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May 22, 2014

Your choice

It’s been over three weeks since the last post here on Urban Ninja. My wife reminded me of that this morning as we lay in bed, morning coffee in hand. I confessed that I no longer consider myself a blogger and that this platform was indeed a little outdated. If you consider how quickly my audiences have grown in twitter and instagram, blogging seems like the fading giant that needs to be reinvented in order to remain relevant.

Being relevant is quite important to many of us. How we fit in in accordance with a preset of norms defines many of us. How do you relate to this and that? Does it define you, give you purpose?

Anyhow. I got sent a little email this morning that really sparked something in me. My affiliation to choices is pretty well known and I believe we are each empowered to create these amazing lives, by compound great choices. The email went as follows:

Habits are a choice

Giving is a choice

Reactions are a choice

Ideas are a choice

Connections are a choice

Reputation is a choice

The work is a choice

Words are a choice

Leading is a choice

No one can be responsible for where or how we each begin. No one has the freedom to do anything or everything, and all choices bring consequences. What we choose to do next, though, how to spend our resources or attention or effort, this is what defines us.

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This is your choice – what to do next. Right now, as I sit here, I have a very precarious situation going on which is very touch and go as to if I will meet client demands. This situation came about after a smooth process got disrupted by the choices of others. You can plan the perfect play/scene/launch/race, but others still have an influence.

It’s not how good you are on your good days but how well you scramble on your bad days.

So I have gone home and packed a suitcase for a potential emergency flight to Johannesburg this evening. Because my clients are important to me, this is the level of commitment I am willing to show. But I am still waiting on something to fall in place, another set of choices that need to bear fruit before I can make mine.

What I decided to do next was to write this piece, because it is relevant in the moment, right now. My choice was to find a way to remain calm while the pieces of the puzzle were being put together before they are handed back to me.

Patience is a virtue and right now. I am putting all my effort into being patient.

Out of this scenario, how will things change to avoid this sort of situation again? How will I make choices that mean we don’t have to face this stress, as a company, for a client. This is the fun bit. What I do next will affect that process forever.

You are never 100% in control and once you accept that, you can make the next choices to find the best people to work with and the easiest workflows to be a part of.

Now, let me get back to focusing on being a zen-like ninja, before I lose my patience and start pulling my hair out.

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