How Do You Plant Your Corn? How to Lead From Your Strengths and Live a Powerful Life


How do you plant your corn? Well, that seems such as a weird issue, doesn't it? Please let me explain!

But first, I want to ask you: how do you define "true success" in your life? No doubt your definition would include enough income AND it would probably include some or all of these conditions: good health, a spiritual connection, fulfilling human relationships, a sense of well-getting, and contribution to the community.

One of the biggest secrets to success is to take personal responsibility for your daily life and your goals.

Peter Drucker, a business achievement guru and author of "Essential Drucker," advises that each day we have to spend 85% of our time using and capitalizing on our strengths. What percentage of your time is truly spent utilizing and contributing your strengths and talents? Are you keenly aware of your strengths?

A wonderful client of mine recently shared with me and permitted me to tell her powerful story. This tale highlights the importance of knowing and using our strengths. A little while ago, my client and her family held a special ceremony to enjoy their newly acquired family members getaway nestled in a gorgeous, wooded area in North Carolina. In their research of the property, they uncovered that the land had once been solely occupied by the Cherokee Indian Tribe. So, as part of the "christening" of their brand-new home, they enlisted the providers of an Indian Shaman, a spiritual healer, to officiate their ceremony.

The Shaman spoke of and demonstrated an ancient Cherokee Indian tradition. Regarding to that tradition, the vegetable corn symbolizes the fruit of the Earth, for its sustained and nourished generations of Indian people. The Cherokee also believes that each human being is endowed with specific gifts. These gifts are our strengths and talents.

Further, they think that as stewards of these gifts, we have the responsibility to share them with daily. As the Shaman relayed this lesson, he gathered dried corn from a huge bowl and placed a handful of the corn kernels into each person's cupped hands, looked them in the eye and asked, "How will you plant your corn today?"

I ask you... how can you plant your corn? Are you aware of your strengths and how to capitalize on them? The world awaits your contribution. My coaching challenge to you? Lead from your strengths and move forth and be exceptional!

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