(#413) Don’t Figure It Out

Leave room…develop the concept…be free…listen.

My current improv instructor reminded the class last week to “get out our heads” and embrace the present. No script. Enhance your partner’s offer. Sense what exists in front of yourself in any given scene.

In a recent Master Class photography lesson, Annie Leibovitz urged photographers to “not totally figure it out” when it comes to a shoot with a subject.  You still have to do research—know your subject and topic—and you need to be free with the direction you will take.  Leave room, she says, to develop the concept.

Let the subject speak to you. Listen. Respect what is in front of you.

Perhaps when we figure it out ahead of time, we shortchange ourselves and those with whom we collaborate, live, and love. Be free and true to the moment.

 


Video recommendation for the week:

Rather than trap ourselves in the “thought forms of the future,” understand that our “life consists entirely of the present moment.”  Listen to Eckhart and Oprah.


Make it an inspiring week and H.T.R.B. as needed.

For information about and to order my book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, click here.  A number of colleges and one state-wide agency have adopted it for training and coaching purposes. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same.

The paperback price on Amazon is now $14.99 and the Kindle version stands at $5.99.

My podcasts: The Growth and Resilience Network® (http://stevepiscitelli.com/media-broadcast/podcast).

My programs and webinars: website  (http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/what-i-do) and (http://stevepiscitelli.com/programs/webinars).

Pearson Education publishes my student textbooks for life success—Choices for College Success (3rd edition) and Study Skills: Do I Really Need This Stuff? (3rd edition).

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