Thank you Brenna, for helping me see that these imperfect things are precisely the things that make me me. That make me authentic. That make this all real. This helps me see that my authenticity, and my sense of self, and my strength are imbedded in my acceptance of imperfection. Instead of worrying about that apostrophe that ended up in the wrong place, or the sentence that got too wordy to hold water - and the judgement that may come with it - I can just be raw and wrong and grammatically incorrect - and embrace it - and that will suffice. That is perfectly enough. That our biggest weaknesses and failures are just a thin line away from our strengths and victories. (Brenna also said the most delightful and appropriate thing: She called this daily letter to you "like healthy candy for your brain." I can't even tell you how perfect this is. I have a sweet tooth. Like a serious sweet tooth. And I can't put my finger on this, but I love every single thing about it. Thank you B!)
Her unedited, unproofread thoughts are more inspirational than most people’s most carefully-considered pronouncements.
I really needed this line of questioning. As I approach a lot of new things that require design and style and thought: new websites (the farm, the quote project, just write food), a new house, and (quite frankly) a reclamation of who I am - the first thing I recognize is that coherence is not my strong suit. I am a mish-mash. I am a crock pot. I am all over the place. So if I had to do it, how do I define my style.
Dare to Excel Challenge #12: Signature Style of Excellence
Examine this one small project through the lens of your signature style of excellence. Here are three queries to help you consider one way to make this project - its focus, its execution, its impact - possess your signature imprint.
I read this and just knew, just knew that the little manifesto I wrote last night was actually a big manifesto. It's not How am I starting to feel free?...I am free to be my best self again. And I am.
Yeah, superhero. You did it. For 30 days, you have dared to excel. You have shown up for what matters. Despite the active client load or sick child or unbidden surprise or computer meltdown, you stuck with it. Maybe you didn’t get to spend as much time as you’d like finessing parts of the challenge. I get that. True excellence takes time. But my team and I wanted to give you an experience where you could be free to be your best.
So what is the New Story you are living and creating into this year?
Your Story has a theme, a big idea. What is that big theme or idea? Go back to your big question and to whom it’s for and your young genius. That gives you clues. When you put those together, you see that you are living a Story. Stand up and own your new Story. Dare you.
Claim your story and howl-out.
What is the greater-than-you Story? Maybe there's a word or phrase that helps you start to shape and define what that Story is that you are only a part of but starting to shape and lead. Don't shy away from that Story's magnitude and magnificence. When you lead, you cannot hide behind anyone else. Dare to go toward it. As far as I know, this is it, baby - this one brief creative life. Let's make the most of it. Together.
Bonus howl-out: Look back again on these past 30 days. How are you being called to think, feel, imagine, create, and act in different ways this year as a result of your daring to excel this month? How are you engaging and relating if not elevating people differently this year as a result of your daring to excel this month? How are you starting to feel free to be your best again?