INSPIRATION AND JOY
In my last newsletter, I wrote about the responsibilities of a leader, and the first, and most important, is to stay inspired. Cultivating inspiration is not a practice to be taken lightly. It's a discipline to staying fulfilled and open. It is work, just like asset framing. Because our default is to a deficit frame, we must hold ourselves responsible for the shift.
When we experience burnout, when we're out of creative ways to market our business and fall back on extractive practices, when we're unable to marry our vision to the current economic reality, when we're not having the experience of our business we know is possible, we're likely coming from a space of deficit framing and we need a practice of inspiration to step into asset framing.
Last week, when I felt myself on the precipice of that spiral and thought back to my teenage self, I wish I would have had someone like Trabian as a guide. And I thought about a Joseph Cambell quote that came from Michele Quan's always-thoughtful newsletter: to participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. That to me is the essence of asset framing.