Time to Wake UP!!

5 02 2012

Have YOU seen the big yellow signs? With the black writing … the ones that say, “Wake UP!” … “Get UP!” If you look you will see them on billboards, in bus stops, on benches … at first I thought it was a personal message from the universe confirming my big intention for 2012 to “Wake UP!” Not really, though it did make me smile … BUUUUT, what if it is a unversal message for everyone to “Wake UP!”

 This month I challenge you to preserve the one thing you can amidst all the chaos, information overload, task overwhelm and endless racing … YOURSELF! Wake up, be more aware and get clear!

 It is impossible to be fully engaged until you do. It is so easy to become reactive and lose yourself in a fog of frantic activity. What are your plans to move past distraction and overwhelm?

 You can decide to make 2012 different, simply by paying attention differently. Take back your senses, respond thoughtfully and …

2012 – Time for Something Different?

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s time to pay attention – to really notice who you are and what you want and then FOCUS on creating all that!

 The biggest obstacle to engagement for me and you, is the assault on our senses of too much noisy meaningless information. The impact is a numbing down … a way of defending against overwhelm. Sooo, we stop noticing – our vision gets narrow and cloudy. We begin to react to whatever is most in our face and we stop seeing clearly and responding effectively.

The world is in chaos … lets just be honest. Everything is turning and shifting – it has to. And so do we. So my big question to you now is, “How are you planning to shift your perspective in order to see things more clearly and take bolder more purposeful action?”

 1. Head into 2012 with OPEN Eyes.

  • What are you pretending not to know?
  •  What are you purposely not looking at?
  • What are you avoiding?

These are great questions to ask yourself regularly. What one or two questions would help you see more clearly in 2012? We make ourselves powerless when we choose not to know. And we give ourselves hope when we insist on looking. We can learn to see better. Wisdom starts with simple questions …

  • What could I know?
  • What should I know that I don’t know? 
  • Just what am I missing here?

This year these are the questions I will be asking myself more of the time.

 2.  Where you Look Shapes What You See

Did you see those big yellow signs cajoling you to wake up … If you didn’t, I bet you will now! 

Have you ever noticed that once you have come up with an opinion, focus, or “story” the facts to support your perspective show up everywhere. (that’s why I noticed those dang signs everywhere). Try being playful with your opinions … choose an opposite perspective and sink way into it. Now look around … can you see new information that supports this other opinion?

If you have an idea that is really scaring you right now … decide to look at is an an adventure and opportunity for bringing something new into your life and experience.

 Why does Zappos pay people to quit … (instead of recruiting people with more money?) Because Zappos culture is not for everybody. Zappos wants to learn if thre’s a bad fit between what makes the organization tick and what makes employees tick.

There is a bigger lesson here … stop trying to hold onto what doesn’t work for you… there’s another perspective that holds more fun and fulfillment … what does work for you?!

    3. Nuke Nostalgia 

In 2012 there are some things you no doubt want to let go of because they no longer serve you. What are they? Many people get stuck feeling like the opportunities, experiences and relationships they want in their life are not present. A good place to start is by asking yourself what do I need to let go of? Making room for something allows it to show up!

 4. Choose Two or Three Words

To boldly set a new intention for 2012 choose two or three words. My two words are aware and awake. It’s only been a couple of weeks and I have already noticed a difference in the way I’m paying attention and the choices I make as a result. What are your two words.

 20 seconds of FUN .. watch this video and see what happens when people are distracted while texting … it could happen to you!