Are you ready to craft a metaphor statement that could be a touchstone for yourself?
Here is how to create your personal leadership metaphor:
- Identify a solution or outcome that is desperately needed either in the world or your community. Understanding what has been missing, or the pain you have witnessed is often a good starting point for identifying a solution. It’s more than common that folks can make awareness of pain – a purpose. Sam Keen, author of Fire in the Belly, has described this awareness of what is missing in the world like a “vacuum” where a real void has been created. Often we are each our own best knower of where the vacuum has been – because we have experienced it. And this void often is a wonderful space to in which to place your solution.
- Identify an element in nature that inspires you. An element that has the energies of who you wish yourself to be. Whether it is a rock, fire, water, tree, mountain or any other element in nature. Trust your intuition to choose it.
- Identify the qualities within that element that inspires you. This is the fun part. Once you have chosen your nature element. Play with the qualities a little – describe them, write them out. For example a mountain may have expansive perspective, a solid grounding, a passion within waiting to burst… you get the idea.
- Identify who it is that will benefit from your solution. Is it all of mankind? Is it children? Is it our leaders? Who in your community would benefit?
- Identify what they will then be able to do as a result of consuming or learning of your solution. This is what makes it very meaningful.
Then put it all together… the formula goes like this:
‘I am a _____2_____, Who _______3_________, Who helps _____4_______ to _____1______ so that they may _____5_______.”
Don’t worry about getting it perfect; it will evolve over time.
The idea is to make a connection with the pattern of who you are and what you want to offer the world – and to connect THAT to something bigger in nature and then to bring all that together in service of others.
Creating a personal metaphor statement that reminds you of your own greatness and how you can serve the world can be a way to self-inspire. It doesn't need to be a nature one …. the real key is it is something that inspires you.In the Comment Section of the post > put your personal metaphor statement
I hope you enjoy creating your own personal metaphor and that you find it as resourceful as I do and as others do. >http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/david-j-pollay/20070702302