“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
― Martha Graham
Practicing isn’t always going to be fun, yet it is what leads to perfecting your craft, your work, your relationships, your communications, your community and your life.
What are you working on continually to get better at?
When you practice you grow. Practice invites you to greater challenges. Practice is the foundation of confidence and competence. By enhancing your abilities you increase your chances for new opportunities.
Practicing isn’t about being perfect it is about recognizing the imperfections and adjusting so the potential of an error is reduced in the future.
What do you want to get better at? What will it take? Will you do it?
“What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.” Oprah Winfrey
What do you think of when you see or hear the word opportunity? Opportunity for you. What feelings are generated when you hear that word?
Opportunity is a word that generally elevates optimism and produces a sense of anticipatory positive outcomes. Opportunity for something better to happen in the near future. For some people it is like buying a lottery ticket with the hope that they will win the big prize and all their troubles will be over.
What opportunities are you seeking? What do you hope those opportunities will do for you?
Opportunity is all around us if we take the time to look. First we have to look within and find out what it is that will satisfy us and then look for opportunities that will accomplish that goal. For some people their career is virtually meaningless. Sure there is a paycheck but there is no meaning to the work they do and they stay there because of one thing a paycheck. There are many opportunities to do something that is meaningful and still have a paycheck.
How do you get more opportunity in your life?
1. Keep learning
2. Manage your emotions well
3. Listen more – talk less
4. Experiment – try new things (everywhere – choose something different from the menu of life).
5. Know your strengths
What can you today to create more opportunity in your life?
“I’m not trying to counsel any of you to do anything really special except to dare to think, and to dare to go with the truth, and to dare to really love completely.” Buckminster Fuller
There is an old Jewish proverb that says,
“What is truer than truth?”
The answer, “The story”
The truth of story. What is the story? What is your part in the story? You are the actor on a stage for which no one wants to buy a ticket … unless the story is compelling and your story is compelling.
The truth is in the story – you are the story. What do you want it to say?
Truth and love, dare to do them completely. What does that look like for you?
It might be to brace opportunity.
It might be to be happy with who you are.
It might be to recognize your part in the story.
It might be opening your eyes and to see for the first time.
“Promise yourself to dream more and hesitate less.
To believe in yourself more
and judge yourself less by
the accomplishment of others.” Deanna Beisser
Dream more and hesitate less. How is it that our dreams shrink back when we hesitate to turn those dreams into goals and into action? How many opportunities will slip by when we hesitate to take action?
When we hesitate we lose momentum, when we lose momentum we lose the power to create. The waterwheel was used to power 19th century factories and it was the engine of the economy. When the water stopped moving so did the waterwheel and so did the factories.
Hope is the fuel of dreams. Robert Kennedy said, “Each time a person stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot others, or strikes out against injustice, (s)he sends forth a ripple of hope, …”. Action is a dream that has momentum. Action is what sees a dream turn into a creative river of possibilities.
Now, sometimes we just need to step back and relax ….
A walk with a dog
“What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the Sun?
“I (Robert Greenleaf) counsel you to be aware of your priceless gift of creativity. No matter how small and flickering a light it may seem to be at the time, cultivate it as a pearl beyond price. Whatever your competence in your chosen field turns out to be, and regardless of the size of the opportunities that may come your way in the foreseeable world, your imaginative capacity will measure the productive use of your strengths and opportunities.” Robert K. Greenleaf “The Power of Servant Leadership”, 98)
Are you aware of the gifts you have?
Have you cultivated your gifts so that you can maximize the results of your gifting?
Are you able to use your gifts in a way that passion is aroused within you?
Granted the questions are yes/no answers, and if the answers are no, what are you going to do to release the gifts that you have hidden away so that they can be a benefit to you and to others?
What can you do today to start utilizing your gifts, talents and strengths?