Ignite Passion

I often hear people say passion is not enough to sustain us in our relationships, in our work…in our day-to-day existence. But in my observation, the passion ignited when paired with the right person, or the right cause can fuel the journey infinitely…

“Our light is revealed as we strike our gift against the needs of the world…” ~ Mark Nepo

Inhale Passion, Exhale Passivity…
Inhale Sustainability, Exhale Depletion…
Inhale Lightness, Exhale Illusion…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe

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More Than Conquerors

In my alternate Wakandan universe, the Black Panther (T’Challa) and Eric “Killmonger” Stevens, (N’Jadaka) work through their ideological differences, reconcile as cousins, and rule together…one inviting risk, pushing the edge of the envelope…one providing the care and compassion all followers long for in their leaders…

“The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered and the conquerors. You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king.” ~ King T’Chaka, Black Panther

Inhale Passion, Exhale Status Quo…
Inhale Compassion, Exhale Cruelty..
Inhale Collaborator, Exhale Conqueror…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe

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Fake Christianity…

Why are we even paying attention to those who call themselves Christians but ignore what and who Jesus paid attention to? Why do we continue to give credence to those who claim Christ but don’t reflect Christ in their attitude or actions? Why do we allow the amplification of “Christian” voices that spew separation and fear?

“What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?” Matthew 16: 26, MSG

Inhale Peace, Exhale Poverty…
Inhale Passion, Exhale Cruelty…
Inhale God’s Promises, Exhale Poverty…
Just Breathe

#JustBreathe
Reflections with Renita

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Consensus

I often witness confusion about the concept of consensus when I work with teams,. Members mistakenly pursue consensus, believing reaching consensus will get them to a course of action everyone can support.

But sometimes when a group is pursuing a vision, trying to achieve consensus dilutes the passion AND diverts the energy and focus from the original idea, leaving something NO one supports.

To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.” ~ Margaret Thatcher

Inhale Passion, Exhale Consensus…
Inhale Principles, Exhale Consensus…
Inhale Decisiveness, Exhale Consensus…
Just Breathe

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Yearning

Your yearning is nothing more, nothing less than God guiding you to your purpose. The world is waiting…

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.” Deuteronomy 28: 1

Inhale Clarity, Exhale Confusion…
Inhale Obedience, Exhale Obstinance…
Inhale Action, Exhale Aversion…
Just Breathe

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Reflections With Renita

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Prodigy

Every now and then our innate and obvious passions and talents are nurtured and developed from the beginning of our lives…we call those people prodigies. Pablo Picasso’s passion and talent for drawing were evident, explored and encouraged from an early age and expanded as a result of his art instructor father’s guidance.

How many budding Picassos are waiting for encouragement to discover their passion?

Inhale Passion, Exhale Putting Off…
Inhale Compulsion, Exhale Indecision…
Inhale Nurturing, Exhale Ignoring…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe

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Dream Purpose

We all have a purpose…our reason for being here. Our dreams can ignite a passion for a cause that reveals our purpose. And when we don’t fulfill our purpose, things come undone or don’t get done.

Who is waiting on you to fulfill your purpose?

At first dreams seem impossible, then improbable, then inevitable.” ~ Christopher Reeve

Inhale Dreams, Exhale Impossibility…
Inhale Discovery, Exhale Improbability…
Inhale Inevitability, Exhale Futility…
Just Breathe…

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Reflections With Renita

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Exposed to Passion

Sometimes we’re exposed to something for the very first time and we don’t believe it’s possible to live without this …something in our lives. Think Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Misty wasn’t introduced to ballet until the relatively late age of 13 yet was dancing en pointe three months later. What if she had never taken that first class?

Now she’s creating opportunities for young kids of color to discover the discipline of ballet.

Who needs to be exposed to your passion?

I’m 5’2″; I started when I was 13, I’m Black, but I’ve made it happen. I’m very lucky to be where I am … it’s possible.” ~ Misty Copeland

Inhale Exposure, Exhale Imprisonment…
Inhale Passion, Exhale Obstacles…
Inhale Possibilities, Exhale Pain…
Just Breathe

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Do This One Thing to Gain Your Leadership Equilibrium

Equilibrium: a state of intellectual or emotional balance

There are a lot of productivity experts offering systems to help you organize and act on anything that comes into your workspace. The best ones focus first on helping you find your purpose. Author Brian Tracy says “Once you know your purpose you can organize all of your activities around it.” Tweet this now!

Knowing your purpose is an important first step to gaining balance in your life, because if you align yourself with something that’s not what you’re supposed to be doing….

If you continue to say yes to things that are not aligned with your vision or values…

Or if you say no when you should to something that’s not in alignment with your purpose, but believe you probably should have done what you were asked me to do…

Then even if you apply some practical productivity tools, you’re still going to be out of balance and stressed out. Tweet this now!

Everything you do should be an expression of your purpose. If an activity doesn’t fit you shouldn’t be doing it. Knowing your purpose helps you laser focus your effort and energy on the things that matter… and ignoring or deferring the things that don’t.

Renita Alexander, Leadership Unlocked

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Purpose

We all have a reason for being on this earth and unique ways to express our purpose. The passion or enthusiasm we feel for a particular cause is pointing us to our God given purpose. If we pay attention, our purpose is manifested in our hopes, dreams, and wishes and can impel our growth and forward motion.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  Ephesians 2:10 NIV

Inhale Passion, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Possibilities, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Purpose, Exhale Fear…
Just Breathe…

#JustBreathe

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