Put the spotlight on you. Yes, absolutely shine that circle of light down on what you want, what you are determined to have, that #1 thing that you see when you close your eyes. Grab that spotlight by handle and point it in the direction of you. Hone in on what is most important to you as you start the new year and concentrate on it.
Get your sunglasses out and put them on because you are going to need them. That spotlight is going to blind you at times. Beams of light will fragment and dispersions of light will occur. You will see rainbows. This is what happens when you concentrate on what it is that you want.
You have to concentrate. That’s the key. You have to block out every distraction and concentrate. As you concentrate you will connect and then this happens:
“When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.”
― Stephen Richards
Isn’t that an eye-opening quote? It’s so true. I wanted to pick out some $5 words to describe the truthfulness in it, I decided to let it stand on it’s own.
Early in 2015 I was not concentrating. I did not silence the noise within me to get to a point where I could concentrate. I was not shining a spotlight on what it was that I wanted instead I was guilty of shining many spotlights all over the place. These spotlights were bouncing off of each other to the point where I was blind to what it was that I really wanted.
I joined groups, I joined the wrong groups. I put miles and miles on my car and on the soles of my feet. I had to be there, no wait I had to be over there, no wait I need to be there, when I should have been here shining one spotlight on what it was that I wanted. I did not know how to silence the disturbances going on around me.
I was putting my spotlight on other people. I even let the noise these other people were making become my theme song until one day instead of hearing a beautiful melody that was pitch-perfect I heard sour notes, flat notes, sharp notes, and the rhythm was off and the spotlight wasn’t on at all.
How many times in our lives have we all done this? We think someone else has the answer. We think joining a group of like-minded people will help us. Why can’t we be our own group? Why do we need others to validate us? We know when something feels right and when it doesn’t.
As I look back at the sour, sharp, flat note moment now I actually am so grateful that everyone was singing off-key. I am thrilled the rhythm that was bouncing off the walls in that room soon allowed me to dance to a different beat. For a short while my spotlight was dimmed but when it came back on, it was electrifyingly brilliant.
How did I get my spotlight shining in the right direction? Simple, I concentrated on me. When I started to do this ideas would come to me. Once they started, they multiplied. I truly believe ideas have a brain and a heart and if you don’t listen to them they will move on to someone else. They have a will to survive.
One morning an idea sat on the edge of my keyboard and told me I absolutely had to change some of the wording in my website. I shined a spotlight on my website and in a very short period of time I had made some really good positive changes. How do I know that? Well, within 2 weeks I had new business.
The next idea sat on my monitor and told me that new wording meant a new corporate name, new business cards, new print pieces, new everything every where. I grabbed that little fellow and by the end of day mission accomplished.
These are examples of what can happen when you shine a spotlight at an idea that comes to you and you give that idea your total concentration.
When I consult with corporations on strategic social media plans I insist they have a white board or a flip chart available and I show them my spotlight methods. I have a 4′ by 8′ white board in my house with every project I am working on and I stand and shine a spotlight on one project and I concentrate like I am Harry Houdini about to tell you what card you picked out of the deck. (Yes, Houdini started out with card tricks).
What happens next is truly magic. A group appears in the form of ideas. You will know which ones are good, bad or excellent. Your brain is amazing, use it.
I will leave you with this – the bottom line here is that you can sidle up to amazing thought leaders. You can be their little errand people. You can be grateful for the bread crumbs they throw you as you shine your spotlight on them. Or you can shine your spotlight on you and become the amazing thought leader. You just need to tune out the noise and let the sweet notes of dancing ideas come to you.
2016 is going to be a very successful year for me, I just signed my 16th client and I need to hire an assistant. That assistant will be taught how to shine the spotlight
– first thing on the list.