APPLYING FOR SEVEN STATES. OUR INSPIRATION.
‘We were tired of playing small’ James & Kirsty Greenshields
(Finalists of Seven States of Change)
- We were tired of playing small. We wanted to feel like we’re making a bigger impact;
- We want more people to know about our work, because the people who do have changed their lives; and
- We want to work with people, including mentors, who resonate with our values.
In 2009, we created our vision for the now Centre For Resilient Leadership. The vision began because of our own personal journey, which started because we wanted to heal ourselves and our relationship.
James was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, after returning from war service in Iraq in 2007. By July 2008 we had a two year old, and a small baby. Our relationship was at breaking point and we both knew change was necessary if our marriage was to stay intact. There’s a longer story behind it but, to cut it short, James decided to recover from his label of PTSD, and our relationship goes from strength to strength.
We turned our personal struggles into opportunities!
We want our vision to play a part in creating a structure which supports entrepreneurial young men and women, to assist them receive the tools they need to self-generate and make a difference in the world. We had no idea how we would do that, but we kept our alignment with the vision as we continued to develop our business.
Two years ago, The Young Warrior Project was born. After three school programs, and other stand-alone camps, the results of the program spoke for themselves.
We know in our hearts that the Young Warrior is the gateway for us to assist change in family and community cultures – by working not just with the young people, but also with their parents, and using the same methods used in indigenous initiation rites of passage training, so we continued to progress and develop it.
Our challenge now was to extend our reach. Enter … Seven States of Change! Wow. As soon as Kirsty received the call to submit an application, she knew it would be a winner. Whilst we’d heard of social movements before, we’d been largely forging our own path forward because we hadn’t found the community that resonated with us.
We’ve done a lot of education on getting our message out there, but the resources and stories of how the mentors have helped change their environments really inspired us to ask to be part of the Seven States of Change team!
We started to expand our reach through following Mia Munro’s Community build strategies!
And it worked, you can check out our new community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/newbreedofwarrior/
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