Thursday, September 20, 2007

Get in the Gap!

As I contemplated what to write about this morning, I remembered something Wayne Dyer talks about called "Getting in the Gap," which is apparently where I've been for the past couple of weeks of not blogging.

According to Wayne, the Gap is that place between your thoughts. He says it is the silence between the notes that makes the music - the space between the bars that holds the tiger in the cage - and the gap between our thoughts that holds the key to our spiritual connection.

Although I haven't posted here for a while, that doesn't mean that I haven't been productive in the gap. I finished up a mastermind group in which I was a participant last night, and am currently facilitating four other groups. All these groups are studying the book Think and Grow Rich! by Napoleon Hill and it's a total joy to see what is happening with the people in these groups as they study these words and raise their consciousness in the process.

I'm still interested in forming a virtual mastermind group to study this book ... please let me know if you're interested. It would involve reading a chapter of the book a week and getting together by conference call to talk about what we're reading and learning. I'd love to have 8-10 people come together to support each other in THINKING and Growing Rich! Here's the version of the book we're studying.

I've also been conducting Job Relations training for three different companies in Minnesota and have done several keynote speeches about transforming our results by transforming our thoughts.

In addition, I spent a couple of days at a resort in Minnesota facilitating a retreat with a fantastic group of people from the staff of the Trollwood Performing Arts School here in Fargo. What better way to talk about the mission of an organization than on the beach! Here are a couple of photos from that session which happened on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

I'm getting ready to spend next week in South Dakota, working with the Division of Wildlife with their year-long leadership development program. Bock's Office works with clients like the State of South Dakota to help them develop their employees over a period of time (we're in our second year with this client). I'm really looking forward to that!

So it has been a gap, but it hasn't been inactive.

What have you been doing in your gap time? Are you taking some down time in your busy life to enjoy that life? What are you noticing? Stop and smell the roses today and let us know what you notice!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


Kirsten Harrell showed us this awesome video and amazing website on her blog a couple of weeks ago and now I can't stop smiling! The message is great and is right in line with what you're reading here on You Already Know This Stuff - after all, you really do already know this stuff! ENJOY!

Now get up and dance!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Shiny Happy People

I got a very cool comment on the previous post from Dr. Susan (thanks for the inspiration for this post, Dr. Susan!) and she asks why those negative and self-defeating thoughts are just so darn tempting. She says "It sometimes seems like these thoughts masquerade as sparkly things we can't resist gravitating towards."

Funny (no coincidence, I know) that I used that exact analogy during a conversation just this week.

I really believe the first step toward new results in our lives is awareness. We really can't be expected to be accountable for information we don't have. I think that's where the phrase "ignorance is bliss" came from.

When we learn new information, we then have new awareness, and can make new choices. And we don't need to learn exclusively from our mistakes. Don't we also learn from what made us happy? If we make a mistake, and we're stuck in pre-awareness, we won't see the mistake as a gift of awareness - we will just punish ourselves for not being perfect. The reality is that the perfection lies in our imperfection, but our eyes are closed to the gift in the "mistake" which would really lead us to higher awareness.

Of course, with new information (in form) and new inspiration (in spirit) comes the unfamiliar (and often uncomfortable) zone. We've gotten so used to living our lives with our heads down, berating ourselves for our mistakes, that we've failed to see that many times we're in an infinity loop of sameness - same mistakes over and over without seeing them as the gifts they are. That familiar zone isn't comfortable anymore, but so many people prefer uncomfortable familiarity over something new, which could offer a way out of the downward spiral.

The new feeling of unfamiliarity offers so many rewards and opportunities to see at a new level. It reminds me of my life theme song, Dan Fogelberg's "The Higher You Climb," which I found represented so well graphically on a website a long time ago.

The higher you climb, you really do have a different view. But if our eyes are fixed on the ground, we will never see things differently. Shiny and sparkly objects on the ground will keep our gaze fixed there - but there is so much more to see looking up. Shiny happy people have so much more to teach us than sparkly objects at our feet.

Just for today, lift up your head and notice what you notice beyond your old way of seeing. Notice the gifts that are there just waiting to be discovered as you venture on a new path. Don't become accustomed to the dark ... let your eyes adjust to the light. That's when you'll stumble upon happiness - when you stop pursuing it.