Monday, November 20, 2017

Some Thoughts on Desire

We long for, we want, we desire, yes, we even crave for a thing.  That is desire.  Desire is a strong motivator.  It pushes us to do more, get out of bed earlier, work later, go places to learn information yet unknown.

We desire … therefore we are then able to achieve.

I’m writing today in terms of the good side of desire.  We all have a working knowledge of the dark side of desire, but let’s be different.

Desire keeps us moving toward a worthy objective.  Seth Godin offers some great insight: “Standing still is the riskiest plan of all.”
~What to Do when It’s Your Turn

Desire pushes you and me to work on our worthy ambitions.  I am able to write four blogs each week and then produce a podcast based on those blogs because of desire.  Desire is what gets me out of bed early most morning.  Desire propels me to read, and mull, and meditate and do everything else that is now a part of my personal agenda.

What is desire doing for you?  How badly do you want the thing you desire?  And the ultimate question is this … What are you going to do about that?

When desire is in play, reason steps aside.  I know of a man named Maxcy Filer from Compton, California who took the bar exam 48 times before passing it.  He had desire.  DESIRE.

He took it in San Francisco, LA, San Diego, Riverside and anywhere else in the state of California that offered the bar exam. 

He spent $50,000 in testing fees, and it took him twenty-five years to finally pass the bar ... and he did.  He had DESIRE.

That’s what desire did for Maxcy. 

What is desire doing for you?
Where is desire pushing you to go, to be, to conquer, to start, to stop and to become?

When great desire kicks in, nothing can stand against it.

Wayne Dyer gives us a final good word.


“Whatever has to be done, 
it’s always your choice.”

I think that means desire starts with you and me.

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Are You an Original?

The title asks an important question, doesn’t it?  Are you an original?  And how do you answer this question?

Your finger prints are original and unique to
you.
Your eye prints are also.
So is your voice pattern.
And how about your DNA?

I’ve written on this topic three other times, if you care to check them out.

In my blog “A Time for Rhyme” blog on September 12, 2017, I wrote Sometimes I Steal.

“In All about People” on February 24,2014
I Am a Thief

And in “Morning Notes” on October 14, 2013 I wrote a piece called Sometimes I Steal.


When it comes to talent development, I’m a thief … until I learn to make it my own, and then it becomes original. 

How else are we to become original?  We learn from others.  We copy.  We mimic. 

Paul McCartney of the Beatles once said, “I emulated Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis.  We all did.”

I love this.  Listen up.

~Johnny Carson tried to be Jack Benny and ended up being Johnny Carson.

~David Letterman tried to copy Johnny Carson but ended up being David Letterman.

~Conan O’Brien tried to be David Letterman but ended up being Conan O’Brien.

And by today’s standards we would all consider each of these individuals unique and original in their craft. 

As a young drummer, I listened to Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich and Joe Morello for hours at a time.  I would slow down their recordings to hear their drum licks and then emulate them.  Soon I was taking their style and making it my own.

Austin Kleon, in his book Steal Like an Artist, said this





I love what Goethe said: 


So, what do you love?  Then first borrow it.  In time, you’ll make it your own and then you will truly be an original.









P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, November 6, 2017

Failure Is Not Shame-It's Learning

What is failure?  We all know part of that answer, don’t we?

Failure is missing a three-point conversion play in the final two minutes of the football game. 

Failure is losing a boat-load of money in a
business deal gone bad

Failure is a thousand other actions that do not bring the desired results.

But none of them are worthy of shame. 

~I have a weak heart that requires surgery to repair.  Am I to be shamed for this?
~President Trump hasn’t been successful in getting a lot of his promises in play after ten months as President.  Should he be shamed for that? 
~The Seahawks lost a close game yesterday?  I know, let’s shame them and call them bad names and curse them, even burn the 12-man flag.  That will teach them. 

Hardly. 

Failure happens.  We sometimes lose.  We don’t hit our sales quota, we miss a sale to that eager buyer, we misunderstand our spouse in a critical relational moment.  Our bodies quit responding.  We fail.  We are not to be shamed for it.  It happens.

On the other side of these failures?  A learning moment.  What is the takeaway.  What can we do better the next time around?

Ah … that is the piece we need to understand.

Maybe, as Seth Godin says, “failure is required.  Failure in the service of learning, of experimenting, of making things – this is essential.”

Can you imagine shaming a six-month-old baby we are pushing to learn to walk?  No way.  It happens.  They fall down, we pick them back up. 

I think my point is made now. 

Final thought – be kind to yourself in this shaming issue as well.  You are not a superman or woman.  You will have off days, weak moments, and sometimes our bodies just don’t work as we wish.  The negative self-talk actually stops growth, it stops finding the good and right solutions.  Allow yourself a moment of grace, a moment of growth, and your body a moment of whatever it needs.

Maybe I failed.  So what.  I am not a failure.



P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration 

Monday, October 30, 2017

It's In You

Once upon a time the great violinist Nicolo Paganini was performing before a packed Opera house.  As he walked on stage he suddenly realized that he held a very strange violin in his hands, not his own treasured Guarneri violin. 

After a moment of sheer panic, he pulled himself together and began to play with all the skill he possessed.  Afterward, everyone agreed that he had given the performance of a lifetime, and he was rewarded with a marvelous standing ovation. 

Later, in his dressing room, Paganini said, “Today I learned the most important lesson of my entire career.  Before today I thought the music was in the violin.  Now I know the music is in me.”


I just went on a search for a movie clip I haven’t seen for 45 years.  It is the story of a boy named Oblio who was born with a round head in a world where all the other people had pointed heads.  The final capstone to the story is this: “You don’t have to have a point to have a point.”

Harry Nilsson wrote this amazing film and music, The Point.  It is such a profound idea on this whole concept of what I must have to fit in and be successful.

We don’t need the brand name clothes, the latest shoes, and whatever gadget happens to be the next big thing.  I have some of those and I am grateful, however, I was a writer before I got my Mac Air. 

We use what is at hand.  We use the tools available.  We make our mark with what is around us.

Paganini made glorious music by using a second-rate violin. 

It really does come down to finding what is within and bringing it out.


P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

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Monday, October 23, 2017

My Back's Against the Wall

When your back is against the wall and you only have a limited number of options from which to choose, what then?  That is the unfortunate place I find myself today.  

On Tuesday, October 17 I was put in the hospital with a severely weakened heart short of a heart attack.  My prognosis was not very bright.  They even wanted to delay heart-bypass surgery until January.  I have now been upgraded to December and I take that as a positive.

So, my back is against the wall.  I have moved from what once was a leisurely stroll through life stopping along the way and sampling life as I chose, to an on-purpose approach with great mindfulness in every decision - every bite. 

I chose what to eat.
I chose how much, if any, to exercise.

And now, my back is against the wall.  If I want to get off this wall, there are some strategic decisions that must be made.  You see, my doctor said this: “I can give you another twenty years, and here is what needs to happen.”

I choose to keep going another twenty years.  I choose to get away from this wall and begin making better choices.  I’ve had my time of free-wheeling and now I get into the game in a better way.  Already, my blood pressure is in normal ranges, my blood sugar numbers are coming down.  I’m finding some amazing foods that satisfy and benefit my body.  I’m choosing better stuff for my life.

This is not a negative post at all.  It is not a ‘poor me’ monologue on my miserable set of circumstances.  It IS a declaration of my intent to spend the next twenty years of my life with a mindfulness that benefits my body. 

Walls sometimes serve a purpose.  You can lean on them for a moment, or you can come up against one, find it an unmovable force, and learn how to come away from the wall with a different game-plan. 

Walls can teach a person a few things.

I’m willing to learn.



P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Conceiving Mind

Our minds are imagination machines.  We dream, we form ideas, we devise plans to bring about what our minds imagine.  When an idea is born in our minds, and we partner that idea with a huge belief mindset, then watch out.  We, perhaps, have jump-started a chain reaction toward a worthy and worthwhile achievement.

Napoleon Hill and others state this so well:
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

This idea prompts me to want to go back to what John Maxwell calls his “thinking chair”.  It is his place to go to when he wants to commandeer those illusive and fleeting thoughts and ideas.  Next to this chair, John keeps a pen and note pad in order to capture the thoughts that come to mind.  My version of this is the always-present Mole Skin notebook.

Ideas call at odd moments of our lives and we have to be ready to capture them in the wild. 

One of the synonyms for ‘conceiving’ is ‘apprehending’.  We capture ideas.  I’m in the beginning days of launching my podcast.  My wife, Carolyn, has been a major influence on me in starting this, for she is an avid podcast listener.  Over time she has ‘apprehended’ dozens of ideas for making a good and a bad podcast, and now she is passing along her wisdom to me. 

I remember the day when I ‘apprehended’ my ideas on what I do best.  I did exactly what John Maxwell recommends and locked myself up in my room and began a serious assessment of what is it that I do best above all else. 

The answer, for me – I am best at encouraging others.  I often see a spark of something good in someone and I want to help bring that spark to a roaring blaze.  If I see a person down on themselves, I begin looking for something positive and good about them and find ways to point that out.

My mind is nothing more than a birthing room for my next great idea.  And so is yours. 

Dream
Conceive
Believe


P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time