The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence
Find your power

1. Opening: Mindful Moment

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2. Inspiration

It is a human universal to believe that a sacred, living force propels us to make a difference in the world. And making a difference in the world, throughout history, has been seen as one of the most crucial and meaningful aspects of human social life. In pre-industrial peoples, this force is most vividly felt in acts of sharing, expertise, and courage, and recognized by the community in clothing, names, and tattoos often given in sacred rites of passage. The Polynesians called this force Mana. The tribes on the North American plains referred to it as X’iopini. Today we might call this force ‘purpose,’ ‘mission,’ or ‘calling,’ but perhaps the best translation would be power. Our purpose in life, the specific difference in the world we are best suited to make, both in antiquity and today, is found in this universal experience of power.

3. Reflection or Challenge

This week I will take a moment and think about the last time I was really inspired, and felt that spine tingling rush of wanting to make a difference in the world. That is my power.

4. Closing: Appreciation

Close the meeting with an Appreciation Circle. Give each person a chance to say something they appreciate about the person to their left.