Keeping it easy with a clear vision

We had just finished filming a shot for the television segment and wanted to capture some different views. I called our contact and asked for more action shots. I wanted b-roll of action, not just students in a classroom. As we briefly talked, I sensed a divide between us.

Then I realized what it was; she didn’t know what I wanted to do. So then I explained that the segment will have the interviewer speaking and then have different videos appear throughout the interview. This will make the segment visually engaging as well as informative. Ideally, it will encourage parents and students to learn more about the program. “Oh, now I understand” she said and immediately had some ideas that fit perfectly.

As I concluded the call, I realized a few important things. The power of a clear vision and being able to articulate it clearly. Personally, I know I can have a vision of what I want, but often articulating it clearly is a challenge. I don’t like to box myself into a certain “thing”. I like to have options so at times I can be a little indecisive. Yet, when I know exactly what I want and can communicate that clearly, everything just falls into place.

It surely makes life easier for all the people I need to work with to achieve a goal as well as makes my life easier as I know what I’m going for. Now here’s the fun part, taking it to a new level. How much different would my life be if I communicated my soulful, heartfelt vision with clarity and ease when I prayed? If the physical can become that much better, how much better can the spiritual?

Hmmm….I have a list of goals to accomplish, I’m going to revisit them from my heart and with clarity. Whether it’s in prayer, to a friend, or someone I just met, I’m going to truly feel what I want and be able to communicate that vision clearly. What fun!

Sometimes You Have to Backup to go Forward

Buried up to the wheel wells in the snow, my SUV was not going forward. With lots of effort, I managed to get it rocking and backed out of the mess. Whew!! Now I could take a look at the whole situation and see exactly where I went wrong. I had ended up in some ruts. If I could miss those, I had a good shot of making it through.

I thought of this story as I was contemplating a career move at work. A position in a previous department became available, but I didn’t want to go backward in my career. My current position was good, but not great. Course, it’s what I make it right?

As I was thinking aloud, I thought about this story. Sometimes when you’re stuck, you need to back up and get another perspective. When you’re mired in something, it’s hard to see the whole picture. Your main focus is to get out not the road ahead.

You’d love to go forward, but sometimes the only way to move forward is to back up and take another run at it. Anyone that has driven down a muddy or snowy road knows the power of momentum. Often you’ll get stuck in the mud or a snowdrift, but backing up and gaining some speed will get you right on through.

Or maybe you’ll backup, take a look, and decide that’s not where you really want to go and change directions.

Either way, sometimes backing up and taking a second look is the best way to move forward.

Just a Base Hit

Just a base hit…just a base hit is all we need, my coach yelled from the sidelines. Standing at home plate a base hit is the last thing on my mind. I’m swinging for the fences!!

As a child raised on a farm, I had stamina but little sports ability.  I was short, very skinny and usually the last one to be picked for any sports. So whenever I was privileged to stand at home plate, I felt I had something to prove. Just one crushing hit and I wouldn’t be last anymore. I’d have that respect of being a worthy player.

That was many years ago in grade school and today I find myself performing the same antics. Looking for that crushing, line drive over the fence into the parking lot to show the world “I made it”.  Sports wise, I have closed the athletic gap as now I run, bike, kayak, hike, etc. I place well in whatever I enter and finally escaped that childhood stigma of being last in sports.

As I was talking with my life coach I about success strategies and he said the same thing I heard many years ago. “Just a base hit ” is what you need. What wins games are teams who consistently put players on base. Regular base hits build momentum which leads to consistent scores.

Ironic how what I heard in grade school softball field is still applicable today in my life.

Making it a Priority

“I got the job!!” Mary exclaimed. She was really happy and for the first time in months, I actually saw her smile. The new position was everything she wanted; close to home, better pay, room for growth, a solid company, and only 40 hours vs. 60.

In the past year I’ve known her, she’s stated numerous times how she hates her job and hates the long commute. Those statements weren’t just idle words. I could tell by the emotion that it was something she felt deep inside.

As we talked about all the advantages of her new position I could visibly see her countenance improve. Mary commented that as soon as she gave her notice, her entire neck and shoulder area just relaxed. “I knew I was feeling this, but didn’t realize how much till I yesterday. I remember this feeling; THIS is normal”.

Mary went on to explain that at some point, you just realize this HAS to change. You can’t take it anymore. Once that happens, you have to make that change a priority. Finding a new job didn’t just happen. She looked diligently, searched online during the bus ride to/from work, stayed up late sending resumes…whatever it took.

The ride home was lively as we discussed how people often think “this” is all there is. “This” being commuting an hour to work, working weekends, not having any money, and being treated wrongly. It was refreshing to talk with someone else who realized there had to be more than just getting by and accepting what was. She knew there was something better; there had to be and she worked diligently to find it.

Most of the people I commute with complain about their job, their pay, and then go to sleep. Day after day, week after week, month after month, it’s the same old story. They have two hours a day to read a book, read about a new skill, revise their resume, or look for a job on their smartphone. Instead, they complain and sleep. “This” is all there is for them.

Mary is different. She didn’t accept this as being all there was. She had enough, made it a priority to change and persevered till it happened. Thank you Mary for stepping up, breaking the status quo, and sharing some great insights. Good luck in your new position!!