“Life is like a ten-speed bike… most of us have gears we’ve never tried.” Charles Schulz (creator of Charlie Brown comics)
I’ve led a rather colorful life. I had the advantage of growing up in a difficult family environment. Why do I consider that an advantage? Because I can empathize with people — in fact almost everyone. Pushing myself is part of my DNA and my life circumstances.
So what’s that go to do with the 10 speed bike? Well, because I know what it’s like to be hungry and scared… I’ve probably used a few more of my gears than others. Would I wish difficulty on anyone – no. But I can tell you that it made me the person I am and I am happy that I have challenged myself in almost every aspect of life.
So how do we figure out which gears we’ve used and which gears we ought to try? It’s a matter of understanding where we’re comfortable. Trying a new gear has to do with making a conscious choice to do things differently.
Here are my energy gears:
- before I’ve had my tea BUT I wake up everyday in a great mood. (it’s truly annoying to those around me)
- reading, skimming, thinking, meditating
- making art in my little studio or creative writing
- at work, talking to folks, making sure I’m present in my day
- starting something new or pushing through an existing project
- talking in front of a small group – less than 50 people
- talking to a big group > 50 people – energy needs to be really high
- going into a room full of strangers and talking to people (takes everything I’ve got)
- Not sure what this is..
This is only one measure of the gears that relate to the amount and kind of energy I need to summon. What are your gears and what pushes you use new ones?