So Much Tension

Do you ever look out at the world and wonder why with so much beauty there is so much tension? Why at work there is a sound mission yet there are personal agendas, bureaucracy, posturing and cynicism. 

Why at home and with friends there is love yet there are interpersonal struggles. 

Why with your free time there are interests but there never seems to be enough time to get to them. 

I took this photo on the beach recently because it reminded me that when we slow to a standstill we can actually canvas the landscape to notice not only what we need but more importantly what we want. 

You think you need a new job. You think you need a different partner, more love, new friends. You think you need more time. 

What you really want is to show up at work with confidence, influence and strategic execution that matters, gets noticed and opens opportunities for you to serve in a stronger capacity. 

What you want is to go home, not reach for cookies or wine, but for a hug from a partner or family member with whom you can be yourself with all your imperfections while you provide safety for them to be vulnerable too. 

You want to be the friend that cares, listens and understands with no expectations and feel joy as the same comes your way. 

You want to set priorities that reflect how much you deserve time for the people, pets and activities that make you happy and the new things you’re excited to explore. 

It’s exhilarating when you can shift from allowing external factors drive your unrest to searching openly inside yourself for the sea of your power that is already there. 

It’s vast. The sun shines there. The horizon goes on forever there. 

Wishing you the comfort to search for what you want versus what you need today. And the power to take action that keeps you there. 

Let me know if outside forces have ever stongheld your freedom. I know having been through a divorce and work challenges I’ve certainly been there.

If you enjoyed this information, you can get to know me more and learn more about my podcast - The Still Space Podcast. This is where my guests and I share fun and simple strategies to manage yourself so that you can show up the way you want in work, relationships and life and not default to past behaviors that leave you disappointed. The Still Space is where you learn to take an intentional moment to challenge habitual assumptions that hold you back with enlightened truths that boost your genius. We transform drama, resentment, doubt, unmet expectations, and self-sabotage to executive presence, self-control, deep sleep, healthy choices, and more connection with the people who matter while it still matters. You can listen wherever you listen to podcasts or at these links. 

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Your coach,

Mary Lee 

P.S. Feel free to forward this email to someone who could benefit from it. We are all walking down the same road in life looking for a hand to hold. Sometimes we must be the hand that reaches out.  

Mary Lee Gannon, ACC, CAE is an executive coach and 19-year corporate CEO who helps leaders have more effective careers, happier lives and better relationships. Meet Mary Lee.



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