Be The Change

Daily Insight: Where am I now?

GratitudeI’ve taken a break from writing blogs for quite a while now.  I’m still reading, and learning, and responding to thoughts from the Universe, but I haven’t shared much with all of you. What I have shared has been met with mixed reviews, and I’m thinking that my contemplations may be out there too far for many to grab on to.

You see, I like change. Our world is changing rapidly, and I’m doing my best to stay focused on the impact it has on me, my family, my friends, and my community and entering into the spirit of non-resistance.

My clients are sensing that they also need to change, but many are resisting because of their inherited beliefs and values they have agreed to. I love asking the questions that require them to stop and think – and seeing the light in their eyes as they have an ah-ha moment. As my fellow leadership go-to here in Lincoln, Heath Harding,  often says, “I’m an Ah-Ha junkie!”

So, where am I now. Life has gotten interesting as I have begun re-pursuing an interest, one might call it a passion, in art. I’ve begun utilizing Zentangle as a meditation art tool, and I’m loving it so much I’m creating Zentangle prayer cards.

Along with that, I’m exploring the possibilities of Zentangle stained glass projects. This could be interesting and VERY complex.

I’ve begun drawing again, and I’m currently working on a pastel of my granddaughter, Ellie. And, I’m getting ready to dip into painting.

Why art? Because it allows me to slip into the stillness. My mind quiets, and I rest in the creative space of my heart. I am a better person for it. I am a better coach.

Have I stepped away from personal growth and leadership coaching? No, I haven’t. What I’m finding is that this branch I’ve stepped on to has deepened my commitment to coaching, and encouraging people to pursue their interests and what makes them happy. It has helped me better understand the importance of the question – “Who Are You?”

  • Sometimes this does not mean a change in careers, but perhaps it means a change in self-care and self-development.
  • Most of the time it means looking at how we spend our time, and how we prioritize what it is that we do each day.
  • It always means looking at who we are.

The question of the day is  – Who are you? Where are you now? To help you answer that question, think about the following:

  1. What motivates you? What are your priorities in life?
  2. What are your values? At the same time, don’t neglect to identify your needs (they trump values every time)!
  3. What are your strengths? (Don’t hesitate to pick up the little book, Strengthfinders 2.0 and take the assessment.)
  4. What are your interests – what do you enjoy doing and have ever since you were a child?
  5. What have you been successful at in the past that gave you great pleasure?

You are not your biography – what you’ve accomplished, where you grew up, who your parents are. The you that you are looking for is deep inside, observing the world around you.

Who am I?

My name is Georgia Feiste.  My job title is President of Collaborative Transitions Coaching, Inc. I live in Lincoln, NE, and Phoenix, AZ. My career is as an accomplished personal growth and leadership coach, writer, and workshop facilitator.  I am also a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher.  

My passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life.  My strengths are seeing possibilities in what is, recognizing we are all connected and things happen for a reason, thinking and contemplating, helping others recognize and maximize their strengths, and setting goals to help each of us, myself included, create the future we envision. 

You can also find me on my website, Collaborative Transitions, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.    You may also reach me at (402) 304-1902 if you wish to schedule a 30 minute complementary consultation.

The Goals of Your Soul

goals of the soulI’ve been reading a book lately – off and on – about the mind of the soul. I have to smile, because at one point I thought that was a contradiction. What I had been learning was that the ego and the authentic part of you – your soul – was separate. Then I learned that in ancient Hebrew times, our ancestors believed that the heart and the mind were one.

Your soul!

So, in today’s jargon, how do you know the goals of your soul so that you might be completely authentic to who you are?

The goals of your soul are harmony, cooperation, sharing, and reverence for Life. When those goals become your goals, your personality is aligned with your soul. That is authentic power.” – Gary Zukav

Ah. So the goals of every soul are harmony, cooperation, sharing and reverence for Life?  I’d like to know everyone with these goals, wouldn’t you? Life would be wonderful! Perhaps most of us have forgotten what these four words mean, and that these are our goals – our purpose in life.

And we are back to purpose – I saw a posting on Facebook the other day that read – “Put your hand over your heart. It is beating. That is your purpose.”

Anita Moorjani, in her book, Dying to Be Me, says that our purpose is to live our life fearlessly, centering ourselves in the Universe’s unconditional love.

I’ve spent the last week concentrating on that. With each of my daily accomplishments couched in harmony, cooperation, sharing and reverence for life. In addition, lest I forget, I have been frequently reminding myself that I am loveable, just because I live. With what results you ask?

  • I have laughed out loud in delight more frequently than I ever have.
  • People have remarked on the love they see in my eyes.
  • My sweet spouse and I have been taking are to say exactly what we mean so there is no misunderstanding – with much less assuming on both parts. This makes for a peaceful marriage.
  • I have been highly productive.
  • I have enjoyed sharing what I have, regardless of need or a feeling of “should”.
  • Unfortunately, I still smacked the fly that was buzzing me in the back yard. I have not yet reached the point where I pick up the bug I don’t want in my house and put it out the backdoor.
  • I’m taking risks with my blogs, my actions, and my love that I might not have taken several weeks ago. Living my life fearlessly.

The saying “Be the change you would like to see”, attributed to Ghandi, occurs to me as I write this blog. I’ve heard that people don’t want to hear about me, so I’ve tried to teach by sharing what I read and the theory of personal growth and leadership. I’m not convinced you want to hear that either.

So – I’ve decided to fearlessly share what I’m practicing as I dare to “be the change I would like to see.” I invite you to share as well. Let’s create community, shall we?