Full Circle POV

Nurturing a holistic, integral point of view for greater leader and team effectiveness and member well-being.

Full Circle POV Lexicon: Conscious and Ego

The Conscious is that part of the psyche that is potentially under the control of the Ego, which, as the center of the conscious, we typically relate to as I. The Conscious is a very small part of the total, or whole, psyche and is a fairly recent development in the evolution of humans.

My Ego, as the center of my consciousness, exists between the environment in which I move and the unconscious psyche and has the function of perceiving, interpreting, integrating, and adapting to the demands, often conflicting, of both. The ability of the Ego to fulfill its function varies in development from person to person, and, for the individual, development continues over the life span. The Ego can be ineffectual or excessively rigid.

To come: Persona and Shadow.

What’s at issue in the Full Circle?

In Daniel Pink’s book on motivation, Drive, he examines the research and outlines what he calls Motivation 1.0 (survival), Motivation 2.0 (rewards and punishments), and Motivation 3.0 (autonomy, mastery, and purpose). I think that is solid, but incomplete. I propose Motivation 4.0 to include relationships. I also think the four can be related to the four key life areas of body, mind, heart, and spirit.

    • Body – Our physical realm: health, diet, fitness, sexuality, our financial and other resources, freedom of movement, and structures and routines that help maintain stability and security.
      Key goal: Autonomy.
    • Mind – Our mental realm: intelligence, skills, conscious choices, complex competencies, beliefs and assumptions, cognitive processes, achievement, objectives, and power.
      Key Goal: Mastery
    • Heart – Our relational realm: emotional intelligence, relationship skills with self and others, fear and abandonment tolerance and management, quality of connection to various social environments, teamwork, values and ethics, integration of personal history and personal Shadow.
      Key goal: Relationship with self and others.
    • Spirit – Our spiritual realm: vision, personal mission, leadership, integration of the four realms into a unified sense of self and worldview, spirit, religion or other spiritual practice, and transcendence.
      Key Goal: Purpose.

Considering this as a guide, where are your strengths and your challenges?

The Challenge

On the face of it, the notion of nurturing and aligning body, mind, heart, and spirit seems simple or even trite, new age-ish. On the contrary, we all have our default centers of gravity that we overload with energy and habit to the point that others are crowded out and become harder and harder to access. The integral challenge is to create a mindset that notices the gaps and creates daily life practices that ensure all are engaged.

R. D. Laing said it well:

The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice.
And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice
there is little we can do to change
until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.

The Full Circle Point of View

Life and work are more effective and satisfying when
body, mind, heart, and spirit
are all nurtured and aligned toward purpose.

We are buffeted daily by polarities,
opposite, yet interdependent, values,
that we must acknowledge and accommodate
in order to avoid the pitfalls
that come with onesided thinking.


“The achievement of goals is important. But the real juice of life, whether it be sweet or bitter, is to be found not nearly so much in the products of our efforts as in the process of living itself, in how it feels to be alive.” George Leonard, Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment. (1991)

Americans have become so driven to achieve, to show a strong bottom line, that we easily lose track of the qualitative aspects of being alive.

A new blog. May the gods be kind.

This new blog is devoted to the mindset, process and purpose of living a “full circle” life. How we can understand what that means and navigate the challenges in trying to nurture and align body, mind, heart, and spirit are the core of the discussion to come. Over time, I will lay out relevant background concepts and comment (perhaps provide some insights even) on individuals and organizations. I hope my readers find my postings interesting and thought provoking as you seek to realize your own full potentials.

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