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“I do not understand all the mystery of grace, only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” – Anne Lamott
One of my mentors once told me that true transformation is 80% grace and 20% effort. When we are tuned in to divine will and we are operating from connection to the truth of who we are, we enter into a flow with the universe that seems to make our lives unfold effortlessly. Yet, why does tuning into grace sometimes seem so hard? How do we become so disconnected?
Grit, on the other hand, is the willingness to feel uncomfortable as we face challenges, evolve, and work at our leadership edge. In the grit lies our will and our commitment to growth. But by relying on Grit alone, we can quickly become heavy, hard, depleted, alienated, anxious and ungrounded. Why is leaning toward drive and push and hard work the default rather than the exception? We get quick results with Grit, and who doesn’t want quick results? In reality, this “Do More Faster” paradigm of entrepreneurship and leadership is creating a culture of speed, anxiety and overwhelm, and it is extremely hard to stay connected to purpose and higher meaning in this state.
When we are tuned into Grace, we can access the tremendous power of universal flow and ease. In the end I have found that we can achieve our goals and intentions with much less Grit. It requires trust, surrender, receptivity and the belief that you are not in this alone.
In this Circle Up, we will explore perspectives and practices that will help us to develop more trust in the power of grace, while forging on and moving mountains from a place of grounded resilience.
Chantal Pierrat is the founder of Emerging Women, a network of 70k+ women interested in creating a new paradigm for leadership across all sectors of our society. Emerging Women provides connections, resources and opportunities that empower women to lead. Chantal was the VP of Marketing and Sales at Sounds True for 11 years where she more than doubled revenue before starting Emerging Women in March 2013. Prior to her career in publishing, she led the marketing and sales efforts for a start-up in the medical devices industry for 4 years, bringing the company from ground zero to $1M in revenue. Chantal received her MBA from the University of Colorado in 2002 and enjoys high-altitude living in Boulder, CO with her husband and two sons.
Facilitated by Emerging Women’s founder, Chantal Pierrat, a Circle Up is a live virtual event that explores a new leadership and feminine power theme each month. After Chantal sets the context for the topic, participants will be placed into small groups for sharing and feedback using the unique Emerging Women Power Circle process. Participants are guided to share deeply and support their circle sisters in stepping fully and courageously into living their truth.