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Friday, June 14, 2013

The Daily 2 Minutes of Big Body Language is Done

Not really anything to do with the Project, but I’m packing it in on an explicit practice of standing or sitting in a “Big Body Language” pose for 2 minutes every day (early intervention from February, discussed here).

The main thing is that I’ve gotten restless with all the “good habit” things I have to do every day, mainly as a consequence of aging: brushing, flossing, exercising, meditating, reading, writing, blah blah blah.  Preventive maintenance of one sort or another is becoming an alarming % of my day.

Also, though, from the Chutzpah POV, the Big Body Language seems to have organically populated my day to the extent that it’s not necessary to set aside 2 min just for that.  I have much better mindfulness and results displaying Big Body Language in meetings, when considering chutzpah-consuming ideas or moves, or even just sitting at the dinner table.

So I can cut the 2 minutes out of my day… and save the time for just being alive.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Interventions for June

OK, May is over, time to re-tool for Month 5.

Start by retiring a couple, which proved to be No Problem:

  • Be Interesting when you get on stage: Didn’t prove to be a problem for me.  This is one area where I’ve been blessed with plenty chutzpah.  Honorably Discharged
  • Learn to Love the Phone: Surprisingly, this has proven to be a fairly smooth area, too, after years of hating and fearing talking on the phone.  Maybe a collateral effect of other chutzpah builders?  Honorably Discharged

New ones for May:

  1. Continue with Speak Truth to Power: This hasn’t been easy to get going; maybe we need a dose of mindfulness about occasions when I should have done so, but didn’t.
  2. Dare to meet people more popular than you.  I hate this; I shrink away from meeting people I think are popular, even when I might really like them or vice versa.
  3. Dare to be unpredictable.  A fundamental tool of chutzpah is keep people a bit on edge about what you’re going to do next.  This will likely not be easy for me.
  4. Dare to say “No”.  A staple of Assertiveness Training.  Good practice.

Wish me luck.