Just Do It

Just Do It – Seth Godin: The Right Moment

Patience pays, preparation pays. Both true, however at some point we must take the leap, step into the next adventure, the next chapter, and use all the prep to leap towards learning. And ultimately success.

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#17- Wall of Why

A reminder of “why” I reference numerous times each day. Quotes are cheesy and overdone but they do hold a special power of motivation.

My only caveat is (yes, it’s a quote) “you own the post-it, the post-it doesn’t own you.”

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Priceless – #16

Simon Sinek, Seth Godin, Avinash Kaushik, Mitch Joel, Malcolm Gladwell, and the list goes on… all experts in the field of modern business philosophy or as I like to refer to it, “Think Why”.

These individuals have made an impact in my professional and personal life. I am a fan, but also a student of their modern school of business and relationships.  Yes, these individuals have many differences but what is more important to highlight is what they have in common.

Creating change doesn’t take millions of dollars and multiple Harvard degrees; it takes just one thing… the ability to never recognize the status quo as reality.

Let me explain. Like a scientist uses research to formulate a hypothesis we (creators of change) use the past as a foundation, use the present as our spring board or challenge and the future is where we set our target. Creators of change see the future as a blank canvas rather than a pre determined color by numbers.

By all means learn from the now and embrace today but don’t let it determine the art you create tomorrow. May your creation be bold, bright, and most of all priceless.

 

#14 – #greatdaythursday

Life is what you make it. 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Sounds like another fluffy, flowery, purple ponies, and dancing unicorns coffee shop tag line right? Oh, you are absolutely right, but embracing this optimistic outlook is a simple secret to success, not just a “feel good” Hallmark card. So what, tell me how?

I am fortunate enough to have a #greatdaythursday inspiration that keeps me in check and focused on the good rather than allowing me to become wrapped in the negative energy that can so easily cloud  my mind. Thursday started like a normal workday, CrossFit, coffee, meetings… pretty good. By 9am #greatdaythursday was upon us, declared by an inspirational friend like a proclamation to a group of rebels ready to charge the capital, adorned in flowers atop their purple ponies and dancing unicorns of course.

Believing and seeing your life through a lens of optimism truly is the first step to success. Thursday was packed full of meetings, decisions, continuously changing plans, and many potential stressful situations. However, Thursday was my best day of the week all because of a 3 word hashtag I happened to overhear.  Rather be a “negative nelly”? Go for it. Just keep your manic depression, anxiety, epic sense of disappointment and disapproval to yourself.  It’s your decision,  gloom and doom, or a purple pony party and dancing with unicorns… I am off to learn the cha cha with sparkle the unicorn.

#greatdayeveryday

Day 12 – Ms. Fix-it

Who doesn’t want the quick fix, all in one gadget, magic pill, solution to life’s problems?

As someone who is still learning the finer nuances of interpersonal communication (how to be a friend) my highest measure of success should be the number of other people’s problems I can solve each day, right?! Step 1, step 2, step 3. Conversation over, day saved.

Think again.

As a high “D” the concept of listening is a constant learning experience.

A little background on High D’s: Good leaders and great in crises. Self- motivated, innovative, and self-reliant. May come off  direct and brash and are not good listeners. Hmm… sounds familiar.

I am slowly learning that I don’t have all the answers to every problem, and even more so that people don’t want the “easy as 1, 2, 3” quick fix, they want me.  We crave compassion, support, a sounding board, someone to shut up and just listen.

It’s old news I know, but for the 387th time in the last month it hit me again today, several times, I already have the best tool out there, the ability to stop, put down my instruction manual for life, and just listen.

Day 9 – Appreciation

Today’s lesson is about appreciation.

I have it pretty darn easy, great job, awesome kid, reliable car, stable finances, supportive family, friends that refuse to give up on me, and the list goes on…

I shattered my phone yesterday and today I am typing on my brand new one… One phone call, a quick claim submission, and presto! New phone in less than 18 hours.

This is just one tiny example of how easy I have it. Today it slapped me in the face a little bit that I need to take a few moments everyday to just appreciate my surroundings, opportunities, and potential. A little dose of humble can go a long way.

Day 8 – off

We all have them…off days.

No, not vacation but those days every once in a while when you just feel completely “off,” totally out of your element and in a funk.

Even in my “offness” there was still a lesson to be learned. Today’s is simple… Recognize it, own it, accept it. By letting yourself succumb to the offness, so to speak, it’a a heck of a lot easier to believe you’ll wake up the next day ON.

Till tomorrow. Katie signing “off”

Day 7 – Tough Love

Put your big girl pants on, wipe those tears, and get your shit together girl.

That was the conversation I had with a close friend this afternoon.

Let me first say I do not believe in “fake it till you make it” as a long-term solution. However, it is spot on for making it through the rest of a really hard day.

This afternoon’s chat reminded me of the value of a little tough love… Especially when you’re blinded by your own self-centered, achey-breaky heart stupidity.

I think this sums it up…

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Day #3 – Front Porch or Garage

What are you? A welcoming space where friends are received with open arms, a beautiful entry way encouraging communication, collaboration, and love OR are you a big, cold metal box filled with the junk you dont want anyone to see?

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Seems harsh, but here’s where I’m going.

As multi-vehicle families became the norm, housing developers traded front porches for garages. Houses and subsequently neighborhoods went from an intimate community to merely a place to keep your stuff and catch some zzz’s before doing it all over again the next day.  Let’s face it, no one drives through a neighborhood admiring the garages… “Oh wow, look at the detail of the aluminum garage door on that house…” I don’t think so. We marvel at the potential for community, block parties, and just good conversation shared with friends. That doesn’t happen with closed garage doors, that happens with a neighborly wave from a front porch rocking chair.

So how does this apply? Let’s take a look at the question again… Which one are you? How do you present yourself to those around you?

I admit, I have a tendency to fall on the side of the cold metal box. Not because I don’t want to nurture relationships, but because it’s easy… and even more so it’s safe. When I close myself off from the rest of the world and just pile up junk, I don’t have to risk getting hurt. Slowly, but surely I am learning that the reward of hanging out on the front porch far outweighs the risk.

How will you become the front porch of your world (work, family, friends, the daily routine)? How are you perceived today? If you tend to close up and resemble a locked up garage full of junk, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and wave to a couple neighbors.

What’s the best part of all of this? It’s contagious! Yes, front porches are contagious and better yet they help clean up the junk! A simple smile in the hallway at work, a kind word to your child’s teacher, or a honest compliment to a friend… they are all ways of getting rid of the junk and stepping outside the cold metal box.

When we use our time to nurture community and spread optimism there’s just no time left to accumulate a garage full of junk.