I was talking with a friend the other day about the launch of an online product. Something he said was the prompt for this article about a jazzy goal achievement tip, so here goes…
I’ll be honest, the connection with jazz hands, is a loose one to say the least. Long time readers will know though, that I’m the kind of chap to enjoy a good jazz hands moment – throw in some sequins and you’ll always get my attention!
Also I was at a performance workshop course recently where a girl threw in some jazz hands ’for the fun of it’ so I couldn’t resist using a jazz hands pic!
Back to the product launch – it was his own product we were talking about. It’s a learning course sold via another site, and I was wondering with him about doing it on his own site.
He replied with various reasons why he wasn‘t doing that, but here’s the kicker – he said there was a ‘certain degree of improvisation’ about it all. That’s what hit my goal achievement writing trigger…
I quite like the phrase ‘certain degree of improvisation’. It’s a more positive way of saying ‘trial and error’, or how about ‘don’t really know what I’m doing (yet)’.
If you don’t know how to do something, you have different options – one obvious option is to use that lack of knowledge as a reason to not try. It’s a reason used by many to leave their goals stewing on the back burner, unfulfilled, not even attempted. I know, because I’ve been there myself before.
Of course another way to deal with the problem of not knowing how, is to get on and find out – you can gather as much information as you can, but then you need to put that to good use by taking action, to see how it goes.
My friend Peter used the word improvisation, and to many that brings an image of jazz music, so let’s go into that arena to see how it relates to the idea of taking action towards your goal…
Improvisation in jazz certainly involves trying new things. It involves going in new directions, yes, but that improvisation is normally based on a set of rules about jazz, with a basic structure as the foundation, plus a feel and connection between the players.
This can be the model for your goal achievement trials – pushing outwards from a familiar base, with people and structures in place to support you.
There is another model of improvisation though, and it’s the one with no familiarity, no support, no established structure to lean on. Real ‘into the unknown stuff’.
Sounds scary, right?
Yep, it sounds scary, and it *is* scary, that’s why so many people shy away even from the idea, let alone actually doing it! That’s a shame though, because going into the unknown is sometimes a required element to get to your goal, particularly if you are pushing against the norms of your family or peer groups.
Something I can say about this type of improvisation, and I know this because I’ve done it too, is that not only is it often not as bad as you thought it might be, that support structure you didn’t have can come into view pretty quickly once you enter the new area, because it’s provided by people *in* that new area.
In other words, the help and knowledge is there in abundance waiting to be tapped into, but it relies on you taking the first step, it relies on you moving from thought to real world action, which is why I have called ‘action’ one of the 4 magic words beginning with ‘A’.
So to sum up, give yourself a jazz hands moment if you fancy it, but more importantly think of improvisation. Take the concept away from the world of jazz music, and see how it applies to your own goal in terms of being prepared to try something new.
Ok, that’s it for today – do let me know what you think!
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,
P.S. If you want to see the online course I was discussing, here’s the link to Peter Cook’s course
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