Live Authentically

Who am I? Why am I here? What is life about? What do I desire to know deeply? When do I feel the most alive?

In the keynote presentation I present for educators, there is a character who begins to ask herself these questions more regularly, when she is given the opportunity to go on a leadership retreat. She is like a lot of us. She is busy and has multiple projects, committees, obligations and surprises coming up in her life all the time. She has forgotten how to live authentically. In fact, she has not lived authentically in so long that she does not even realize she needs to be trying to live more authentically. She has been on automatic.

If we stay on automatic too long, days, months, and eventually years go by. All of a sudden we realize that time has majorly elapsed and we start asking ourselves if we have focused on what matters.

There is no greater gift to give yourself than the gift of time to contemplate and seek out ways to live out what you are here on this earth to do. It is better to be in the confusion of the question of not knowing your purpose, than avoiding the subject altogether by staying busy and distracted.

Get quiet and look inside. See what might be waiting patiently for you to discover.

Rebekah

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Unlocking Your Own Blocks & Stepping Into Authentic Leadership

I went to a seminar this past weekend called Courageous Leadership. The speaker was Dr. Will Willomen, a former Bishop of the United Methodist Church, who is currently a professor at Duke Divinity School. His candor, unique sense of humor, boldness and years of experience inspired me, motivated me, and warmed my heart. Throughout his presentation, he continued to talk about how important it is to reach out to leadership and organizational development specialists, seek their advice, and allow them to help you grow your church. As a leadership and organizational development speaker and trainer, I was absolutely delighted by how willing he was to admit where he needed help in these areas.

“Throughout his presentation, he continued to talk about how important it is to reach out to leadership and organizational development specialists, seek their advice, and allow them to help you grow your church.”

During one of the breaks, I went up to him and expressed that one area I have found where professionals are most resistant to my leadership speaking and coaching are religious environments. He shared that what is underneath that resistance is that they realize they are not the best at management, and it is intimidating to them. I already knew this, but it was incredibly validating to hear this from someone who has so many years of experience.

“In my book, I put together a group of tools that I believe can help anyone recognize and remove the blocks that are keeping them from regularly stepping into true authenticity, vibrancy, powerful leadership, and passionate living.”

In my book Awakening – 12 Tools To Unlock Ultimate Potential, I put together a group of tools that I believe can help anyone recognize and remove the blocks that are keeping them from regularly stepping into true authenticity, vibrancy, powerful leadership, and passionate living. This book would not have been possible if I had not received coaching and direction from many, many people over the years who have helped me recognize and get past many of my own personal and professional blocks to success and happiness.

I encourage everyone to be willing to have the courage to move past their resistance and open themselves up to the help and gifts of others. If we could all do it all, it would be a boring world.

Rebekah

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A Sprained Ankle & An Attitude Adjustment

I was on a hiking trip a few weeks ago and severely sprained my ankle. For a type A personality, it has been a lesson for me in two areas…

Letting People Help Me

I am so darn independent that I just ‘handle things’ myself. This is one of my best qualities, but it gives me a false sense of being in control. Reaching out to others and just stepping back has been incredibly good for me. As I have let people help me, I have rested and slowed down. I think I have appreciated the leaves and the beauty of fall even more than usual because I am really looking at it. I also have a new appreciation for being able to walk across the room.

Being Present

As I have slowed down and become more present, things that I needed to feel and work through have come to the surface. I have been forced to face what is ‘underneath,’ creating what is going on in my life. This experience has further motivated me to keep doing leadership development in the way I most believe in – staying away from temporary inspiration and moving the leaders I work with towards permanent motivation and empowerment. I must give them tools that go ‘underneath’ their behaviors and give them lasting results. I wrote my book to be a collection of tools that, together, take the individuals who read it to these permanent states. I am truly grateful I had to be present and see some of my own blocks so I can live what I teach even more.

Rebekah

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