The topic of today’s Sunday Summer Stretch Series is perspective.
Hopefully the Get Stuff Done & Have Fun 21 Day Challenge has prompted you to view what’s fun for you to do as something that’s also essential for you to do.
The 5-10 minutes it took to do something creative, thoughtful, or fun as part of your daily challenge most likely colored your whole day with a dollap of delight that just a few days ago you may have determined you didn’t have time for.
Think of all the joy you would have missed just last week alone!
By now you could be seven days into the challenge. Even if you are only a day or two into it, how has challenging yourself changed your perspective? What is possible for you now that you didn’t think was possible last week?
Here’s what I learned is possible for me.
I am smart enough to deal with IT issues by calling the help desk and patient enough to stay on the phone as long as it takes to resolve the issue. While this is anything but fun for me, it does give my inner geek a thrill to reconfigure my whole internet setup so that it runs faster and with less downtime. And there is a badge of honor that comes with surviving the on-hold hell of being transferred and re-routed and explaining your situation succinctly to each new agent.
Ironically, every time I uplevel my business or upgrade my skills, it’s as difficult as the first time. Sometimes, even more so because I assume I know what I’m getting into and the learning curve will be easier. But not having been at this level or having dealt with the difficulties that come with playing in a bigger arena, I can’t know what I don’t know until I’m faced with not knowing.
That’s where beginner’s mind is most helpful.
And tech support.
Since I got my first MacBook Pro in May, the Apple Care people have become my new BFFS. Yesterday is was the WordPress Happiness Engineers. Today it was my foreign friends at Netgear who spent the morning teaching me about modems and routers and secret reset button that you press with a paper clip after entering a special code. (Not disclosed in the instructions.) Tomorrow I suspect the people at Mail Chimp will be welcomed into the fold.
And what a curious fold it is!
“It takes a village” is all I can say. To build a dream, create a life, find a tribe, or manifest a vision. It takes a pit crew. The kindness of strangers. A treasure map. Some perspective. And a few good dogs snoring and farting freely at your feet.
Let me know in the comments below what you are dreaming up and how I might support you.