Engage 2017

ENGAGE is a word of willPower because it takes us from desire into action. We move from the mental space of, “I’d like to…” or “One day…” into the physical realm of movement and “let’s do this!” With a firm handshake, John Hancock, or down-on-one-knee proposal, we ENGAGE with the intention of fulfilling our duty, obligation, vow, or dream.

To ENGAGE in any activity, the Warrior needs to know what to expect, how to achieve the objective, and whether or not he is capable of carrying out the proposed task.” ~Paulo Coelho

Now, what to expect can diverge from what unfolds, so to ENGAGE can be downright scary! You’ve put a stake in the ground or your money on the table despite feeling tentative, vulnerable, and (insert your favorite fear word here). But, you also realize that if you wait until perfect certainty, your ship may have sailed — or launched — as the case may be.

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask which one. Just get on.” ~Sheryl Sandberg

This week’s Seven Steps help you board the rocket ship. To just get on. To ENGAGE when fear tempts you to hesitate or back out.

1. Search for the disconnects between your desires and your behavior.

We cannot transform, what we refuse to ENGAGE.” ~Elizabeth Kucinich

2. Start small.

ENGAGE in a conversation that is a little uncomfortable. Uncomfortable, but soul-serving…-saving.

3. ENGAGE to feel more.

Relationships are like muscle tissue, the more they are engaged, the stronger and more valuable they become.” ~Ted Rubin

4. ENGAGE in what matters…to you.

How much do you ENGAGE yourself in truly what’s real and important in your life? That’s the individual question.” ~Ted Danson

5. ENGAGE to heal your old wounds and limiting beliefs.

Whenever we hear an opinion and believe it, we make an agreement, and it becomes part of our belief system.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz

6. Don’t lose yourself in the process!

Be committed and ENGAGED in your responsibilities, but be able to see yourself outside of them.” ~Levo League

7. Finally, ENGAGE then let go of the how’s, what will’s, and other elements out of your control.

Detachment assists our fear as we let go of the outcome while keeping ourselves firmly ENGAGED.

Only a person who, suitably equipped, feels no desire for the results of conquest and yet remains absorbed in the struggle can truly say that he has renounced the fruits of victory. One can renounce the fruit, but that renunciation does not signal indifference to the results.” ~Paulo Coelho

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Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit www.starslocker.com.