Ask yourself this question when you are feeling stuck

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
Yesterday, I had the joy of being interviewed by Lovelyn Bettison on her excellent Imagine The Possibilities Podcast — you can listen to the full interview here.

One of the things we discussed was “what to do when you are feeling stuck?” In my experience we get stuck when we tie our values to a particular outcome or result.

Perhaps you have a big goal or a big dream, and right now it just seems impossible, and as a result you’ve stopped moving forward, you may even feel as though you are slowing sinking in the mud of life.

To illustrate the point, one of my life goals is to make films and TV shows that really connect people to “what matters most” in their lives — clearly this is a humungous goal that requires providence, it requires a lot of people to say yes all at the one time — and if I am honest, right now it is not within my reach.

But that life goal is just of the many great things that I would love to do, what is really important to me, what is so life-giving and vital, is the deeper purpose behind all of my dreams, you see I find life when I connect others to “what matters most” for them… and again if I am honest I can actually do that everyday, through this blog, when working with our Digital Strategy Clients, or through simply having a coffee with a friend.

If you are feeling stuck right now, then I would encourage you to first ask yourself the deeper question… “what matters most to me?
 


 

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I have lied

Today’s post is written by John Philpin, a global executive and business consultant.

 
 
I have lied.

You have lied.

We all lie.

We lie to protect the status quo of the why’s, how’s, who’s, where’s, when’s and what’s of society, of how we live and what we accept as ‘normal’. And with that acceptance our lies make us complicit in the inaction that engulfs society today.

Turn those lies into truth now, this very minute.

No time like the present to stop lying.
 


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Living without lines. Embracing Diversity

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
It is a scary thing to move outside of your comfort zone.

It is frightening to step into another culture or social structure, to begin to embrace people who are so completely different than you, to rid yourself of status or title, to step forward into humility and to acknowledge your vulnerability.

It is also exhilarating.

If I could do anything in this post today, I would actually wish to dismantle the very popular notion that a key point on the pathway to any real success, is the point where you choose to hang out with successful people.

This is actually instead, (and pardon my french) the pathway to ignorance and arsoleism.

In actual fact if you want to grow in perspective, in humility, in grace, in global understanding and in true thought leadership, then the only way to do this is to throw away the map, to boldly step off the main path and embrace real people who are very different from you.

This does not mean that you embrace financial poverty (although you may), but it is the only way that you can fully embrace universal truth, the kind of truth that levels us all in the end to dust, and the kind of truth that frees us from the lines that currently bind and imprison us.

 


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The Problem with Separating Business from Pleasure

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

Everything belongs in a compartment.

Everything that is, except your soul, except your vibrancy, except the spirit through which you act and interact with on a daily basis.

This happens in the corporate environment where everything belongs in its box, where every person has clear lines within which they may operate. Everything belongs in a box except of course the culture (the spirit), whether this is good or bad it permeates throughout the whole building, whether you like it or not.

Compartmentalizing is one of the biggest obstacles to growth (personal or corporate) that we are facing in the 21st century, because it attempts to contain the very spirit or culture that gives life to everything that we do.

This maybe hard to accept, but your need to put things in a box, to label yourself or others, is extremely detrimental to the entrepreneur in all of us that longs to break new ground and establish new territory.


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Jesus doesn’t hate technology

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
Connection.

It is more important now than ever before.

The potential for us to connect is astronomical, after-all technology allows us to connect across continents with people in different countries, with people of different faiths, backgrounds and beliefs.

It is interesting therefore that people are feeling increasingly disconnected.

I can hear my Grandpa (God rest his soul) standing at the pearly gates right now, demanding that Jesus, Peter and his band of brothers, call a plague down upon our cell phone towers and Internet cable.

Technology is not the problem… we are the problem, even without technology, we’d still be struggling with the simple concepts of active listening, not judging others, asking great questions, and being truly vulnerable with each other.

 
Jesus doesn't hate technology

 


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Words that draw a target on a person’s back.

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

Prospect, closing, target market, conversions.

Four words or phrases that should be scrubbed from your vocabulary in the 21st century.

Why?

Because as we discussed in yesterday’s post the ideal posture for doing business with a human being is to come alongside them, to partner with them, to invite them into a relationship which is mutually beneficial for both of you.

Instead:

  • prospect = our people
  • closing = agreement
  • target market = our community
  • conversion = commitment

Rather than: “we’re searching for prospects in our target market who we can close the deal with in an efficient manner that increasingly improves our conversion ratio” (I feel sick!).

Use this: “We’re looking for our kinds of people who just naturally belong in our community, people we can form mutually beneficial agreements with, the kinds of people who are perfect for a lifetime commitment”. 

 


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The preacher on the corner is using filthy words!

Written by Geoff Talbot — Co Founder of The Seven Sentence Blog

 
You can chase someone away with your well intentioned words.

It happens all the time, the preacher shouting repentance on a street corner, the Greenpeace volunteer marauding along the sidewalk hunting for donations, the overly zealous online entrepreneur or blogger who tries to sell you something at every opportunity.

The result is nearly always a “push away.”

The strange thing is, humanity loves repentance, millions of people actually support the work of Greenpeace and the world is full of business owners who desperately need to grow their online presence.

What is happening here? Why are you pushing people away when you have the very thing they need more than anything else?

Could it be that your posture is from above, from a position of having all the answers; could it be that you are talking at, rather than talking with — you have not been invited in by the people you are trying to reach, instead you are trying to push your way through their defenses, if you push me, I push you back… it’s that simple.


 

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