Wow, what a seminar day THAT was. Starting at 7:45am, I was talkin' shop with bankers here in New York...all the way until about 10:30pm! I went from a Seminar to a lunch meeting to another Seminar to an afternoon meeting one more New York client dinner. Of course, over those 13+ hours a LOT happened. Here are the two things that are standing out from today:
It's more than just inspiration we need. Before the formal course started, three people were in the room ready to go. One said, "Jason, I've heard you're a pretty enthusiastic person. Have you always been inspired like this?" We talked (for just 5 minutes or so) about the power of purpose, intention and clear goals. I explained my "dry erase" pen-on-the-bathroom-mirror technique of getting ready for each seminar and coaching day. (*See below...)
When we're inspired, I maintain, it's because the information we're seeing/hearing/experiencing matches up with one of the promises - implicit or expressed- we've made about who we are, what we do, and how we're going to do it. Which leads me to...
...the fact that it's very, very important to combine INFORMation with INSPIRation. The question that became the overall theme of our morning seminar:
"If there is information out there, that will change the way you work so that more of your resources are used, less of your time wasted, and all of your talents are tapped...when would you like to know?"
I say it with a smile, because I remember when my mentor asked ME that question! Of course, my answer was, "Right Now!" So, start reading, going to classes/courses, calling people to interview them about what you want to more about. If you're going to include a mentor or coach along with you on this journey, consider bringing something for them to SEE that demonstrates what you're working on, preoccupied by, frustrated about...then, seek out the information/knowledge you can use to change HOW you interact with your workflow (not necessarily WHAT you do, but how you do it...make sense?).
There are two things we need to acknowledge about this goal setting and goal achievement process: Inspiration and Education.
* The "dry erase" pen-on-the-bathroom-mirror technique of getting ready for each seminar and coaching day:
Every night before I go to work, I write, on the mirror of the hotel bathroom, a sentence or two clarifying WHY I'm going to work the next day. Over the past 8 years, the words continue to change, the themes always run along the same lines. This week, it's about helping people - through sharing ideas, techniques and behaviors - handle the "more" of life.