Friday Reflection: Change and Visibililty

Small section of an orienteering map

Facing the challenge of mapping my progress. Image via Wikipedia

It’s been an interesting week in my home office. In the midst of preparing for my speaking engagement at the WritersUA conference in March, I’ve also worked with two social media clients and worked on Ignite Phoenix, including posting a blog entry (I hope it looks familiar). And just for fun, I had a Windows crash that resulted in a support call to Dell.

Changes

I’m one of those people who loves the end of the year. The last weeks of December always feel magical to me. It feels the same as finishing a huge writing. There’s a sense of accomplishment, of satisfaction, and anticipation of a fresh start just a step away.

This year, I continued my personal tradition of writing new year’s revolutions. I gave up on resolutions many years back. Now, I focus on ways I want to revolutionize my life. The difference may seem like a subtle language choice, but it is a dramatic change in how I anticipate and measure changes. Resolutions are about the end product, about reaching a goal. It’s a digital outcome, you either make the goal or you don’t. A revolution is about the journey of change, and is an analog outcome. I celebrate baby steps with revolutions, along with jumps, skips, and quantum leaps. All movement is valuable when measuring the journey. Every small course correction has huge implications for the future.

Now that I’m a month into these revolutions, I’m taking the pulse of my progress. So far, I’m very pleased with everything. It’s not quite what I expected, but then, life usually doesn’t turn out the way I expect.  With movement comes change, and the faster the movement, the greater the change. I am struggling a bit to find a new way to track my progress. I see this as an exercise in cartography, of mapping where I’ve been, rather than anticipating where I might go next. I’ve tried a couple strategies, and they are not working as I would like. When I find something that works, I’ll let you know.

Visibility

One of the big themes in my business for the last several months has been visibility. And visibility became a theme at the start of this week.

Last week, I published my Cinema Therapy ebook. It turns out, there is a clinical psychologist who uses a practice she called “Cinema Therapy” with her patients. She found my ebook and she shared it in her weekly newsletter. I was thrilled to discover traffic from her newsletter arriving at my blog, and see downloads in countries around the world.

I also took steps to increase my blog visibility. One tip I read recently about building your blog said to ask more established bloggers to help you promote a specific blog post. I was really excited about my Write A Love Letter To Your New Job post, and I asked two bloggers to help me. Both gave me positive responses, which reminded me that after I have done the work, after I have done my best, it is okay to ask for help.

And in a small delightful moment, an Internet friend asked if he could publish the birthday greeting email I sent him in his blog. I was surprised, delighted, and gently reminded that the universe was delivering what I requested even in small ways.

Revelations

Throughout this week, I had several important breakthrough thoughts that helped me to move forward with my projects and my vision.

I had lunch with an old friend and former client this week, someone I had lost touch with for a couple years. It was great to see her, and we picked up exactly where we left off. That was fun. The revelation came over me slowly during our long lunch, and really hit me on the drive home.  I love having people in my life who get what I’m doing and offer me an alternate view of my efforts and outcomes. We chatted a bit about my conference presentation, and she gave me an insight that I think may provide a structure for the last half of my talk. I’m really grateful to have people who provide me with insights like this.

Also this week, I shared one of my conference points with a friend to get some feedback and input on a specific point. He immediately understood my challenge and through a significant dialog, helped me chew on the idea. I still don’t have a solution, but I’ve moved through options and have more clarity about the point. During this, I realized again how much I gain from seeking out alternative points of view. I really love that when I sent over an idea I was trying out, my friend said that it didn’t work for him. I love that kind of honesty.

The biggest revelation was about a personal growth issue. I won’t go into the details, but in my personal life, I’m constantly working to understand the dynamics of life, of human motivation (including myself), and see the larger patterns in life. I had a moment where I understood a favorite idea in a much deeper way. It felt like the tumblers clicking into place on a combination lock, and suddenly the lock opened in my hand. I’ve always appreciated this truth, but now I see it as a valuable tool and it has given me a different perspective on my life. I suddenly found myself living in a much larger world and see more possibilities before me. It’s one of the huge breakthroughs in my personal life. And it happened while I was driving down the highway, music blaring, on my way to an appointment with other things on my mind.

I love the surprises of life. I can’t wait to see where next week takes me.

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Charlene is the information strategist behind Crow Information Design.

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