Rapid Fire Learning for July ’08: Shift

Rapid Fire Learning is in full swing at Joyful Jubilant Learning right now. Chris Owen of Pink Apple is hosting for us (Chris is an Aussie-based Relationship Specialist and blogger who shares her “Secrets to Successful Relating”): She has called her entry A Scandalous Peek Inside One Woman’s Learning.

Choosing to soothe strong feelings (eg. anxiety, frustration etc)
with a distraction, means you have much more energy to face the rest of
the day.

(That means I’ve got more time for catching up on my life and my loves.  Seems like a win to me.)

~ Chris Owen

At first I was content to simply comment on some of what is being shared there ”“ great stuff ”“ but in a moment’s quiet time this afternoon I reflected on my own top learning in the past few weeks and thought I’d share them here on Talking Story: RFL is another prompting for great conversation in work teams – take advantage of it!


As for so many
in Hawai‘i right now, the past month has been one of significant business change for me, thus in a word, my RFL this month has much to do with thoughts about ‘shifting.’

1. I knew, but have newly learned just how dependent Hawai‘i has become on the rest of the world. When the world catches cold, Hawai‘i gets sick. From a business point of view, this has been a time to take honest stock of one’s financial literacy, fully understanding how both local and global economics affect cash flow and equity health. The learning never ends; it evolves.

Great Price!
Not too many prices getting etched in stone
or bronzed this way right now!

2. This is the first time I have been self-employed when there is such a severe downturn, and my viewpoint is different: It is much larger, and more community-focused. I have not thought solely about my own choices right now, but also about how our individual choices, mine and those of others, affect everyone and someone in some way. In times like these, responsibility and loyalty newly define each other.

3. Shifting is easier when you have strong support from family and friends. My dad had once told me, “No job will ever love you back.” He was right about so many things, and that was one of them.

At Angela’s Honolulu Literacy Institute
A highlight of my month was meeting Mike Sansone and Angela Maiers for two days in Honolulu. Online friendships are as real and as great as can be.

4. Money can buy a lot of things, but there is something extremely valuable that is absolutely free; your ability to generate ideas and act upon them. From the archives: Looking for Leadership: any Ideas?

5. Shift is liberating. Most of us say “I have to” quite a bit, when in fact there is very little that we have to do; free choice runs rampant in our daily lives. What we have to do, is stop holding ourselves back. We need to eliminate our excuses.

What about you? Rapid fire stream of consciousness is what our monthly exercise is all about: What have been your top 5 learnings this month? Share them with the rest of the Ho‘ohana Community at JJL.

Last month: It’s RFL Time: Rapid Fire Learning for June
From the archives: Why Learning is a Leader’s Most Important Skill by guest author Kevin Eikenberry

Comments

  1. says

    Rosa
    Glad to hear the RFL at JJL got you on a roll.
    “Shift is liberating. Most of us say “I have to” quite a bit, when in fact there is very little that we have to do; free choice runs rampant in our daily lives. What we have to do, is stop holding ourselves back. We need to eliminate our excuses.”
    I’m taking this one away to chew on. I want to consider just where and how I’m holding myself back. I need to look carefully at my thinking processes and separate planning from excusing.

  2. Rosa Say says

    Chris RFL will ALWAYS get me on a roll, however you added some fun spice to it this month for us – mahalo!
    I read an interview Donna Cutting had given recently, in which she talked about purposely getting uncomfortable at times to accomplish more; that struck me as a great way to separate planning from excusing – definitely will be giving it a try too.