Let's talk about Curved Balls.
'’The best-laid schemes of men and mice often go awry'’
Can I confess? 👋🏽
I've been dealing with a few curved ball scenarios lately. It is potentially huge and promising, but there's also some 'pain' involved. I'm talking about the pain of making decisions, leaving a comfort zone, hunkering down, keeping my wits about me, applying tunnel vision, working both hard and smart, pushing through and persevering till I come out the other end - THAT kind of pain.
And to be absolutely honest, I'm half excited and half scared by it all - probably not surprising, as an opportunity for change often comes laced with those twin emotions of FEAR and EXCITEMENT. (yes, fear and excitement - life is not always straightforward is it)😏
Funny thing: I have a song that's been playing over and over in my head the last couple of days now (maybe it is trying to tell me something).🤔
Whenever I feel afraid
I hold my head erect
And whistle a happy tune
So no one will suspect I'm afraid.
While shivering in my shoes
I strike a careless pose
And whistle a happy tune
And no one ever knows I'm afraid.
You may ask: "Is this the same thing as that dubious yet popular advice of 'Fake it till you make it' "?
Nah, not at all. I don't believe it is. This is different. It is directional, it is empowering. It is Intentional. And it is deliberate. It is a genuine attempt to put things in perspective, in order to gain control when things seem a bit unsettled and unsettling.
As I've personally discovered:
"Perspective is key, it changes everything it touches upon. Use it freely. Use it often." - Clara Rufai
The result of this deception
Is very strange to tell
For when I fool the people
I fear I fool myself as well
I guess this is what the song means when it says: 👇🏽
I whistle a happy tune
And every single time
The happiness in the tune
Convinces me that I'm not afraid
Make believe you're brave
And the trick will take you far
You may be as brave
As you make believe you are
"You may not have DONE enough (yet), but you ARE enough"
- Clara Rufai
Stay in the game.
Check that your inner compass is tuned to the right frequency.
Stay connected with your "Why".
Ask for the help you need.
Sometimes standing in one spot is catching your breath. Other times standing in one spot is losing ground - only YOU can tell!😉
Needing extra juice?
Take a listen to this episode of my Shine Capsule podcast - it might help you gain perspective. Feel free to share it forward too.