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FOCUS: Deepening
Disciplines: Mental Models, Personal Mastery, Systems Thinking

"As knowledge increases, wonder deepens"
Charles Morgan
THOUGHTS:

I am convinced that at some level we all yearn to deepen - our knowledge, our understanding, our acceptance, our joy. We want deeper relationships, deeper faith, deeper fun, deeper calm, deeper practice.

Because each of us is a system, when we deepen any area of our lives, we feel energized all over.

EXAMPLES OF DEEPENING:

--> KNOWLEDGE
o Go to the next level in some area where you're already knowledgeable. Read, study, initiate conversations with other knowledgeable people. Ask a real expert in the field if you can pick her brain. (You'd be amazed how open many "experts" are to genuinely interested people.)

--> UNDERSTANDING
o Connect ideas, then explain your insights to someone.
o Turn an insight into action.

--> RELATIONSHIPS
o Share a fear or a moment of vulnerability with a loved one.
o Have a deeper conversation with a neighbor.

--> ACCEPTANCE
o Figure out a new way to think about some annoying habit or tendency of a loved one so you find it endearing.
o Consciously stop trying to change something or someone you can't change.

--> PRACTICE
o Keep your focus on your breath as you exercise or do yoga.
o When you're introduced to someone, repeat the name, ask how you spell it and write it down so you'll remember it.
o Make conscious transitions between tasks, taking 3 deep breaths before moving on.

--> FAITH
o Read a sacred writing every day.
o Memorize a favorite prayer or inspirating quote.
o Add a period of quiet and stillnes to your daily routine.

--> FUN
o You figure it out!

Deepening is maturing. It takes courage because it often requires hoisting oneself out of a rut or running into a cement wall to slow down.

COACHING TIP:

Make a conscious decision to deepen some aspect of your life. The benefits will be more energy and aliveness for you. Since energy and aliveness are contagious, your deepening will have a positive effect others.

INVITATION
Please join me for a 45-minute telegathering to deepen our understanding of deepening (ha). Call Tuesday, July 27 at 12 noon EDT (11:00 a.m. CDT, 10:00 a.m. MDT, 9:00 a.m. PDT) 1-425-818-9401 X925 No need to register....just call at that time!
Reach me: 1-888-907-HOPE (4673)or e-mail sharon@hopellc.com. I am a personal and executive coach and would be happy to offer you a complimentary coaching session by phone.

Each month FRESH VIEWS focuses on a single topic, relates it to one of the five disciplines of a learning community, and offers a coaching tip and a follow-up telegathering. Please forward it to friends and colleagues. My purpose in writing FRESH VIEWS is to nurture, prod and encourage readers to think and talk about these topics with their families, friends and colleagues. Mine is only one view. Multiple conversations may deliver us to insights only hinted at here. Such a process sustains the vitality of learning relationships, learning families, learning organizations and learning communities.


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