Throughout my career, predominantly made up of marketing agencies, corporate communications and consulting, the primary driver of ethics was always front and center. But over the years I’ve learned that simple ethics aren’t enough. Not enough for business. Not enough for me personally. Not enough for the world. We can do better.
I heard this said the other day after an injustice “It’s just business, Kelly… It’s just business.” Bullshit. Businesses running with that mindset are dinosaurs. Those days are long gone and if they aren’t evolving (quickly), they will be left behind. We are entering the democratic age and business now is shifting to the heart. Loyalty, productivity, talent attraction and retention, creativity and innovation, customer preference, community and the bottom line. It’s the right thing to do on every level.
They all are really get to a couple topics that I have been feeling deeply, specifically over the past few months. Just last week I made a pitch to a TEDx conference on “turning off your mind, turning on your heart,” which really falls right in line with these posts. Over the past year I know I am evolving at record speeds. Since reinventing my business, Babacita, which really turned out to be a soul searching journey and diving deeper into my Self, I uncovered things that have always been with me, but had just been tucked away. When the light went off, “Evolve.Connect.Inspire,” this weight that I hadn’t even noticed, had been lifted. Also a big thank you to Farnoosh Brock at Prolific Living, for helping me take my ideas and passions of mine and make the switch to a viable business model.
In making this shift, to a heart-centered perspective, I definitely feel like I’m a new person. Clarity has come and it’s if the planets have aligned and my purpose has been exposed. Opportunities have opened up which I am now a part of (PeaceWalker Project and WorldBlu), and they all relate back to, and support Evolve.Connect.Inspire. Pretty cool, huh?
In the Emotional Awareness post, “Feel what you feel. No apologies or worries necessary.” And “Emotion is raw power, energy, fuel: motivation.” True, yes? Let yourself feel. Feel deeply and embrace those feelings. What are they teaching you? What is the value they hold?
A favorite quote of the Reclaim post, “We always have a choice where it matters most- our every thought, word and action.” She mentions A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, it’s an amazing story and I highly recommend it. We all have a choice in how we respond to something, be conscious of the choices you make.
Presence of Magic weaves her magical words and paints a brilliant picture inviting us all: “Close your eyes to let your heart give you sight. To see with other senses creates a whole new world, one that has more depth, more meaning and more soul.” This is exactly turning off your mind, and turning on your heart. Your heart will not steer you wrong.
Part of my journey in opening up my heart, my creativity and work, has also excelled. Take my recently self-published book, Train to the Moon. That story came from the depths of my heart, words that I never knew existed in me. Through this feeling, and this creativity that is now flowing effortlessly from me, I’m making a difference. By honoring who I really am, Evolve.Connect.Inspire, I’m making this world better. Personally and professionally. And you know what? I’m just getting started.
So what does all this have to do with me and my work at Babacita? Emotional awareness, personal choice, letting my heart give me sight? Right now, as you can tell, there are so many moving parts and pieces. But, as in this evolution, when we truly grow, this chaos transforms into clarity, every time. This chaos, and all these moving parts… it’s actually quite comforting to me. It means I am continuing to change, evolve and grow. I have no idea where next week, month or year is going, but you know something? That’s ok with me. I’m going somewhere.
Just announced by WorldBlu is the initial class of their Blu100 consultants (hey, I know one of those guys). This also falls right in line with my above ramblings. Freedom. At the organizational level, engaging employees and empowering creativity, innovation and inspiration. This is absolutely critical for organizational sustainability and growth. And guess what? It supports me. Babacita’s core values of Evolve.Connect.Inspire. You see? It’s no fluke that everything I’m doing relates to these values. In relating back, I’m honoring my Self and feeding my purpose. But from the marketing and branding sense, it’s being completely consistent in growing the John Kowalski/Babacita brand. Who I am and what I stand for.
I warned you that this might be a rambling one. :)
To wrap up, I guess what I want you to take away from all of the above, is to take a look at yourself. At the heart level. Feel, not think. What’s inside? What makes you tick? What turns you on? How can you be of service to others? How are you making a difference? Turn off your mind, and turn on your heart. We can all make a difference.
So here I am in Hong Kong… helping to evolve, connect and inspire. But also, thinking, feeling and continuing my own path of evolution.
Getting my book, Train to the Moon, out was a big thing for me… something very personal, but felt it was right to share it with the world. But also, this evolution stuff isn’t all fun and games, it’s very painful at times. But by enduring the pain… you will come out the other side of the fire stronger, clearer and another step down your path.
Lots of things in the hopper for me, as always. I just submitted a workshop proposal for the World Domination Summit in Portland, Oregon which I’ll be attending this July. I titled it “Turn off your mind, turn on your heart.” We’ll see if it gets accepted. I’m also gearing up for a 2 minute pitch for a spot speaking at the TEDx Dirigo conference in Portland, Maine, this fall. Same topic. That’s coming up next week, so we’ll see. Also thinking again about writing a book with Justine of Premakarini on transparency. We chatted about this some time ago and have some rough outlines… It might be good to take a look at that again. Whatcha think Justine? Should we dust off our outlines and start writing? Also working on bringing Craig Gray from Ronin Empowerment Group out to Maine for some workshops (PeaceWalker Project, Her Survival Guide and Intro to Krav Maga). If you’re in the Portland, Maine area and are interested, here is a link to a quick survey that helps me gauge interest.
All that brings me to another thing that’s been weighing on my heart for some time. Being content. For me, content isn’t good enough. I always need to be growing and learning and experiencing. I can’t remember the last time I was actually content. I do tend to take a breath after a major accomplishment, but then always plow ahead. I’m always looking for more, I guess. Is this normal? Does anyone else feel like this or am I an odd one?
Not sure that this was a typical blog post of mine.. but then again, what is “typical,” especially with me.
After a series of dreams… parts and pieces really… over several months, the story finally came together in November. One morning, early before everyone was awake, the story just flowed from me. Effortlessly. It’s a love story of two soul connections who grow up together, lose each other, then find each other again through the clouds. The world is better because of their love glow which is fueled by their nightly train to the moon together. This came from the depths of my heart. A place that I did not know previously existed. I see this as a major part in my own evolution, through this new level of creativity.
At first I thought to just keep this story private, but something wasn’t right with that. This is a story that needed to be told to the world. I worked with a friend of mine, Mark Bird of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Bird Design to assist with the artwork. He was the only one that could’ve told this story so beautifully through his illustrations and art. The process was really quite simple. We had an initial concepting session over the phone, I gave him the specifics that needed to be included (the orange flower, green glass heart, etc). Through this he had free reign to “do his thing.” He came back with something differently than we initially talked about, but it was dead on. The visuals enhanced my words and raised the story to a whole new level. Thank you Mark, for your beautiful art!
A good friend of mine at Premakarini just published a blog post about Resolve + Rise. I feel so strongly about what she writes.
Personally, in diving deep inside of myself through a personal inventory and branding journey, to identify my core values has been absolutely essential in building where I am today. Babacita is entirely built around those values… around me and what is important to me. And through that, I will (and am) make a difference through everything I do… it now flies my Evolve, Connect and Inspire mission.
This is due to really opening myself up and honoring my true Self. And you know what? You can do it too! You really can. Believe me, it’s not easy at all.. but it will be the most fulfilling journey you have had in your life. If you have some time, listen to a recent interview I did on my personal branding journey (the Learning with Leslie link on this page).
I love the statement from Premakarini, “Love is your secret superpower. You just haven’t seen all that it can do… yet.” And then her concepts to Explore, Visualize and Share.
So very important.
And so you’re asking… what does this have to do with my business? Everything. It’s that simple. Everything. Your personal values, your organizational values can all be honored and that will shine through in productivity, morale, relationships, customers and the bottom line. Easier said than done though. So many organizations are still in that command and control management which goes against all of these principles. Have you heard of a little organization named WorldBlu? I’m certified with them… Check them out. Through their efforts we are out to change this old-school management style. Great interview here from Traci Fenton, WorldBlu’s Founder and CEO talking about the benefits of a democratic workplace.