Positive of the Negative (closing the loop on the octopus)

In the Mediterranean Sea cultures the octopus embodied the development of creation out of a mystic center.

An octopus has eight arms, does  that mean the octopus is the poster-child for “multitasking”? I don’t think so, in ancient cultures this creature showed us towards a creative mystic “center”.  How does this map to what we do in the busy, busy of 21st century?

I believe it lies in this question, no matter how many arms you have to get it done: “Can you say no when it’s to be positive?”

I’ve read a good quote. “Everything you say ‘yes’ to means you must say ‘no’ to something else.” I offer a flip side: “Everything you say ‘no’ to allows something else to be considered.”

So if you always say “yes” are you missing opportunities?

This isn’t a new concept to a busy product professional. We have more than enough to do in a day to not have to make choices. It’s what we do, right?

Decisions – do this, don’t do this, delay that…

Aware and doing, or unconscious and letting it happen, both are still a choice. However use the AWARE state to make evaluations of your priorities. The unconscious choices may not help you in the long-term.

What state are you currently making your choices? Ask are you good with it? Does the choice map to your inner conviction? In short, is the decision based on your center?

I know some of our readers count on numbers to point the way – numbers are good, but I hold that center is better; if held in the hands of dispassionate observer, center holds no bias, it leads to “true north”. Debate me if you don’t feel this way. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Choices – if you wish to embed them into your life path – must be followed by a disciplined and focused resolution to always say YES to the best options, and NO to the rest (however easier they may appear).

How is a best option known? By stillness, being fully in the moment just before the thought appears. Fully in the moment appears like a will-o-the-wisp, or a lightning bug flash. That moment, as short as it is, makes all the difference.

Honestly you know what is not the best choice; do you feel pressed, uneasy, stuck, angry, stressed? These are not centered feelings. Ask yourself truthfully if the choices presented are the best options. The answer is there and will come.

Also, go back and re-evaluate the choice or the decisions you made after the path was chosen. You student of the Colossus, learn that a path can be correct, yet the foot misplaced. Are your listening to your internal GPS?

What’s best?  “Best” must be aligned with your desired outcome and with the path you walk. Interesting, all this discussion about alignment sounds like product marketing doesn’t it? All things are connected, truly they are.

Your choice: is it the octopus or the kraken? Neither you nor the octo can juggle everything and come out fine. It’s  

all about the choices, and the decision process that leads you there. Ahn young hee kah say yo!

About prdmkgblackbelt

UConn MBA - GO Lady Huskies! UGA Mom, quasi geek, techno-catalyst, NPDP, PrdMktg, reads Campbell & Covey, black belt from Hoshido. Loves sunrises; believes sunsets are promises.
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