Ouch! But, yes, you read that correctly. We've all heard the phrase, “weapons of mass destruction”, but this week I used the phrase “weapons of self-destruction” with my leadership mentor. I was recalling a ceremony that we do during our leadership retreats called, “Burying Your Weapons”. Briefly, this is about identifying and releasing those attitudes, resentments, habits, … all that would get in the way of full participation in the learning that is ahead of us.
Often, the weapons I identify are those internal voices that I use to beat up on myself. I am learning to see them clearly and let them go … but they are powerful weapons and any use of them hurts!