After a busy weekend of family activities, I sat down with my DVR to catch up on several of Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday episodes that were calling me forward! So I started with the most recent; an interview with legendary NBA coach, Phil Jackson. He has played for the New York Knicks and has coached the Chicago Bulls and the LA Lakers, which included basketball greats such as Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
What I didn’t know was that Phil Jackson is known as the Zen Master. I was fascinated as I listened to him talk about the many spiritual practices that he incorporated in his NBA coaching; tai chi, meditation, visualization and yoga. Of all the practices that “stuck” with the teams, it was meditation. He said it was the ability to “come back to center” that made the difference – in the game on the court and in the game of life. Phil spoke of the greater connection, which was love, and how if everyone operated from that same shared energy on the team, that success was imminent. What really struck me was how he described his relationship with Michael Jordan. Asked how he dealt with the giant-ness of Michael Jordan’s image at the time, he said he didn’t play into it. He looked beyond the outer persona and through to where they were both the same. This kept their relationship grounded. And because of the “bigness” of Michael Jordan – from a performance perspective – Phil said he often asked him to stand down or hold back to allow others on the team to rise higher to their individual greatness.
I felt inspired and refreshed after watching the interview and thought how brave and authentic it was of him to openly profess his “game plan” that included strategy and spirituality.
Spirituality is the invisible thread that connects us all, no matter who we are, where we live or what we do for a living. My experience in the corporate world was anything but spiritual – some of the time. It takes deliberate and mindful action to infuse an environment with the greatest part of ourselves.
Here are some ideas to help bring the outer world (strategy, goals, tactics) and inner world (woowoo) in harmony for success:
- Intend: Infuse your goals with intention. Intention is the juice that the goal marinates in and makes it come alive. It is the why – the deep down why – of anything you desire. Begin starting meetings with a group intention. Doing so helps everyone get on the same page and feel a part of creating something together.
- Lead: Where in your life can you allow your “bigness” to move aside, so that others on your team (business or home) can step fully into their bigness? This is what great leaders know how to do.
- Center: Practice becoming centered several times a day. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and slowly. Do this several times. Notice your body relax and your mind become clear. Sometimes to help me, I imagine a giant white, plush chair in the center of my being. When I begin to relax with my breath, I sink down into this chair and rest. Now you have a visual that you can use to instantly bring you back to calm.
- Tap: While tapping is great for removing stress and negative emotion, you can also use it to boost positive outcomes. For example: while thinking about the desired outcome of a meeting, tap, on the points (see tapping points at www.paulagrosario.com) while saying:
This meeting will result in a positive outcome for all involved.
I am confident and calm.
I am flexible, resourceful and wise.
My mind and heart are open.
All will be well and agreed upon for the best outcome for all involved.
All is well.
I am open and resourceful.
Knowledge and calmness are easily accessed.
Here’s to the success of woowoo strategies!
Paula G. Rosario
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