Take charge of your 2018 with a spa for your mind (without all the goopy stuff)

 

 

–> Did you set some goals for yourself for 2018 that have already crashed & burned?

–>  Are you blanching at the thought of even setting some goals?

–> Do you feel lost even attempting to think about the kind of year you want?

 

Have I got something special for you.

 

I’m offering an online workshop that anyone can access. It’s called ‘Planning a fun, fab 2018, January 30th OR February 1st, both from 7am to 11am PST / 6pm to 10pm EAT (click here to convert to other time zones).

 

Because the world needs more of what you have to offer, I’m inviting you to do just that – plan a year that fits YOU, the kind of year YOU want.

A spa for your mind without all the goopy stuff

 

Whether you want to focus on the personal or professional (or a combo) there’ll be no guilt, no crashing & burning. There will be time carved out for me & you to focus on YOU, in a way that fits you. Think of it like a spa for your mind, without all that goopy stuff.

 

Intrigued? Want to know more? Simply click here.

 

Or are you ready to sign up? Wonderful, simply email me laragan at rpsinc.ca

 

What others have said

 

  • There was so much to take away and I felt much more empowered than when I had arrived. The genesis of 2018 has become more clear as I am better able to articulate my professional and personal goals going forward. Thank you so much Rock.Paper.Scissors. Your ROCK!

 

  • Never before has planning been simplified like this and yet in a very professional manner! Thank you very much Lee-Anne Ragan

 

  • It was absolutely invaluable for my business planning for 2018. I feel more prepared and grounded in my plan than I ever have.

 

 

What it costs to participate in the ‘Planning a fun, fab 2018’ online workshop:

 

  • For the chance to have me live in your home or office for four hours & meet other like minded intriguing people online from around the world (remember this isn’t a canned course where you can’t interact with me & are only watching a previously recorded video) …..
  • For the opportunity for you to show up on time, be focused, be present & carve out a clean & clear window to focus on YOU …..
  • For the opportunity, after the workshop, to register for some 1:1 time with me online to jam about your plan
  • To be able to access the Life Lenses™ assessment & get your customized results in time for the course (regular $60 USD value) ….
  • The cost is $125 USD. Well kinda ….

 

 

Because wait there’s more…

 

  • I’m offering a super sweet deal. Bring a friend or colleague to the online course & you’ll get the course for ½ price – TWO people for $125 USD.

 

So please consider giving yourself the gift of a fun, fab year (while having fun creating it).

 

Annnnnnnd take action:

 

 

  • Or sign up by emailing me  laragan at rpsinc.ca

 

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Here’s how to plan a fun, fab 2018 for yourself

 

Welcome! To the new year that is. Happy 2018.

 

→ Are you finding yourself hard pressed to describe the kind of year YOU want?

→ Are you having difficulty expressing YOUR vision for 2018 (as opposed to someone else’s)?

→ Do you groan inwardly at the thought of creating goals only to feel guilty about not achieving them this time next year?

→ Have you not been able to carve out some time to think about the kind of year you want?

 

Have I got something special for you.

 

This year I’ll be celebrating 20 years of being self-employed & in that time I’ve taught face to face workshops to more than 20,000 participants in & from more than 80 countries. I’m thoroughly over the moon gobsmackingly excited to say that I’ll be adding online workshops to my cadre of offerings this year.

 

Can you guess what the first online course is?

 

Yep. It’s Planning a fun, fab 2018.

 

Because the world needs more of what you have to offer, I’m inviting you to do just that – plan a year that fits YOU, the kind of year YOU want.

 

The ‘Planning a fun, fab 2018’ online course WILL:

 

  • Be custom tailored, like a fine Italian suit, to your priorities.
  • Teach you a flexible process you can use in any planning situation.
  • Maximize fun, engagement & creativity. Suffering is optional.
  • Create a solid start on your 2018 plan that includes time for reflection, figuring out your vision, how you want to feel, how to get it all organized, how to make it happen & more.
  • Ebb & flow like the Pacific & Indian oceans – we’ll come together in person online for some short, creative teach pieces & then you’ll go off on your own to craft your lovely plan.  Then we’ll rinse & repeat, ebbing & flowing for a total of 4 hours.
  • Encourage time to concentrate on you – time to show up, be present & be focused….. on you & your year ahead.

 

 

Planning a fun, fab 2018 online course will NOT:

 

  • Take a one size fits all – rather you get to do you, in all your uniqueness
  • Be dreary or guilt inducing – rather you’ll play & have fun
  • Spoon feed you; I’m expecting you to put in the work in order to make the magic happen (but no fear we’ll include breaks & have fun; remember suffering is optional)
  • Give you a completely finished plan for 2018 (‘cause unless you’re truly wonder woman or superman 4 hours isn’t enough) BUT you will have a great start to your year plan AND the tools to finish & implement.

 

 

Bonus: Life Lenses™ ($60 value)

 

You’ll be using my Life Lenses™ assessment to craft a customized year for you. Life Lenses™ is an interactive assessment which you’ll fill in online before the workshop starts.

 

Your Life Lenses™ results will:

 

  • Be the basis for planning a fun, fab 2018 year that fits YOU
  • Give you outta sight insight into where your light shines (what comes easily & naturally to you)
  • Show you where your dark places are (the areas of awkwardness, or discomfort) &
  • How to transcend those difficult areas to bring more light, more ease & more you to the world.

 

 

FAQs (frequently asked questions):

 

  • Is this for personal or professional use? It’s either or both – it’s totally up to you & what works best for you.
  • What if I can’t participate live? While real time participation is ideal so you can ask questions, no worries if you can’t because you’ll have access to the video recordings & all the learning resources 24/7.
  • What about refunds? Honestly that’s a good question. I haven’t been asked before. I’m confident that if you show up & do the work that you’re going to get amazing value & learn tons but if there’s an issue I’m confident we can work it out together.
  • Why are you doing this in January & not earlier? I ran the course in December (see the testimonials below) & it’s never too late to set aside time to think about & plan for the kind of year you want.

 

 

What have past ‘Planning for a fun, fab 2018’ participants said?

 

  • There was so much to take away and I felt much more empowered than when I had arrived. The genesis of 2018 has become more clear as I am better able to articulate my professional and personal goals going forward. Thank you so much Rock.Paper.Scissors. Your ROCK!

 

  • Never before has planning been simplified like this and yet in a very professional manner! Thank you very much Lee-Anne Ragan

 

  • Before this workshop, I hadn’t really thought about my goals for next year – they felt too big and too nebulous. The workshop both got me making specific goals (realistic and ideal) and helped me come up with ideas, practises and systems to make sure they actually might happen!

 

  • Lee-Anne is a phenomenal and talented facilitator. Thank you!

 

  • Lee-Anne’s workshop was engaging and dynamic. New insights for sure, looking forward to a fun and fab 2018!

 

  • It was absolutely invaluable for my business planning for 2018. I feel more prepared and grounded in my plan than I ever have.

 

 

 

What it costs to participate in the ‘Planning a fun, fab 2018’ online workshop:

 

  • For the chance to have me live in your home or office for four hours & meet other like minded intriguing people online from around the world (remember this isn’t a canned course where you can’t interact with me & are only watching a previously recorded video) …..
  • For the opportunity for you to show up on time, be focused, be present & carve out a clean & clear window to focus on YOU …..
  • For the opportunity, after the workshop, to register for some 1:1 time with me online to jam about your plan[1]
  • To be able to access the Life Lenses™ assessment & get your customized results in time for the course (regular $60 USD  value)[2] ….
  • The cost is $125 USD. Well kinda ….

 

 

Because wait there’s more…

 

  • For a limited time, because Community Works© & I’m so simply over the moon delighted to be launching my courses online for your benefit (yup plural, there’ll be more courses coming this year) …
  • I’m offering a super sweet deal. Bring a friend to the online course & you’ll get the course for ½ price – TWO people for $125 USD.
  • Simply pay once & send me your colleague / your buddy’s email & they’ll get access too. Happy new year, happy two’fer!

 

 

 

When is it?

 

  • The awesome benefit of people taking the workshop from around the world means we’re juggling different time zones, so like a custom fit suit, I want to see what works best for you.
  • The choices are January 30th OR February 1st, both from 7am to 11am PST / 6pm to 10pm EAT (click here to convert to other time zones). Once you’ve paid I’ll send you a link to see which date works best.

 

 

 

Are you in? Yeah & yahoo! Here’s what you need to do now to get onboard!

 

  1. Kudos & congrats! Give yourself a big pat on the back for carving out time to focus on creating a fun, fab year for yourself. Seriously, pat yourself on the back. I’ll wait till you’re done.

 

  1. Now head over to PayPal & pay $125 USD (OR send me an email saying you’re in & I’ll invoice you – laragan at rpsinc.ca)

 

  1. After you’ve paid, email me your colleague or friend’s name & email & voila you’re in (for the 2’fer 1 deal).

 

  1. Stay tuned to receive more information about how to get the most out of the course, a link to your Life Lenses™ assessment & more.

 

 

Still undecided?

 

Know that 100% of past participants recommend this workshop to others!

For real. 100%

 

Questions?  Ask away in the comment section below.  Otherwise get onboard with the 4 easy steps.  And stay tuned for next week’s post on more of my top reads from 2017.

 

Yours in creative, fun & fab planning,

Lee-Anne

 

Annnnnnnd take action:

 

  1. After patting yourself on the back for deciding to focus on YOU, head over to PayPal & pay $125 USD (OR send me an email saying you’re in & I’ll invoice you – laragan@rpsinc.ca)

 

  1. Then email me your colleague or friend’s name & email & voila you’re in (for the 2 fer 1 deal).

 

  1. Stay tuned to receive more information about how to get the most out of the course, a link to your Life Lenses™ assessment & more.

 

 

Not so fine print:

[1] – There’ll be an extra cost for this which we’ll talk about during the workshop.

[2] – You’ll receive a link to the Life Lenses™ online assessment.  You must have this done before the workshop so I can get your results to you. Once we have our date I’ll give you the specific deadline.

– You’ll need access to the internet so you can access the live workshop as well as fill in the online Life Lenses™ assessment.

 

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My top 5 reads & why you should read them too

 

I lean into learning.

 

I am a learning junkie – I soak up learning, I seek out learning & I adore adding to my cadre of tools, tips & techniques that I then get to share with my clients in my training workshops.

 

My partner will sometimes groan with exasperation that ‘not every moment has to be a teachable moment,’ but with all due respect I disagree.

 

Books have been my solace, my escape, my ladder up & out into the world. From them I’ve gotten an education that I couldn’t have gotten elsewhere.

 

So you can understand then that every year I set out a minimum of 12 books that I plan to read. I’m happy to share below a quick summary of ½ the ones I read in 2017, along with how to decide if you should read them too. I’ll share the other ½ of my list next week.

 

I’ve divided them into:

 

  • My top five favourites for 2017
  • Books for your funny bone
  • Books for the heart
  • Books about how people work & (do or don’t) manage
  • Books about learning
  • Books about teams
  • Books about business communication & strategy

 

 

My top 5 reads & why you should read them too

  1. Find Your Why; A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose For You & Your Team
  • ‘How we feel about something or someone is more powerful than what we think about it or them. There’s just one problem with feelings. They can be tremendously difficult to express in words. When we align emotionally … our connection is much stronger & more meaningful … that’s what starting with WHY is all about.’
  • Read Simon Sinek’s book if: you’re human. Seriously get it & devour.

 

  1. The Hero Within; 6 Archetypes We Live By
  • Jung described archetypes ‘deep & abiding patterns in the human psyche’
  • See everyone as a hero on a journey
  • Free yourself from prejudices & stereotypes about others
  • Recognize the positive potential in negative situations
  • Model right action by staying true to your own path
  • Respect interdependence
  • Read if: you’re a curious human & want to explore your & other’s archetypes – the things that drive you, motivate you, hinder you etc.

  1. White Hot Truth; Clarity for Keeping It Real On Your Spiritual Path From One Seeker to Another
  • Guide to building inner strength instead of outer dependence; practice good manners … with yourself, allow your light to be reflected back to you, hang out with people who love you reward yourself for trying, go beyond tolerating your so-called shortcomings actually accepting more parts of yourself
  • Read if: you’re a seeker & want poetic, incisive insight on life, love, work, play & more

 

  1. What Do You Do With An Idea?
  • ….especially an idea that’s different, or daring or just a little wild? Do you hide it? Walk away form it? Do you pretend it isn’t yours?
  • ‘Always remember a single idea can change everything’ author’s dedication to his children
  • Gorgeously illustrated children’s book, for the child in all of us
  • Read if: you need some confidence, inspiration &/or gentle kick in the pants for moving forward with that brilliant idea of yours

  1. What Do You Do With A Problem?
  • ‘This is the story of a persistent problem & the child who isn’t so sure what to make of it. When the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than expected.’
  • By the same author & illustrator as above
  • Read if: you’re down & out & need some gentle encouragement & some inspiration

 

The rest of the books I read in 2017 (in no particular order), with some appearing in next week’s post, are below.

 

Books for your funny bone

 

  1. The Ladybird Book Of Red Tape
  • When you need a breather from bureaucracy this little book will give you some laughs like this gem ‘Terry is running out of fuel & requires permission to land. The paperwork should be through in 6-8 weeks.’
  • Read if: you’re frequently mired in bureaucracy, pressed to see any humour in it & need some comic relief

 

Books for your heart

 

  1. All There Is- Love Stories from Storycorps
  • I was upset by an old friend’s crumbled marriage due to cheating & this book gave me much needed solace.
  • Storycorps is a fabulous podcast & series of books that gleans lessons from every day life. Super inspiring & easy to read.
  • Read if: you’re a romantic or wanna be romantic & your heart could do with some uplifting

 

  1. Monkey Mind; A Memoir of Anxiety
  • Recommended to me by a dear friend who struggles with anxiety
  • Rough & tough start but don’t let that put you off
  • Read if: you want an intimate, unusual, insightful look into the mind of someone who suffers from extreme anxiety, as well as the gifts that anxiety can bring

 

  1. Mama Gena’s School Of Womanly Arts
  • Subtitled ‘using the power of pleasure to have your way in the world’ isn’t about some narcissistic
  • ‘You are the creatrix. You make the rules, you change the rules, so you are never left behind. Your energy is free to glow all about you & through you.’
  • ‘There is a fountain of youth. It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life & the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.’ Sophia Lauren
  • Read if: you’re a woman or know a woman

 

That’s ½ of my 2017 reading list – my fav 5, books for your funny bone & your heart. Next week I’ll share books for how people work & (do or don’t) manage, books about learning, about teams & business communication & strategy.

 

Thanks for (pun intended) reading.

 

 

Annnnnnnd take action:

  • Click on the 2 or 3 of your favourite sounding books above & pick 1 or 2 to read this coming year.
  • Reading books is one way I learn. Let me know how you learn best – do you read books? Listen to podcasts? Take face-to-face or online courses?
  • Speaking of online courses, I’ll be offering an online planning for a fun, fab 2018 course. If you’re interested in getting more information click here.

 

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Sleep, Eat, Wake Me Up for … Shopping?

 

During the hustle bustle of the holidays, no matter how you celebrate, may your basics get fulfilled & then some.

 

You may have seen these stickers that are given out on some airlines.

 

They’re meant for you to stick on the top of your seat so the airline staff know what to do if they’re serving & you’ve fallen asleep.

 

The choices are:

 

  • Wake me up for duty free shopping.

 

  • Wake me up to eat.

 

  • Let me sleep.

 

Other than appealing to my love of systems & organization, I also love how they speak to some clear boundaries & priorities. Here’s my interpretation (& my wish for you this holiday season).

 

Wake me up for …. duty free shopping?!

Photo by Itay Kabalo on Unsplash

Let’s edit this one a bit shall we. May you wake up this holiday season for:

 

  • What lights you up (& of course that doesn’t have to mean shopping)

 

  • Finding your fun

 

  • Having a self-care plan & using it (aka a small toolkit for taking of yourself whether that be aromatherapy, your favorite chocolate, a song that automatically makes you get up & dance etc.) … Because, for lots of reasons, the very holidays that are supposed to bring love & light, can be very stressful for some

 

 

May you wake up to eat up / take in ….

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  • Basic nourishment – food & drink

 

  • Fulfilling work

 

 

  • Places to be of service

 

May you sleep …

Photo by Sadık Kuzu on Unsplash

 

  • Stick to baaaasic basics. Sleep. Dream. Snooze. Nap. Meditate. Daydream. Zone out. Chill out.

 

 

And that’s a wrap. 2017 is almost over & a new one’s about to knock on our door for entry.

 

 

 

 

Annnnnnnd take action:

 

  • Missed the playlist I put together for you last week? Check it out & enjoy!

 

  • Interested in crafting a 2018 to fit your needs & wants? Fill in your details below to be put on a (no obligation) list to receive information about an online course I’ll be offering.

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A Gift For You: May the Music Move You

Happy holidays from my tradition to yours.

 

No matter how you choose to celebrate this time of year, may you find peaceful pockets of tranquility, balanced with enough adventure to get your adrenaline zinging & zipping along.

 

It’s been an honour to share my musings with you this year & I’m looking forward to more next year. Come along with me won’t you? If you’re interested in setting aside some time to plan a fun, fan 2018 for yourself, see below for how to be put on the (no obligation) list for an online course I’ll be offering.

 

Music is a universal language & can lift us up when we’re beleaguered, celebrate with us when we’re high on life & give us hope when hope is hiding. As a music lover I’ve put together a little gift for you. The italicized words below are songs, which I’ve put into a play list for you. Enjoy. And if you spontaneously break out some moves as you’re listening, all the better.

 

Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash

May the darkness of your challenges, your hell in the hallway, be lit up by each beautiful dawn.

May any ghosts in your machine be vanquished, with authority, so you feel the rush & feel the light from hidden diamonds on the soles of your shoes.

May you find & go your own way, you hunk of burning love you.

And may you bring it on home.

‘Cause I’m a believer in you.

So put a little love in your heart & know that you’ve got a cheerleader in me. Always.

And rise & shine, take hope, & lean on me, because a new year means here comes the sun.

Because love is, & love wins. Always.

 

Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash

 

Here’s a list of songs on the playlist …

 

  1. Beautiful Dawn Wailin’ Jennys
  2. Djelika – Toumani Dibate
  3. Ghosts in my machine – Annie Lennox (I see too much I do too much, take my pain)
  4. Authority Song John Cougar
  5. Feel the rush – Shaggy
  6. Diamond on the Soles of Her Shoes Paul Simon Graceland
  7. Go your own way – Fleetwood Mac
  8. Hunk of Burning Love- Elvis
  9. Bring it on home to me – Playing for Change
  10. I’m a Believer – Monkees
  11. Put a little love in your heart – Al Green & Annie Lennox
  12. Cheerleader – Pentatonix
  13. Rise & shine – Kelele Takatifu
  14. Gimme Hope Jo’anna – Eddy Grant
  15. Pata Pata – Miriam Makeba
  16. Lean on me- Michael Bolton
  17. Here comes the sun- the Beatles
  18. Love is Martyn Joseph

 

 

Annnnnnnd take action:

 

 

  • Fill in the form below to be added to the list to get more information on my online course, planning or a fun fab 2018

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How to Banish Pinball Syndrome & Rock Your Pinball Wizard

Photo by Mervyn Chan on Unsplash

 

It’s the season for magic. It’s in the air.

 

Magic has been a theme for me lately, what with my discovery of my Nana’s magical kingdom & my upcoming website redesign influenced by my archetypes (one of which is alchemist- bring on the magic of transformation!).

 

Magic is also something that came to mind when I read Todd Davis’ article Pinball Syndrome, because it immediately made me think of the magical Pinball Wizard by the Who. Yes, I’m a child of the 70’s.

 

 

Shiny Object Syndrome

The magic of the season can easily be tarnished by shiny object syndrome. You know the one, the _____ (insert people, objects, demands on our time) that promise big but delivers poorly or not at all (unless you call capturing our precious attention delivering).

 

Like pinballs flying around without aim or direction, shiny object syndrome can pull you off focus & off track. Whether it be the new bauble you’re pressured to buy or the promise of completing an over flowing to do list, how do you separate the glam from the false glitz, the hollow promise from the genuinely enriching (& I’m talking more than just moola)?

 

Photo by Jordan Bauer on Unsplash

In short how do you become a pinball wizard, aka in control of those shiny baubles?

 

Davis has some suggestions. First though, let’s see if you’re a sufferer of pinball syndrome:

 

  • You’re busy but you’re not accomplishing much

 

  • You’re bustling … with tasks that give you the charge that comes from getting something done in the moment, but that don’t move you toward your chief goal.

 

  • You’re too busy to get anything done.

 

Did any or all resonate? If so you’re likely suffering from pinball syndrome.

 

 

But wait, don’t loose hope.

 

Here’s what Davis suggests to recover (& to which I’ve added a few). May the medicine go down smoothly.

Photo by Jonas Vincent on Unsplash

  1. Praise.  Seriously, pat yourself on the back. Give yourself a high five. This is a wonderful time to reflect on BIG QUESTIONS like these. Kudos for reading this article & reflecting.

 

A quick sidebar: I’m designing an online course to help you plan for a fun, fab 2018. Interested?

See the form below for how to be put on the (no obligation) mailing list.

 

  1. Productivity. Stop measuring productivity in terms of busyness. Instead, figure out your overarching purpose, your ‘why’ & then measure whether you’re generally aligned with that or not. This is a super important step towards getting IMPORTANT STUFF done.

 

  1. Prioritize. Davis says first, and perhaps most important, is to determine what is truly important or what is simply urgent. Do you know what your biggest goals are for the quarter, and for the year? What could you accomplish that would really power the business forward, and make you a star in the process? Get clear on those goals.

 

4. Plan.  Sit down every Sunday and chart out the week. Decide what each day’s goal will be and have a plan to stick to it. You might need to block out time. Other things can wait. Amazingly, urgent but unimportant tasks often resolve themselves with the simple passage of time, says Davis.

 

  1. Practice procedures. No matter how hard you try to squeeze out more, there’s only so many hours in a day. You’ll feel like you have more hours though if you stop wasting time trying to find that thingamajig or that whatchamacallit. Put systems into place that bring you ease & efficiency so you can focus on your priorities. Consider systems like: use a social bookmarking tool like Diigo so you can find resources fast, create Google alerts to help you research, using a virtual assistant (full disclosure that’s a referral link as I’ve used the VA company GetFriday for more than a decade now).

 

 

And pat yourself on the back again. You’ve come full circle. With a little persistence your pay off can be big & you can kiss those pinballs or shiny object syndrome, goodbye for good. Just remember that productivity doesn’t always equal busyness, that figuring out your priorities is well, a high priority & then plan accordingly, with systems to help you achieve ease & efficiency.

 

 

 

Annnnnnnd take action:

 

  • Grab your journal & go through the steps above to say goodbye to pinball syndrome & hello to pinball wizardry

 

  • Fill in this form to be added to the list to get more information on my online course, planning or a fun fab 2018

 

 

Todd Davis, who I quoted in this post,  is the Chief People Officer of FranklinCovey, the company founded by Stephen Covey of the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” franchise. His book, Get Better: 15 Proven Processes to Build Effective Relationships at Work was just published

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How Actors, Zookeepers & More Are On Standby 24/7 To Help You

 

As a little girl I learned a key lesson about magical kingdoms being hidden in plain sight from my beloved Nana (that’s a picture of her as young woman).   Later I learned to look at resources that were right in front of my nose that could help me get out of sticky situations.

 

Sometimes the solution to a pesky problem is staring you in the face.

 

Which is all fine & good but you may be saying to yourself, ‘nice story Lee-Anne, but how do I actually do that?’

 

I’m glad you asked.

 

Here’s a fun, fast way to practice.

 

  1. Pick an issue you need some new insight on

 

  1. Now pick 2 numbers between 1 & 701

 

  1. Match those numbers to the numbers on this list (which is a list of occupations)

 

  1. Now imagine two people from those professions meeting you for lunch to give you advice on said issue you need some insight on. Imagine what they would have to say to you. Let your imagination roam. Have fun with brainstorming.

 

Still not sure how to do this?

 

How to find resources that are staring you in the face (in this case your imagination)?

 

Here’s an example.

 

  1. My example issue is how to be patient with myself as I’m in the depths of creating my new website, which is at once exhilarating, wildly creative & fun, while also being overwhelming, scary & frustrating.

 

  1. I picked numbers 1 & 701 from this list.

 

  1. I matched those numbers to the numbers on this list & came up with actor & zookeeper.

 

  1. Then I imagined going to lunch with an actor & zookeeper & asking them for advice about how to be patient with myself as I’m going through the process of redeveloping my website.

 

What would an actor & zookeeper have to say about my issue with being patient?

 

  • The actor, playing off improv comedy, might tell me to be prepared but to also delight in the huge amount of learning I’m doing & the opportunity to rethink & re-craft my offerings.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o

  • The zookeeper, who deals with cages, which is a type of boundary, might say to keep things simple & not get overwhelmed by trying everything under the sun. To focus. She might also suggest I focus on care & feeding – to make sure I get enough sleep, exercise & good food while I’m working so hard.

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Get the picture?

 

 

Annnnnnnd take action:

 

  • Go on, pick a pesky problem & take two professionals to lunch to pick their brains for advice, so you can get some new perspective.

 

  • Then hit reply & let me know how it goes.

 

  • And don’t forget along the way to discover the magical kingdoms hidden in plain sight.

 

I can just imagine my Nana grinning with delight for you now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How To Get Unstuck Thanks to Magical Kingdoms

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Are you facing a particularly pernicious problem? Banging your head against the wall in frustration because you’re stuck & stumped? Stay tuned for some ease & how to find a way forward …. using resources that are right in front of your nose. Plus I’ll follow-up next week & share a fun, creative way to practice seeing anew & finding a new perspective.

 

But first, last week I wrote about Five Ways To See Anew & Find Another Perspective. They are easy tips & techniques for how to move forward when you’re stuck. Check out the blog post or see my quick summary below.

 

  1. Realize you have biases. We see what we expect to see.
  2. Take a hard look at your assumptions. Assumptions are tricky devils. They are so so difficult for us to see but often obvious to others. The answer? Question question question.
  3. Look in front of you. Look for the resources that are hiding right in front of your nose. You just might find a magical kingdom. More about this in a sec.
  4. Look behind you. Look to history & find the story; as in how the well recognized blue tooth symbol is an ancient king’s nickname.
  5. Look anew. Find an alternative way to use something – which is what I did when I discovered, while on safari no less, a new way (for me) to read magazines.

 

I also told you that I’d expand on #3, which is all about finding hidden resources, those that are hiding right in front of your nose, in plain sight.

 

The best way for me to explain this one is to take you back in time.

 

So relax, get comfortable & join me, in my Nana’s tiny, pink house on a hot, sunny Canadian day.

 

The old cloudy turquoise polished whorls of my beloved Nana’s linoleum kitchen floor were perfect for sliding my little girl stocking feet on. These same floors witnessed a constant parade of homemade bread, lemon pie & biscuits – all made by my Nana, a prairie farmer’s wife, as tenacious & strong as she was quiet.

In the tiny kitchen there wasn’t enough room to have a table in the middle of the room, rather it was pushed up against side of wall, which is where I was sitting as I watched my Nana walk to middle of floor, bend over, & with her shorts riding up over her knobby knees, seemingly out of thin air, lift up a brass ring & pulled up a trap door hidden in the floor.

As I watched with my mouth agape (wondering if I was going to get in trouble eating with my mouth open) I saw my Nana with new eyes. She must be a magician; all she was missing was a swirling red velvet cape

The trap door led to steep dark red painted stairs, which were chipped with age & worn slippery & smooth. I followed her with my eyes, which were as wide as a prairie sunset. The temperature changed; it got cooler, despite the heat of the day. The smell that wafted up was earthy, loamy & mysterious.

 

I had discovered a trap door leading to a magical kingdom (aka Nana’s cellar), right in front of my nose.

 

This newly discovered magical kingdom came to be the site of many happy childhood memories – from playing on the old wooden swing hanging from the cellar ceiling, feeling the coolness of the damp air contrast with the searing heat outside to years later, when I could write, leaving my beloved Nana messages on the old chalkboard. Can I tell you how my heart tripled in size, when every single time I’d come back for a visit (which could span a few years as we lived far, far away) the same message was there, which only then, I’d erase & leave her a new one.

 

Next time a problem is staring you down, stare right back & look for resources that may just be hiding in plain sight. Who knows, you might just find a hitherto hidden magical kingdom.

 

 

Annnnnd take action:

  • You may be saying to yourself, ‘nice story Lee-Anne, but how do I actually do that?’  Stay tuned for a simple, fun, creative way to do just that next week.

 

  • In the meantime stare down those pesky problems & look for magical kingdoms hidden in plain sight.
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Five Ways To See Anew & Find Another Perspective

 

Last week I made the case for Why You Need To See Anew & Find Another Perspective.

 

Because even though you know that today’s problems won’t get resolved by the same approaches you’ve taken in the past …

And even though you know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (Albert Einstein) …

Even though you know all this, you still find yourself banging your head against the wall when that frustrating colleague is late with his report … again.

And you still find yourself reacting the same ol’ same ol’ way to your partner when he forgets to bring home the milk like he said he would …. again.

 

Even though you know it’s important to take another look, to gain a new perspective I can be tough to actually do that.

 

But it doesn’t have to be.

 

Here are 5 simple approaches to enlarging your perspective, to finding novel ways to solve pesky problems.

 

  1. Realize you have biases. We see what we expect to see. Case in point- my kiddo sent me the gorgeous picture of an eye (above). I asked him if I could use it for this blog post & also asked him whose eye it was. Turns out it’s my eye! I was expecting it to be someone else’s so I didn’t even recognize the very same body part I look in the mirror at every morning!

 

What to do with your biases? Search for the boundaries of your perspective. Put another way ask yourself how your culture affects your worldview. An easy way to realize the effects of culture is to examine your relationship with time. Is time a commodity, something that can be diced, shaved, saved, banked? Or is it a fluid, more liquid concept? Your answer will have a direct relationship with your culture

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  1. Take a hard look at your assumptions. Assumptions are tricky devils. They are so so difficult for us to see but often obvious to others. The answer? Question question question.

 

For example, why do we say ‘the light bulb went off’ to describe when inspiration hits but the picture of the light bulb is always on & the scene is full of light. It should be the opposite. If a light bulb goes off, it should be dark, like this Moen ad, which beautifully turns an assumption on its head.

When you’re up against the wall of a pernicious problem seek out the assumptions you are making. Once you identify them, alternative options arise more easily.

 

 

  1. Look in front of you. Look for the resources that are hiding right in front of your nose. You just might find a magical kingdom.

 

I’ll write more about this next week, how I discovered a really, truly magical kingdom right in front of my face.  In the meantime next time a problem is staring you down, stare right back & look for resources that may just be hiding in plain sight.

 

 

  1. Look behind you. If a picture tells a story of a thousand words, our first glance tends to tell a much shorter story. In mere seconds we lock in an opinion, a viewpoint & then we’re onto the next thing.

Case in point. Do you recognize this symbol? You likely said it’s the Bluetooth symbol. What if I told you it is also the nickname for an ancient King who unified Denmark, Sweden & Norway & the Bluetooth symbol is a combination of his initials?

Next time you bump up against a challenge look behind you, behind the problem. Dig deeper beyond first impressions, look for options, for alternatives. Look for the story.

 

 

  1. Look anew. Find an alternative way to use something.

 

Case in point. We’d been on safari with our camping clan (yes that’s us & yes that’s a lion walking between the tents). My dear friend Sarah, who’s not too keen on safari camping especially after the lion visit, pulled out an IPad & started to read some magazines. That & some vino kept her mind off said lion.

I was gobsmacked.

Because I prefer reading books in print (not online) I made the mistake of assuming magazines had to be read the same way. Not so. Since that safari I’ve had a subscription to Texture, which gives me access to hundreds of magazines every month. Now that’s my kinda bliss – bite size learning, on the go & always accessible. It only came about though because I saw someone using an alternative way to read a print magazine.

Stop the head banging

So the next time you find yourself banging your head against the wall with a pesky problem, practice gaining a new perspective by: realize your biases, take a hard look at your assumptions, look in front of you, look behind you & look anew.

 

Need a practical way to practice? In two weeks I’ll share a super fun, easy, creative way to do just that. In the meantime be thinking of a pesky problem that you need to see anew with some new perspective.

 

Annnnnnd take action

  • Practice looking for assumptions you make, especially the next time you face a problem
  • Look in front, look behind, look anew
  • Check out some of my other blog posts on finding a new perspective
  • Share your results! Leave a comment below & let me know how it went.
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Why You Need To See Anew & Find Another Perspective

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Even though you know that today’s problems won’t get resolved by the same approaches you’ve taken in the past …

 

Even though you know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results (attributed to Albert Einstein) …

 

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Even though you know all this, you still find yourself banging your head against the wall when that frustrating colleague is late with his report … again.

 

And you still find yourself reacting the same ol’ same ol’ way to your partner when he forgets to bring home the milk like he said he would …. again.

 

 

 

Even though you know it’s important to take another look, to gain a new perspective …

 

It’s tough to actually do that.

 

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It’s harder than trying to put a pair of pants on a 2 year old who doesn’t want to get dressed.

 

It’s harder than staying cool & collected when your teenager gives you ‘that’ look – the one that manages to convey with a raised eyebrow & a slight sneer, that you know nothing & you’re ridiculous.

 

Yep gaining a new perspective it’s haaaaard.

 

And ….

 

 

It doesn’t have to be.

 

Next week I’ll share 5 easy ways to take another look, create a new perspective & to shed some light on tenacious, sticky problems.

 

But first, before we take another look, a peek at possibilities, a gateway to novel solutions, let’s talk baggage. Yours, ours & theirs.

 

We all come with baggage.

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And yet while other people’s baggage is often easy to id, seeing our own is elusively difficult.

 

Our baggage is based on lots of things, which all come together to form a very unique perspective – yours. Your perspective is as unique as your fingerprint. It’s a powerful potent combination of:

 

  • your age
  • your gender
  • the language(s) you speak
  • your family culture
  • your organizational culture
  • where you live
  • your ethnicity
  • your religious/spiritual beliefs
  • your physical abilities & more

 

All of the above intertwine to create your culture, which Gerd Hofstede beautifully defines as the collective programming of the mind that divides us into groups.

 

How can we break free?

Given that we have a strong tendency, even an urge, to look at things the way we always have & given that our culture tends to keep our perspective locked in tightly without us even knowing it, how can we break free?

 

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Next week I’ll demonstrate 5 simple approaches to enlarging your perspective. Stay tuned- they have to do with my discovering a mystery eye, light bulbs, a magical kingdom, Bluetooth & a real live lion.

 

Annnnnnd take action

 

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