“Did you ever wonder why no one ever tries softer?”
—Lily Tomlin, American actress and comedian
Image from Unsplash by Max van den Oetelaar
If you keep up with books on personal and professional achievements, you will likely have seen an emphasis on deep work, drive, grit, leaning in, and discovering your strengths.
There is no question that hard work, persistence, the power of habit, and putting in those 10,000 hours is correlated with considerable progress and achievement.
What would trying softer look like?
How could this be an access point to a more successful and rewarding life?
Where would quieter behaviors and approaches to your relationships with yourself and others, and the general way you move through life, provide access to new personal and professional possibilities?
FRIDAY REVIEW: POSSIBILITIES
What do you consider “impossible” for you? What do you consider possible? Here are a few possibility-related posts you may have missed.
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”
“The Earth needs a good lawyer.”
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”
“It’s hard to see your own face without a mirror.”
—Phil McGraw, American TV Personality “Dr. Phil”
Image from Unsplash by Laurenz Kleinheider
I recently facilitated a team-building workshop with one of my favorite clients. Half of the twelve participants had worked with me before. The other six were with me for the first time. The senior leader has been coaching each of them for more than a decade and he wanted to boost his efforts with this session.
We discussed a variety of topics, and did a strength/weakness exercise, which is fairly standard for such meetings. Surprisingly, the feedback and comments from their colleagues made an even bigger impression on the participants than most expected.
Where are or could you more fully use the people in your personal and professional communities as a mirror, to realize more of your fullest potential?
“The Earth needs a good lawyer.”
—Seth Godin, American Author
Image from nasa.gov
These days it appears that the next gold rush is in space. Whether it is mining asteroids or creating settlements on Mars, there is no question there are lots of big bets being made by such pioneers as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, among others.
Given the trends we observe today, what shape will planet Earth be in by the time, decades from now, we realize all the possibilities we see today?
Even if we create a settlement on Mars with a million people, there will still be eight billion, nine hundred and ninety-nine million people left here on Earth. They will be looking into the night sky, possibly wondering, What have we done?
Where and in what ways are you a protector/defender of our beautiful Earth? What immediate actions can all of us take to not ever need a lawyer to stand up for Mother Nature?
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”
—François Rabelais, 16th Century French Writer
Throughout recorded history, man has inquired into his own existence and humanity’s place and purpose on this earth.
Having a reason to get up each morning to explore and realize the possibilities of life seems fundamental, but all to often, some of us get stuck or stalled in a daily rut in which our lives feel less inspired and engaging.
Where and in what ways can you intentionally and proactively seek your next personal or professional “perhaps”?
Feel free to reply to this post with any insights you have had, and actions you plan to pursue.
“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die, and the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.”
⏤Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India
Image from Flickr by Andrew Roberts
When I first read this quote, I felt pretty down at the thought of dying each evening, with a sense of finality that something⏤in this case, my day⏤was over.
Many of us experience similar feelings when our weekends, vacations, or other happy times come to an end.
Consider that the same is true for bad times, and uncomfortable events we may want to wish away.
To wake up and be reborn each new day excites me with the possibilities of new and wondrous things I can intentionally do, with a fresh perspective and a fresh canvas to draw upon.
How can you interpret today’s quote to make the very best of each new day you are fortunate enough to experience?
“What is possible for you is dictated by your hunger, not your history.”
-Brendon Burchard, American Motivational Author
Image from playbuzz.com
A few weeks ago, I had an engaging breakfast meeting with a friend who is applying for a new, high profile position. He expects to be vying for this job with a good number of other people.
Through our discussion and inquiry, we fueled the flame of his hunger for this position. He was clear that, based on his history and experience, he was highly qualified for the role. He also saw this position as the role of a lifetime, and that attaining it was his professional destiny.
How likely do you think it is that the interviewers will sense his genuine hunger and passion for the position and put him at or near the top of the list?
Where can you use your own insatiable hunger – not just your history – to achieve your deeply held desires?
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
—Maya Angelou, African-American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer.
Have you ever visited Niagara Falls on a sunny day? If so, I guarantee you saw a rainbow, due to the combination of sunlight and the mist that rises from the falls and acts as a thousand prisms of light.
Clouds, too, are collections of water vapor that often block the light and cast a shadow on whatever is beneath them.
As we enter the fall and winter months, some people experience a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which diminishes their energy and life satisfaction, due to a lack of sunlight.
How can you shine your own internal light through the clouds of those around you, to create more rainbows and greater possibilities – and help yourself and others live a more vibrant, colorful life?
– Danny Kaye
Many of us were given a box of crayons or set of watercolor paints as children. As we began drawing or painting, we often made a mess, and went beyond the workbook or the canvas. Our teachers and parents, with the best of intentions, taught us to paint by numbers and draw within the boundaries.
How does this idea relate to the lives that we live today: following the rules, sticking to established procedures, conforming?
What if you are simply a brilliant artist and your life is your masterpiece? How big a canvas, and how much paint, will you need? Consider doubling it.
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“Nothing happens unless first a dream.”
– Carl Sandburg, 20th Century Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet
Image from Unsplash by Daniil Kuželev
A dream, a vision, a goal, an objective: Words that convey a view of the future. When we envision the future, a magical attractive power begins to pull us towards its realization.
Without this first thought of what we want to see, we are left exactly where we are – with something neither good nor bad unless we make it so. However, the moment we think about, imagine, and envision a future, we find the ability to reach our destiny.
What are your personal and professional dreams?
How can you exercise your personal and professional capacity to envision your future, and use this capacity to enhance your world?