Category: How to Human

  • Busy, busy is boring.

    I can keep myself very busy. Busy, busy doing things.

    But it is only productive if I am busy doing things that move towards some bigger goal that matters to me. Without this bigger picture I get disheartened with the busy and get very bored.

    With a clear goal busy becomes productive. When this happens I get momentum. Then I start getting things done.


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  • Uncovering healthy posture.

    Our ideas about posture are often unhelpful. Many people hear the word posture and immediately ‘sit up straight’ in order to create a look of ‘good posture’.

    If we can let this go and reimagine ‘posture’ it will help us move towards the worthy goal that sits behind this word.

    Posture is dynamic.

    Well organised movement is the goal of good posture (rather than a fixed position).There are two ways that we achieve this ‘organised movement’. Firstly we understand the mechanics of how we are designed. Secondly we invite ourselves to organise around an image that reflects this design.

    There is a particular arrangement of parts that reflects how we have been designed to sit, stand, walk and move. When this arrangement is working we are ready to move at any moment.

    Posture is dynamic.


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  • I’m not that good.

    For some reason I generally am able to go along feeling like I do a reasonable job at the things I choose to do ‘professionally’. I am dedicated and self-reflective and I get feedback that tells me that what I am doing is working for the people I work with.

    And then I will hit one of my edges. I will be doing something and realize that it really isn’t going that well. It is very uncomfortable. I don’t like how it feels. It is tempting to avoid even thinking about it, or to write it off as a bad day or even to convince myself that ‘someone else’ is responsible.

    Well those are some of the ways I used to respond.

    Now I like to sit with it and accept that I am having this experience. I didn’t do that well. That’s how it is. It wasn’t on purpose. I wanted to do well. I just wasn’t ready to do well. Once I have settled with my ‘failure’ I move onto the important question. Why?

    Why did this happen? What did I do differently? What is being presented here that is outside of my current experience? What is this triggering for me? How might I respond differently? What would I like to do in this situation next time?

    For me avoiding these questions leads to bigger heartache. If I can embrace that sometimes I am not that good then I can use these moments as a platform to learn.


    Artist, advisor, coach.
    I find the real problem, make the difficult easy
    and tell a great story.

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  • You’ve got to back yourself.

    A few years ago a I was talking about a big project I was trying to make happen with a friend of mine and they said to me:

    “You’ve got to back yourself”.

    It was very useful to hear the obvious stated. If I am not standing 100% behind my own idea then what chance does it have?

    Yesterday I was talking with another friend about making art. I was at risk of going down a black hole of uncertainty and they said:

    “Don’t do that to yourself. You have to stand behind whatever it is that’s interesting to you and say ‘that’s my thing.’”

    Friends are awesome.


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  • Significance.

    Someone once told me that they had a history teacher who said that there are 3 things we can do when we write about history.

    The first is to recall the facts. The second is to outline what these facts mean. These two steps are where most people stop, The theory goes that it is the next step that really makes the difference. The third thing that a writer can do is to explain the significance of this event.

    I find that when I am planning just about any communication I get a better result if I ask myself “what is the significance of this thing for this group of people?”

    By answering this question I think of the exchange from their perspective. This makes what I say much sharper, more relevant and more likely to inspire action.


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