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Thursday, May 19, 2011
Gaining new perspective
Gabriel is great at seeing life in new and exciting ways!
As we abide in sleep, intuitively resonating with the sum of all our experiences - this life and beyond - we gain refreshing perspective on our efforts and have an opportunity to remember what we know. Henry Reed
This morning I experienced one of the great pleasures we solopreneurs get - meeting a new client face-to-face for the first time.
Now, don't get me wrong. Sometimes this can be both energizing and enervating! This rendezvous however was completely positive. My client is a life coach. After years in sales she was downsized - lord I hate that euphemism - she was whacked. A twenty-year career of enormous success in the tubes.
So here's where perspective comes into it.
There's an old saw that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. It's a great thought but much easier to grasp intellectually than to implement. Rather than dwelling in recrimination this individual exploded with a positive outlook and with her fresh perspective realized that NOW she could take her life dreams by the throat and rocket to a new career.
What could have been a negative in her life became life affirming as she realized now, her skills, talents and interests could all come into synchronous orbit while she embarked on a new adventure.
That's I believe what Reed writes of above - when we take the time to remember what we know almost any incident can be turned to advantage.
Now, I'm no Pollyanna and all of us solopreneurs know well that what can seem like a great idea in the middle of the night turns to poop in the illuminating light of day. But by seeking self- or external-motivated perspective we can turn lemons to lemonade.