Monday, June 30, 2014
I recently read an inspiring article from Kelly Belmonte author of the book "Three Ways of Searching" that spurred on the thoughts of how we look at risk and experience.
Maybe using a water reference you have had this said to you before: You better be careful. You don’t want to get in over your head.”
Do these people understand how water works?
Here’s the thing about water, how it functions with humans or other living things moving around in it: Swimming works better when there’s more water than there is swimmer. Ever try swimming in the shallow end, where the water is not over your head? Very difficult. At best, clumsy. Worse, you could be at risk of hitting your head on the bottom of the pool.
Sticking close to the shoreline makes for fun wading, but ugly swimming. You have to get out past the waves so you can bob around a bit.
Of course, all of this assumes the ability to swim, float, and tread water. Basic skills are necessary. But, simply put (and without metaphor), in the real world, when you want to grow in a particular area, you have to try stuff that feels risky, that pushes you past your place of comfort. Experience has to begin somewhere. Every expert at one time was a newbie, at one time took that first floppy fish dive out into deeper waters.
The secret about those voices urging you to keep in the shallows – including the one in your own head – is that they are simply speaking into their own fear to go out any further. But contrary to such fear-based advice, it can be riskier to try and look like you’re swimming with the big fish when you’re only flopping around at the shoreline with the minnows.
After all, once the water is deep enough that you must swim to stay afloat, does it really matter how deep the water is?
DIVE IN! The water is fine :-)
Posted by Chris Thomason at 6:56 AM
Friday, June 20, 2014
One of the most important decisions you and I will make today is the balance of how much time and effort should be spent on inbound issues and information and how much time and effort should be invested in output and creating something new.
If you are like me it is easy to say “I am busy….The output has to wait, I have emails, phone calls, and meetings I have to do!"
Yep, I get it.... we are all busy.
But here is the real question; did we do anything important today?
Here is the reality….Busy does not equal important and measured doesn't equal mattered.
When the resistance pushes us to do the quick reaction, the instant message, check twitter, or Facebook ... perhaps it pays to push back.
Perhaps it's time for the blank sheet of paper, stop the things that aren’t working, dream a bit, and push for the creative breakthrough...
Or I guess we could just check Facebook and Twitter…..again.
Posted by Chris Thomason at 7:15 AM
Thursday, March 20, 2014
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
- Thomas Edison
Our great-grandfathers knew what it meant to work hard. They hauled hay all day long, making sure that the cows got fed. The meaning of hard work in a manual economy is clear. Without the leverage of machines and organizations, working hard meant producing more. Producing more, of course, was the best way to feed your family.
Today for a lot of the "technologically advanced world" the word “work” has come to mean something to be avoided and granted it is measured differently because most of us don't have to get up every morning and work in the way previous generations have done. But there’s value in work and work matters. Not just for the money you can earn, but from the people we get to become through it. Hard work draws out talents and increases capacities and helps us discover who we are.
“All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.”- Calvin Coolidge
I don’t know what challenges you face right now. But I will bet that in order to meet them successfully it will require you to do some hard work. Work of course is not always fun and it can be a grind but that does not diminish its intrinsic value nor should it deter us from having dreams, visions, and goals.
So let's examine our motivation: In what areas of our life are we being called to work harder at work worth doing?
Whether it’s the inner work of transforming the way we live our life becoming more of who God wants us to be, or the outer “roll up our sleeves and setting our alarm early” work it will be well worth it to put in the effort.....it has been proven by many before us.
Remember, you are needed. There is important work to be done that will not be done unless you do it. Catherine Pulsifer
Posted by Chris Thomason at 4:02 AM
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
An experienced carpenter decided it was time to retire. He told his employer of 20 years of his plans to leave the house building business and live a less rigorous life and enjoy a more time with his wife. Although he needed the paycheck, he also needed a different lifestyle. It would be somewhat of a struggle for him and his wife, but they could get by.
His boss was sorry to see his long time worker and great employee go, and asked if he could build just one more house, as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, as he could really use the money, but in time, it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work.
He did not do his usual great work but resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials, he hurriedly finished the job to collect his final paycheck.
When he completed his work and his employer came to inspect the house, the owner of the business handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house," he said, "my gift to you for your many years of service, you deserve it"
What a shock! What should have been a moment of joy and gratefulness was now a moment of shame. If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently, he thought.
Now he had to live in the home he had not built to the best of his ability.
We are all building something each and everyday....our life. We should build wisely, for in the end we will live in what we built.
1 Corinthians 9: 26-27 (The Message) I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.
Posted by Chris Thomason at 3:53 AM
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
Henry Ward Beecher
What relationship with the future will you choose?
Some people believe that tomorrow is likely to be better. Better opportunities, better technology, a brave new day to make a new kind of difference.
Others think that yesterday was a lot better than today. Tomorrow represents diminished resources, fewer opportunities, one step closer to the end.
Yes the future is unpredictable and represents that dreaded word "change".
But the future isn't so much about absorbing or tolerating change, it's about making change.
The thing is, the future happens. Every single day, like it or not. Sure, tomorrow is risky, frightening and in some way represents one step closer to the end. But it also brings with it the possibility of better and the chance to do something that matters.
So here is what I know, we can live with confidence because God wants to give us hope and holds our future (Jeremiah 29:11). So let's step into the future, trust God and grab the handle of faith because "It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going." 2 Corinthians 5:7 (The Message)
a large portion of this post I credit to the ever inspiring agent of change Seth Godin. Thanks Seth for reminding us to do things that matter in this world!
Posted by Chris Thomason at 2:32 AM