How To Flourish as a Leader
(a) to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished.
(b) to be in its or in one's prime; be at the height of fame, excellence or influence.
I woke up one morning this week with the word "flourish" right there waiting for me. I'd been asking myself, the Universe and my spiritual squad what it was that I was searching for. (My spiritual squad is a combination my higher power, my spirit guides and my higher self.) And the word flourish flowed into my mind within minutes of consciousness. "Yes. That's it." I thought. "I want to flourish. I am on the path to flourishing. I am completely ready to fully flourish." This combined with some deep soul work I have been doing, and I knew that this was what I was meant to be sharing.
Last week I talked about what it means to be a Whole Leader (you can read that post HERE). Now, I want to take it a step further and talk about flourishing.
For over a decade I did all the things. I mean all of them. Mother-ing, wife-ing, live-ing with chronic illness, supervise-ing, business-ing, therapist-ing, coach-ing, lead-ing.
Over and over I would rise and then I’d fall. I would have moments of pure connectedness in my life and then something would happen. I'd have a Crohn's flare up. Or I would get sick. Or I would have some mystery exhaustion and crash. Or, there would be some drama at work and I would feel completely gutted from it.
The twins were wild and free and big lovers of life. I constantly worried that they would climb the kitchen cabinets and jump off like Superman. I was doing what was expected as a modern woman. I was doing "all the things." I loved my life, but I was stuck in the challenge of trying to do it all. After years of crashing, I realized it just wasn't sustainable anymore. I wasn't flourishing.
And then I started to notice the same patterns in my friends and clients. We were all doing all the things. We were all hustling. We were all managing so much. None of us were really flourishing.
My mission is to change how we do our lives and how we empower others with our own flourish-ment. My mission is to rally all of us to live and lead from a place of grounded soul. My mission is for all of us to take our power back. To take our flow back. To take our fun back.
In my mind, to flourish is to feel completely abundant. To feel like we are on our own unique path. To look around and not feel like we are in a slog, or in a constant cycle of rising and falling.
And we do that by shifting how we approach our days, our roles and our work. We do that by taking back our time, by allowing ourselves grace. We do it by changing the current system that says we must do all the things.
I'm starting a revolution of Flourishing, Whole Leaders. Want to join the movement? Check out my free five day event starting March 1st, 2021: The Flourishing Leader Affair. I'd love to see you in there.