Kindness - an interview featuring Vickie Mudra, Founder & CEO, Institute for Deliberate Practice

Vickie Mudra is the founder & CEO of the Institute for Deliberate Practice, Inc.

Vickie is an educator, author, researcher, speaker, and leader who is filled with courage and curiosity and leads with love and gratitude.  Her intention is to make a positive difference always, in all ways.  She has over 35 years’ experience working FOR other organizations in various roles and is super excited to now working WITH leaders of organizations as a collaborator and partner with the goal of reigniting energy, and engagement.  Her mission is to advance the knowledge, deliberate practice, and evolution of care and communication that positively transforms the way people lead themselves and others.

Q. What does kindness mean to you?

A. Kindness to me means paying attention to what matters to others.  Noticing…sharing what I have to share – love, affection, food, money, time, resources I have to share with those who are suffering and/or need these resources.

Kindness to me means being a good friend, family member, neighbor, colleague, etc. – helping, connecting, celebrating, comforting, respecting, feeding the mind, body, and spirit of another.

Treating self and others with respect – having courage to give and receive feedback and honoring the truth, even if doesn’t feel good – but can help someone grow – as long as love, care, and relationship remains the priority.

Q. How are you sharing 21 days of kindness?

A. Being mindful of kindness. As a remote business owner with no team, I am making an extra effort to show kindness in the virtual and in-person communities whenever I can. Being a role model for kindness – reaching out to offer to serve. Seeking ways to actually insert kindness.

Q. What will you do to share kindness today?

A. Participate in Monica’s 21 day blog series and take time to write about what kindness means to me…share in my own social media the message of kindness

Q. Favorite example(s) of how others can share kindness

A. Do/Say at least one less negative thing and replace it with a deliberate act of kindness instead.

Compliment and celebrate others in a genuine, full-hearted manner – notice successes.

Use kind words when talking about self and others.

Q. Today I celebrated…  

A. Having lunch with a friend and colleague'

Opportunities to share my gifts and receive monetary compensation – ability to earn while working for myself with others I choose.

Q. I am grateful for…

A. Ability to have quality time with my husband who has ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease and not have to be away at a 9-5 job.

Q. Someone I would like to recognize for showing me kindness.

A. The nurses and care teams at the ALS Association of Phoenix and Mayo Clinic who provides great care and support to my husband and I as we journey through this difficult disease progression

Q. What I do to appreciate myself

A. Ability to acknowledge and validate my full ranges of thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and seek connection with others when it serves me to be my best self and gain perspectives.  I appreciate my value I place on relationships and my natural strength as a relator.

Q. I am so glad that I get to…

A. Meet and nurture important personal and professional relationships to help people experience their best life and best work.

Q. What do you do when your day doesn’t go as planned?

A. Meditate on what I learned

Practice gratitude

Q. I am inspired by…

A. My family, especially my husband, who maintains an amazing attitude and sense of humor in the face of a life-changing disease.

Highly successful coaches and consultants who have figured out who they help and how to attract clients to allow them to live their great lives doing their great work every day.

Q. A dream I am currently focused on fulfilling is…

A. Developing my writing habit – write books, tell my story, offer guidance, teach, inspire…

Establish clarity around how I can best serve others in my business – how can I meet the needs of leaders and organizations in a meaningful and powerful way.