A revolutionary act of self-care

A revolutionary act of self-care

 Your inner life is very rich with the tens of thousands of thoughts and feelings created and experienced only by you each day.

What if you could nurture, heal and transform your life starting with a simple act of remembering something wonderful? What if this self-care ritual also contained the seeds of powerful personal transformation and realizing the big life you’ve been imagining for yourself?

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How to live a big life? Start with intention.

What happens when you intend your way through life?

Most of us go through life and business responding to things, people, situations.

This means that day in, day out, all day, every day, our identity is comprised of thoughts, words and actions, in service of the external. This means we are driven and compelled primarily by responding to other people’s issues, problems, wants, agendas.

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Will this be the year for you (to realize big things)?

Will this be the year for you (to realize big things)?

We are beginning the New Year. Intentions and resolutions are on everyone’s lips. It’s all part of the January ritual, defining anew what you want and how you’re going to be a “better person” this year. (Why do you need to be better, by the way?)

But what no one is talking about is that if you’re making a resolution or an intention and not putting energy behind getting yourself into an optimal place to realize your vision, you’re doing it wrong.

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What story are you telling (yourself)?

What story are you telling (yourself)?

Long before you were on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, you were the sole subscriber to a continual, perpetual one-person, private feed: your own inner narrative.

This means that for as long as you have been conscious, you have been digesting everything that is happening in your life, and interacting with yourself about it, inside your head.

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We are already creating with our audiences. Now let’s do it better.

The arts are a very natural platform for creating with others. After all, what is a live performance but a natural coming-together of two partners, the performers and the audience? Inherently, these parties exchange energy, each bringing something valuable: the performers, their craft and their expression, and the audience, their receptivity, their openness to the experience that is unfolding.

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What’s an audience for?

A compelling artistic vision and a high-quality artistic product are absolutely fundamental to every successful artistic venture. If something incredible, transformative or exciting isn’t at the basis of what you do, you can forget about your ability to perform the other business functions effectively. (My mentor Michael Kaiser is 100% right about this). And most of what’s on stage – maybe not the details, but many of the broad strokes, such as the who, where, and what of the season – is an administrative exercise.

Where, then, does the audience fit in?

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The sweetest successes are deliberate

I recently began to notice that working backwards is a vital practice in my career as an arts manager and consultant. Early on, I learned never to enter a classroom without identifying a desired objective, having a plan for achieving that objective, and having measures at hand to prove that the objective was indeed achieved. Thus, at the end of a lesson, it was clear whether or not the objective had been achieved.

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The loyalty algorithm

Our work is about art – the essence of human expression, transmitted through a particular medium and shared with others. In my opinion, there could not be a more pure, transcendent, incredible field of work.

There are people who experience what we do one time and who instantly become lifelong champions of our work. But on the whole, loyalty is not linear.

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