel joy when you think about your life, and if you don’t, then find what makes you joyful and make that a priority.

Colby: Ask yourself, “What if I did a today, which could lead to b that then lead to c, d, and e. Or that uncovered the possibility of 2 and 3?” What I’m trying to convey is that you never know where your journey will take you, but think of where your journey can take you. It only takes one step and there is no need to rush into it, go at your own pace.

Are you inspired to pick a habit and weave it into your routine? (Hey, us too!) Follow these three steps to kick start a life of integrity with a new habit!

Catalyst is designed as a one-day learning experience where participants develop their own authentic path, connect to groups and causes they care about, and commit to a plan to be a person who sparks possibility. Part of that plan is designed so participants  understand how the habits they create can help them author their future leadership story, and below are some steps to begin your own leadership story.

Get Inspired
Get Inspired
It’s time to dream a little, look at some ideas, consider your needs and decide what starting something extraordinary means to you.  The image below is made to give you an overview of some of the possibilities but there is so much more. Or if you would like some advice, read over this blog on “Our Valuable Time”

Craft Your Habit


Craft Your Habit

Crafting your habit is when your dreams and ideas take shape. Use sticky notes, colored pens, or other fun office supplies to start planning how you will act on your habit. You can find more ideas and inspiration on our Pinterest page.

Believe in yourself

 

Believe in Yourself 
When you’re satisfied with crafting your habit, it’s time to start something extraordinary. It can be daunting at first, but trust (and believe) in yourself. When you find yourself struggling, revisit the reason(s) why you started. The possibility of living a life of integrity is right at your fingertips! 

 

What habit will you commit to trying for 30 days?

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Trying Something for 30 Days: Q&A session with Community Engagement Team

Earlier this year, our Community Engagement Team dove headfirst into our Catalyst™ program to tackle an exercise on building a habit.  Catalyst™ is a one-day experience focused on learning to develop your own authentic path, connect to groups and causes you care about, and commit to a plan to be a catalyst for yourself and the groups you’re part of. The trio of KBH (Vice President), Krista (intern), and Colby (intern) selected a habit to add to their routine for 30 days in April. Find out how they did with Trying Something for 30 Days:

Which habit did you select to Try Something For 30 Days?

KBH: Spend 5 minutes mentally reliving a happy moment, including as much detail as I can remember.

Krista: Take 30 minutes every day working toward finding your life passion.

Colby: When you feel stressed during the day, make yourself stop for 5 minutes to identify the source of stress

IMG_1493What was it like to develop your habit over 30 days? Could you give an example of one activity or exercise that you did because of your habit?

KBH: This habit brought a bit of cheer to my days. It was helpful on days that felt heavy because I had something to remind me that life is both heaviness and lightness.  

Krista: This habit helped me figure out where my true passions lie. I would brainstorm on what truly made me happy, and find different ways to create a career out of that.

Colby: One activity I did for this habit was to work backwards from the stressor that I was currently experiencing or experienced in the past. I started with questions with simple questions of “What emotion were you feeling when (insert experience here)?” and progressed towards answering the question of “Why?” and “What did I learn from the experience?” It was a treat to take a step back once the 30 days was complete and see how the actions I took towards the habit evolved.

How did you motivate yourself to continue your habit each day?  How did you hold yourself accountable?

KBH: I went old-school with my accountability strategy – a post-it note on my computer monitor! The feelings from reflecting on a memory that brought me joy was a motivating factor for me. I found it to be uplifting to recall happy and positive times from my life.   

Krista: I used my impending graduation as motivation to continue working toward my habit of finding my passion. I set aside time each week to focus on what I love to do and since I would be needing to get a job after graduation, I used that to hold myself accountable on this habit.

Colby: I’ll be candid, developing this habit over 30 days was brutal at first. I kept forgetting to do it, but once I started, thoughts kept pouring out and words seamlessly appeared on the page. I wrote post-it notes of the emotion I was feeling while doing the habit and looked at them when I needed a boost of motivation.

IMG_1495In the Catalyst program, we ask participants to consider what they want their future leadership story to say about them, while understanding how the habits we create can help us author that story. Could you talk about how your habit  specifically help to realize the intentions and achievements in your leadership story?

KBH: I want to be someone others see as being able to move through life, even the challenging bits, with a sense of hope. One way I harness a feeling of hope is by recalling the times in life that were happy and meaningful. By creating a habit that centered around these memories, I think they will be easier to recall in times of struggle.

Krista: I feel like knowing where my true passions are will help me be the best leader I can. If I am able to use my talents to my full potential, then I will better lead others on their journey to finding their passion.

Colby: In hindsight, this habit helped me to look at previous experiences with a new lens, one that helped me to better understand myself. I will also add that this habit helped me to connect the dots of the puzzle that is my leadership story – the entire puzzle has yet to be finished (it’s a continual work in progress)!

Are you inspired to pick a habit and weave it into your routine? (Hey, us too!) Come back in a few days to learn how to kick start a life of integrity in three steps.