Back to School

This week ought to just have a “time out” written in everyone’s calendars.  With people getting everyone in their family back to school it’s hard to get hold of anyone to do business, schedule meetings, or just get together for coffee.

So instead of fighting it, I decided to use the time to write out my Fall schedule, budgeting my time so that I could get the most done while 1. Driving six hours back and forth each week to the colleges to teach. 2. Teaching at my own studio for 15 hours a week. 3. Moving the theatre forward and scheduling all the mentoring, competitions and shows and meetings. 4. Working with my husband on our Internet Marketing business. 5. Taking my health and wellness back into my hands with a lifestyle coach that will help me with my health and fitness.

I  rewrote my goal statement that I read twice a day, every day to include things like, “I am excited to be living a health lifestyle while we build this exciting chapter of our lives with the theatre, my teaching, our business and our new kitchen!  (Always write your statements in the present tense so your mind believes you are living into it now)

I also want to make good use of my time by listening to books on tape during my ride to Hartford and Danbury three times a week (the six hours of travel), instead of just listening to the radio.  Inspirational CD’s like the one below are already on order.  I get some out of the library too.   By listening to positive messages, I will stay positive even though my schedule may be packed.  It’s only stressful if I say it is…and I have decided it is gloriously full.  Not stressfully packed.

Seth’s book “Linchpin” is the first book on tape that I will be listening to on my drives:

Linchpin argues that it’s more essential than ever to become indispensable, and the key to being indispensable is overcoming the fears that hold most people back so that one can unleash his or her greatest art, passion, insight and generosity at work. By the best-selling author of Tribes
Argues that the key to becoming indispensable in the workplace is to abandon the fears that might prevent success and instead allow one’s art, passion, insight, and generosity to flourish.
There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labor. Now there’s a third team, the linchpins. These people invent, lead (regardless of title), connect others, make things happen, and create order out of chaos. They figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers.  They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art.    
Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organizations. Like the small piece of hardware that keeps a wheel from falling off its axle, they may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom. Have you ever found a shortcut that others missed? Seen a new way to resolve a conflict? Made a connection with someone others couldn’t reach? Even once? Then you have what it takes to become indispensable, by overcoming the resistance that holds people back. 
As Godin writes, “Every day I meet people who have so much to give but have been bullied enough or frightened enough to hold it back. It’s time to stop complying with the system and draw your own map. You have brilliance in you, your contribution is essential, and the art you create is precious. Only you can do it, and you must.”
Linchpin : Are You Indispensable?