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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Obsessive Passion for Anything

Obsessive Passion for Anything

If you have ever been to or through Sturgis during the Harley Davidson rally week, you have witnessed true obsession.  Loud obsession.  Big, gaudy and well, highly creative metal, chrome, paint and leather obsession.

What do you do with an unknown obsession and its related species? You could compare and contrast with what you already know.  But to what end? That kind of ridiculousness won’t help you gain understanding.  What’s the best way to expand your awareness?  Get into it and pretend it’s your obsession.

Dress up in Harley gear – leather and do-rags and boots and ripped jeans.
Eat weird food – for at least a meal or two.  Observe strange behavior – full body paint or barely clad car washers.  My sister in law even bought me some lime green tassels that lit up.  Oooh cool. I didn’t wear them but I like them ;-) You can sit on any corner and watch pelaton after pelaton of Harleys in all shapes, sizes, colors, and decibel levels go by.

All the while I kept reminding myself how obsessive I was with things that I’m sure seem quite foreign to many people.  Like wearing tight spandex and then racing my bike in circles or putting butter in my coffee or dyeing my hair blue.

After about 3 days of my adventure, I had spoken to dozens of new people, seen thousands of Harleys, hung on for dear life over numerous mountain passes AND I did feel expanded. (And not just by a few pounds ;-)

I was more open, more tolerant, and more interested in the lives of those around me. How they got into Harley’s and what, for them, was their passion about?

Then, in celebration, I jumped on my bicycle, hopped on the Mickelson Trail and rode myself back into my own, newly leathered from sun and wind, skin. It felt delicious.

Go out and try on someone else’s obsession this week. Stretch into someone else’s skin and see what you find out.  It’s a big world and there are so many, many different and unique people in it. Go meet them and surprise yourself!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Space to Believe


The Space to Believe


Each of us has our own set of beliefs about the world; why we exist, what makes up a good breakfast, what’s the correct way to greet a stranger or say hello to a dog you don’t know yet.

The great news is that there is plenty of room to form (and test) your own beliefs.  You can try a belief on for a day or a lifetime to see if it fits you.  The place we get into trouble is when we try to force our beliefs onto other people.  Sharing your beliefs is one thing, trying to make people believe what you do is another.

This week revisit some beliefs that you have formed – beliefs about yourself, about your family, your loved ones, your co-workers or team.

What do you think about them?
How are they working for you?


Shaking up your own beliefs is difficult. The basal ganglia likes the routine of patterns and when you disrupt that, YIKES, it shoots a little alarm into your system.

Yet beliefs can change over time, so making space to revisit the beliefs you hold about yourself will help you shift into the new you that is evolving in this moment.

You are an evolutionary being, so when things start to feel stagnant, rather than telling yourself the story that it’s time to “buckle down” and stick with whatever you think you’re supposed to do, try something new.

Try uncoupling yourself from the Should of your dilemma and take a walk with your What if? self. The What if? self utilizes your imagination to formulate new theories, or experiment with new parts of you and new beliefs. Listen to the subtle nuanced ideas the What If? self serves up.

Try on some new beliefs about yourself – like maybe you are perfect just the way you are.  Or how about the belief that everything will be okay, no matter which way it turns out.

Beliefs shape our world and what you believe is entirely up to you.

Experiment.
I love this picture I was sent of a group's current and future state. They agreed that all they need to do is travel that road, with kindnesslove and respect and they'll be fine.

What does your vision to reality map look like?

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Friday, June 19, 2015

3 Secrets to Reach Your Goals Faster

3 Secrets to Help You Reach Your Goals Faster 


If you haven't caught our recent tweets with links to secret goal setting, follow us!

What I love about having Emer on my team is that she is a goal setting shortcut sleuth. Here's just a few secrets she recently found:

1. Imagination Focuses Your Brain Better to Hit the Target

New research published in Psychological Science shows that people who imagined a visual target before having to pick it out of a group of distracting items were faster at finding the target than those who did an actual practice run beforehand. 

How can you apply this finding to your own goals? When you draw a picture of yourself achieving a goal and roll the tape of it in your imagination, seeing yourself walking through all the things you IMAGINE it will take to get there, you encode your neural pathways with the most direct route to achieve it.

Don't take my word for it!  Try it! 
Before you are getting ready to do something, do that old tried and true "visualize success" technique!

2.  Be grateful and your goal achievement level goes up.

Students asked to keep a gratitude journal were found to have a higher satisfaction level, ability to engage better socially with peers, and better overall performance. Leaders who expressed gratitude to staff had better working relationships and fostered a culture of support and appreciation.  Try keeping a gratitude journal. Write down 3 things you are grateful for before you fall asleep at night.  Research shows that after only two weeks of writing your gratitudes, you'll begin to see a change.

3.  Believe you'll achieve it, and you will.

Belief plays a huge role in your ability to achieve success. Not belief that something could happen, but belief that you can make it happen.
Albert Bandura proposed that individuals’  expectations are a major factor in determining goal setting, activity choice, willingness to expend effort, and persistence.

What do you truly believe about that goal you have drawn on your paper?  Unpack it to make sure your belief in your own capability is solid.

If you are wanting to make a change of some kind then now is the time to get focused on you and that dream you have been thinking about.  If you need a reboot, check out our FB page or twitter feed. We're offering you consistent tips to help you step into that reality you have been dreaming about.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Collaboration Schools You

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This month we caught up with Gina Johnson Morris, a multi-talented creative genius! Among other things, Gina is one of the women behind the downtown women's boutique Radish Underground, manager of PNCA BridgeLab, a dancer, choreographer and co-creator of a hit viral video. We visited her in her store to chat about life, creativity and reconciling art & income.

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Life schools you. Friends school you.
In turn, you school others. 


This week one of my longtime collaborators Nancy Cranbourne from One Big Yes Productions came to town.  We wanted to create a new something. Was it a workshop? A performance? We weren't sure exactly what we were going to create, but the whole experience was deep and rich and tough and educating.

It schooled me in the value of long-term friendship and collaboration clearly. It wasn't just about creating new work. As we talked about audience and outcomes, we dug in and asked each other the hard questions.This collaboration has been notorious for taking a deep dive into the underbelly to pull out what women in the world need right now.  Since we are women, that means we have to crack open our hearts to let the yuck pour out and the love pour in.

When you collaborate to create anything, you have to leave your ego at the door, unload your expectations, call up and throw out your old beliefs.  When ideas start to spark, one person throws something out in the air while the other yells, "Yes, yes, that's it! or "No, no something like this..."

It's loud and raucous and there's lots of good coffee and great food and a mile wide of respect and openness.  Eventually the pile of possibiities starts to form into a heart which beats and builds.

And the process schools you as you school each other.  At some point in all that schooling you realize wow, what a beatiful thing life is.  What an amazing school we live in and everyone's part so unique, so cool.

This week our Creative Genius PDX is just that. Cool. Gina Johnson Morris has some beautiful things to say in this episode of Creative Genius Portland about finding your passion, stepping into your dreams, and expanding your vision to include others.  Enjoy her brilliance and articulateness and let it shine a light on #creativegeniusYOU.
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