Friday, October 29, 2010

Open House - Come On In!

I've already exposed the guilty secret that I very much enjoy reality television shows.  I know, I know. Trust me - anything you are thinking, my husband has already expressed with reproach.  Multiple times. Usually while I am actually trying to hear who is the next great whatever, who is being voted off or who is not there to make friends.

As I bask in the swirliness of my brand-spankin' new blog design, I can just hear the voices of the What Not To Wear co-hosts Stacy & Clinton haunting me.

"It doesn't have to match. It just has to go." 

Knowing things are intentionally now a little matchy-matchy here, I'm counting on it being a rule only applicable to fashion design and not to blog design.  (Oy - I can't even type the words "matchy-matchy" without hearing the voice of Michael Kors re: Project Runway in my head.)

Clearly there are hours of my life I will never get back from those shows. The next time I use the excuse "no time," feel free to remind me of this. That goes for you too.

Anyhoo....
Welcome to my new space!

For those of you who are relative newcomers, I thought this might be a good time to give a bit of a tour.   If you are an email or feed subscriber, you may need to clickety-click into The Balance Beam to get the full effect.

Whether I'm writing about life or balance (or both), the posts which seem to resonate most with people are those which connect on some emotional level.  Sure, tips and tricks are nice.... But I think people most remember the stuff which creates a visceral reaction.

To that end, here are a few bits to evoke something and provide a peek into my personal corner of the blogosphere. (Click on the post titles to view.)  
Laugh
Advice for all, but you really need this if you are going to your partner's reunion.

Cry
Dedicated to anyone who has ever lost someone they love to cancer.

Point & Laugh
Hopefully it's a sign of personal growth that I can not only share but "reshare"
 one of my most embarrassing moments.

Cringe
I swore I'd never be one of those mommies who talks about their kids poop,
but here ya go.

Relax
Feeling the stress of too much to do?  Read this now; thank me later. 

There's also a handy "Past Posts" section and a "Labels" tool on the sidebar if you want to be extra nosy.  Please, be extra nosy. 

Thanks so much!

Oh - and if you're a fellow blogger and want to leave me your blog link with your comment, I'll be sure to swing by your place as well!


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Thursday, October 7, 2010

All Foam, No Beer

In thinking more about the two events I attended last week, an old saying came to mind:

    "In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice... but in practice there is."

In other words, there is a huge distinction between talking about problems and solutions vs. actually taking action.  Even harder, executing the right actions which lead to successful outcomes.

Personally, I spent two decades of my professional career talking about the greatness of "stuff" without having to worry about the execution.  Yep, sales.   Baddabing.  Baddaboom.  A lucrative career from making promises on which other people had to deliver.

Several years ago, a true snake oil salesman visionary convinced me of the value in the theory of this great new thing.  A thing which could change the world.  He offered me a "sales gig" with promises of grandeur.  I bought it hook, line and sinker.  I made the most significant career move of my life.

But there was no thing.  I had to create the thing.  And then sell it.

Then, I had to figure out how to actually deliver it and make sure it worked.   Not just sales... but product development and execution.

My new mantra became, "Shoot me. Shoot me now."

Luckily it all worked out and the thing has become a resounding success.  Never you mind about all that blood, sweat and tears.  Okay, no blood.  (Well, maybe almost.)  But it was worth it. 

Even better, I now get to work with an amazing team of people who also saw the vision in the thing and worked (are still working) their arses off as well.  They totally rock.

The point is, it takes work to get beyond the theory.  It takes action and energy to make a difference.

Whether it's a personal goal or starting a business; talking about how much we believe in something or even want to do it, won't make it so.

Remember my P90X quote from Tom Kinsman:
     "Successful people do the things that people who aren't successful won't do."

The reason why not everyone does the work is because the work is hard.   It's a lot easier to talk about that great new exercise program or an inspiring theory or a cool self-help book.   

Basking in theory is even more fun in groups. "Hey - we should start a walking club!  Let's talk about it over lunch!"

Of course, I say all of this without judgment as it's something I have to really work on in my own life.    If I were better at taking action, I would have finished my book by now.  I would have been a keynote speaker at one of those events last week instead of sitting in the audience thinking about what I want to be when I grow up.

Practicing what you preach sure is a b*tch.

One of the more inspiring people I met last week sent me this great quote from the movie Scent of a Woman where Al Pacino says,  "I've been at the crossroads in my life and I knew what the right road was; without question I knew. But, I didn't take it. Know why?  It was just too, damn, hard."

So what's your crossroads?  What is the thing you've been talking about but not actually doing?  What have you been "meaning to do"?

Stay tuned,
Charlene
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Monday, October 4, 2010

What is Your Passion?

I've been slightly MIA in the blogosphere for the past week or so.  You noticed right?  Right?

Oh well.  Anyway, I've been traveling and working pretty solidly for the past eight days straight.  Reminiscent of my circus days, I did two conferences in one week.  Both were on the opposite coast and both required schedules which started with breakfast, ended with after-dinner cocktails and offered few breaks in between.  Both involved meetings, filling my brain with information and much "networking."

And yet, these two "events" were also very different. 

In a nutshell, I spent the first half of the week talking about the "state of the state," how messed up certain things are in business and the theory about what smart people and companies will work towards. 

I answered the question, "What do you do?" roughly 134 times.

The second half of the week was spent in collaborative discussion about the solutions to some of these major problems opportunities. 

I answered (and asked) the question, "What are you about?" exactly 58 times. 

It may seem subtle but the difference is light years.   At this moment, I find myself wishing I wasn't so damned jetlagged and could find a way to eloquently describe all the subtle (and not so subtle) differences in greater detail.

However, this does not diminish my desire to share this great energy with you.  Put it in a bottle and save it up.  In case of emergency, break glass.

Anytime you need a little boost, just ask someone to share their personal dreams with you. 

Ask them, "What are you passionate about?"  

It's amazing what comes out!  Personally I think it's impossible not to "catch" the enthusiasm of someone talking about something which makes them truly excited to be alive.

This experience also really emphasized for me what I am passionate about.  Being here with you!   Personal Stategic Management.  My desire and ability to help people find true life balance from the inside out.

I feel so completely inspired and motivated by the people with whom I've interacted over the past few days.  It's like discovering a roadmap to a better place where the journey is as great as the destination.    I am so grateful and excited.... Stay tuned!

Carpe diem!
Charlene
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