[I’m wrapped up in a huge project right now, so I’m writing this from the Kat Cave. If you have photos of your cat in a cave, I’d love to post them to my blog with your permission =) Please send them to kat at soundhealthmusic dot com. Thanks!]
I’m reading a riveting book by Michael Masterson called Ready, Fire, Aim. The title grabbed my attention at first because that’s exactly the way I operate: Fire before aiming.
It sounds impulsive. And it is. As you can imagine, I make a LOT of mistakes.
Obviously, sometimes I fire and don’t hit the target. But the great thing is that after firing, I can always change my aiming position. I’m comforted by the fact that nothing is a forever decision, AND I have a never-ending abundance of bullets.
(By the way, when I think of “firing,” I imagine firing a big nerf ball gun that is pointed towards somebody sitting in a dunk machine, not a real gun with real bullets.)
Back to my point: My intuition is loud. When it speaks, I listen and act.
This comes in handy during music therapy sessions. When something unexpected happens, I listen and act. If my action is not suitable for the client or a mistake, then again I am able to listen and act differently a second time, third time, fourth time, etc. That’s how I adapt to change. Once I find something that helps the client evolve, then I can look back and realize that the “mistakes” along the way were stepping stones to client success.
I’ve found clarity and efficiency in taking actions that are as directly related to the desired outcomes as possible.
For instance, 7 years ago when I started Sound Health Music, I knew I wanted to begin by serving older adults. I called, emailed, and made dozens of appointments before I ever created a brochure.
After my first successful phone call, immediately I needed a brochure to mail out. I kept thinking “What a terrible mistake I made by not having brochures ready before making the calls.”
I sweated it out, created a brochure as fast as I could, and mailed it out within reasonable time following the phone call. It was stressful not to have had the brochure ready beforehand.
But looking back, I knew once the communication ball started rolling, I would be moved to create a brochure. I also knew that if I waited to make the phone calls until after I made the brochure, I might not have *ever* gotten anything done. Creating a brochure wasn’t on my priority list, so how would I have ever gotten around to doing it?
On the other hand, attracting clients was (and is) on my priority list. So I went for that action first.
Creating a brochure does not put groceries in my refrigerator. Setting up contracts with clients does. That’s how my priorities meet my actions.
Now that mistake has given me a very useful brochure that I’ve been able to modify over time.
I love to make mistakes because the faster I make a mistake, the faster I’m able to find a solution.
In his book, Michael Masterson mentions that the operative word here is ACTION.
I find joy in taking action. This has worked very well for me.
But I know that this way is not the only way. What works for you? Are you Action Jackson? Do you ever take action before thinking? Or do you savor in contemplation?