Ways to Develop a Generous Mind

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“If you treat yourself like you matter, then you thrive. Are you willing to allow who you might be to continually triumph over who you currently are?” — Jordan Petersen

One of the presentations I enjoyed most at the HETI 2018 Conference in Dublin was the keynote remarks delivered by William Micklem entitled “Going Over The E.D.G.E.” Micklem is an international coach and speaker as well as author of The Complete Horse Riding Manual.  The acronym for EDGE stands for three core principles Enquiring, Demanding, Generous = Empowerment.

“Going over the EDGE is the result of a search for simplicity in performance priorities. It is a structure for achieving an attitude of mind that both encourages accelerated progress and helps us cope with our lifelong challenges; a simple structure that is at the heart of good social, emotional, physical and academic performance,” Micklem explained.

Enquiring is about allowing yourself to be curious and creative. “If you are to learn, use accumulated wisdom and find better ways.”

Demanding is about getting organized and being determined and focussed. “If you want to stretch yourself, get the details and have high expectations.”

Generous is about being positive and humane if your intent is to grow your aspirations, your confidence and team.

Here are some tips Micklem shared to develop a generous mind:

  1. Achieve happily, not in order to be happy.
  2. Realize that we all have sparks of possibilities. Have high aspirations using the unique cards, good and bad, you are dealt in life.
  3. Use the power of partnership, respecting and cherishing diversity, difference and individual strengths.
  4. Make friends with people who want the best for you.
  5. Leadership or training both primarily means looking after the needs of those you lead/help, so listen and feel, have empathy and pay it forward.
  6. Eat well, sleep well…being good to yourself in this way is vital for your brain.
  7. Produce the goods, working from what you can do well. while being solution and growth oriented.
  8. Work out the important things in your life as a whole, and look for intrinsic value rather than extrinsic value.
  9. Capitalize on serendipity — riding your luck and good fortune is often an important part of the process.
  10. Have another Go! As you live your own life, compare yourself today with who you were yesterday, last week, last month and last year; all the while keeping your core values.

“On almost a daily basis there is stress and mental challenge for most of use as we face the unknown or take ourselves to the limits of our individual comfort zones. This is the reality of our lives and we need to skills to cope with and eventually thrive on these challenges and to be happy to go over the EDGE,” he said.

About the Author: Jennifer Garland is the Owner/Program Director of The Mane Intent, offering Health and Wellness Workshops and Individual and Team Effectiveness Coaching. Jennifer’s intent is to bring horses and humans together to explore new possibilities, getting you out of your comfort zone and giving clarity of voice to your leader within. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in communications, cause-related marketing and change management. As a strategist, facilitator and effectiveness coach, Jennifer has provided counsel and support to senior leaders from all walks of life to build productive relationships, facilitate learning and to embrace change. She is a ‘socialpreneur’ who values the art of living life fully with intent.

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