During rehearsals the conductor, director, videographer or coach might stop you in the middle of something or you stop yourself knowing you didn’t say what you wanted to say, forgot your lines or your tempo was wrong, and then whoever is “conducting” or coaching says, “Pick up where you left off….” At the office, at home, at a meeting, in conversation or after you press the “send” button you seldom have the opportunity to “Pick up where you left off.”
In the card game, 52 Card Pick-up, one person joyfully throws all 52 cards in the air and the other “player” has to pick them up in sequence. It takes time, patience and a sense of humor to be that player. If your last 10 weeks were thrown in the air like the card game could you put them in a sequence that helped you better yourself in any manner?
Every year you have 52 weeks to pick-up and make the most of. What did the last 10 weeks produce for your company, department, service, product, or you? Did you make a difference in someone’s life? Add a creative bent to a new product that was successful? Design a storyboard for your new book, an article or a speech? Each week brings opportunities to create an impression on others, and ourselves. What you do with each week is a choice.
I saw “Hamilton The Revolution” last week and it was brilliant. What Lin-Manuel Miranda created is sheer genius. At the beginning of the play, Hamilton meets up with three new friends and others as he declares, “I am not throwing away my shot!
I’ve lost a few weeks, for that matter, probably 52 in my lifetime. I want to live the mantra, “I am not throwing away my shot!” It’s stupid to waste talent, creativity and/or strength of character on throwing away your shot at getting the client, making the top of some list, getting a promotion, working a little harder, asking for help, studying, or giving back. Have you thrown away that shot at getting something you’ve wanted, dreamed about, strived for or pictured because you didn’t feel you deserved it? Didn’t think you were really capable of getting it? Stopped when it got tough and just eased through? STOP! Did you miss your shot?
In the next 42 weeks, what can you focus on to bring your strength, willingness to help others, voice, expertise or whatever to make a difference in the lives of others as well as your own? Keep, “I am not going to throw away my shot!” in your head when you have done only the minimum, just skated by. Yes, I’ve been there, and it sometimes takes an article, a book, a quotation, a speech, a mentor or friend or my own thoughts to get me out of my lackadaisical mode and move with force, a force to be reckoned with. What will it take for you to move ahead, to take a shot at that promotion, that job, that committee, that starting gate? Keep the cards in sequence and manage them to your benefit.