3 'Letters to Self' On Courage, Letting Go and Gratitude

Our greatest discoveries do not always come from speeding up and doing more but from slowing down and taking on less.

As leaders, one of the most important things we can do for ourselves is to be intentional in cultivating moments of solitude, reflection and positive self-talk. These become self-leadership masterclasses to better understand who we are, while serving as a foundation for deeper self-discipline and self-trust.

We choose courage over comfort when we decide to remain present in the face of the unknown, the unexpected and the uncontrollable. Our greatest discoveries do not always come from speeding up and doing more but from mindfully slowing down and taking on less. 

With all that is going on in our society, leadership worlds and our personal lives, here are three "letters to self" to allow us to expand our awareness and focus more wisely and earnestly on the power of courage, letting go and gratitude:

Dear Self, I am enough and whole. I always have been. My life, voice and story have a purpose and are unfolding in divine timing. It is okay not to have it all figured out, and it is okay to not be okay. My past has shaped me, but it does not define me. I will trust the timing of my life while focusing my thoughts, time and energy on what is in my control. While I may not control everything life presents me, I can refuse to be defeated and reduced by it. Love, Self

Dear Self, You playing small does not serve the world. You are imperfectly perfect just the way you are. Begin letting go of the role of feeling the need to be perfect. It only creates stagnation, procrastination, and inner turbulence. Instead of striving for perfection, strive for excellence. Strive to make a difference in another person's life. Strive to go to bed a little wiser and better than when you woke up. Commit not worrying about being perfect but being more real and honest with yourself and those you love and lead. Love, Self

Dear Self, When you take a step back and sincerely reflect on the many breaths of life you take every day, the beauty of that act alone is a special gift in itself. Even amidst the storms, you must remember to breathe in all the love and abundance that permeates your existence while exhaling the gratitude of this precious and present moment. Love, Self

While we will never have all the answers on our leadership journey, we can embark on finding more connections and touch points when we take time to pause, disconnect to reconnect with our spirit, and lean more bravely into the stillness of our transformation.

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