I keep having a funny experience this cycle, my 5th cycle of PSPLife. I’m energized by the consistent posting and sharing and hearing what everyone is up to. And each time, I need to remind myself of my goals – what am I committed to again this cycle? OH yeah, yoga and powerful communication. I’m excited about these goals and yet I’m not yet feeling connected. Time to take them on…
So I’ve started the doing to create the space for the being. I ordered a yoga mat online and looked into some local yoga studios. I blocked some time in my calendar over the next few weeks for yoga – Sundays and/or Tuesdays. I’m excited to get going! I haven’t yet been to an actual yoga class. Earlier this week, the only day I would have had the time to go, I simply could not get the motivation. It was the day I shared I felt really blah on whatsapp. And I did – haven’t felt that way for a while, and I was thankful that that quickly passed and I was back to myself the very next day.
So Tuesday’s the day I get to go, and I get to stretch by trying a different studio! (The one I favor doesn’t seem to have classes Mon/Tues).
As for my goal of communicating like the powerful and vulnerable woman that I am, I did some testing. At a party for recently married friends we played a game where we shared blessings from the fortune cookies on the table. While lots of people seemed uncomfortable with the idea, I jumped right up and offered my blessing, setting the stage for others to stand and deliver their thoughts rather than mumble them from their seats. I was reminded of how much experience I’ve had with public speaking and how when I’m ‘on’ I feel great and confident. Time to translate that to my everyday interpersonal communication.
I also had a performance review with one of my colleagues (as in, I reviewed her). When we got to the supervision review part of it, she shared only one piece of feedback. It was useful, and I felt somewhat relieved that that’s all she shared. And yet I pushed, and asked her to share more about how she experiences me as a boss, and as a leader. I felt I took a risk but also spoke powerfully and openly, giving her the chance to share more than she would have. One of the biggest things I get to work on is giving and getting feedback, and I think this plays into my powerful communication.
Looking forward to the next week of the cycle, when the holiday ends and normal life resumes. Happy Black Friday all! (more importantly, so thankful and appreciative of you all – you enrich my life so deeply!)