‘Awesomeness’ is my new word (it is a real word). According to the dictionary it is “the quality of being extremely impressive or daunting”, it seems to fit with how my world feels just now. Like many others I have found myself feeling daunted over these past few weeks, fuelled mainly by uncertainty, huge change and concern for others. SO …………………
I have needed to dig deep and actively find ways to nourish positivity to help to retain my awesomeness balance and ensure ‘my ship’, the bits I can control, stay steady. So, fuelled by a book I bought for my god daughter for her birthday entitled “You are so Awesome” I have taken to actively noticing and encouraging ‘Positive Awesomeness’ around me, that is actively noticing the extremely impressive, which is usually a collection of small steps or small things. I have been listing and thinking about 3 examples of ‘Positive Awesomeness’ at the end of each day and sharing them with my family, friends and colleagues, who in turn are finding their own examples to inspire and encourage them.
Reflecting on ‘Positive Awesomeness’ has been a good way of reminding myself of some of the impressive things that are happening around me, helping me to be calm and mindful and enabling me to feed courage, possibility, creativity and positivity, all good fuel when things are daunting. I thought I would share the idea to see if it works for you too.
‘Positive Awesomeness’ – Reflections
I subscribe to The Happy News by Emily Cox – it is full of positive stories from around the world – thanks Emily - spreading good news is ‘Positive Awesomeness’ personified!
Having read Issue 17 of the Happy News for March 2020 here are 3 examples of ‘Positive Awesomeness’ I have taken from the paper “Year 4 children at Manor Leas Academy in Lincoln took a different approach to advent calendars and created kindness calendars instead” (p5). An additional act of kindness each day, brilliant. Human kindness is ‘Positive Awesomeness’ all wrapped up in each single act
“Night Rainbows are a real thing, they’re called “MoonBows” they only really happen when the moon is very full, and the sky is clear with no other light around” (p28). I love the idea of special rainbows at night. Nature holds so many great examples of ‘Positive Awesomeness’ to drawn on in being mindful
“Ten-year-old Willow Woolhouse is one of the first girl scouts in the UK to earn all her Beaver and Cub Scout Badges, she has 57 badges sewn onto her uniform” (p9). Learning to do something you have never done before is exhilarating and exciting. Make a list of all the key things you have learnt about or learnt to do since you were 10 – a huge and extremely impressive list I am sure and a great reminder that you already have an amazing set of skills in place. Try to couple your current skill set with the ability to continue to learn and work in new ways and remember you too are a great example of ‘POSITIVE AWESOMENESS’
Some simple coaching tools for you to use wrapped up in finding ‘Positive Awesomeness’ in the everyday. If you like the concept of ‘Positive Awesomeness’, then let me know.