My A-Ha moment! The importance of self-discovery.
Recently, I’ve embarked on a journey of self-discovery that has awakened such a state of learning I have not seen since the day my first child was born.
It is as if I’ve just been bitten by a radio-active spider and I’m starting to sense things I haven’t before. My ‘web-slinging’ skills are not yet adept, and I still feel a bit queasy ‘hanging upside-down.’ However, I’m starting to feel more comfortable with this greater sense of awareness in myself, and I have this heightened urge to uncover the hidden capacity of those I interact with. Sounds pretty ‘touchy-feely.’ I know. It’s actually quite transformational!
At a more public level, I’m sharing some of my learning through my “Between You and Me” community column in the SAP BusinessObjects Community Newsletter (Between You and Me: Words of Wisdom from Olympic Athletes, Between You and Me: There’s more to sustainability than Reduce-Reuse-Recycle). I’m always looking for new sources of inspiration.
My wife and I attended the A-Ha concert recently in Toronto, and I later came across this interview with Morten Harket, lead singer of the Norwegian band. I was really impressed by the depth of Morten Harket’s comments around accessing the hidden capacity in all of us. He says, “You represent so much more than you are aware….” Folks, this isn’t Britney Spears (although I do believe she has the ability to become as wise, with all the important lessons she’s picking up in life).
Key insights from the interview that stood out for me:
- “Are you letting the people you are with…be all they could be, or are you holding them back?”
- “If you’re honest to yourself… you will be able to make decisions that are better founded than if you make decisions based on what someone else is doing.”
- “Silence can be a way of communicating.”
- “Without confidence, there is so little you can do.”
- “Playful is the key…to having access to your total-self.”
- “It [the brain] is a great tool if you use it the right way, but don’t let it take over the control.”