Today, Hannah Brencher joins me. She is a TED speaker, author and online educator with a heart for building leaders. She is passionate about helping others live good and full lives. You may know her for the social movement she created in 2011 called More Love Letters where she wrote love letters for strangers. That small act on her part has spread to over 70 countries, all 50 states, and over 100 college campuses.
I enjoyed this conversation so much. And you won’t be surprised to hear us talk about the enneagram and how her unique wiring is connected to what does. We talk about what it looks like to be in process, how to stay focused on the process rather than getting caught up in what’s next and what helped her walk through a season of depression. I promise you will not be disappointed with this episode. So pull up a chair and join the conversation.
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Takeaways From Our Conversation:
“Big amazing things are really just a bunch of small things that stack up into something.” Isn’t that beautiful and true? I often picture myself pushing a giant boulder of achievement rather than stacking small stones. I want the quick fix, fast glory. But its the faithfulness in the daily everyday life. Doing the small things. Waking up. Feeding my kids. Packing lunches. Encouraging others. Paying attention to others. All small stones that stack up into something bigger.
Just because you feel something doesn’t mean its true or reality. Lead with more facts than feelings. Your feelings can get you into trouble. When she was younger she felt like something was wrong with her because she cared so much. She didn’t know how to categorize all her feelings when she was younger. Validate your feelings but remember that they are not the end all. Channel that emotion into something.
Draw a circle of what I can control and the things that I can’t control. For instance, I have no control over who is going to listen to the show. But I can control the quality of the show. Focus on the things that you actually do control. Don’t watch how others are living their lives and go work.
We tend to search for ways to be better, more productive, and think one day I’m going to arrive. But that mentality misses the point. We are to be in process and be in love with the process.
How can we stay focused on the process? She challenged herself to do things in the everyday rather than always working towards a goal in the future. She broke her day down to the following categories: projects // people // plans // prayers. That helped her stay present. The way to be more in the process than the destination is to be about people--how we build them up and cheer for them and show up for them. Remind people that they are capable. Be an encourager.
Train for longevity, everyday discipline, everyday work. This is a marathon. Don’t wait for fireworks. Live your everyday life now.
Thank you for following along life with me. I love being apart of your day. And as always, I hope this show helps you survive a little easier.
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