Advent Calendar

Perhaps self-leadership is a journey towards myself, and I discover others on the road?
Or is self-leadrship a journey towards others, and I discover myself on the road?

I’ve been writing an Advent Calendar by tweeting in @Onnivaattori. I chose some sample sentences from my book  “Onnivaattori – Itsen johtamisen keveys” (it’s in Finnish; meaning “the lightness of self-leadrship”). Now I thought I could translate them and let my English-speaking friends  have a look. Do you see here a collection of unconnected sentences, or is there a meaningful story emerging in your mind?
  1. I believe in Being that arises from the silence of one’s mind. Being manifests into meaningful actions.
  2. Theory U is a lense (how to see the world) and a method (how to change the world).
  3. Who am I, in my essence? What is my task, in this life?
  4. How do I generate changes in me, get myself unstuck?
  5. What would suffice today? Could I do just that, and feel I’m enough??
  6. I will not wait for the world to calm down. I will calm down. Now.
  7. An open mind wants to hear what others have in mind. Good questions arise from curiosity.
  8. A question comes alive when the one who asks is willing to truly listen to the answer.
  9. What happens if I take responsibility of my state of mind and actions, in this moment?
  10. How can I be less hasty and more relevant in my thoughts and actions?
  11. Can I be a gardener of my happiness? Can my happiness grow limitlessly?
  12. I’m standing in the livingroom of my mind, looking around and wondering what’s useless and can go.
  13. What is the risk I take today, the fear I face?
  14. Why am I working so long days? Are my actions missing relevancy, effectiveness, power and clarity?
  15. I let go of attachment. I want to open my mind, be continuously renewed, listen to life’s calling.
  16. Who am I becoming? What do have to let go of? Which future is inviting me, waking my curiosity?
  17. Burnout will come if I’m burning in the fire of external expectations. I want to burn from within; burn-in.
  18. Am I going to use the rest of my life for getting old, or growing up?
  19. If everything that’s futile is stripped off, who am I ? What is my purpose?
  20. What is the most important thing? Can I focus my attention to that, and only that?
  21. What would be my most natural, simple and happy way to live? Am I already living that way? If not, what’s stopping me?
  22. Which stories would help my desired future to emerge? Could I start some renewing experiments?
  23. Perhaps self-leadership is a journey towards myself, and I discover others on the road?
  24. Or is self-leadership a journey towards others, and I discover myself on the road?

–  Best Christmas wishes, Pekka

By Pekka Pirhonen

I do human-centric strategic development involving individuals, teams and organizations. At all levels it’s about creating and directing energy, inner transformation, and synchronization of individual and collective awareness. A shift in being initiates a shift in action.

In my blog "Coaching Corner" at I speak mainly about individual transformation and self-leadership. However, my personal experience tells that there is no separate “me” - I happen in relationships with others and with nature. Therefore my main motto regarding transformative self-leadership says “lead yourself towards others and all living beings”.

And once you’ve established contact, open your heart and mind, listen carefully and engage in powerful dialogue. This will transform you, and the whole world. Be the transformation you want to see in the world.

I am a professional self-leadership coach with ICF PCC-certificate, with a lot of experience in virtual coaching. Interested in all kinds of virtual collaboration, coaching assignments and mutual learning.

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