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The Power of Our Patterns….

Living in the Tropics; life and leadership lessons explored

Why do we do what we do?

Ever hear yourself lament, “I did it again.  When will I learn?” What compels us to repeat the same patterns which can be the cause of emotional pain, heartache even poor health…. repeatedly over our lifetimes?

Some may think that living in the tropics, all your problems and frustrations vanish on the ocean breeze.  True, the environment does help with perspective and attitude, however, issues, habits and roadblocks are still part of the picture, just with a different frame.  Our habits and patterns follow us wherever we go.

Charles Duhigg shares with us in “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business”  that there are 3 components to understanding our habits:

1)   The Cue
2)   The Routine
3)   The Reward

Check out this video by Duhigg as he explores the 3 components.

For many years, my colleagues and I have been studying “Why” we do what we do. Fueling one’s soul in a day brings energy, light, fulfillment and joy, right?  But what happens if when following our bliss, we fall into a cyclical pattern that causes us to become off center?  Suddenly the joy is turning to frustration and downward we go.

It is at this point where one can take a pause, slowing down to notice (and reflect on) habits and patterns. This is a great way to use axiology in real time. Let’s break down the 3 components of our habits; the cue is our thought (systemic), the routine is what we do (extrinsic) and the reward is our why, our greater purpose (intrinsic).

You may ask yourself….

  • Am I experiencing states of disconnect or frustration?
  • Is there anything in my life causing me to push myself off center?
  • Can I envision a repeated pattern emerging?

Breaking down a habit/pattern and looking at it with a subjective viewpoint can help us gain clarity, self- awareness and perhaps even acceptance for whatever we are experiencing in life.  Know what your cue is, explore your routines and check in with what your reward is.  Give it a try and see what comes up for you.  You never know what barrier you may break through….

What is needed here now?


Purpose – Perseverance – Passion


We’re home…

Living in the Tropics; life and leadership lessons explored…

We’re home….

These two little words invoke a feeling that can’t be described with words alone; it’s transcendent. A feeling that you can’t explain but you just know that – it just is….

A year and a half post arriving in Bermuda, Mike and I took a trip back to our roots in Vancouver, B.C.  for a visit with family and friends. Little did we know how this trip would present a life altering perspective shift for both of us.

Hugs, laughter, tears – oh they were a plenty!  Conversations flowed with such ease holding testament to our deeply intrinsic bonds.  Something started to settle deep inside but we didn’t know what that was.

Time to catch the redeye back to Bermuda.  Life finally had a moment to slow down.  A sense of peace, a calm if you will is what was settling in for both of us.  Upon opening the front door to our furnished rental, it hit us both for the first time – we’re home….

Perspective shifts can be life changing.

You may ask yourself…

  • Am I aligned with my values?
  • Am I consciously choosing the life I want to live?
  • Is my current reality fulfilling?

Is it time to change your life movie?  Perspective shifts are real and powerful. Choosing to notice and then using this knowledge as a catalyst to hit that reset button to catapult you to the next level of your leadership – priceless!

What’s next for you?


Purpose – Perseverance – Passion