Julie got up first, it was about 4:30 am but I was already awake. My last words to her at 10:30 pm Friday night were, “I’m so glad tomorrow’s Saturday, I can sleep in.” – hah. At 5:00 am my mind was racing, which led me here to my wordpress blog. It’s fast becoming a friend, and hopefully your friend too. Shhh…don’t tell too many people but technically I’m middle aged. Actually more than technically, I am middle aged. I wrote my first hit song twenty years ago. BTW, have you heard it? “Is It Over Yet“. Wynonna recorded it, and it’s still a benchmark for me. But that’s another story and another wordpress blog. Yeah I’m that guy, you know the one who first made music on vinyl, and then embraced the new technology of CDs. That’s funny since I haven’t played an actual CD in several years. Sorry record companies, I’m virtual now.
Here’s the thing, I’m out of bed at 5:00 am because I am so excited. Excited by the bumpy road. Five years ago I was still at the piano every day, writing songs for stars and wanna be stars. But I wasn’t finding the success I’d previously had. Lots of reasons for that, but that’s not today’s topic! Yes, I went through a period of confusion, of self doubt, of fog. The fog being that state in which we’re first aware that the old ways aren’t working anymore, but we’re still clinging to them. That’s hard as we experience this: I’m doing what I’ve always done – It always used to work – I’ve been really successful doing this – I’m still the same great me – Am I not relevant anymore? – Are our systems relevant anymore? – This doesn’t feel right – I’m in a fog – Do I tell anyone about this? – Don’t they all already know?
Here’s the thing, I’m out of bed at 5:00 am because that bumpy road led me here. To an enthralling, engaging, immersing new path on my always musical and educational journey through this world. Team Building Through Song, huh? WTF…is that and why am I so excited? I’ll answer that by backing up just a bit and then I’ll get to the point. I’m programmed to be on YES, and I succumb to the power of YES. It scares me, it’s not always easy but it’s always a thrill. New ideas, yes – New technology, yes – New risks, yes – New knowledge, yes – New friends and new colleagues, yes – old assumptions, NO. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Henry Ford. Thanks Henry, for a good one. A good mantra to repeat to when I’m in bed just before 5:00 AM, feeling like I’m ten years old, brimming with energy, bursting with new found knowledge, seeing the world with the eager eyes of a kid.
My story is the bumpy road and the power of yes. What about yours? What about your company? Are you in a fog, in a fear based culture, wondering why you’re not having ‘hits’ anymore? If you are I can help, we can help you. Creativity is exciting. Creativity energizes us, makes us feel young, as individuals and in group think. I can lead you through a creative journey and help you tell your story – but most importantly, help you emerge from the fog into a new story. Where do we want to go? Where should we go? What’s wrong with us now? What if we were to write a song about all of that? Well, there would be music, ideas, rhymes, movement, interaction and lots of laughter. Trust me rhymes make us think of funny things. And, in this environment: in the musical story-telling, moving forward brainstorming process we share with you, we’re not in a fog. We’re transformed into a state of YES. The bumps in the road are no longer fearful, they’re the reason we go to the amusement park after all – to feel the bumps – and the bigger the better.