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Welcome to Dr. William G. DeFoore's Monthly E-Newsletter  W.G. DeFoore, Ph.D. July 2009 Vol 3 Issue 7   


Five Great Questions For You

Goodfinding is about finding the value in whatever life presents to you. It also guides you to the incredible value that is who you are. This is exactly what my friend John Scherer's fabulous new book, Five Questions That Change Everything: Life Lessons At Work is about. I met John over ten years ago, when I completed his Leadership Development Intensive program in Spokane, WA. This man really knows what he is talking about, and I still use the things I learned in his program today. One key element he provides is the opportunity to embrace the totality of who you are. And now for the five questions:
  1. What Confronts Me? Here, John helps you to "Face The Tiger" of the challenges your life is bringing to you.
  2. What Am I Bringing? This is where you assess your assets in order to enhance your "purpose, power and peace."
  3. What Runs Me? In this section, John will guide you to face and embrace your "shadow," which contains gifts beyond what you may imagine.
  4. What Calls Me? Now it is time for you to examine your true "calling." This is intimately connected with your inner nature, which is magnificent.
  5. What Will Unleash Me? I love this one. We are each so much more than we have realized or become, and John gets that. In this final section of his book, he will guide you through a process that sets you free to be the amazing you that you've always wanted to be. 
I have to admit that one of the reasons I like what John offers is guessed it...I agree with him. Check his book out now, and see if you do too!

Increase Your Will Power


Daniel Goleman wrote a column for Greater Good Magazine entitled, Yes, You Can, which explains how you can grow your willpower to do those things you really want to do. We have known for years how the will to live can help someone heal from an illness that was supposed to be terminal, or survive a seemingly fatal injury. I think this powerful force called the will emerges from the same place as your will to fulfill your purpose and live your dreams--which enhances the sense of value that you hold for your life as a whole.

Often, you can accomplish those larger life goals only when you have the will, focus and determination to do a really good job of taking care of yourself. That's why I emphasize so much in Goodfinding about how amazing, brilliant and wonderful you are as a person. The more you appreciate your own unique, personal value, the more likely you are to have the willpower to take care of your body, mind and spirit.

  "Just Bring The Dancer!"


These are the words of a patient dealing with a particularly painful case of sickle-cell disease. Her full statement was, "Don't give me morphine, just bring the dancer!" As reported in this article from Greater Good Magazine, this is one of many examples of the positive impact of art on health. Dancer-in-residence Jill Sonke-Henderson and pediatric oncologist John Graham-Pole (who is also a poet) find that patients receive pain relief and other benefits from exposure to and participation in art. In conjunction with the research that indicates that art can also be beneficial to mental function and performance in general, these studies speak to a growing awareness of how art is essential to our humanity and good for us in many ways.


  Unsung Heroes Of WWII


With the value of art in mind, I'd like to introduce you to Robert Edsel, who has done the world a great service by honoring some very special (and previously unsung) heroes of World War II. As a recent recipient of the National Humanities Medal for his work on the Monuments Men Foundation For The Preservation Of Art, Robert has undertaken the singular task of honoring a group of brave veterans of WWII--men and women who risked their lives to preserve much of the great art we are so privileged to enjoy today. A future edition of Goodfinding will feature his soon to be released book, but you can visit his web site now, and review his existing book entitled, Rescuing Da Vinci.

Watch this video in which Robert and some of the surviving Monuments Men are honored by then-Senator Hillary Clinton. Robert's generous work has been a simple and yet magnificent expression of gratitude and appreciation, which is what Goodfinding is all about. So now, we express our gratitude and appreciation to you, Robert.


 Quotes from Great Goodfinders


"In an abundant life, all of who you are is freely and powerfully expressed into the world, without apology."

--John Scherer

"The emotion of hoping expands out of itself, makes people wider instead of narrower; insatiable, it wants to know what makes people purposeful on the inside and what might be allied with them on the outside."

--Ernst Bloch

"If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves."
--Thomas Edison

"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true."
--Richard Bach

"You can get anything you want in life if you help others get what they want."
George Lengvan




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