February 17, 2002
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Coaching Tip Are You Color Blind?
2. Feature Article Live in Color
Are You Color Blind?
Are you trapped in a black and white world and not even aware of it?
When it comes to making our dreams happen, the wonderful essence of color shines through when we're able to express our true gifts. If you answer yes to more than five questions below, then you need to read this week's feature story right away to learn Joel's seven tips for bringing more color into your life.
- I say yes to others before saying yes to myself.
- I avoid doing things that are scary for me.
- I live my life based on what others want for me.
- I do what my family and society want for me.
- I focus more on what I know how to do, rather than what works best for me.
- I am influenced by what others are doing around me.
- I avoid taking risks.
- I value you my efficiency more than my creativity.
- I use my mind more than my heart and soul when making decisions.
- I play it safe with anything that is out of my comfort zone.
"Man's mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Scientists have proven that it's impossible to long-jump 30 feet, but I don't listen to that kind of talk. Thoughts like that have a way of sinking into your feet."
~ Carl Lewis
Live in Color
Do you remember the movie Pleasantville, where the residents of the town lived only in black and white? Just like the movie, we all can become trapped in a black and white world without color.
Color can mean many different things to different people - the hues of the rainbow as well as a person's aura and how they express their true nature. Imagine if you couldn't see the colors surrounding you - a beautiful red rose, the face of your partner, the art you create or view an exhibit, a rainbow gently rising out of the mist after the rain ... and most importantly the gifts you have to give to others.
Even the most talented are not immune from the vacuum of living in black and white. When Johannes Brahms was only 20 years old, it was evident he was a musical genius of the first order. On a visit to his idol, Robert Schumann, the great composer was so impressed with Brahms's gift, both as a composer and as a musician, that Schumann declared that he had met the next Beethoven. That did it for Brahms. For the next 23 years, he was unable to complete his first symphony for fear of having his work compared, unfavorably, to that of the supreme musical figure of all time.
"To write a symphony is no joke," said Brahms, as he agonized and the world waited. Finally, the First was introduced in 1876 and Schumann's prophecy finally proved true. Brahms's First Symphony was hailed as Beethoven's Tenth and has remained so popular that even today it is among the pieces most often performed in the classical repertoire.
With his First behind him at last, Brahms was able to chill out a bit and free to produce three more well-regarded symphonies in the remaining 20 years of his life.
My role as a coach is to help my clients begin to see the full range of potential available in their lives and to help them recognize those areas where they may have allowed walls to block their dreams. Those walls can be self created or put there by someone else. The good news is, whatever the case, you do not have to stay trapped in a "black and white" box that defines you only one way.
Just like Brahms, the wonderful essence of color shines when you're able to express your true gifts. So how do you begin to change the channel from a black and white world to one of color or "your true rainbow of expression?" Here are seven solid points to help you identify when you have enough color in your life:
- You are clear on what you are passionately interested in.
- You are fully expressing your gifts.
- You have fully embraced who you are.
- You know what you want to do and you are actualizing this purpose.
- You look forward to your daily activities.
- You live a life where possibilities are constantly coming your way.
- You live life to the fullest.
Don't allow a gray outlook to hide the color waiting to explode on your external canvas. We all have colors in our lives that are meant to create masterpieces of art that display who we are loudly and boldly. Let yourself shine and let your colors know today is the day you allow your rainbow to shine.
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Quotes of the week
"Be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. Talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. Make all your friends feel there is something special in them. Look at the sunny side of everything. Think only of the best, work only for the best, and expect only the best. Be as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving ourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger."
~ Christian D. Larsen
"Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. I go out there thinking that I'm going to complete every pass."
~ Ron Jaworski
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