Sunday, June 27, 2010
Turn left for access to parallel parking spaces on the street or to safely navigate sharp curves. Sometimes you might have to operate within tight time lines to achieve your desired results. You get better at this particular skill set with practice. Negotiate start and end points for tasks that fit into your schedule and allow you room to maneuver. It helps you and those who may be in a position to assist you if you have a clear vision of what you want to do and where you want to go. However, sometimes you cannot anticipate what you will find around the next corner. Slow down and proceed with caution when you approach unfamiliar territory. Embrace change and recognize that there is more than one way to accomplish your end result.
Do not turn around and go back the way you came unless it is absolutely necessary. You want to move forward, not backward. If you must choose this option, look for beneficial right and left turns that you may have missed the first time.
Friday, June 11, 2010
First, Second, and Third Innings: Make sure that all of your necessary equipment is in place (bat, glove, and cap). The bat is the tool that you use to launch your ideas into the field of play. Focus, pay attention to detail, and swing at the right time. When you get a hit, move as quickly as you can to first base. Don't stand around and admire your achievement. Forward progress is necessary to advance and score. The glove is needed to catch distractions, obstacles, and discouragement. These are not things to fear or avoid. You need to control them when they appear and handle them in a way that decreases the likelihood of seeing them again. The cap protects your head. Study to increase your knowledge of what you are pursuing. Be creative and think outside of the box to give yourself a competitive edge.
Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Innings: At this stage of the game, it is time to make adjustments based on what happened in the earlier innings. You now have a feel for how the umpires are calling balls and strikes. There will always be someone assigned to judge your performance. Learn the standards that will be used and practice continually so that you can meet and/or exceed them on a regular basis. Your umpire might be a manager, client, or teacher. The strike zone indicates the position and timing of your opportunities. Remember that it will be subjective depending on who is making the calls. Be observant and flexible in order to maximize your success. The umpires also determine if you are safe or out when you are running the bases. You may have to slide or dive head first to reach the base. This is called hustle and it is an intangible factor in any competition. Your opponent may be smarter, stronger, or faster than you are. However, do not underestimate the power of your sheer will and desire.
Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Innings: Now it is time for the seventh inning stretch. Take a break, sing a song, eat a snack, and plan how you will finish the game. It is important to have a balance between work and other areas of your life. You need to take periodic breaks and recharge so that you put forth your best effort. This is also the time of the game when substitutions are made. Let your team help you. Each person has a role to fulfill in order to help the group.
Remember, you are out after three strikes. But you will get at least 3 opportunities to score each inning.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
A newspaper tells lots of different stories about a variety of topics. It is divided into sections: business, sports, classifieds, comics, and other categories. If you had to produce a daily, weekly, or even monthly newspaper that told your stories, what would you say? Would your Business section have articles about your current job, your dream job, or your entrepreneurial plans? In your Classifieds section, are you buying, selling, or promoting a service or product? There should be a purpose to what you write. It doesn't always have to be serious or formal. Everyone needs to have a Comics section in their publication. A sense of humor helps to keep things in the proper perspective. Laughter is a universal language. You are the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Me Monitor. You will decide on the content and the audience. It may be a personal journal for your eyes only. You might decide to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, or a Blog) and require people to subscribe to your paper. Regardless of how you decide to present your story, the content should be the focus.
Some people may be better speakers than writers. They will express their stories through a spoken narrative. This can be quite entertaining because of the voice inflections, hand gestures, and facial expressions that may be used. It is informative for the storyteller because they can interact with the audience and make instant adjustments to their approach as well as the content. They can control which points receive emphasis and provide the foundation of the story. Another good thing about a narrative is that those who hear it may recognize similarities to and differences from their own experiences. This reflection leads to new stories that will impact, inspire, and stir the imagination of listeners.
For our purpose this week, the term nutrition will refer to our storytelling theme. We want to tell and hear stories that we can easily digest. They should be seasoned with humor and prepared according to a recipe that will produce a well balanced dish. If the story is supposed to be an appetizer or healthy snack, then it should be short and to the point. Of course, a dessert story needs to be sweet and tasty. When the story is the main course, make sure it is fully cooked and served on time.
Our last word is notoriety. What do you want people to remember about you? What is your story? Others can share their opinion and perspective of you, but you have the final say.