Sail boldly into the squall of your own fears

My recurring nightmare is that I’m making a presentation in front of hundreds of people, but I realize that the slide deck I’m using is the wrong one. And I have no idea what picture is going to come on the screen next. 


Gulp

Just thinking about that moment makes me feel helpless and incompetent and unprofessional and completely out of control of my environment and myself. Scary

But what’s interesting is, that very scenario happened to me once. Five minutes into a workshop I was conducting for a group of sales managers, I looked over at my computer and realized, oh crap, that’s the wrong slide show. 

My stomach dropped to the floor. My skin flushed like a fat kid at recess. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. And yet, for some reason, the panic wasn’t as paralyzing as I imagined. Fear wasn’t clawing around in my chest like a trapped animal trying to get out. Because the problem was an easy fix. 

You just casually walk over to the laptop, close one document and open another, and get on with the presentation. Nobody even has to notice. 

And so, that’s exactly what I did. And in the moment, I thought to myself, wow, that’s it? That’s what I’ve been losing sleep over for years? 

Funny how fear does to you. It fools you into believing that it’s as big as your ego says it is. Almost like a form of pretraumatic stress syndrome. The terror and great aversion and mental anguish that results from preparing for the worst before it actually happens. 

When the reality is, most of our fears are tissue paper thin. And all it takes is one courageous step to break through the story we’ve built up inside our heads and come out clean on the other side. 

Next time you worst nightmare become a reality, sail boldly into the squall of your own fears. Kick fear in the ass and lived to tell the tale. 

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Water is your second lifeline, breathing is your first

When you’re practicing yoga in a hundred degree room with forty
percent humidity for ninety minutes straight, the natural inclination is to
medicate your suffering with water. Because it’s cold and refreshing and
hydrating and satisfying. 

But as my teacher loves to remind his students,water
is your second lifeline, breathing is your first. 

Think about it. When a person
experiences a health emergency, the first thing the paramedics provide is
oxygen. Nobody inserts a water tube up your nose. People need air. Breath is
life. It’s the source of all things. 

And nothing against water. It’s a close
second on the scoreboard of human survival. But you can survive for three days
without water. Oxygen is only three minutes. 

And so, in yoga class, when the
dizziness and the leg cramps and the dark thoughts come crashing in, the
smartest response is to breathe, not drink. No matter how much money you spent
on that shiny new vacuum insulated double stainless steel water bottle that
keeps contents icy cold for up to eighteen hours, the smartest response is to
breathe. 

Oxygen first, water second. 

It’s a perfect metaphor for life outside
the yoga studio, too. Because when our suffering becomes intolerable, we’re
given that same choice. We can reach for a crutch to soothe our pain, or we can
regulate and refresh and rebuild ourselves with lifelines that are healthier, and don’t make us have to pee every twenty minutes. 

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Testing the bolts and hinges of our own brains

There’s nothing more painful than being open beyond our preconceptions and historical ways of making sense. 

Accepting that there might be something to learn outside our own experience. 

In fact, that’s the engine of all human conflict. Each of us is unconsciously asking ourselves, why can’t everybody else be more like me? 

But the reality is, life is much more complicated than our limited imagination. And if we’re left to our own experiences, we suffer from a shortage of data. 

Thank god for the magic of creativity. It’s not only the motivator of making art, but the engine of empathy. The major means by which human beings liberate ourselves from the shackles of our conditioned responses and usual choices. 

Turns out, the more time and effort and money we invest in our creativity, the more empathetic we become. The more we are able to lift ourselves to new levels of understanding. 

And so, we use creativity not only to bring new ideas into being, but also to disrupt our own point of view. To shake the gates of life and test the bolts and hinges of our own brains. 

That way, the futurist manifesto states, our eyes, accustomed to semi darkness, will soon open to more radiant visions of life. 

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Are you still trying to clone other people in your image by projecting our autobiography onto them?

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They care about how my insides feel

When I conduct employee training programs for hotel chains, we spend a good hour telling stories about unforgettable guest experiences. 

It’s not only interesting, insightful and entertaining, but it’s a powerful teaching tool. It makes people feel heard and less alone in their hospitality journey. 

One hotel concierge recently shared a story that nearly made the entire room tear up. 

A guest’s toddler had lost her teddy bear en route to the hotel. And so, she drove to the toy store during her lunch break, bought the exact same model bear and overnighted it to the little girl’s house to greet her when she returned home. 

But here’s the best part. The hotel employee also included a handwritten letter from the teddy bear himself, explaining to the toddler that he was gone on very special teddy bear business for the past few days, and how relieved he was to be reunited with his rightful owner. 

The little girl was ecstatic. The parents told every single person they knew. And the concierge received a guest service award in the company’s monthly newsletter. 

Another story came from the bell captain. Late one night, a guest arrived at the hotel without his luggage, no thanks to the airline that misplaced it. The bellman promptly hustled down the street to the mall, bought two suitcases from the department store, ran back to the man’s room and asked him which of the two bags best resembled the one the airline lost. The guest was speechless.

Both of these stories involve employees who took initiative, owned the problem, spent the money, employed their creativity, personalized the gift, cemented the memory, and as a result, earned lifetime fans of their hotel. 

Because the guests couldn’t help but think, wow, that hotel did this just for me? 

That’s the kind of story newspapers write articles about. And it’s a thousand times more persuasive than any advertisement. Best of all, it’s free. For those who care about how people’s insides feel. For those who bother to bother. 

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Do you make it laughable the amount of time you put into your acts of generosity?

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It doesn’t matter if they’re dopey, it matters that they’re yours

Boundary setting tools don’t have to make sense. Or appear logical. Or even be cost effective. 

They just have to work for you. They have to allow you feel okay with yourself and create meaning in accordance with your values. 

I have a friend who stays in a hotel every time she goes home to visit her family for the holidays. Which seems redundant and expensive and possibly even insulting to her relatives, but considering how large and chaotic her family can be, the hotel is the only way for her to guarantee her privacy, manage her time and keep herself sane. 

It wasn’t an easy decision to make, she tells me. In fact, it was painful the first time she did it. Feelings of guilt and shame and resentment bubbled to the surface like a hot spring. Her parents insisted she was being ridiculous. 

And yet, she had the courage to stand up for her boundaries and tell her family, well, tough shit. These are my needs right now. 

Sure enough, the family got over it. They respected her space. And now, whenever she comes to visit, everyone can just relax. 

Proving, that constraints are the only things that truly set you free. It doesn’t matter if they’re dopey, it matters that they’re yours. You do whatever you have to do to be okay with yourself. 

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What will it cost you not to stand up for your boundaries right now?

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Rightness can be reverse engineered

In the early stages of a new project, when you’re not quite sure what you want yet, instead of allowing indecision to paralyze forward motion, just start failing until your true desire announces itself. Begin making the wrong choices quickly, quietly and cheaply. Flush all of the bad ideas out of your system first, and that way, you can back into what you really want through a process of elimination. 

The key is to let your body lead the way. That’s a lesson I relearn every time I publish a new book, launch a new website, make a new movie or release a new album. My design team sends me sketches and comps and drafts of our new project, and if I don’t immediately experience some kind of physiological response, like a chuckle or an audible or gasp or a pulse in my gut or a good old fashioned eyebrow raise, then I know we haven’t nailed it yet. I know we’re still a few failures away from the truth. 

And so, I keep plowing through the pile of wrongness until what I want finally floats to the surface. And it always does. It’s a matter of patience. Trusting the process. Having faith that whatever wants to emerge will find a foothold. 

Remember, deciding what you want is the most important work you will ever do. Don’t be afraid to come in through the back door. Even if you have to trudge through a pile of garbage and puddle of mud to get where you want. 

You can fail your way to getting what you want. 

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You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up an apologize

Contrary to popular conditioning, dreaming is not inferior to the sum of the moments of reality. And dreams shouldn’t be reduced to a mere parenthesis. 



Just because we’re unconscious doesn’t mean we can’t take that experience seriously. After all, we spend a third of our lives asleep. We we may as well discern what questions the dream is trying to answer. What our subconscious might be trying to tell us. 



And the good news us, we don’t have to take classes or go to therapy or earn a degree in clinical psychology. It’s simply a matter of intentionality and discipline. Because dreams always bring more questions than answers. In fact, we are often left with very real feelings that our dreams have aroused. 



Ever woke up in the middle of the night and felt the need to immediately apologize to your spouse for something you never even did? It happens to everyone. 



And so, it’s always a useful practice to name and explore those subconscious remains. I’ve been journaling my dreams for more than a decade, thanks to the recommendation from my therapist as a morning ritual for anxiety reduction. He encouraged me to spend time first thing each morning processing the night before. Not because it would give me a comprehensive understanding of dream interpretation and help unravel the unconscious symbols of my mind, but because it’s just another chance to talk to myself about my thoughts and feelings. 



It’s an ongoing conversation from which I draw conclusions that move me to take action while I’m awake. Perhaps the idea of following our dreams is more literal than we realize. 



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The technology of making an effective request

Asking makes us vulnerable. It means people can hurt us by denying us the things we want. And nobody likes giving others that much power over them. 

That’s why we back down from the task. We’re afraid to ask clearly, creatively and repeatedly for what we want. Is it any wonder why we’re unhappy? 

The reality is, and this is going to sound so obvious it’s stupid, asking improves our chances of receiving. Always. Even if the answer is no. 

In fact, a clearly worded request still moves things forward, even when it’s rejected. The experience of asking adds energy to the system. It’s velocity. It keeps the story moving forward. And it positions us in a better context from which to raise future requests. 

When I first launched my business, I had no choice but to master the technology of making an effective request. Because it was just me. No money, no experience, no knowledge and no connections. 

And so, I constantly asked for support in many forms. I decided what I wanted, believed I was worthy of receiving it, trusted that I could get it, and persisted until people helped me or called security. 

A humbling reminder, that success never comes unassisted. That it’s okay to enlist support. That we’re playing a small game if we’re only making the requests we think will be accepted. And that asking for help didn’t make us greedy or incompetent or in the debt of the helper

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When will you let it be okay that you need other people?

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That Guy with the Nametag

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Nobody can stop you from learning anything

Husserl was the grandfather of phenomenology, which is the philosophical study of the structures of experience and consciousness. 

He believed that experience was the source of all knowledge, famously saying that learning was not the accumulation of scraps of knowledge, but a growth where every act of knowledge develops the learner, this making him capable of constituting ever more and more complex objectives. 

Learning, then, was the activity of the whole being. An organic process. Not just finding out what other people already know. Not just slavish memorization of information. But real experiential education that calls for action and sensitivity and awareness and reflection. 

The good news is, all you have to do is ask questions and nobody can stop you from learning anything. Here’s one of my personal favorites. 

Am I learning enough through this experience to consider it part of my education? 

Unpaid internships are a perfect example. Business publications and employment organizations love to demonize them as unfair, immoral, discriminating and even illegal. And maybe they are. 

But whatever happened to apprenticeships? Whatever happened to journeymen? Have we become so entitled as a culture that we’ve lost touch with the humbling and satisfying challenge of working our way up the ranks? 

These are the types of priceless experiential opportunities that solidify our foundations and develop us as learners and allow us to grow smarter and stronger in the future.

Just because we’re not getting paid and getting benefits and getting a corner office, doesn’t mean we can’t grow from the experience. 

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Are you embracing an organic, long term learning process?

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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  

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www.nametagscott.com

Never the same speech twice. Customized for your audience. Impossible to walk away uninspired.

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Doing battle with the impossible

I’ll never forget reading the story about the middle eastern farmer who became rich and famous by selling sheep using the photo sharing app on his smartphone.

Impossible. 

Ali never could have dreamed of that level of economic prosperity twenty years ago. In fact, he probably comes from a long family lineage of sheep herders, most of whom wouldn’t even believe his story if he told them. 

The question is, how do people step into that kind of power? How is it that some farmer in the middle of nowhere can make the impossible happen? 

It starts with belief. Because if you think something hard is impossible, you’ll never even start trying to achieve it. And so, acquiring the capacity to make the impossible happen has less to do with authority, competence and influence, and more to do with initiative, commitment and resilience. 

Gross’s research on personal reinvention coined a helpful phrase called the designated impossibility. It’s when you designate something as significant to yourself, recognizing that you cannot accomplish it with the power you currently have, and knowing that you must reinvent yourself or it will remain impossible. 

Ali didn’t change the world, he changed himself in relation to it. He reinvented the way he thought about business and farming and communicating and marketing. And that allowed him to do battle with the impossible. 

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What are you not committed to, only because you don’t believe it can be done?
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Scott Ginsberg

That Guy with the Nametag

Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.  

scott@hellomynameisscott.com

www.nametagscott.com

Never the same speech twice. Customized for your audience. Impossible to walk away uninspired.

Now booking for 2016-2017.

Email to inquire about fees and availability. Watch clips of The Nametag Guy in action here!

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