Part 3 | Strengths and Alchemy

NoJudegementLifeEDITFebruary 26, 2016

 5 Ideas, 3 Questions, and an Action

Five Ideas

Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. To put that into perspective: The distance between New York and LA is 3,941 miles. This means that you could make about 23 round trips in a single second at that velocity. 

Prior to lasers, in 1676, the speed of light on earth was first determined by watching the movements of objects in space. Specifically, the giant celestial movements of Jupiter, its moon, Io, and the stars gave us what we needed to calculate the swiftness of light here on the ground.

To repeat: We used a planet to measure a photon.

There is a human equivalent to this process and it has everything to do with our inner-greatness. When developing a vision for our lives, we must allow ourselves to think big and dream. We must set our sights on what is not yet known and assess the possibility of always making new connections relevant to where where are.

If humanity had fixed its gaze only on earth, we would have never learned what the planets had to teach us. If we do what we’ve always done, we will get what we always got. Period.

Three Questions

What qualities create the difference between comparing myself to others and being inspired by them versus comparing myself to others and feeling less-than? 

So, how do I measure my greatness?

What is my favorite color and why?

An Action

Desired Result: Letting Go of Those Who Limit Us…Bullies

Concrete Action: It’s important to remember what we learned in kindergarten: Bullies bully because they are not happy with themselves. They intimidate and take on the concerns of others and make it a part of who they are; they use their awareness against people like a weapon and generally live in fear. People who bully other people suffer from a lack of self-awareness—and they over-compensate for that character defect, ironically, by boasting of heightened awareness. Fact is, bullies generally scare people into a silence where it is never safe to confront them. Because they are not confronted, they perpetuate their own delusion. But the fact is: Everyone can identify a bully, even if they cannot communicate maturely with them.

That said, the best way to let go of the toxic energy of someone who is a bully is to develop a “safe word” when their negativity and anger comes to the fore. A word as simple as: peace. Or, cancel. Or, unicorns. When said internally like a mantra, it can function like a shield. This can really help in stemming off the chain-reaction that bullies hope to ignite, because it allows us to stay present and to point our focus elsewhere on something of greater value.

Be your greatness. Start. Do. Go.

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Zach Carlsen is the grateful lead blogger at

His strengths of Ideation, Connectedness, Input, Strategic, and Empathy have taken him all over the world. He is an inventor, athlete, joyous wanderer/wonderer, translator, poet, and Strengths Consultant.

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