Inner Growth Word of The Day 175 – Inspiration

Inner Growth Word of The Day 175 – Inspiration

June 24

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Inspiration

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1 a. a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation.  1 b. the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions.  1 c. the act of influencing or suggesting opinions.  3 a. the quality or state of being inspired.  3 b. something that is inspired.

 

Inspiration in a sentence: Inspiration can move you to do things that you would have not otherwise thought you could do.

 

Inspiration in action: When something or someone brings about strong emotions that move you (emotionally and from within), that is inspiration.

 

Inspiration and inner growth: A look at the inspiration in your life and how inspiration affects you from within, as well as in the actions it brings you to take, gives you an in-depth knowledge of your emotional connections and triggers, your beliefs and inner drive.  This exploration allows you to further that connection or transform it thanks to your level of awareness and this leads to inner growth.

 

Inspiration and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What does inspiration mean to me? How does inspiration affect my life?  When and how has inspiration affected my actions and/or decisions?  Who symbolizes inspiration to me?  When I think of something about me that represents what inspiration means to me, what comes to mind?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with inspiration at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now write a second list with at least three things or people that represent the essence of inspiration to you.  Pick one of these things and use the first list to write about it.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about inspiration and as you allow your emotions to flow notice if they freely navigate all around or sit in certain areas of your body more than others. As you notice this, with your intention, imagine a flowing river of these emotions and send them harmoniously throughout your body.  At this point allow thoughts to come in, but focus on the thought that causes the biggest emotional response and then allow the feelings from this thought to take over and do the talking.

 

Your turn – Share your inspiration sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

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Inner Growth Word of The Day 174 – Inconsistent

June 23

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Inconsistent

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1. lacking consistency.  1 a. not compatible with another fact or claim.  1 b. containing incompatible elements.  1 c. incoherent or illogical in thought or actions.  1 d. not satisfiable by the same set of values for the unknowns.

 

Inconsistent in a sentence: When you experience a number of inconsistent actions, you start to wonder if there’s a disconnect somewhere.

 

Inconsistent in action: When you say something but do something else, that is inconsistent.

 

Inconsistent and inner growth: Whether an inconsistent action or thought or event is at play, taking a deeper look allows for the discovery of areas within you that may need some attention due to something missing or possibly something where two or more things are a part of it.  This exploration brings about inner growth since it gets you to evaluate inconsistent events from within and for your inconsistent actions and/or thoughts, to be aware of their multifaceted nature and/or the possible disconnect that is present within you.

 

Inconsistent and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What do I think about someone inconsistent? What do I think about my inconsistent thoughts, actions, or ways?  How has inconsistent thinking affected my life?  What types of inconsistent events have I been through?  Why have I thought about inconsistent topics before?  When was the first time I defined something as inconsistent and why?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with inconsistent at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now pick one word that reminds you of two events where inconsistent thinking took place.  Write about the two events with the rest of the words from your list and then compare them to see what commonalities and differences the two stories have between them.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about inconsistent and allow these emotions to go where they like. Notice if they navigate more towards one area of your body or evenly disperse.  As you sit in silence, take note of what types of feelings stand out the most and when you’re ready allow thoughts to come in as you hone in on the strongest feeling present.  From here let your emotions do the rest of the talking about this particular event.

 

Your turn – Share your inconsistent sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

Inner Growth Word of The Day 173 – Leadership

June 22

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Leadership

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 2. capacity to lead.  3. the act or an instance of leading.

 

Leadership in a sentence: When good leadership is a part of the equation in the decision-making process, things get done and move along smoothly.

 

Leadership in action: When someone supports and encourages the best for themselves and for others leadership is present.

 

Leadership and inner growth: Leadership holds different meanings to different people, but when present it is always something that leads in a positive direction.  Exploring the areas you hold leadership in (for your life and for others) allows you to further that leadership, as well as apply it to areas where you see it lacking.  This brings to inner growth and allows you to further your own journey, as well as assist others in theirs.

 

Leadership and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What’s my definition of leadership? Where do I see leadership present within me?  How do I envision leadership in my life?  What have I learned from leadership?  How has leadership affected my relationships?  When was the first time I explored leadership and what brought me to explore it?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with leadership at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now list three instances where leadership was fundamental to the outcome of those events.  Pick one of the three events from your list of three and then write about it using the words from your first list.  Notice what stands out the most about this important moment in your life.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about leadership and allow them to flow throughout your body without focusing on any one emotion, just feel where the emotions go. As you do this visualize a flowing river and if you notice any feeling staying still in one area, move it along.  When you’re ready allow thoughts to come in too and focus on the one thought that stands out the most for the emotions that arise from it.  Let your feelings do the rest of the talking.

 

Your turn – Share your leadership sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

Avoiding to take out frustrations or a bad day on somebody else

Avoiding to take out frustrations or a bad day on somebody else

A couple days ago I had an interesting conversation that sparked my thoughts for today’s Wednesday Wisdom post.

The story first ~

I was at a café in Pozzuoli (near Naples, Italy) getting an espresso and asking about how payment for the parking lot worked. The signs that explained the regulations were confusing as to what the costs were depending on the day and time. 

From this conversation, the bartenders told me about an encounter they had had during the week with a lady who had the same question, but who got upset about the parking payment system as they told her how it worked. 

As they were sharing what happened, a gentleman at the counter (who I later found out is the café’s owner) intervened saying how he would have told the lady that if she didn’t like it she could leave and that they served coffee, they had no control over how the parking payment system worked.  As he expressed this, I could tell he was quite upset. 

In response, I said that maybe the lady was having a bad day, at which he replied we could all be having a bad day that doesn’t mean anything.  His tone was still quite upset, so then I tried to find out if the lady had somehow offended the bartenders (his employees) and that’s why he was taking it so personally or maybe she had offended the café.

This wasn’t the case or I should say, what transpired was that he had a stressful living situation going on at home.  He blurted it out as he was somewhat venting about this lady and her tone.  His employees gave this look of shock, like oh no, what is he saying; why is he sharing all this information with customers. 

The moral of the story is that had he been there he would’ve gotten as “aggressive” in his tone as the lady’s tone with his staff.  Obviously, it was clear that like the lady, he too was frustrated for something that day.  Had the two met they would have fueled each other’s “fire” so to speak.  Luckily, he wasn’t there and his staff handled it by simply allowing the lady to vent and then go about her way.

Without focusing on this situation from a business and customer service angle, but from a communication standpoint, if you meet fire (an angry tone) without fire (so calmly), you not only allow the situation to avoid escalating; but you also avoid two angry people getting on each other’s case for no reason except for the fact that they both were having a really bad day.

Kindness and love or at least understanding without taking something personally (especially when it isn’t a direct attack on your person) will always benefit a situation for you, as well as the “aggressor” who is dealing with some kind of stressful situation.

People aren’t always upfront about what is going on in their life; after all, it’s personal.  But if you stay calm and lend an ear, that can be enough to help a person get rid of pent up emotions.  In this case, could have the lady avoided yelling at the staff about something they had no control over?  Yes, of course she could’ve; but she didn’t because she wasn’t aware of how she was taking out her frustrations on others.  Thanks to the staff being able to stay calm they didn’t make the situation worse.

Always try to see what kind of day you’re having and if you’re taking out your frustrations on somebody else.  Also keep in mind that if someone gets “aggressive” with you, it could be due to something that is going on in their life that puts them on edge and upsets them so much that they’ll find any way to let it out.

Try to be understanding of others and realize that they usually express frustration if they are upset for some reason (something that they’re dealing with).  If it gets too bad, just remove yourself from the situation altogether.  In the end, you getting frustrated with the other person doesn’t help them stop; and if anything, it gets you to take the same tone with them.

How do you handle people who speak to you out of frustration?

Inner Growth Word of The Day 172 – Chaos

June 21

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Chaos

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 3 a. a state of utter confusion.

 

Chaos in a sentence: When chaos strikes it can be quite a challenge to stay calm as you decide what to do next.

 

Chaos in action: Being in a situation that is shocking, unorganized, and surprising is chaos.

 

Chaos and inner growth: Exploring the feelings that arise in a situation of chaos can lead you to understand your relationship with unpredictable scenarios and being put under pressure.  Thought to your relationship with chaos also helps you to learn more how you deal, on a deeper level, with uncertainty.  These types of explorations bring to inner growth as you become aware of your inner self and chaos, as well as think of ways to handle chaos.

 

Chaos and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about chaos? When did chaos first strike in my life?  What types of chaos have I experienced?  How has chaos affected my life?  What role does chaos play in my relationships?  What feeling stands out the most when I think of chaos?  How do I handle chaos when it happens?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with chaos at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From this list pick three words that remind you of one situation of chaos you’ve been through.  Then use the rest of the words to write about this situation.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about chaos and allow them to flow freely. Don’t think of any situation in particular, but just focus on where your emotions are coming from and going, and what they are trying to say.  Hone in on those feelings that stand out the most and see what you can make of them.

 

Your turn – Share your chaos sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

Inner Growth Word of The Day 171 – Perfection

June 20

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Perfection

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) 1. the quality or state of being perfect (flawless).  2 a. an exemplification of supreme excellence.  2 b. an unsurpassable degree of accuracy or excellence.

 

Perfection in a sentence: Perfection is something attainable even in the presence of imperfection, it is all in the eye of the beholder.

 

Perfection in action: Something that excels in quality or is seen as flawless is perfection.

 

Perfection and inner growth: Your view and emotional response to perfection can all indicate something deeper about your idea of excellence and something good in your life.  Exploring these aspects allows you to uncover these deeper meanings, which also brings you to change something or accept something as perfect just the way it is.  This type of contemplation and awareness lead to inner growth due to that which you uncover and the steps you take to ensure you’re always on a path that leads to inner peace and joy.

 

Perfection and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: How do I feel about perfection? When did I first notice perfection in my life?  What is most important about perfection to me?  How does perfection play a role in my relationships?  What stands out the most about perfection in my life?  How does perfection affect my life?  What are some of the lessons I’ve learned thanks to perfection?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with perfection at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. From the list pick one or two words that affect you the most.  Now think of an event that represents that word and where perfection was present or absent.  Write about this event with the rest of the words from your first list.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about perfection and allow them to flow freely as you sit in silence for a bit. Notice where your emotions stem from and where they seem to go most.  Also see if there are any feelings that stand out more than the others.  As you do this, allow thoughts to come to mind and focus on the thought that stands out the most.  Allow your feelings to tell you more about this thought.

 

Your turn – Share your perfection sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂

Inner Growth Word of The Day 170 – Pet peeve

June 19

Inner Growth Word of the Day: Pet peeve

 

Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (n.) a frequent subject of complaint.

 

Pet peeve in a sentence: A pet peeve can impact a situation to whatever extent you allow that pet peeve to affect your emotions and actions.

 

Pet peeve in action: When you find something annoying, be it a habit or a particular behavior or physical trait, that is a pet peeve.

 

Pet peeve and inner growth: When it comes to pet peeves and inner growth, knowing what yours are and realizing that they are personal expectations or desires on others (how to behave or not behave, what to do or what not to do, and so on) allows you to remember that you manage how these pet peeves affect you, but also that these pet peeves are constructed by you as well; and therefore, can be removed and/or changed at any time.  With this level of awareness and knowledge, inner growth takes place as you explore your pet peeves and decide on where they stand in your day to day life and decisions, or interactions with others, and so on.

 

Pet peeve and inner growth action steps:

  1. In-depth self-exploration questions: What is my biggest pet peeve? How do I handle pet peeves?  When was the first time I defined something as a pet peeve?  How have pet peeves affected my life?  How do they affect my relationships?  How do pet peeves affect me emotionally?  What level of importance do I give my pet peeves?

 

  1. List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with pet peeve at the center and then list or put around it all the other words that come to mind associated with it. Now list three of your pet peeves and pick the one that affects you the most.  Write about it using the words from your first list of words.

 

  1. Bring your awareness to your feelings about a pet peeve and allow those emotions to tell you exactly why this is a pet peeve for you. As you focus on your feelings make a list of questions that come to mind as to where those exact emotions are coming from, why do they arise with this particular pet peeve.

 

Your turn – Share your pet peeve sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂