Enjoy the amazingly enchanting self-portrait photography of Zev, gifted Massachusetts teenager. Flickr photostream here.
There is one signature life each of us can live …
We say “NO” a thousand times for every ‘YES’. Life Design requires strong intention, creative resolve and relentless focus. To hone in on the SIGNAL, we pierce through the NOISE.
Forget about Apple … what you or I think about any company and its products is not really important. Things that are REALLY REAL rise to a much higher level.
In the world of ideas and perspective though, it’s fruitful to cross-pollinate, generating new styles of thinking. Give 90 seconds to this video:
There is so much around us. All the time. It tries to get in us and shape us.
Living a signature life that is simple and elegant means living from the inside out. To feel the music, to experience the unique story of our lives will require strong vision and intention. We craft our lives and work around that focus.
Everything is then enhanced …
Our lives. Those we love. People around us. Our personal world. And the world-at-large, as our influence expands.
This is surprising: our nonverbals – our body language – not only affects how others perceive and understand us, we are powerfully influenced by it ourselves.
Amy Cuddy does research on body language. The science is now showing we can actually transform our body chemistry by changing our posture.
We can begin to change our mind and body chemistry in as little as 2 minutes with power posing. Testosterone levels rise. Cortisol levels decline.
I actually find it quite astounding that by being aware of how we are carrying ourselves physically, and by making strategic and yet simple changes, we can positively alter our hormonal profile. This then leads to changes in behavior. And changes in behavior open the door to changes in life outcomes.
Invest a little time with her Ted Talk presentation …
We can leverage our sense of personal power with power posing!
I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
— Winston Churchill
Human beings are creatures of story. Plot. Narrative.
How could things change if we connected with the power of story in our personal lives?
Free yourself from the concerted effort of wholesale conformity that is underway all around us. The merchants of mass identity are relentless.
The FIZZ is omnipresent. It’s everywhere. Are you worn out from being over-stimulated and shoved in a certain direction?
As we move forward in our life and work, we discover those areas and activities where we are most energized and experience the greatest joy.
Take a look at the graphic I put together on the right … the golden arrow is a pathway – our quest to move towards our destiny with accuracy.
The line represents our exploring and experiencing different things in our questing. As we intersect with our destined pathway, we enjoy our highest energy and sense of purpose.
These experiences talk to us. This is the golden pathway we are looking for. The energy and joy we experience are clear indicators to us of our unique destiny.
There are other signs too that are speaking to us, if we will only listen …