Question posed to me by the lovely, Heather Plett, who is launching the journal, Pathfinder, today. My answer is below.
While I have been supported and loved into the work of my heart by many kind friends and family, I would say that I have always been led by my own internal compass. If I can get quiet enough to listen, I will always find my own “true north” and then those same friends and family give me the courage to follow where that leads. My path - finding it, walking it, blazing it if I have to - is always located at the intersection of myself and my beloveds, the personal and the collective, the known and unknown. The soulful and the strategic.
While there’s a lot in the answer above, I want to focus this particular post on the last pairing: the soulful and the strategic.
When I can do that, hear that true voice of mine, it’s awesome, and liberating, and exhilarating.
But it’s not enough.
Because often the “path” I’ve conceived is more of a destination. I know where I want to go but I don’t always have much idea how to get there. I do not subscribe to the notion that wanting makes it so or that wishing will be enough. Or that authentic longing automatically leads to manifestation.
I know that I gotta get smart, too.
And that’s where the strategy part comes in. I might see the destination but not know the path or maybe I can’t get there alone. The path, I find, must often be walked with others. It’s this place: where we have to find, walk, or blaze the path, where the strategy comes in.
Being strategic allows us to be nimble, flexible, and responsive to what is and not just what could be. Strategy has us understanding the current context and what it might take to get us to the future we seek.
When I’m with groups of people working to transform the systems that we care about, I know that we must bring forth both our soulfulness and our strategy. Without our souls, we will never access deep enough wisdom to solve these kind of complex issues. We will keep recreating what we already have.
Action that does not come from a soulful place has no hope of creating transformation.
But we also have to bring our best thinking, a strong understanding and willingness to work with power, and clear eyes to see issues, ourselves, and our next steps.
Action that does not come from a strategic place has no hope of implementation or sustainability.
And so this is part of what we’ll explore in AoH Beyond the Basics. Accessing the soulfulness of groups of people and then figuring out the smart strategies to realize our collective aspirations. Finding the path is one thing. Figuring out how to walk it, is entirely another. Figuring out how to walk it together? That’s artistry.
It’s Beyond the Basics.
So if the question that Heather asked me above, Who or what helps you find your path to the work of your heart? calls to you, go check out Heather’s latest offering. It’s sure not to disappoint.
And if you are interested in learning more about being soulful and strategic, we’d love to have you join us at any of the AoH Beyond the Basics.