Excerpt from Affirmations for Mindful Leaders (ISBN 978-1-300-65919-8, 76 pages, $9.99)
Artwork by fabulous Fruition Coalition intern, Samantha Dillon
Our thoughts and our behavior are mutually reinforcing. Our mind is open, in motion, and regenerative. Once we take action, we are encapsulating our thoughts. Action is a closure to our mind; it is a methodical, careful, serious, and purposeful articulation of our thoughts. As we take action, we can reflect and create new thoughts, continuing the cycle of opening and closing, wondering and confirming, growing and containing.
Yesterday I posted a logic model for the progressive macromovement. I truly do see value in using logic models to think through our intentions and goals. Yet, we live in an illogical world where there is constant change and uncertainty. An illogical world calls for an illogical model to complement the standard logic model.
The illogical model suggests that we focus on those areas where we do have control, given that we live in a dynamic and uncertain environment: our values, intentions, and actions. These three areas are interconnected as they influence and/or reinforce each other both intermittently and over time. Our values are the core of who we are and what we believe. These shape our intentions, or our purpose for acting. Our actions are the place where we connect our inner selves with the outer environment, interacting with its intellectual, material, and emotional conditions. Because this environment is fluid and open to interpretation, our interaction with it can lead to both intended and unintended outcomes.
The illogical model forces us to focus our work on the present moment. It does not project what will happen in three, five, or 20 years. It demonstrates that we have the power to change the world by integrating our values, intentions, and actions — right now. By detaching from the outcomes and releasing illusive prediction and control of the environment, we might just realize lovely unimaginable surprises.