April 22nd marks a day that everyone across the world should know and be celebrating, Earth Day.  Although we all live different lives, our world connect us all and makes everything possible. From the oxygen that we breathe EVERY minute of our lives to the amazing sights and colors that take our breathe away. The interconnectedness of our world can only be summed up by one word, astonishment. Have you ever taken the time to think about the things that we all require to survive on a daily basis. It is said that the human body can survive without food for 8 to 21 days however without water we can only last for 3 days. Across the world we have already begun to see water shortages and it is said that if we do not alter our ways the next major war will be over our limited water supply. I share this information not to scare you but to wake more of us up from the bubble we are all living in and fooling ourselves with.

It is a blessing to be able to admire the daily illustrations that appear in the sky or to feel a nice breeze on a hot summer’s day but are we taking these things for granted? If we truly appreciate the numerous and vast blessings that the planet provides us with, we all have to do a better job of saying thank you. If we are sincere about how we feel about our world we should begin to show it through our words and actions. It is one thing to say “I love you” and another to give someone a hug but the combination of both together has a powerful ripple effect. The world is in a critical place and it needs our attention and support right now if we care about our future generations. When it comes to our mass levels of pollution did you know that new reports find “Canada produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other G20 country “.  Furthermore, every year our water levels are rising and one of the repercussions is that our shore lines are receding quickly not to mention that large portions of land are being submerging into the ocean.

This year we would like to challenge you to celebrate Earth Day by making some changes in how you interact with our planet. Below we have provided some suggestions that you can do and share with others to ensure that we all are doing our part to create a positive domino effect for a better environment and future to come.

  1. Our landfills are filling up very quickly and the majority of our waste comes from our addiction to consume. Food waste accounts for a large percentage of the waste we produce, be sure to reduce the amount of food you throw in the garbage.
  • Our love for pretty packaging has lead to several large plastic islands across the ocean. Be sure to reduce your plastic consumption and voice your concern to others including companies you purchase products from.
  • Fresh water is a very precious asset that we all require that is dwindling away by mis & over use, please be more mindful of how you use your water. 

By Christoff Kyere

Leader of the Month: Reese Witherspoon

At flighunit we are extremely thankful that we have been able to empower so many young women over the past few years through our women in skill trades conference. There are so many amazing females past and present that are doing inspiring things to lead the next generation of leaders in the fight for equality. We recognize that it is not only crucial for the success and growth of women but for the success and growth of humankind. We are happy to highlight and celebrate the women in our lives and around the world. To all our mothers, sisters, friends, wives, leaders, and the numerous other roles that you may play, we say thank you!! For all the late nights and early mornings, we appreciate all the kind, thoughtful and wonderful things that you do to make our world a beautiful place. Your endless effort does not go unnoticed, we recognize the phenomenal things and loving energy that you possess. The relationship between mother nature and father time is one of the ages and the Yin in the yang of life. In celebration of the Yin and the feminine life force of receptivity, we would ask that you be proactive in acknowledging and appreciating God’s marvelous creatures,

It is important that as a society we recognize the need for females to be given equal rights and respect within every environment. Although there is more work to be done the future looks extremely promising. On that note, we would like to salute some of the amazing trailblazers that are redefining the role of women and liberating the next wave of amazing women to come.  This is just an introduction to female greatness we encourage you to take the time to do a search of your own to get inspired.

Great females of past and present:

Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Greta Thunberg, Michelle Obama, Chrystia Freeland, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Christine Sinclair, Issa Rae, MacKenzie Scott, Katherine Johnson, Melinda French Gates, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelo, Anne Frank, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Alice Paul, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Malala Yousafzai,  Billie Jean King

Reese Witherspoon

Many of us know the actress Reese Witherspoon for all her famous movies and numerous accolades. But many of us don’t know how much she does in the community for not only women but for humanity. Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976. Some of her accolades include; an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award, she is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world as of 2019. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2015, furthermore Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women in 2019.

Witherspoon is involved in children’s and Women’s rights advocacy. She is a long-time supporter of Save the Children, an organization that helps provide children around the world with education, healthcare, and emergency aid. She also serves on the board of the Children’s Defence Fund (CDF), a child advocacy and research group. In 2006, she was among a group of actresses who went to New Orleans, Louisiana in a CDF project to publicize the needs of Hurricane Katarina victims. During this trip, she helped open the city’s first Freedom School, as she met and talked with the children. Witherspoon later called this an experience that she would never forget. In 2020, during the COVID 19 pandemic, Witherspoon announced the “Draper James Loves Teachers” initiative, offering free dresses from the clothing collection to teachers

Reese was named Global Ambassador of Avon Products in 2007, serving as honorary chair of the charitable Avon Foundation dedicated to women’s causes. In 2000, she co-founded production company Type A Films, which has since merged with Hello Sunshine, a media firm that Witherspoon also co-founded in 2016. Hello Sunshine, focused on female-led stories, has produced many films and television series.

Reese Witherspoon started off as an actress but has worked to make herself into so much more. She is a definition of what a leader should be!

The Power of habits

Brushing your teeth, taking a shower, going to the gym, watching TV, and reading, are just some of the many small, daily habits people have. These small habits can change the course of our lives in the smallest ways, but over time these small habits will build up and lead to something bigger.

The small habits that you do every day can have a tremendous impact on your life. Going to the gym and working out, being conscious about your food choices, and eating less sugar, time can make you significantly healthier. You might not see the impact of these changes right away, but over time they will show. Alone these habits might not seem like they are life-changing, but every little thing counts towards you becoming the best version of yourself. If you crave something sweet after dinner you may want a chocolate bar or some type of candy. Instead of succumbing to your cravings try to consider a small habit change and replace it with berries to halt your desire for sweets in the future. When we make these types of changes, we tell our minds that we are in control of our bodies and not the other way around.

You don’t need to wait for a life-altering event to change your habits. You simply need to set some goals that will drive you forward. Goals are great for getting us on the right path and helping us recognize where we want to be. Furthermore, goals allow us to understand the acknowledge the step necessary to better ourselves.

Although the goal is powerful and catches our attention, the process is what tells us so much about ourselves. If your goal is to lose weight, you can’t simply say “I want to lose weight” and expect to see results. You can’t cut out a doughnut from your diet but still, eat poorly and think that you’re well on your way. Instead, you have to create steps that will develop small habits that will improve you. Going to the gym for at least 30 minutes, eating more vegetables, opting to play sports weekly are all wonderful examples. Our daily decisions are all a part of the processes that will help put us on the pathways to success. The second part of reaching your goals is forming an identity. You need to become the person that you want others to see you as. For example, going to the gym and eating healthy will help form an identity to others that you are health conscious and that you are into your fitness. When we have an identity, human behavior directs our actions that fit those characteristics of that identity. If you want to be known as a gamer, you will continue to play video games. If your identity is that of an athlete, you will continue to play sports and remain athletic. If your identity is that of a writer, you will continue to be creative and write.

There are many ways that our habits can shape us. If you want to learn more I highly recommend reading or listening to Atomic Habits by James Clear!

THE IMPORTANCE OF RESTING AND UNPLUGGING IN TODAYS BUSY

It is not a secret that the world is very different today than it was yesterday. The importance of NOW really occupies a lot of real estate in all of our minds. Have you ever felt like you can’t keep up with your daily tasks and deadlines? What’s even more challenging is maintaining your health, your job, your other responsibilities amongst the countless uncertainties and moments of overwhelmingness—leaving you little to no time for rest or to think properly. 

However, rest is a fundamental part of success, health, and happiness. There are many distractions in this digital world, and always something (or someone) requires your attention. No matter what your schedule or to-do list may look like, resting and unplugging is vital to your long-term health. Here is a couple of reason why; it heals the body, reduces stress, improves productivity, and even boost creativity.

HEALS THE BODY: Adequate rest helps your body activate its inner healing mechanisms and returns it to a state of homeostasis. This state of allowing is your body can repair, recover and adapt to environments and situations.

Reduces Stress:  Chronic stress suppresses your immune system and increases your risk of disease. During stress, your body experiences fight or flight—physiological arousal—heightening your senses due to perceived danger. Resting activates the parasympathetic nervous system—the opposite of the sympathetic nervous system, which is the flight-or-fight response.  

Improves Productivity: Taking time off will allow you to work more efficiently whenever you get back to it. Set aside one day each week to unplug to recharge in order to improve productivity and feel a greater sense of accomplishment.

Boost Creativity: Time off helps you refill your reserves. The quiet moments inspire reflection time, allowing you to break through creative barriers. 

During rest, the mind is able to rejuvenate itself and increase its ability to enhance your output. For instance, rest has been proven to increase solutions to open-ended problems and our capability to invent new things.

To reap these rewards it’s very important for individuals to build routines and find ways to unplug and disconnect. This will enable individuals the ability to receive the above-mentioned health benefits and many more. ITS TIME FOR YOU TO UNPLUG AND RESET

By Deklon Roberts

Happy Women History Month

At flightunit, we are extremely thankful to have been able to empower so many young women over the past few years through our Women in Skill Trades Conference Series. There are so many amazing females past and present that have done, and are doing spectacular things. This is helping to inspire the next generation of leaders in the fight for equality. We recognize that this fight is not only crucial for the success and growth of women but also that of humankind. That said we are happy to highlight the women in our lives and those across the world. To our mothers, sisters, friends, wives, leaders, and the numerous other roles that you play, we say thank you!! For all the late nights and early morning, we appreciate all the kind, thoughtful and wonderful things that you do to make our world a special place. Your endless effort does not go unnoticed and we are so happy to celebrate you!! The relationship between mother nature and father time is one for the ages and the Yin in the yang. In celebration of the Yin, the feminine life force of receptivity, we would like to ask that everyone to be proactive in acknowledging and appreciating the amazing women that add value to your life.

It is important that we as a members of society support equal rights for females and do our part to ensure that they are respected within every environment. Although there is more work to be done the future looks extremely bright and promising. On that note, we would like to salute all the amazing trailblazers that are redefining the identities of women and are liberating the next wave of awesome women to come. In light of that, we would like to share some of the names that illuminate the term “female greatness”, we encourage you to take the time to search these names to get inspired about what female power looks like.

Great females of past and present: Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Greta Thunberg, Michelle Obama, Chrystia Freeland, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Christine Sinclair, Issa Rae, MacKenzie Scott, Katherine Johnson, Melinda French Gates, Lucy Stone, Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelo, Anne Frank, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Alice Paul, Gloria Steinem, Angela Davis, Malala Yousafzai, Billie Jean King, Mother Teresa.

Time to Make a Difference

There are many silent voices within our communities that are crying for help and are going unheard, are you ready to make a difference? In Canada, more than 10 people a day are dying from suicide and the majority of those individuals are boys and men (stats Can). In the face of the pandemic, many people are suffering and unfortunately, they are considering fatal options to resolve their problems. As a society, it is time that we ask ourselves some critical questions, including why is this happening?  If we are to generate viable solutions to this issue, we each must be ready, willing, and able to help. To start, it is important that we are proactively checking in with ourselves. If we don’t, we will more than likely not be in sync with our energy and state of mind. Here are some tips to help you improve your energy level and state of mind:

  • Working out consistently to keep healthy and reduce stress levels
  • During the winter months make sure to get enough vitamin D
  • Drink more water
  • Maintain a well-balanced diet
  • Incorporating personal time into your schedule 

All these different items can have a massive impact on your mood especially during trying times. As they say, if you are on a plane and there’s an emergency be sure to save yourself first so that you can save others.

Secondly, if we are going to make a difference in reducing suicide rates, we have to be more active in checking up on more people more often. From saying hi to strangers to being in closer contact with those who are in your life. We are all here to make an impact and being kind to more people will not only increase our individual vibration but the vibration around us. Making a stronger effort to communicate with others may seem like a task at first but in the long run, you will experience an awesome life reward, love. To ensure that we are doing our part to get you on your way to becoming an agent of change we would like to challenge you to take our Communication Challenge. Please do your part to share our communication challenge with as many people as possible to help build a greater sense of community and to help combat suicide attempts in our neighbors.

Leadership Article of the Month

There are 6 Civic Responsibilities:

  1. Support and defend the Constitution.
  2. Stay informed of the issues affecting your community.
  3. Participate in the democratic process.
  4. Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
  5. Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
  6. Participate in your local community

As a society we are all familiar with the term “civic duty” but it is a discussion that is rarely had unless we are mentioning the armed forces or going to jury duty. Civic duty is a core concept that shapes the foundation of how we interact with each other. This brings me to the main theme of this article: what type of domino effect are you having on your communities?  Every day we are impacted by the words, actions and energy of those we encounter. Although many of us are unaware of the social fabrics that surround us, we all should be aware that it is shaping who we are and who we can be. Good or bad everything that we say, do, and don’t do is being absorbed into our communities and is creating our social norms.

There are 6 civic duties but for this article, I will focus on two of them that speak the loudest to me. As your source for leadership content, it is our hope to elevate the collective due diligence in this area.  

Civic Duty #2: Stay informed of the issues affecting your community

The first civic responsibility that I will discuss today is “stay informed of the issues affecting your community”. If we were to put our own value on our communities we would see its distinct and immense value. Beyond that, if we were to truly understand the impact that our communities have on us and our loved ones I think that there would be a greater effort to improve our surroundings. There is an African Proverb that I whole heartily believe in that says “it takes a village to raise a child”. We all are susceptible to influences therefore having a connection to the pulse of our communities is not only extremely beneficial to ourselves but crucial to living our best life. Historically to live in a community and to belong to a community were one and the same but in today’s world, these ideas have been separated. As individuals, we must all acknowledge that there are numerous benefits that are invisible to the naked eye that only exists because of community. For instance, our perspectives, social norms, sense of safety & opportunities all stem from our communities. The strength of our social fabric plays a direct role in our daily burdens and joys.

Civic Duty #5: Respect of the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others

The second civic responsibility I will look at is “respect of the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others”. This duty is important to me is for several reasons, the first being that we all have 2 ears and 1 mouth. Therefore to become more better people we should all listen twice as much as we speak. If we are able to do this we would all be much a smarter & happier group of people. Secondly, as human beings, we all have the right to be viewed and respected as human beings. As human beings, our strength lies in our ability to be limitless. When we are unable to respect this right we bring down our collective capabilities of our human race. Our ability to be empathetic not only provides us with a greater sense emotional awareness but a greater ability to connect with others at a higher level.

Every day people are struggling mentally and/or physically to get by, we all are capable of doing a little bit extra to improve people’s day. This is not only our civic responsibility but it is a great thing to do and it creates positive environments. Our civic duty should be view as who we are and not as something nice to do. The more active citizens we have in our communities the better off we will all be during challenging times. The more we are focused on reducing the number of marginalized groups within our communities we are directly reducing the amount of actions rooted in hate, fear and anger. Are you ready to be more present and participative within your community today? If so what is one thing that you can start doing more of? Active citizens are difference makers and we all can be agents of change in making the impossible possible.

Leadership is believing that the well-being of each individual increases the collective value & quality of life of the whole. It is time for us to get on a new page, the root of any successful relationship is based on having clear expectations, by knowing our civic duties we can reduce the amount of unnecessary misunderstanding.

5 Simple Things We All Can Do
To Become Better Citizens in our Communities:

  1. Own your civic responsibility for creating a better community
  2. Every bit of positivity goes a long way
  3. Allow your Presence in your community to be more powerful than your absence
  4. Stay connected to what is happening in the hearts and minds of your community members, make it a point to meet new people in your community.
  5. Listen twice as much as you speak, be committed to learning something new everyday

by Christoff Kyere

Leader of the Month: Malala Yousafzai

Born in 1997 in a small village in Northwest Pakistan. Her father was an educational activist and had his own private schools that he would run. Malala was mostly taught by her father growing up until she went to school. She was very active in the school community and was one of the few to voice their opinions on the Taliban’s views on education and other matters when it pertained to women’s rights. In the face of tyranny, Malala was honest with herself and fought not only for herself but for women across the world that are being oppressed.

In 2009 she wrote her first anonymous blog for the BBC Urdu blog where she would detail her life for a reporter from the BBC and what life was like as a girl in a heavily Taliban-influenced region. She vividly recalls schools being blown up by the Taliban in an effort to curb education, especially for females. When schools were opened again for girls, it was quite dangerous as the military fought the Taliban for control in the region and mortar shells could be heard close by, never knowing when a school would be targeted. Growing with frustration, Malala began giving interviews and started speaking out about the treatment of girls in school. Media around the world clamored to her story and it was seen in many parts of the world.

2012 would prove to be a difficult year. Malala was 15 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban soldier in a targeted shooting. Countries around the world offered to provide medical help to Malala, fortunately, she was able to survive the murder attempt. The attempt on her life pushed her into the media limelight, giving her a platform in which everyone in the world would be able to hear her. She continued to be an advocate for education within Pakistan. The Taliban would not be able to silence her. She has continued to be a strong voice when it comes to human rights throughout the world and has won a number of awards like the Mother Teresa Award, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. She has also been honored by Time Magazines as “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World”, and was on the shortlist for 2012 Time Magazines “Person of the Year.” Malala continues to be a strong voice against injustice and infringements on human rights. Even with her life in danger she continued to speak out and influence change. The attempt on her life would have stopped many people from using their voices to bring awareness to atrocities happening around them. A leader is someone that continues to speak out and advocate for change even in the face of adversity. Malala has shown she has the courage, determination, and strength to stand up for what is right.  Malala is a true leader who will not stop until the world is fair, honest, and just.

By Sunny Dhaliwal

Becoming an Effective Leader

Q1: What type of leader are you?

Q2: Is your leadership style serving you well?

There are 2 critical questions that every leader must ask themselves constantly. Before we examine these 2 questions, we need to have a clear understanding of what leadership truly is. Leadership is defined as a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal. Based on this definition it is clear to see that we all play a role in the outcome of leadership, from being the influencer to being the influenced. The astonishing thing about leadership is that it can be experienced in various ways, it can be commanding as a lion’s roar or as calm as a summer breeze & be equally effective. On that note I have a challenge for you; after reading this article I would like you to answer the following question;

What is your personal leadership style?

Question #1:

What type of leader are you?

This question is extremely important for us to understand if we want to be effective leaders. Regardless of what type of leader we are there are things that are central to this position. For instance, leading by example, great leaders recognize that their actions and responses are not only relevant to the situation but are key in developing a train of thought and powerful teaching moments. With this in mind, we can either be a leader that embraces the role of a teacher or that of a boss. The “Leader-Teacher” and “Leader-Boss” possess different attributes and apply different philosophies to achieve their desired outcome. The Leader-Teacher is focused on cultivating an independent mindset while the Leader-Boss is centered on cultivating a dependent mindset. One creates room for more questions & mistakes for growth whereas the latter establishes a power structure to achieve results. Depending on the individuals you are leading and your short and long-term goals it is important to be mindful and reflective of your leadership style and its impact.

Question #2:

Is your leadership style serving you well?

Although “well” is a relevant term in relation to “not well” it is important to differentiate the emotions and outcomes associated to each. Based on this a leadership style that serves you well is one that spells out a clear end goal and keeps everyone connected to the desire to produce greater abundance. Great leadership brings to life the concept of “teamwork” and encourages each member to believe in the mindset- “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Each member that is committed to the end (physical & emotional) result and feels a sense of belonging will increase their capacity and the capability of the entire unit. Innovation and commitment are born in these types of environments. That said if you are not establishing greater levels of trust and respect under your leadership style you are limiting your ability to elevate people. On that note the task of an effective leader is not always an easy one but consistently create environments that allow for people to thrive off of each other’s growth.

As your source for leadership development content we hope that this article was able to increase your ability to produce greater results and to possess more positive energy. Our goal is not only to motivate you as a leader but to enhance your ability to stimulate a higher levels of growth within those around you!

By Christoff Kyere

Leader of the Month: Charles Roach

In recognition of Black History Month, we would like to celebrate the kindness of Charles Roach. Born in September of 1933 he moved to Canada to pursue education when he was 22 years old at the University of Saskatchewan and later went on to study law at the University of Toronto. He started his work in the legal department for the City of Toronto and eventually went on to open his own practice. Here he focused on human rights and was heavily involved in social justice movements to help fight against racism and systemic racism.

Charles did a number of things in his life that have helped shape and impact the lives of thousands, if not millions of people. He was heavily involved with the “Ban the Bomb” movement which was against the production and use of atomic weapons, he demonstrated against the Vietnam war and even put on demonstrations against the deportation of immigrants that came to Canada. In 1978 he pushed for the development of the Movement of Minority Electors which was created in order to push non-whites to run for public offices. He was one of the founders of the Black Action Defense Committee (BADC), which was formed in response to police shootings and killings of those from the black community. Their aim was to hold the police and justice systems accountable for their actions. As a result of Charles and the BADC’s tireless work, the SIU was formed. The Special Investigations Unit was created in order to hold police officers accountable for their actions while on the job.

Charles often defended those from marginalized communities who did not have access to resources nor could not afford to fight the legal charges against them. As a result, Charles did a lot of his work pro bono. Charles loved to help people and had an amazing reputation. Those who remember him say he was an active member of the community that was quick to lend a helping hand. He celebrated people. At his law firm, there were many parties that would take place, for example whenever someone was hired or if someone was leaving his team as a goodbye, or when an important case was won. He loved inviting people into his life and helping them whichever way he could. He literally embodied all of the aspects of kindness. “Friendly, generous, and considerate.”

One of Charles’ largest battles was becoming a Canadian citizen. When becoming a citizen you must take an oath to the queen. “I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.” To Charles, and many people around the world the Queen represents oppression, imperialism, and racism, all the things Charles was strongly against. He recommended taking an oath to “faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen,” instead but this request was denied. As a result, he never got his Canadian citizenship.

Charles Roach died on October 2, 2012, after battling brain cancer. He lives on in our memory for his countless efforts to make the GTA and the world a better place. He was one of the founders of the annual Caribana festival in 1967, which has gained international attention, the SIU continues to hold police officers accountable for their actions, and has ignited a change within future generations to push against injustice. He was a smart, hardworking individual who stood up for the rights of others with a fearless passion. We should continue to honor this incredible man for his hard work and furthermore, we should all strive to help our fellow humans with an open mind and open heart.

Feather #1: Me, Myself, and I

We are seldom aware of the power of our own presence. The presence of a single person can alter conversations and drastically change the overall mood. It is important to understand what type of influence we currently have and want to have on others.

Me, Myself, and I is the foundation principle of our “Feather” system. We have chosen this as our first Feather to emphasize the importance of self, self-awareness, and self-development. We believe that in order to advance in life, one must commit to their personal growth. Our daily choices dictate the boundaries of our growth – they can be our road to success or our path to failure. Discovering who we are is no simple task, but when we do, we unlock the keys to our success.

Questions for Reflection:
1) What motivates me?

2) What are my thoughts and beliefs?
a) Am I confident in them?

3) Who do I surround myself with?
a) What impact are they having on me?
b) What do we have in common?

4) Where do my thoughts take me when my mind wanders?
a) Are these thoughts positive and allow me to grow or are they negative and are harmful?

5) What are the major influences on my decision-making process? (e.g. personal success, public opinion, time commitments, ego, media, etc.)
a) Does how I spend my time reflect this?
b) How do these influences enrich me as a person?

Bonus Questions:
This Feather is so important for growth and success, we have provided bonus questions that will allow for a thorough self-examination.

6) Am I honest with myself and others?
a) Can others be brutally honest with me?

7) Am I aware of my mistakes?
a) Am I learning from them?

8) Which has a greater impact on my decisions, fear or courage?

9) Am I able to forgive others?
a) Am I able to forgive myself for my thoughts and actions?
b) Can I face conflict with the goal of reaching a resolution and learning from it?

10) What do I want people to say about me when I am not around them?

Benefits of Feather #1:
There’s an English writer named John Brown who said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” Everything begins and ends with us. The choice to be phenomenal or to live a disappointing life lies within our hands. We are creatures of habit – it is crucial that we develop the right habits and a growth mindset for success. With the right mindset we can become unstoppable!

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month:

Tips for success:
1) Allocate time to reflect everyday
2) Do not limit yourself

Feather #2: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health

Our physical, mental, and spiritual health play a significant role in shaping our ability to live life to the fullest. Although we are complex creatures, we are a single mind, body, and soul, and therefore everything we do impacts every aspect of our well-being. It is important to have balance to ensure that we are creating greater opportunities for growth, health, and happiness.

Questions for Reflection:
1) How physically active am I?

2) Do I take the time to learn what I am putting into my body?

3) Do I have faith in a higher power?
a) If so, how am I developing and strengthening my faith?

4) Am I aware of what causes me stress?
a) What do I do to de-stress?

5) Do I have a support system?
a) If so, who is a member of my support system?

Benefits of Feather #2:
When we acknowledge the different aspects of ourselves, we enhance our ability to live enriched lives. Other benefits of being balanced include increased self-confidence, energy levels, and happiness.

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month:

Tips for success:
1) Clarify what mind, body, and soul mean to you
2) Surround yourself with people that align with your definition of mind, body, and soul

Feather #3: My World

Our greatest life experiences are usually made by the people that we are with or the challenges that we face. Every day, we have the ability to be better people and to expand our view of the world. What we focus on is what we see. This is why all of our worlds are uniquely different. The people that we interact with can give our lives greater perspective, and the challenges that we conquer can give our lives greater meaning.

Questions for Reflection:
1) Am I making my world a better place? If so, in what way(s)?
a) If not, what should I do differently?

2) What elements make up my world (e.g. social media, music, people, culture, religion, etc.)?
a) How does each element impact my reality?

3) Are the things and people that I devote my time to helping me grow into a better person?

4) What does my ideal world look like?

5) What things do I care most about (e.g. house, people, school, environment, countries, justice, electronic devices, etc.)?
a) Do my actions and interests reflect what I care most about?

Benefits of Feather #3:
Many times in life we miss exciting opportunities and experiences because we have created too small of a world for ourselves to live in. When we expand our world, we create new opportunities and chances for greater levels of growth and gratification.

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month:

Tips for success:
1) Take on the responsibility of making your world a better place
2) Be open-minded to new ideas so that you can expand your world

Feather #4: Passion and Purpose

Passion can take a long time to discover but it is worth the pursuit. Passion is one of life’s greatest compasses. It is the driving force behind our purpose in life and has the ability to light up our soul. Passion pushes us and sparks creativity, excitement, ingenuity, and problem-solving. Passion takes on different forms and can be found in many areas of life including relationships, health, dreams, aspirations, interests, and hobbies.

Questions for Reflection:
1) What does passion mean to me?

2) What things am I most passionate about?
a) How do I show that passion?

3) Do my decisions take me out or keep me in my comfort zone?
a) Are my decisions spontaneous or planned?

4) Am I doing enough exploring to discover new passion(s)?

5) Is my passion making me happy?

Benefits of Feather #4:
When we understand what we are passionate about, we can reach greater levels of achievement. Passion gives us the strength to make the impossible possible.

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month:

Tips for success:
1) Explore and discover new areas of interests and passion
2) Work to overcome your fears in order to expand your comfort zone

Feather #5: Enlightenment

The human brain is one of the most spectacular things within the universe. When this 3 pound object is on, it has the ‘power to move mountains’ and change the world. When we open our minds to learn our ability to grow as people is limitless. When we embrace a growth mindset it permits us, and those around us to have greater capacity to achieve or as Nelson Mandela put it, “as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”.

1) Do I allow myself to step outside my comfort zone and try new things?

2) Am I surrounding myself with new ideas and interests/concepts?

3) Am I allowing stereotypes to define who I am? My interests?

4) On a daily basis, am I training myself for success or failure?

5) Do I have the courage to partake in conversations on new topics with my friends and/or new people?
a) In what ways might my conversations be limited?

Benefits of Feather #5:
The power of our minds is remarkable, the mind is responsible for our navigational & our breathing systems and so much more. Many leading medical journals (including the National Institute on Aging) have touched on the numerous benefits of learning and mental stimulation including renewing us and starving off diseases such Alzheimer and dementia. There are several ways to stimulate our mind such as; engaging conversation, playing a challenging game, learning to play a new instrument or learning to speak a new language, etc. These acts provide us with immeasurable returns on our lives. Below we have provided a diagram of the circle of healthy living.

The Circle of Healthy Living

Set 2 goals for yourself to aid in your growth for the current month


Tips for success:
1)Keep your mind sharp by learning something new each day

2)Constantly challenge yourself