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FLOW: Focus Outward

Updated: Oct 29, 2018

When everyone is in flow and focused outward, magic happens. There is a feeling of oneness. Boundaries drop. We experience moments of euphoria


Many of you who know me understand how goal oriented I have been my whole life. My goals consist of things I want to acquire, places I want to go, activities I want to do, and the impact I want to make. Notice how many "I"s there are in that sentence?


In 2007, my consciousness was smacked upside the head! I discovered a community of people who were outward focused, giving, and compassionate: Fire and EMS. Their way of being was so intriguing, I decided to study them for my doctorate. Since then, they have accepted me, unconditionally, into their tribe. I experience a sense of peace in their presence. Don't get me wrong. They are not perfect; they have their issues just like the rest of us. The thing I love most about them is their compassion and optimism in the face of adversity and tragedy. Consider this: Their job consists of dealing with people on the worst days of their lives. 


"Being focused outward"--that is, "losing your sense of self"--is a characteristic of being in flow.

While I'm still goal oriented, my focus has shifted from "what I want for me" to "what impact can I have on the world." Flow-based leaders must learn how maximize their own flow before they can facilitate the flow of others. When everyone is in flow and focused outward, magic happens. There is a feeling of oneness. Boundaries drop. We experience moments of euphoria. When the group binds together, that the bond is unbreakable--even if the group is not physically together. This is the message. This is what I want to educate the world about.


This is what will get us through these chaotic times. #leadership #flow #flowbasedleadership

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