THE FIVE PRACTICES AND TEN LIFE SKILLS - DETAILS
In this section each of the Five Practices will be defined. Two synergistic yet somewhat contradictory Life Skills are defined under each of the Five Practices. Each Practice description will conclude with a description of how to create rhythm in the tension between the two Life Skills.
Inner Strength: The lowest level base of our foundation, providing the power we need to Unleash the Masterpiece in our lives.
- Life Skills: Spirituality and Principles & Values
- Tension: Dependence on a Higher-power versus Self Reliance
- Regardless of our beliefs, we should have an ability to tap into something outside of ourselves to provide power and direction.
- Transformational Rhythm: Power
- The ability to generate power internally, coupled with the ability to plug into an external power, maximizes the power we have access to.
Individual Dignity: Cultivating a realistic view of ourselves, and a positive attitude about others and the circumstances in our lives.
- Life Skills: Self Awareness and Positive Attitude
- Tension: Experience versus Belief
- What we believe to be true, and our actual experiences, will often be different, and sometimes at odds.
- Transformational Rhythm: Grace
- The ability to extend goodwill going into a situation when our beliefs are negative, and to extend favor when situations and people fail to live up to our expectations.
Abundant Living: Developing wholeness through self discipline and maintaining balance in every aspect of our lives.
- Life Skills: Self Discipline and Life Balance
- Tension: Urgent versus Important
- Some things are necessarily Urgent, and require our immediate attention. When Important things are neglected for too long, they can become unnecessarily Urgent.
- Transformational Rhythm: Growth
- Growth requires a balance between focused drilling down, and maintaining a healthy level of wholeness in our lives.
Authentic Friendship: Intentionally developing relationships, creating mutual benefit by putting the needs of the other person before our own.
- Life Skills: Purposeful Living and People Skills
- Tension: Boundaries versus Vulnerability
- We need good discernment to maintain high boundaries with unhealthy people, so we can remove boundaries with healthy people to create much needed vulnerability.
- Transformational Rhythm: Community
- Community is a dynamic, fluid set of relationships that each require different levels of boundaries and vulnerability in every different context.
Meaningful Impact:Developing the drive and determination to make a difference in your world and to expand your influence, while overcoming any obstacles that get in your way.
- Life Skills: Flexibility and Perseverance
- Tension: Wide Impact versus Deep Impact
- Deep impact flows from wide impact, but wide impact also takes away from deep impact.
- Transformational Rhythm: Influence
- Influence is a unique journey in each context we engage in. Both deep and shallow impact play important roles in every one of our influence journeys.