Friday One Minute of Excitement

What’s Behind That Door That You’re Opening?

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Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com

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Open Enough Next Doors To Open Your Dream Door

If I say it will bring you abundance, be a growth experience, be an amazing opportunity, and might even transform your life for the better to stand-up, smile, and travel three thousand miles to find a certain door, which I can only tell you is somewhere in a hundred mile radius of a certain town, but I can’t quite remember the name of that town, probably something that starts with a G or T or one of the other letters of the alphabet. And, oh I forget to mention, that once you finally find this certain door there is a very good chance it’ll be locked.  I hope you have your set of lock picks and know how to use them.  Also there might be really bad weather.  And OH there could possibly be ten Dobermans in front of the door who won’t necessarily be at all happy to see you, that is unless they are really hungry.  However, if you find this door and successfully open it, good things await.

Now are you ready to jump up and go find that door and open it?

Probably not!  More likely, uncertainty, overwhelm, fear, numbness, and even anger might arise upon hearing of this opportunity, because the good things promised on the other side of this door seem thoroughly out of reach.

However, if I say it will bring new abundance, be a growth experience, be an amazing opportunity and might even transform your life for the better to stand-up, smile, walk over to the door closest to you and open it, you would probably do it in pretty short order right?

The first opportunity that I offered you at the beginning of this post is what I like to call an ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY.  The reward of this type of opportunity seems very enticing, but the steps to taking advantage of this opportunity seem either vague or overwhelming or both.

The second opportunity I offered you is what I like to call a NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITY.  This type of opportunity makes a great deal of sense to capitalize on because it looks like the next logical step, as well as, being both concrete and manageable.

Sometimes our big dreams appear to us like ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITIES.  When this happens we can respond in several different ways.

For example, Thomas, a sophomore in high school, is watching the NBA Finals and realizes that he wants to be an NBA star.  Is this an opportunity for Thomas?  Indeed!  One day he could realize his dream of playing in the NBA.  However, at the moment, he has been hesitant to try out for his high school team.  Thomas can respond to the ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY that he has just noticed for himself in a few different ways:

  1. He assesses his current situation of being nervous even to try out for his high school team, tells himself, “ Wow, crazy, absurd dream, Thomas,” and then does his best to forget about this ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY.
  2.  Thomas assesses his current situation.  He then becomes determined to achieve his dream, while, at the same time, becoming overwhelmed and fearful about HOW he will achieve his dream.  This approach leads to Thomas tossing and turning at night, as he wonders where in the world he can meet NBA scouts or better yet an NBA owner, so that he can convince them that he is a natural NBA player.  This approach of tossing and turning and worrying ironically leads Thomas to be less of a natural basketball player than he was before he had the dream of joining the NBA.
  3. Thomas assesses his current situation.  He decides to look for his NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITY.   Recognizing his dream of playing in the NBA, Thomas becomes excited about seizing the NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITY of trying out for his high school team.  He calls his friend to see exactly when try-outs are and is happy to discover that they are in two weeks.  Then he recognizes two more NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITIES, practicing everyday for the next two weeks and going out to buy a new pair of basketball shoes.  Suddenly, Thomas has three opportunities that bring him joy when he thinks about them.  And these three opportunities are tangible steps towards playing in the NBA, the ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY that Thomas wants to seize.  And not only is Thomas taking tangible steps towards his dream, he’s happy about what he is doing instead of giving up as he was in the first approach or fearful and frustrated as he was in the second approach.  (Notice Thomas didn’t choose to buy bowling shoes, practice baseball and to try out for the soccer team.  He choose NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITIES in the direction of his dream.)

Open enough well-chosen NEXT DOORS and you come to a place where you are at the FRONT DOOR to an ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY.  This is your DREAM DOOR.   Simply open it and walk in.

Game of the Day

Think about one of your dreams that at this point seems to be an ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD OPPORTUNITY.

What good feeling NEXT-DOOR OPPORTUNITY could you realize this week that would take you in the direction of this dream?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com. 

On The Days when Opportunities Knock With Overwhelming Force And There Is Just Too Much To Do

Some days the opportunities that other people offer us seem to cascade down on us with amazing force.  These are wonderful days, days when our ship has come in and days of easy abundance.

These are the days when instead of three new clients calling, fifteen call; instead of one job offer you get five; instead of a few friends calling you, twenty call you.  They say, “When it rains, it pours” and on these days it DOWNPOURS.  These are days of AMAZING OPPORTUNITY after AMAZING OPPORTUNITY and there are so many of them, ALL AT ONCE.

We can at once be both VERY APPRECIATIVE of these days AND, at the same time, THOROUGHLY OVERWHELMED!!!   On these days, we often feel like we are spread too thin.   Each opportunity seems to require a certain amount of attention, but we don’t feel able to give any of them the full amount of attention they desire.

Suddenly even though we are surrounded by abundance, we are utterly stressed out, exhausted and miserable.

Suddenly, all these new opportunities don’t feel like an adventure or even a blessing but a very uncomfortable and out of control situation.

So frustrating!  What to do?

OPPORTUNITY OVERWHELM can turn into a huge obstacle because there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in a day for us to accomplish all that we need to accomplish.

The great news is OPPORTUNITY EASE can be CREATED out of OPPORTUNITY OVERWHELM.  I say CREATED because each opportunity comes to us in a certain package.

The opportunities that other people offer us naturally come in an OPPORTUNITY PACKAGE designed by them.  Often included in the opportunity is an idea of how much time we should devote to it and when we should devote this time.  (It’s interesting to note that these specifications are actually part of what makes an opportunity an exciting opportunity, rather than a vague “I want to do something with you someday” opportunity.)  However, these same specifics that make an opportunity an exciting opportunity can also lead to OPPORTUNITY OVERWHELM.

OPPORTUNITY EASE comes when you work with the person who gave you the opportunity to show him or her that you appreciate the opportunity being offered, while at the same time, working with him or her to revise the specifics of the opportunity so that the specifics don’t overwhelm you.

Think of your opportunities as water and your day as a glass.  Say a full glass symbolizes the maximum amount of work you can do in a day while being focused, productive and happy.  Now you want to schedule your opportunities to fill your glass to full but not overflowing.   Over-scheduling will lead to more water than your glass can handle, a mess, waste, and exhaustion.  So the art-form is knowing how full you want your glass on at daily basis and then revising the specifics of the opportunities people offer you together with them, so that your glass is not overflowing or too empty, but filled with just the right amount of abundant opportunities to grace your days.

Game of the Day

How could you create more OPPORTUNITY EASE in your life?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com. 

When Too Many People Offer You Too Many Good Opportunities All At Once: Five Tips For Turning OPPORTUNITY OVERWHELM Into OPPORTUNITY EASE

Realize That The Opportunities You Are Offered Are A Good Sign

Opportunities are exciting and a sign you are on the right track.

But sometimes there’s so much going on we start to feel short of breath and we begin to struggle with our opportunities and push them aside, almost as if our opportunities are our enemies.  At these times, it’s worthwhile to remember that opportunities are what we want.  We want to embrace our opportunities while, at the same time, managing them.

Appreciate All The Opportunities You Are Given (Even If You Decide Not To Take Some Of Them)

Let the people giving you opportunities know how grateful you are.  This is as simple as saying “I really appreciate your offer and I look forward to having a chance to think it over.”

Decide Which Opportunities Are A Good Fit For You

The opportunities that people offer you will likely require your time, energy and money.  Before taking someone up on an opportunity, really think about if you are interested in it; if it is in-line with your goals and dreams; and if you want to devote your time and resources to it.  If the answer is “Yes,” proceed with confidence.  If the answer is “No,” find a way to say a polite and definite “No Thank You.”  This “No Thank You” frees you from your obligation to engage in the opportunity.  And just as importantly, your “No” frees the person who asked you to find someone who is truly interested in his or her opportunity.

Schedule So That Not Everything Needs To Happen All At Once

If you decide to take an opportunity, schedule with the person offering you the opportunity so that the opportunity is manageable For You.  You are doing yourself a great service, as well as the person offering you the opportunity, because if you are overwhelmed it will be much harder for you to give their opportunity your full attention.

Write Opportunities You Decline Down To Give You More Choices Later

If you choose to express appreciation for an opportunity someone has given you while, at the same time, declining it by giving them a polite and definite, “No Thank You,” you might consider making note of the opportunity and then making a notation on your calendar to reconsider it in a month or two.  When you reconsider it, you may just reconfirm that you are glad you said, “No.”  Or you may realize that while you are glad you said “No” the first time, the opportunity now sounds good to you.  In this case, you have the information to contact the person and tell them that you rethought his or her offer.

Game of the Day

The next time you experience OPPORTUNITY OVERWHELM how will you use these tips to turn your overwhelm into OPPORTUNITY EASE?

Organizing For Abundant Opportunities

I’m a poet and my old attitude towards organization was, “I’m too creative to spend time making sure my living space and surroundings are in good order.”  As a kid, I often made it a point to choose to let my room become messy.  (Just ask my Mom.)

Finally after years of happily creating messes, I realized that being disorganized was potentially costing me, and can cost any of us, great opportunities that are ripe for the picking.

Here’s a tale to illustrate what I’m talking about:

Meet Matt and Pat.  Both Matt and Pat have a unique email program that rather than putting their newest emails at the top of the screen, randomly mixes their new emails in with their older emails.

One bright day, an email is sent to both Matt and Pat that simply says, “OPPORTUNITY” in the subject line.  However, upon opening this email, it becomes clear that the recipient is eligible to receive a prize of ten million dollars.   All the recipient has to do to win is respond to the email within 24-hours.  (And for the sake of this story, the email is 100% true and legit.)

Now Matt has a practice of working to clear out his email box every day, so at the end of any given day he will have at most five to ten emails sitting in his inbox.  In fact, when the “OPPORTUNITY” email came in he had 6 other emails sitting in his inbox.

On the other hand, Pat always is at least a few weeks behind on cleaning out his inbox.  So when the “OPPORTUNITY” email came in he had 523 emails sitting in his inbox.

Matt opened his inbox at 5 pm about an hour after the “OPPORTUNITY” email came in, saw it within 10.5 seconds, opened it within .5 seconds, read it in 43 seconds, jumped up and down for 2.5 minutes and then responded and sent the email in about another 4 minutes.

Matt is happy that he made ten million in 7 minutes and 24 seconds.

Coincidently enough, Pat also opened his inbox at 5 pm.  Then he spent the next four hours working through emails.  He had a very productive night and pats himself on the back for getting through 83 emails in record time.  Though content with all that he has accomplished, Pat is exhausted and exclaims, “Wow, being disorganized is lots of work.”

Unfortunately, the “OPPORTUNITY” email wasn’t one of the 83 emails he went through.  (Remember his email program mixes his new emails in with his old emails.)  In fact, he won’t find the “OPPORTUNITY” email for another twenty-one days.  (Coincidently, the same day he sees his friend Matt on Ellen DeGeneres show joking with her and telling her about how he made ten million dollars in 7 minutes and 24 seconds.)

In this short and sweet story, Matt enjoyed amazing and speedy success, while Pat did not.  Was Matt necessarily smarter, inherently more lucky, or blessed with better instincts than Pat? NO, not necessarily!  And Matt definitely didn’t work harder.

The difference between Matt and Pat is that Matt chose to spend a greater portion of his time organizing himself and his life so that he could notice and seize the opportunities that were right for him.

Even though, the “OPPORTUNITY” that Matt and Pat received might not come to our inboxes, opportunities have the potential to show up everyday, in our inboxes, in our conversations, in our US Postal mailboxes, and in many other ways.  The more organized we are, the greater chance we afford ourselves of confidently noticing and acting upon these opportunities. And acting upon these opportunities can change our lives.

(Now this is a lot for a poet who used to be a messy kid to take in.)

Game of the Day

How can you organize yourself more effectively so that you are able to notice an increasing number of opportunities?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.

Become Best Friends With Your Dreams Today

We want to be able to know our dreams when we see them.  When we look at all the various opportunities on the menu of life, we want to know our dreams well enough to choose the opportunities that will lead us closer to our dreams with confidence.

Luckily, we don’t have to wait for someday to get acquainted with our dreams.  We can begin becoming best friends with them today.

Our dreams offer wisdom on how we are to achieve them.  Our dreams most often already exist in the world.   For example, say we dream of running and finishing a marathon.  This dream already exists as fulfilled in all the people who have completed a marathon.  We can learn much about the pathway to achieving our dream from them. We can meet people who have completed marathons and ask them questions or we can read books written by them.  Their wisdom can become the wisdom of our dream communicating with us.

The more we can live in conversation with our dream the more insight we will have as how to realize it.

Recently, I read a book written by Jerry and Ester Hicks*, which talks about the importance of feeling the emotions of living your dream even when it has yet to materialize.

How we feel affects what we notice and who and what is attracted to us.

When a friend is speaking, we build connection with them by showing them that we understand the emotions in his or her story.  In the same way, we can build connection with our dreams by living their joy in our present lives.

Respect the power of your dreams.  Your dreams are seeds that can grow into the reality of your future.  Respect yourself as a changing being.  We once did not even know how to crawl.  Look at all the dreams that you have realized between then and where you presently are in life.  Now think of all of your dreams that could be realized in the next few months, let alone the next five years.  Your dreams are dancing in your future.  Now is the best time to become friends with them.

* “Ask and It IS Given: Learning to Manifest Your Desires”, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Hay House, 2004.

Game of the Day

Appreciate the beauty of your dreams.  Savor your dreams now.

What do they look like and sound like?  How do they feel?

How can you start to become best friends with your dreams today?

Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker.  He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska.  He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset.  For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.

Riding the Octopus and Choosing The New Year

There seem to be more forecasts about 2012 than there are about most years.  I’m not big on forecasts in general, so throughout the year, I have paid little attention to the large variety of forecasts for 2012.

But last night, oddly enough, I did stumble upon one 2012 forecast I loved.   I purchased the Tropical Escape DayMinder, in which tropical scenes form the backdrop of each calendar page.  I checked out the backdrop for December 2012, which is a palm tree, beach, ocean and a few billowy clouds in the sky.  Judging from how next December looks in my DayMinder, 2012 is going to be a year of peace, relaxation and sun.  I like this peace and joy forecast.

Then tomorrow there will be the Time Square Forecast.  The ball will drop and there will be a mighty celebration as people look forward to a wonderful year.  I like celebratory forecasts.

We can CHOOSE what forecasts we pay attention to.

However, sometimes I haven’t chosen wisely.

When I was the teenager, twice I went to the Minnehaha County fair and decided to ride the Octopus.  The Octopus was a ride in which each leg had a set of seats on it.  The legs went up and down, the seats twisted and twirled, and, in addition, the whole Octopus contraption spun.

Now the Octopus looked like a great deal of fun from a distance.  But once I boarded and the ride commenced, I quickly discovered that I became what I can only be described as violently dizzy.  To make matters more problematic, I felt that there was no way to ask the person running the ride to stop it and let me off.

So I felt miserable as the ride kept spinning and spinning and spinning.  Then mercifully, the ride finally came to an end, but unfortunately my head would feel like it was exploding for the rest of night.

I can see why I choose to experience this ride once.  But why in the world would I choose to inflict this pain on myself on another occasion?

The Octopus ride was an opportunity that I chose to take advantage of, only to regret my decision.

It is exciting to reflect upon how much freedom we have to choose which opportunities we take advantage of in life and which we decide to forgo.

My experience with my DayMinder and the Octopus leaves me pondering – What forecasts am I going to choose to listen to and what opportunities (rides) am I going to choose to go on in the New Year?

May we choose the forecasts and opportunities that bring us peace, joy and celebration in 2012!  Happy New Year!

Game of the Day

Stepping into 2012, what forecasts are you going to choose to listen to?

What opportunities are you going to choose to forego?

What opportunities are you going to choose to take?