Chuck the flotsam & jetsam so you can see beyond the horizon

Love this ad, love what it captures.  Today looms large but not so much tomorrow or the long term prospects.

Where’s your focus?  Likely it’s barely beyond the tip of your nose.  On today.

With all the flotsam and jetsam of today’s frenetic life we have to jettison the garbage in order to focus inward and beyond.

Jettisoning the flotsam and jetsam means seeing beyond…

  • my frustration at having to ask my kid 5 times to take the  dirty laundry to the laundry room
  • the quiet screaming of my email in-box to “read me, deal with me, me first, outta my way this is really urgent”
  • the knee jerk impulse to say yes before deciding if that yes will keep me on track, on vision

Focusing inwards means being able to see beyond the flotsam and jetsam to the horizon and beyond, for example …

  • what’s really important about raising boys in today’s complicated society
  • how can I create systems that will make email more manageable so I can do more strategic work
  • having a clear vision and the steps to achieve it so making everyday decisions is easier

Quiet reflection translates into seeing not just long term prospects but what I have to do today to get there.

Quiet reflection also illuminates assumptions I may be making that are holding me back and limiting me.

On that note, anyone for a cookie?

P.S. Interestingly, the ad is for the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Want to know more about how to see beyond the horizon and get more creative?  Register now for the course I’m teaching

Embracing Creativity: How to Rediscover Your Creative DNA

June 23rd, 2010, 10 am to 5 pm, Langara College, Vancouver, B.C.

For more information or to register go to the Langara website registration page or email or call Leslie Kemp at 604-323-5981 or


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