December: Celebrating What Was

In November, we enjoyed a bit of a whirlwind of events that stretched our minds, provided us with some tools to say yes a little bit less, and reinforced how generous our community and how grateful we are for them. As we say goodbye to November, we hope you stay connected to a few of the ideas we shared with you: demonstrate gratitude for those in your life, be grateful for all things big and small, and be the ripple.

This month we Celebrate What Was! Beginning on December 8, we will be sharing moments from our work over the past year that celebrate our accomplishments and demonstrate how this community lives LeaderShape, in person and virtually. Without the participation, support, and energy from all of you, we could not have made our 31st year as an organization (33rd year of the Institute!) as meaningful as it was.

But first, we have Day 7 to celebrate! So spread the word, connect with LeaderShapers and get ready to Celebrate What Was.

Participants of the Institute may find that Dec 2018 Day 7 Theme (1)this theme sounds familiar to day three of the curriculum, Challenging What Is, Looking To What Could Be. Those who haven’t experienced the six-day program should know that this day begins by uncovering what values we hold and, later on, includes a practice to connect us to what we truly care about called the 5 Whys. By asking ourselves “why” multiple times, we are able to crystallize what it is we truly and deeply care about impacting in the world.

#Day7 will follow suit this month. Get ready to explore the what, and ask ourselves why? This Friday, December 7th, we will tap into a how-to guide of celebrating this past year, from an individual perspective. Folks that participate in #Day7 will be able to try out some tools to develop a mindset that will help us to take stock in our accomplishments of 2018 and then look ahead to what we hope the new year will bring. We hope to hear from you on 12.07.18!

It’s the end of 2018, friends! And we want you to join along in this month of celebration, reflection, and looking to what could be. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to do so. #toleadlive

Power of Gratitude

Thank you all for joining us this month as we encouraged the LeaderShape communityGetting behind the movement to get behind the movement. One way we put this idea into action was through the practice of gratitude.

We believe in the power of gratitude and its positives contributions to our well-being, mood, and self-esteem. It’s so important that we hope living in gratitude becomes a way of being for all of us.

To help cultivate an ongoing sense of gratitude in the LeaderShape community, we have a few ideas we hope are helpful to you.

Demonstrate gratitude for those in your life

Supporting others through gratitude is uplifting for you and for the person on the receiving end. We talked about Getting Behind the Movement on social media this month and showing your gratitude for the work that another is doing is a great way to get behind their goals and vision.

This act of gratitude will have at least 6 benefits for you as well; feeling happier, being more optimistic, increase energy levels, being friendlier, increase self-esteem, and increase your productivity levels.

When we feel better, we do better! And we are counting on this LeaderShape community to go out and make the world better.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow” – Melody Beattie

Be grateful for all things big and small

The more you practice gratitude, the more you will find to be grateful for. It doesn’t matter if our gratitude is in recognition of something massively significant or through a small expression like a note or a hug. Big or small, each moment of gratitude felt and shared can move us from a place of hurt and ego to a place of love and humility.

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Be the ripple

The Ripple Effect: the continuing and spreading of results of an event or action
In our Institute program, we end the week with an idea that each person is a pebble and has the opportunity to create positive ripples as they continue their leadership journey. Creating a ripple of gratitude in your life and in your corner of the world can have lasting effects that you will probably never be aware of. Focus on those feelings of gratitude for what your life holds! Find opportunities to demonstrate your gratitude for others and their contributions. Your pebble of gratitude will go on.

Mindfulness Matters: Day 7

As leaders, the contributions you make to the causes and communities you care about can be energizing and fulfilling! Effecting positive change in the world around us is important. We also understand that the work of leadership can be demanding as well. We may find ourselves feeling stuck! Living and leading with integrity isn’t always easy, but it is always possible — especially when we take care of ourselves. One way to accomplish this is through mindfulness.

Earlier this month, we used Day 7 to explore why mindfulness matters. Throughout the day, we shared some mindfulness matters activities with the LeaderShape community. And our community engagement team shared their own mindfulness practices.

Practicing mindfulness can decrease stress, improve concentration, and even boost creativity. And we want this for you!

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We have compiled those mindfulness matters activities from Day 7 here for you. Try them out and see which ones help you to connect to the present moment and be compassionate with yourself. Then put mindfulness into practice by continuing that activity and creating a habit that will help support you . 

If you have a story of why mindfulness matters to you, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear more mindfulness matters stories!