Which door do you choose?

So I’m turning Who/What/Where/When/Why Wednesday around and asking you a question instead. Several questions, actually:

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Pick a door, any door …

Good choices all, especially for fantasy buffs. While I am a fan of magic, knights, elves, wizards, dragons, dwarves, and of course hobbits (and pirates!  Mustn’t forget them!), I like to keep my doors a bit more realistic.  I choose this one:

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Totally real. And bigger on the inside.

Who couldn’t use their very own TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space machine for the non-Whovians among us)?

Anyhow – which door would you choose? What other doors should be on the list? Where do they go? Go as deep (or as shallow) as you’d like. Most importantly – have the courage to open it up and step through!

Always,

Felix

 

photo credits:

Door Quiz: metapicture.com

Tardis Door: gbposters.com

Is Your Zombie Plan Better than Your Life Plan?

Quick – what’s your Zombie Plan?

Some of you have no idea what I am talking about. Many of you know exactly what I am talking about. Here’s a quick, Halo-themed recap of what zombie plans are all about, brought to you by the fine folks at Rooster Teeth. A few years old but worth a watch – shockingly profanity free and only a wee bit of innuendo during the ending credits: Zombie PSA.

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Coming soon to a street near you? Probably not.

As crazy as the rise of the undead sounds (or maybe not – I won’t judge), it seems like another one of those highly unlikely scenarios that people choose to spend their time worrying about (like that giant asteroid, efficient government, or trying to figure out how to spend your lottery winnings). So much so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have an official page for the Zombie Apocalypse (okay – it’s really a bait and switch for all-hazards planning, but that’s not my point), and just last month the British Government released its own national level zombie plan. Yes, yes – they were kind of joking too, but here’s some food for thought (brain food?): it’s easier to find help making a zombie plan than it is to make a life plan. Googlefight.com has “zombie plan” consistently beating “life plan” by as much as 2 to 1. What’s up with that?

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I’ll bet you Larry has a zombie plan though …

So that leads to the question: How am I spending my time? Am I planning (and living) my life according to my own values, or am I planning/worrying about what everybody else is worried about?  Hopefully more of the former – I’ll keep watch for the latter.  And for the zombies.

Always,

Felix

photo credits:

Zombie Sign: Austin Statesman online – Jan 28, 2009

Life Plan Cartoon: Ned & Larry @ lifetastesfunny.com

 

Why Procrastination is Good for You

So I was going to blog about this book – “Wait: The Useful Art of Procrastination” – earlier, but never got around to reading it.

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That’s a GOOD BOY!

See what I did there?

So, next best thing – here is an interview with the author, Frank Partnoy: Why Procrastination is Good for You | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine. Defining the differences between “mindless” and  “intentional” procrastination should be a big help to those of us who never seem to get to “the important things”, or when working with clients who just have too much “other stuff” to do. The key understanding is that when procrastinating with intent, you WILL be taking action, it is simply a matter of knowing exactly WHEN. The author argues that taking action too quickly often has disastrous consequences, and thus waiting until the last possible moment to make that decision results in better outcomes.

Makes sense, but at the same time I worry that this will provide the perfect excuse to putting things off until that “perfect” time, or otherwise lending support to saboteurs. Read with caution. But, you know. When you’re ready.

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What? Can’t a sister have a little fun every once in a while?

Always,

Felix

photo credits:

Book Cover – http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/big-book/why-you-should-delay-upsides-procrastination
Nun playing solitaire – epSos.de via photopin cc

Secret Ingredient for Success

A client recently shared this article from the NY Times with me. It really sums up my belief that each of us has the answers to whatever “issue” we’re dealing with. It’s just a matter of looking closely, and honestly, at everything we are (or aren’t) doing/being: Secret Ingredient for Success – NYTimes.com.

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“Momma always said life was like a bowl of noodles.”
Wait a minute…

What assumptions do you need to challenge about yourself in order to get where you want to be? Can any of us truly challenge ourselves, or do we always need “another set of eyes”?

Always,

Felix

photo credit: SodanieChea via photopin cc

Envisioning Your Future – 94 Years Ago

The fine folks at the Paleofuture blog at Smithsonian.com present an interesting look back at the future: The Gadgets of the Future from the Electrical Shows of Yesterday | Paleofuture. It makes you wonder exactly how crazy things like the iPotty at this year’s CES really are.

Of note are the things that were very forward looking for 1919 – and quite real today; wireless telephones (although they didn’t see mobile coming), washing machines and dishwashers (although they look like they could do more damage to dishes than actually clean them). And of course, something we see everywhere nowadays – the electric truck!

Apart from golf carts, we haven’t quite figured this one out. Getting there. I think.

A few “oddities”, like the Electric Light Bath. A tanning bed? A medical device? Somebody was thinking out of the box on this one, and I can appreciate that.  While I don’t know exactly what it was for, its presence at CES today would certainly bring the “booth babe” discussion to all new levels.

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This looks incredibly dangerous, especially when naked.

So all this to ask the question: what does our future look like?  Are we thinking big or crazy enough?  How would we even know?

Always,

Felix

Why the Internet Loves Venn Diagrams

Let’s see.  I suppose because good ones are easy to understand, pleasing to the eye, and can be quite humorous.  Like this:

Or this:

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This one is all over the Internet.

So, with those examples in mind – how can we release the Venn diagram that is calling us from here?

Can these ever overlap?   Should they?  Ever?  Sent from a coaching buddy.

Break out the “good” crayons and discuss among yourselves.  Enjoy!

Always,

Felix

Power – lots of it.

So this is a belated “Deep Thought Sunday” post, but given I was wrapping up a dizzyingly fulfilling and emotionally draining weekend (really a series of weekends over the past 5 months) which I spent with a group of amazing people, I am amazed I got it out today! And since this is my blog, I give myself permission to post this on Tuesday. Please refer to the blog “Plan” page if you have any questions or are otherwise confused.

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This qualifies this post for “Telegenic Tuesday”.

I started down the “official” coaching path as a result of a personal leadership challenge put before me in March of 2012 – it was pretty specific: “Get a professional coaching certification.” I distinctly remember asking myself, “Is that really a thing?” I spent all of 30 minutes on line before determining that not only was it “a thing”, but it was a thing that appealed to me a great deal.

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So after five weekend sessions over the past five months (104 hours to be precise), I am well on the road not only to coaching certification, but really on the path to a future quite different than what I had imagined a year ago, or even a couple of months ago. Or maybe it isn’t so different – just clearer to me now. To engage with people at a deep, personal level so they can realize the power we each have as human beings – that’s “my thing” now.

Marianne Williamson’s quote from Return to Love (beautifully read by a beautiful classmate who I will not name – but she’s in the red pants in the photo above :) ) sticks with me:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.

What’s “your thing”? What’s your power?

Always,

Felix