This short video from +London Real features Alex Ikonn describing his "Gratitude Walks". During these walks, Ikonn and his wife would describe aspirations that they were grateful for in the future, rather than what they actually possessed that they were grateful for. He calls these "mind anchors". Later in the video, in response to host Brian Rose's question about the difference between gratitude and goals, Ikonn talks about the importance of actually being grateful for what we have as opposed to what we want to get.
With all due respect, I find this to be "fuzzy" thinking on Ikonn's part. What he calls "Gratitude Walks" are actually, in my opinion, affirmations that happen to include the word "grateful" in them. Not that affirmations aren't effective but "interrogative self-talk" – what Empowered Wealth calls The Empowering Question – has been demonstrated to be more effective in academic studies.
Using +Lee Brower's four levels of Gratitude as a model, a true "Gratitude Walk" would focus on who to thank, what to appreciate (i.e., Ikonn's answer to Rose's question), and how to contribute to the betterment of others.
In his post today, Darren Hardy uses the story of how eagles use the power and energy of storm to soar above the storm. I happened to see an eagle flying over a lake this past weekend, so I image was vivid in my imagination. It reminded me as well of Lee Brower's formula "E + R = O, the event plus our responses equals the outcomes. These two concepts suggest an Empowering Question: "How might we use the energy of "storms" (i.e., challenges or crises) to soar above them?"
One of the most important and influential books of the 20th century "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl is the focus of this discussion between Lee Brower and Ron Nakamoto. This video podcast is the initial, public portion of the discussion. Part two is available to members of Empowered Wealth Connect at www.empoweredwealth.com/connect.
A great storyteller…helps people figure out not only what matters in the world, but also why it matters – Maria Popova
This brilliant video essay by Maria Popova captures the essence of wisdom conveyed through storytelling and storytelling's importance in the modern world. It's no surprise that one of the great aspirations of Empowered Wealth is to help members of our community to capture and capitalize on their Narrative Wisdom.