The promise of a pencil

For the last few days, I’ve been listening to a new audio book by Adam Braun called The Promise of a Pencil. Adam traveled the world during college and had a nearly fatal ship ride during a Semester at Sea adventure. During a frightening storm when the large ocean liner he and 650 other students were traveling on was badly damaged, he had a life-affirming knowing that now was not his time to die. He was here on the earth for a purpose.

The Promise of a Pencil

The Promise of a Pencil

A year or two later, Adam had a transcendent moment listening to a symphony one night. The name “Pencils of Promise” flashed into his head.

The combination of his knowing he was here for a purpose, combined with this name “Pencils of Promise” led him to his destiny: leading a wildly successful FOR PURPOSE organization that is building a new school every ninety minutes all across the world.

Recently, I had my own life-affirming moment. I awoke from a dream with a feeling of “YES.” Yes, I was doing the work I’m supposed to be doing right now. Yes, I’m living where I’m supposed to be living. There was more to the dream, but my point is made.

Suffice it to say that I awoke feeling so good, so positive, so ON PURPOSE.

How about you, gentle reader? Have you had your own life-affirming moment? A moment where you knew you were in the exact right place, doing your exact right work? Or at least you were on the right path towards your right life?

I’d love it if you’d share your moment with me.

Being on purpose provides a foundation – something to return to when life gets hectic. Being on purpose provides an anchor when the strong winds threaten to blow you over. And being on purpose can provide some extra juice for staying focused on the important.

If you know you’re here for a purpose, yet you’re spinning like a top, overwhelmed, working too much, focusing on the urgent rather than the important, consider scheduling time to Rendezvous with me.

I can help you re-focus, re-energize, and get the right work done that fulfills your purpose, on purpose.

And if you don’t know what your purpose is yet, I’d love to talk to you about that, too. I have an uncanny knack for “knowing” where you’re stuck, blocked, and not “seeing” something important. I’d love to help you find focus and purpose. Because once you do that, everything comes into focus and becomes more fun!

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. There are only TWO Make Some Room Rendezvous sessions available for April. When they’re gone, they’re gone and I won’t be offering them again until later this year. Schedule yours now!

P.P.S. The fabulous Julie LaChance, of RMS Solutions, Inc., is taking up the Gmail 101 reins. Join her in early May to learn how to be a Gmail and Google apps master!

Then I will vs. Now I will (a.k.a. Making a decision)

I’m big on making decisions. And at a recent networking meeting full of smart folks, a guest speaker spoke about that very thing

I was particularly struck by his concept of, “Then I will” vs. “Now I will”

Here’s what “Then I will” sounds like:

  • Once I make a certain revenue goal (or have a certain amount of savings), then I will do “something” different.
  • I want to write a book, but I don’t have time. Maybe once I get my office organized, I can find time to write.
  • Once I document all our systems and processes, then my company will be humming like well-oiled machine.
  • As soon as I’ve saved enough for retirement, then I will move to the beach. (Or the mountains…ahem!)
  • As soon as I know enough, then I will start my own business.
  • Once I’m mad enough, I’ll quit.

What if, instead, you seize the moment? Now I will…

  • Today I will take one concrete action step towards improving my revenue (rather than waiting until later).
  • I will make time to write 500 words today, every day, in order to get my book done.
  • I realize systems and processes are important – and how can I ensure that today we are taking even one step towards improving both processes and team work?
  • Screw retirement – I’m moving to the beach NOW!
  • I realize I’ll never know enough – and I’m starting my business now. Today.
  • I’m inspired, capable, and ready. I’m quitting and choosing to do something different instead.

Can you feel the difference between those two lists? The first is future-focused and based on ‘something’ happening. The second is ‘now’ focused and places the responsibility and choice on YOU to make it happen. It’s all about making a decision.

I love the second list. I focus on the second list. My life is modeled one day at a time around the second list.

How about you?

Make some room,

Angie

P.S. A Make Some Room Rendezvous session is a perfect opportunity to discover where you can live in the now to create a happier life and a more successful business. This is you making a decision to act now.be bold

Let’s hug Procrastination and thank it, too

Make Some Room Manifesto from Your Organized Guide, Inc.Let’s talk about procrastination.

Currently I’m reading two books – one on how to joyfully and playfully free my inner writer even more and a second one on how to master the game of life. I’ve practically filled half a notebook with thoughts from each.

The interesting thing is both of these books address the dreaded phenomenon of procrastination.

And I’ve been dealing with it big time in the last week or so.

So with my reading and a bit of introspection, here’s what I’ve learned:

Procrastination is actually is a gift! We should hug it and squeeze and thank it.

Seriously.

Here’s the deal: when we procrastinate, we’re on the verge of discovery. Like, BIG discovery. The reason we procrastinate is our “inner lizard” – our fear brain – is saying, “Danger! Danger! Something important is about to take place.”

And then our “inner lizard” shifts into major procrastination mode and presents us with juicy things to do, like organize our sock drawer, stare at emails, make witty comments on social media, or bathe the cat.

Instead of pandering to our inner lizard, let’s take some advice from rapper Vanilla Ice (yes, really):

“Alright Stop. Collaborate and Listen.”

Yes, I’m asking you to both take advice from a rapper and embrace your procrastination. To get cozy with it. And to listen. Write down the thing or things you’re avoiding and ask the following questions:

1. Is the something I’m avoiding big and remarkable and scary to me? Yet, at the same time, it kind of really excites me and terrifies me and makes me fizz in a Pop-Rocks kind of way? Is the energy rushing into my body and making me feel the need to do something, anything (except maybe the thing I’m procrastinating about)?

2. OR is the thing I’m avoiding doing making me feel dread? Making me feel truly yucky? And making me feel like the energy is running out of my body? So much so I cannot even move from my chair?

Once you can fully decide which of the two feelings you’re feeling, you can fully thank Procrastination (and your inner lizard) for such awesome information!

The solutions here? If you’re dealing with first scenario (scared, but energized), see if you can take one step in the direction of accomplishing the thing. And one step can be calling someone and saying, “I’m scared.” or “I’m stuck.”

If you’re dealing with the second scenario (dread, low energy, etc.) ask yourself, “Do I have to do this thing or can I get creative and get it done another way or by another person?” If you’re feeling SO yucky about it, you most likely should not be doing it. And I’m perfectly serious about that.

I had a very illuminating conversation with someone recently about this and he realized a whole new way to get something done in a collaborative way that brought enthusiasm, relief and energy back into his voice (and his body). His information was, “This is not a task you’re good at. It doesn’t bring you energy. It’s not one of your gifts and talents.” However, collaborating IS his gift and talent and it turned into a perfect scenario for the thing to get done.

So, there you have it. Hug and squeeze and thank procrastination for giving you such great information.

And if you find you cannot figure out which feeling you’re feeling or if you’d like some support in identifying or taking action on these things, that’s what I’m here for!

In fact, today I’m doing a Make Some Room Rendezvous Session with a business owner who called and said, “I’m just plain stuck.”

Awesome! It’s going to be a fine day of discovery, getting unstuck, and moving into energizing action. And we shall squeeze and hug and thank procrastination for making it happen.

Make some room

Angie

P.S. There are no more Make Some Room Rendezvous sessions available for March. Schedule yours for April now! And when those are gone, I won’t offer anymore until late summer/early fall.

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