Archive for March, 2012

When the cat dies…I’ll live

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

While cleaning the kitchen the other day I noticed back behind the refrigerator an accumulation of dirt and cat hair. I was going to try to move the refrigerator to vacuum and stopped myself thinking, “I’ll wait until the cat dies.” I started to giggle, “What was I thinking? If I wait until the cat dies I’ll only have to do it once?”
Short history – my cat Jenny was diagnosed with kidney failure around 5 years ago and was given a short time to live. Defying my vets predictions she still lives – granted we have had a hand in treating her with subcutaneous fluids and she keeps holding on.
Over the last years I’ve collected a list of things I’m going to do when the cat dies. I started the list as a reward since I will be sad when the cat dies. I can have something to look forward too after the fact. However, I’m noticing it’s become a mechanism to put off to tomorrow what I don’t want to do today. Procrastination or cost savings:
Clean the air ducts, clean the carpet in the bedroom, replace the curtains, fix the basement floor, move, go on an extended vacation.
I often hear my client saying similar thing:
When the kids graduate, when I retire, when I save 500K; when I…fill in your blank.
Are we postponing a change we know needs to happen? Has your life gotten smaller because your waiting for something in the future to happen? Do you know that it’s time for a change or something needs to be done and you’re waiting for the perfect time?
Get started today. Quit waiting for something to happen. You’ll wake up someday with nothing but regrets –I should of…
Gotta run…I’ve got some cleaning to do.

Creating Careers – It’s Messy

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Creating is messy. I think I’m doing one thing and end up with something completely different.

A good friend of mine is a glass artist and her process illustrates what I’m talking about. In her mind’s eye she knows what she wants a piece to look like. She can imagine how to create a mold, experiment with varieties of glass and to set the kiln at just the right degree to achieve the results she envisions. Sometimes the finished piece may not come out quite like she thought; it might be even better. Other times the process needs to be redesigned; putting something back in the kiln to reform, and then polishing and cutting. The process of creating may take many tries to get it right.

Isn’t this just like careers? How many of you are doing today what you thought you would be doing when you were younger? The economic landscape has changed too, job titles exist today that didn’t exist yesterday. A recent article in Fast Company claims the career cycle is now a short 4-years. Consider the creative process of your own career: create on the fly, understand your skills and abilities, be willing to let go of how it should be and embrace constant change.