—"The Downside of the ‘Prevent Defense," The Systems Thinker, September 2003
- What are some of your most deeply held values or core beliefs? How are those currently exemplified in what you do and how you do it?
- If you were to create a personal purpose or mission statement for yourself, what would it be? How is that purpose reflected in your current professional position and the volunteer commitments you make?
- Examine the major choices in your life. How many of them have been made “from the inside out” rather than being based on external expectations?
- Have you created or found your own voice? How would you describe it to others and how are you expressing it in your relationships and work?
- Authenticity is a way of being “in the moment.” What do you find most challenging about being yourself and “being present”?
- In what situations or with what people do you feel you ‘ought’ to be a certain way? Why might this be and what can be learned from it?
- When, where, or with whom might you most frequently slip into “performance mode?” How could you bring more of who you are into these moments?
- Where might it be helpful if you turned down the volume on your authenticity to make room for others’ authentic self-expression?
- In what situations with which people do you feel like you can be more of a tempered radical, revealing more of your authentic self?