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Friday, August 28, 2015

The Nudge: Small Push, Big Impact.

We may be ready, but we are not always sure, so we hesitate, waiting for the moment we think is ideal.  We wait, and wait some more. Then comes the nudge.  It might be a call, a text, an email, a comment, a sighting, whatever the source or method of the message, it moves us. I was listening to DJ Julie Adenuga interviewing Jamie Woon recently, and the conversation turned to his latest single "Sharpness" and the concept of readiness. He was in the studio when he got a message via a medium he does not use much (Twitter) saying that a well known producer (Pharrell Williams) was about to play the track on a radio show Williams was hosting. For an artist this is a big deal, and what's funny is that Jamie admits to not having the right operating system on his phone or computer at the time, so had it not been for his mates in the studio he might not have heard his record being played and enjoyed by the likes of Justin Timberlake (who happened to be in the studio w/ Pharell at the time). Woon talked briefly about being appreciative of the push to get things in order so he could be nimble in moments like this.   
There is just so many good ideas oozing out of the pores of our creative collective that it can seem impossible to hear them all. The truth is, as the creators of that material we are often brilliantly hesitant when it comes to sharing, but I believe  our networks can help nudge us towards realizing the full potential of what we have to offer.  Even after taking the courses, passing the tests, doing the work, having the conversations and being told we are "there", we can still doubt ourselves, so we stay still, until the nudge comes. When that energy is applied to get you moving, resistance is futile, so just go with it, you might end up loving the ride. At very least you'll update your operating systems, literally or figuratively. 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Balance is much closer than we think.

I'm away for a sec, so I'm triaging electronic media's hold on my time because I need to. For bursts of time, email gets checked (& responded to), and calls are made. Then it's back to focusing my energy on why I'm out of the office in the first place. 

Balance can be hard to find, but we generally don't have to look too far. Trouble is, we act as if it's in some remote GPS location when it's not. Let me show you. Take a second, and put down whatever you are holding onto (literally and figuratively). Stretch your arms out in front of you. Now bring your fingers together and curve them slightly. Bend your wrists so your palms face you. You just created a balance holder. It's designed for you to hold your balance toolkit. You get to decide how to use those tools, and you can use as many of them as you like as often as you wish.  

You own our balance and the tools to maintain it. When we relinquish that control to circumstances or people who are not aligned with your values and mission, it can be hard to get it back. Hold on. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014