Dis·cov·er

dəˈskəvər/
verb
1. find (something or someone) unexpectedly or in the course of a search.
In my last post, I mentioned I would be going to California for a leadership development experience through my employer called Discover. This program focuses on self-discovery and all the things that make up authentic leadership…clarifying your purpose, maximizing your energy, sharpening your focus and acting with intention.
When looking back, I couldn’t help but see the irony from the quote I shared in my last post before heading off to this training…
“We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our #adventure to discover our own special light.” – Evelyn Mary Dunbar

This quote perfectly captures the essence of my week in California and the key message echoed throughout the entire experience.

First, can we just pause for a second and remember that I was sent to this program by my employer? Yes, it was a reward related to my promotion last year, which is already cool in itself, but the fact my employer believes in these values and supports you on your journey in discovering your purpose and how you can fulfill it still astounds me. Sure, some people find that it cannot be fulfilled by staying with the company, and that is no elephant in the room at this program, but I find it to be a testament to their genuine commitment to helping you achieve success in your life, whatever that may be.

Now that that’s out the way, here comes the tough part for me…putting my experience into words. Great, awesome, amazing all come to mind, but that’s just scratching the surface. Enlightening, stimulating and inspiring may get down to the next layer, but that still doesn’t do justice.

To set the scene, the program was four days and at a high level focused on:

Day 1 – Identifying your values and defining success…

Day 2 – Maximizing your energy and sharpening your focus…

Day 3 – Making intentional choices…

Day 4 – Identifying your first step…

As you can imagine, these days were made up of many great sessions filled with speakers, activities, peer break-out groups, one-on-one coaching discussions, self-reflection and so much more. Along the way, I wrote down the messages, or sometimes rhetorical questions, that really struck me and I wanted to be sure to take with me when I left. In an effort to share what I learned while also being able to reflect on my time last week, I decided the best way to sum up Discover and my experience is to simply share those messages. Below are a handful of comments or questions said throughout the week that made me stop and think and they might make you too…

 

“Our choices are driven by our values. We need to be clear about our values to understand our choices.”

“Whose definition of success are you living?”

“We have to be aware of when we are being influenced so we can remain authentic to ourselves.”

“It’s not the magnitude of the choice, but the meaning behind it.”

“Comparison is the killer of happiness.”

“We train people how to treat us. We have to be aware of when we are allowing people to treat us a certain way. Do not blame others…create boundaries.”

“It’s hard to see yourself and be yourself.”

“Be in the driver seat of your own life.”

“Life is not about checking boxes…it’s about the in between.”

“How would your life be different if you had more energy?”

“It’s not just the number of hours we invest that determine the value we create. It is the energy.”

“Renewal is not a luxury, but essential to high performance.”

“Time is finite. Energy is not.”

“Is the life you are living worth the price you are paying to live it?”

“Hard work is not the enemy. Stress is not the enemy. Lack of renewal is the enemy.”

“Don’t think of it as saying ‘no’, but saying ‘yes’ to what you need.”

“What is your definition of success? What does it look when you get there AND while you are on your way?”

 

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