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17a. Integrity with Self

Hi, this is Anne with SpiritRiver. So today I’m in the midst of a large project that I’m producing, and my timeline is off. Today is supposed to be the day that my promotion starts. My team and I have produced all the materials that the speakers need for my event, and my speakers have that, and they get to decide when they’re going to put this promotional material out within the next 10 days. This promotional package is not done, and it’s partly me and it’s partly my team, and it’s partly many things that I could start shifting the attention on, but ultimately this project is mine and it sits with me.

So what do I do? A part of me could get overwhelmed and let the project really get out of control, but I’ve never been someone to do that, especially when I have commitments that I’ve made to things broader than myself. But ultimately, if you don’t follow through and you don’t do what it takes to become resourceful, dig in and accomplish what you sent out to accomplish, your integrity with self is ultimately the biggest loser in this scenario, it takes the biggest hit.

Because every time we allow ourselves to not follow through on the things that we said we would do, or we intended, we are weakening our integrity with ourselves, and that muscle is getting weaker. So what I’ve really been enjoying this week, as the deadline has been approaching and it looked as if I wasn’t going to hit the target on the date, what I’ve been enjoying is saying within myself, “I’m a finisher, and I do what it takes to do the best I can in every situation and get this job done.” I learn along the way, when I don’t hit the mark perfectly, as well as I learn along the way even when I do hit the mark.

So I’m focused today on where I go from here. Not that I didn’t hit the date on time, but where I get to go from here. If I have members of my team that aren’t fulfilling their roles to perfection, as well as me, what do I do from here? And I’m excited about the resourceful possibilities about how this is going to get done, and it starts with me. It starts with me envisioning the steps that I need to take, that I get to take today, to get my part of this project completed, and the communication that it can take to continue to engage my partners, so that we can successfully get this done. Even if it’s not today, by tomorrow at the beginning of the day, so I’m only one day off versus seven days off.

So I hope this helps. We’re constantly being given opportunities to be resourceful and solution-based thinkers, and if we stay in the problem, we can’t get into the solution. So this morning I’m in the solution for setting a new deadline, and coming up to that deadline with resourcefulness and an attitude that’s great, and focused intentions on completion and integrity with myself as well as the people around me. Have a beautiful day.

17b. Rewards of Being a Finisher

Hey SpiritRiver community, this is Anne with your coaching for today, your Coaching on the Go. So last coaching episode I talked about when you’re not quite going to succeed in the structure that you decided you were going to. Maybe something’s come up and you’ve ended up changing your calendar or changing the organization of how things are going to happen, but you’ve still allowed yourself to resourcefully stay on the path to completion.

Well, once you’re on the other side of that, I just want to say that you feel so fantastic about yourself. Today, having followed through on restructuring and being resourceful within missing a deadline that was my fault, and it carried over into my team, I had the opportunity to regroup, to continue to stay forward thinking. I was able to be responsible about what I didn’t get in on time with my team, and my team and I rose to the challenge and produced something really beautiful.

So I was able to celebrate my team and celebrate myself, having accomplished a massive amount of work in a two day period, staying up until midnight, getting up at 4 in the morning or 5 in the morning and really staying focused. When I went to bed last night after completing all the work, I felt such an elation that came from me having followed through with myself, my commitments, and just understanding that there is always more. There’s always more in there, there’s always another level that you can get to.

Getting an opportunity to do that, when you do that over and over, pretty soon you just understand that you have that additional level when you need it. And let me tell you, when you’re procrastinating, it feels heavy and it’s tiring, and it takes a lot of energy. When you shift into continuing to move forward and you accomplish what you set out to accomplish, even if it’s not quite on the same timeline or trajectory that you originally planned, you feel so energized on the other side of that. I know that’s why I’ve been able to work these extended hours without getting sick or fatigued. It’s because I’m really excited about the vision of where I’m going and that I’m continuing forward on it.

So the coaching today is wrapped around the benefits, the giant rewards that you get to feel and engage with on the other side of a possible problem or something that has set you back. Instead of quitting, instead of putting it to the side for a week and really missing your deadline, the benefits, the pride, the feelings of elation, the energy that you get, the reinforcement of your possibility as a human that you get from following through and completing, being someone who’s a finisher.

So, I highly recommend it. Today your SpiritRiver coaching is about the rewards of follow through. Practice that and see how it feels. Pretty soon it’s going to be your standard, where continually you’re following through and you’re succeeding. Have a beautiful day, and until next time, sending you some big love.