Spaced, Frozen & Dogged (Read time 0:31)
You KNOW before you KNOW. Malcolm Gladwell calls it a "Blink:" The fact that you KNOW the truth the instant it arrives on the scene. Doesn't matter if it's which agent to sign with, what web person to hire, how much $$ to invest, what songs to keep on the record, how to market your book, when to launch your video, or when to start chipping away at your dream project. You already know the answer. However, if you’re attached to the outcome, or you “over think” the problem you can easily get “spaced” in the shadow of doubt, frozen in the fear of making the wrong choice or dogged by a lack of confidence. I’ve seen it so many times in the smartest CEO’s and the most talented artists. To the degree that you can let go of the way “it has to be,” and remain open to the quantum field of ALL possibilities, to that degree the truth will bubble up and reveal itself. Make sense? When in doubt, even in the face of popular opinion, follow what you KNOW to be the truth, which is usually the first option that bubbled up in the first place.
|Posted By Luigi|
| Instinct |
Is it nature or nurture? It is usually right. Lots of good comments here. The next step is to get a number of other people to blink with you:)
|Posted By Vamplified|
| Knowing |
Let's turn this around... Eyes meet for the first time, frozen in the moment, as the mind spaces into hypnotic trance just enough to get out of the way of rationalization so that the soul has the freedom to penetrate deep into the "knowing". There is a book called "Women Who Run With the Wolves" It's about taking a stand in the advenure of following your animal instincts as opposed to chasing your expectations.
| Too Focused On The Outcome |
Maybe I'm a little slow on the uptake, but my feeling is Mike's blog this time around isn't about getting a recording,a scene or a piece of art just right. I think it's about making money money, and we focus too much on that and usually fail. We need to focus on enjoying what we do,and just take action. Most of us also think marketing is the holy grail and will make us major cash. yeah, you need to market but do it intelligently with cash you can afford. I don't care if you're a businessman in the real estate game,it's all about just taking action. Stop thinking about perfection!
|Posted By Rick Chelew|
| First Thought Best Thought |
Your most helpful reminder yet, Michael. Thanks. I've heard "First Thought, Best Thought" and "Trust you intuition" for decades, and today I am learning it for the first time, again. I once heard General Colin Powell speak about decision-making, when he was commanding the whole U.S. Military. He said he waits until he is about 70-75% sure of the way to go, then he commits and acts . He said if he waits until he is 85-95% sure of a strategy, the opportunity will have vanished by then. I was dumbfounded by his remarks and never forgot them.
|Posted By Doug McKechnie|
| Space, Frozen.... |
Once again you are channeling for us all. The 'blink' is real, always there. One simply has to be in the moment to catch it. Staying in the moment, from moment to moment, that's the trick. Distractions abound. Learning how to focus while letting go is the technique of surfing on the pressure waves of the moment.
|Posted By Elisabeth Howard|
| trust your first instinct? |
What your first instinct and choice was done out of fear? But you can't tell if it's fear of success or fear of failure? And you'll never know.
|Posted By Tom Rule|
| I've seen this in the classroom as well..... |
[I teach some college music classes]. I've had bunches of students over the years get multiple-guess questions incorrect because they changed their first answer, when the first answer was indeed correct. That would indicate that Michael's theory here is correct!
|Posted By Chris Ettingham|
| Awareness helps |
I work in a perpetual state of "Spaced, Frozen & Dogged." However, the fact that I'm "aware" of that helps me get through it.
|Posted By Beth M.|
| Trust! |
Yes! This has happened to me. That I knew what to do and others talked me out of it by rationalizing. Can't allow that to happen anymore. Must trust my gut.
|Posted By John Tighe|
| Blink |
But what do you do when you’re juggling possibilities and can’t discern which one was the “Blink?” Usually the Blink for me is the most irrational, most risky, most crazy idea!