The Prodigal Altar Boy

Saturday, December 3, 2011

T-28 Days to Go: Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown

2011 – Last 100 Days
Prodigal Altar Boy Countdown
T-28 Days to Go
3 December 2011

Goal:  1 hour per day working on the film
Karen Everett’s filmmaker affirmations
Total time:  1 hour

Goal:  30 minutes per day music practice
MojoCaster warm-up
Grace City practice
“Say The Name”
“Trading My Sorrows”
“God of Second Chances”
“You Are Here”
Total time:  2.5 hours

Goal:  15 minutes exercise per day
Active rest

Goal:  15 minutes per day working on the score for the movie
R&B riff work from Gospel Skillz DVD
E – B/D# - C#min – A  R&B chordal riff work.  Focus on smooth transitions and tone.
Total Time:  15 minutes

Notes:  Twenty-eight days and counting. 

Lessons Learned for today:

Share the wealth.  Don’t keep opportunities to yourself.  If something you come across can help someone else, pass it on.  If there is something you think a colleague would be interested in, point it out to them.  There is so much information floating around you never know what you will encounter. 

Share information, not obligation.  When passing along information you think a colleague will be interested in, the best follow-up is none at all.  While we may think the latest link or article we forward will be the next big break for a colleague, let them be the judge of that.  Not everything you pass on will hit a home run, you never know what your colleague may know about the information you are giving them, and sometimes they can be so busy putting the information to use they don’t have time to thank you for it.  You don’t do it to get their gratitude; you do it to help them become successful.  In fact, the less obligation you attach to information you provide to your network, the more impact it has.  A member of my network sent me an email about his non-profit organization collaborating with another nonprofit for fundraising.  When I ran into him later in the month, I asked him how that came about.  I was shocked and surprised to learn the idea and contact information came from an article I forwarded him months back.  Wow!

Stay busy.  Yes, I know you are already busy.  What I also know is the more you accomplish, the more you are able to accomplish.  When you buckle down and start squeezing the time to work on your dreams, you will be astonished by the extra time that just opens up.  Much of this “extra” time comes from opportunities that arise, and aligning these opportunities with your big projects gives you the time.  It is counterintuitive, but once you try it, you will see what I mean.