From the earliest signs of civilization, nature is observed and used as analogies to teach life lessons. A popular example is the analogy to the “storms” of life. Do you find yourself in the midst of a storm? How do you face your storms? Now is a good moment for a Wise Walk.
On the True Stride podcast, we take a Wise Walk to slow down and check our reality. True Stride is that feeling you get when you’re aligned in your heart with all that you do, and you feel energized and happy with each and every step that you take. I’m your host, Mary Tess Rooney, and I connect with Tim Douglas on our Wise Walk for this guest episode.
Tim Douglas talks about finding the inspired way, which shares the same name as his podcast The Inspired Way. Tim comes from a background in civil engineering. After 30+ years in the field, a mentor recognized he had excellent people skills and suggested he work with people instead. Tim took that opportunity to shift his efforts to more people-centric work. On our Wise Walk, Tim and I share our thoughts on these questions and more:
- What did you learn from your toughest storm?
- Are you coming from a perspective of accountability or victim?
- How to channel the impact within ourselves?
- What experiences in your life do you view as a failure that actually are an investment in your Value Vault?
Tim helps everyone assess what it means to face your storms and face yourself. A key step in facing any storm is having clarity about how you want to show up in the world. Mary Tess and Tim discuss why your collection of life experiences ultimately serve as an addition to your Value Vault by becoming knowledge equity.
Take a Wise Walk with us to uncover a new sense of freedom and explore what it looks like to move forward within an inspiring community.
In this episode:
[00:23] – Welcome to the show!
[02:40] – Tim Douglas shares reflections on his career transitions, even after 30+ years in a specific industry.
[05:29] – Tim describes the inspiration for the analogy that he uses in how he helps his clients face challenges.
[08:08] – Face your storms, so you can look back and appreciate that time in a new light. Tim shares a time where he faced his own storm in acceptance, despite feeling fear.
[10:22] – Listen to Tim explain a method to gain clarity on deciding how to show up in the world.
[12:30] – Mary Tess talks about using wonderment to shift tense team meetings into positive outcomes and finding common ground.
[14:32] – Tim poses the question: How do you want the world to treat you when you’re in their presence?
[16:36] – Take time to wonder what lesson you can take from your storms.
[19:30] – Tim talks about how our experience is influenced by the three parts of the soul. He speaks from his own reflections of a situation in the past.
[21:38] – It can be easy to walk away from a storm, but is walking away worth it?
[23:19] – Mary Tess shares why the collection of experiences ultimately serve as an addition to your Value Vault. Are you coming from a perspective of accountability or victim?
[25:50] – Empathy is about putting yourself in the path of another person’s story.
[27:49] – How does the story of empathy change when you identify as an empath? Mary Tess talks about maintaining energetic boundaries.
[29:34] – Tim expresses his thoughts about being observant of the energy around you and when to comment on an energy shift.
[32:45] – If we all took the time to lead with our heart instead of lead with our head, then we would have very different emotional conversations. [The emotions that may appear on the surface aren’t always the full story.]
[34:45] – Here are the questions Tim encourages you to ask yourself to really lock in the crucial lessons of this conversation.
[37:38] – If you have a habit you are trying to change, Tim advises that you try this internal hack.
[40:03] – Thank you for listening!
- “If we all took the time to lead with our heart instead of lead with our head, then we would have very different emotional conversations or we would show up differently.” – Mary Tess
- “The more that we do difficult things. The easier they will become.” – Tim
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