Several years ago I read the book, The Noticer by Andy Andrews.
The story is about an old sage who wanders around doling out advice to those who need a little perspective in their life.
What I appreciated most about the book was how it had me increase my own awareness, in particular, when I would see something over and over again.
I made it a point to become a noticer. It was a skill I saw would be valuable to develop.
Have you ever driven down the road and seen the same vehicle three times?
Or, perhaps you see the same number over and over?
For example, 417 shows up for me a lot – and that was my grandparent’s home address number.
In the past, if I noticed, I might have thought, “That’s strange.” And then not given it any more attention.
Today, I pause and ask what message is there for me.
Whenever I see 417 on the clock or get it for my hotel room or on my receipt at the grocery store, I can feel my grandmother’s presence.
And I often get three digits the same – 111, 444, or 555 – which all have special significance.
One of my clients takes a daily “God walk,” and for a series of days she began finding feathers.
She saw them as the blessing of angel wings sending a little love her way.
Recently, I had three hawk sightings in 72 hours. One hawk chased a bird into my window, another sat in the tree outside my office watching me, and the third flew into the window of my spiritual mentor on one of our calls.
When I research the meaning of whatever is showing up, it’s often deeply resonant with what is happening in my life.
The theme in Andrew’s book is to take a breath, and begin your life anew: to live moment by moment.
And this is what noticing has done for me.
When I’m fully present and living in the here and now, I receive incredible gifts.
How about you? What signs are you receiving right now?
The best leaders understand how to tap into the power of their inner wisdom. It is another form of noticing: listening within.
Not sure how to do this?
The first step is to open your eyes a bit wider and pay attention to what’s going on around you.
As one of my favorite lines in The Peaceful Warrior says, “There’s never nothing going on.”
Notice your environment. What do you see, hear, smell? What’s showing up for you and in you?
Why is this in front of you right now? What is the gift or message?
And, finally, trust what your gut is telling you.
The best leaders do this with ease.
You have greater wisdom than you may realize. All you need to do is remember to notice it.
ACTION: The Upside Challenge of the week is to pay attention in ways that you don’t normally.
What signs might you see?
Get curious about what you are seeing, and listen to your inner guidance about what it means.
Remember, the world needs you and your brilliance.