This year I decided to go on a journey to listen. This opportunity gave me the chance to hear the voices of individuals and to enter into their own world.
It allowed me to recognize the individual abilities we all offer and the immense contribution that is in our care. This journey taught me three (3) key lessons to carry into 2018.
- Listen to Understand
It may sound simple. The reality of listening to understand means exercising some amount of self-control or thought-control. To help me with this, I started by taking long walks into the forest. This allowed me to stop listening to the thoughts in my head and with a singular focus zoom in on the sounds around. In those moments, I made the shift to focusing on what I am hearing and allowed it to play back in my head.
- Speak to Learn
One way to speak to learn is through a mentor. I started off the year with a mentor. In our sessions, I decided to share more about what I am doing, how I am doing it and expanding on why. In each session, I became more vulnerable to sharing my thoughts and in return acknowledged the questions prompted by each sharing. This fostered a tremendous amount of learning about myself, my mentor and the ideas shared.
As a result, I explored expanding my speak to learn from a one with one to a one with many by organizing a Speakers Forum. This took me totally out of my comfort zone. It was a necessary zone to engage with others and learn.
- Share to Add Value
Share to add value was reinforced in my speak to learn, as I discovered that speaking is not so much about us but about the audience. They are hungry themselves to learn. With that, I recognized my mindset was now moving towards finding value mixed with my passion to share and inspire.
- Bonus: Connect and Start Again
I did say 3 but if I dare not mention this one, then you will be gone. So let’s connect and to listen, speak and share.
Now the piece you have been waiting for. Here are my Top Five Favorite Things for 2017.
My personal development.
- Body of Works by Pamela Slim
- Together is Better by Simon Sinek
- The Sprint Book by Jake Knapp
- Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Kleon Austin
- Whatever the Cost: Facing Your Fears, Dying to Your Dreams, and Living Powerfully by David & Jason Benham
My inspiration and mystery challenge
- Hacksaw Ridge
- Hidden Figures
- Wonder Woman
My reminder of who we are.
My get away from reality.
- The Punisher
- Green Leaf
- Super Girl
- Luke Cage
My inspiration and my picker ups.
- Clint Smith: The Danger of silence
- Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen
- Adam Foss: A persecutor’s vision for a better justice system
- John Legend: Redemption Song
- Warren Farrel: The Boy Crisis: A Sobering look at the State of our Boys
My morning wake up and my relaxation mode.
The combination of words melodiously combined to music stimulates and heightens my senses
- Tell Your Heart To Beat Again – Danny Gokey
- You’ll Never Walk Alone – Richard Rodgers (Composer) and Oscar Hammerstein (Lyricist) – 1945.
- Broken Together – Casting Crowns
- Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns
- Footprints in the Sand – Leona Lewis
These folks created a new awareness, influence and provide insight into what makes us tick.
- Sean Best
- Paul Williams
- Fiana Andrews – www.approach2link.com
- Anora Graham – www.anoragraham.com
- Susan Ksiezopolski – www.mywordsnow.com
These keep me grounded and re-energized.
- Indoor Gardening
- Listening to Classical, Jazz and Gospel Music
With access to information part of our daily lives, what’s even more valuable is insights into the minds of others.
- Richard Branson on Making List
- Five Trends Shaping The Future Of Customer Experience In 2018
- The Very Vexing Issue of Trust in the Workplace
- Customer Journey Mapping Should Take a Page From GPS
- 22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer
Gardening was something I grew up doing. These plants are in my care.
- Peace Lilly
- Pineapple Mint
Quotes keep me centered and reminds me of purpose.
- Read Critically. Write Consciously. Speak Clearly. Tell your Story – Clint Smith
- When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. – William Shakespeare
- Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. – Steve Jobs
- Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. – Charles R. Swindoll
- It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandel
- The sum total of one word could weigh more than the equal count of a sentence. – O. Stephen Peart
Okay, I did say my 5 favourites. The above are some famous folks, so I thought I would join them just for this moment.
Doing business with a company and having a memorable experience is something I cherish.
- Heart Lake Dental
- TD Bank
- Freedom Mobile
The moments that I will remember years to come.
- Taking my older daughter to a friend’s wedding as my date
- Closing on my Condo
- Learning to Ice Skate with my younger daughter
- Implementing a new software at work
- Running a 4-week Speaker’s Forum
An alternative to connecting with folks outside of the traditional face to face.
Old Fashion “Social Media”
Where real people connect with each other and have a conversation.
- On the Bus/Train
- Volunteer Events
- Coffee Shop
- Bike Rides
- Summer BBQ
This is where I keep it all together.
What would it be without apps?
Getting outdoors was my chance to listen to the sounds in nature without distractions.
- The Eternal Flame Falls, Shale Creek Preserve, a section of Chestnut Ridge Park
- Remembrance Park, George Town
- Awenda Park, Ontario
- Rockwood Conservation Park
- Niagara Falls (US Side)
What’s up for 2018
Books to Read
The following are books I’ve identified so far for reading into 2018.
- Talk Like TED by Carmine Gallo
- TED TALKS: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris J. Anderson
- It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell
- Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires; The Respect He Desperately Needs by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
- Taken Into Custody: The War Against Fathers, Marriage, and the Family by Stephen Baskerville
- The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men by Christina Hoff Sommers
People I’d Like to Meet
Now it’s your turn. What were your favorites for 2017?
About the author: O. Stephen Peart is the author of Released Expressions: the journey begins, a sequence of inspirational poetry on perspective and life. He’s inspired by the stories of life and others and shares those in his articles such as Before I Jump. His desire to bridge ideas, perspectives, and thoughts by connecting people, their stories into a conversation that enhances our awareness of ourselves and each other is the heart of Released Expressions.
Between writing and his day job, he seeks to inspire his two daughters. He will often escape into his indoor garden or out exploring for Geocaches while listening to the land and skyscape with his camera. You can learn more at www.releasedexpressions.com. 1T518