Lessons from the Preserve

  1. “You are thinking too small. Think bigger.” I was stuck on the small loop, not realizing that it connected to a much bigger loop. I had to mentally zoom out to see the larger, bigger loop. “Get off the small loop. Expand your thinking and your reach. What else haven’t you thought of yet?” MESSAGE: THINK BIGGER and BROADER.
  2. There were five entrances to the same trail, and all worked. As I explored, I started to see how they connected. “How do all the varied aspects of your life and work interconnect? What connections haven’t you made yet?” MESSAGE: THINK LOGICALLY and CREATIVELY. LOOK FOR CONNECTIONS.
  3. More on that, “there’s more than one approach to a project or idea. Try looking at it from varied angles.” MESSAGE: SEEK OUT OTHER PERSPECTIVES.
  4. Parts of the trail led to dead ends. Some were beautiful dead ends, like the kayak launch over the water. And others just stopped at a tangle of trees. “In what ways are you following dead ends and wasting time? Do you need to cut those out of your life? Conversely, what paths may be temporary and yet are worth following to their natural conclusion? Just because they end doesn’t mean they weren’t successful.” MESSAGE: CUT OUT ANYTHING THAT DOESN’T FEED THE LARGER LOOP (i.e., goal).
  5. “Notice how the main loop circles around and around and becomes more interesting and expansive? What areas of your work naturally keep feeding into one another and growing? Because that’s where the real success lies.” MESSAGE: FIND THE HEART OF THE LOOP and NURTURE IT.

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Daniellepalli

Daniellepalli

Board-Certified Positive Psychology Coach, Mindfulness Instructor, Novelist, Multimedia Content Creator. Free-spirited outlier enamored with life.

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