- social media
- tablets computing
- online retailing
- search engines
What does this have to do with concrete, craftwork, or small business? Well, I found out recently that this also applies a little to the personal wattage we have to do our daily things. I was honored recently to speak at the Concrete Decor Show, and I really wanted to bring some substance to the talk. I had attended so many classes where it seemed like the presenter was just filling time with rhetoric and didn't have many real points to make. I so did not want to be that guy. So instead, I made the densest 80-some slide presentation I could, and ran through it in a little over an hour (rather than the 2 expected). I was excited, not well paced, and I'm pretty sure I totally overwhelmed at least a third of the room. I really hope I'm just being hard on myself and that at least a handful of people got real value out of it, but what I re-learned is that all we ever have is this moment. Therefore, there is no limit to how many things we can do really well if we stay there.
When I was delivering my ideas, I thought that it would be a process over time, and I was gearing it to what their next step would be with the worksheets and programs I had written for estimating jobs and doing inventory within a decorative concrete company. I felt like there wasn't enough time to get it all in. I re-learned that this moment right now, we can either be fully engaged and performing, or out of phase; that whenever we are in future time or the past we burn much more energy than when we are in flow. Lastly, I discovered that there is an endless supply of creative energy to tap into, and that excellence in one area (fitness, understanding Scripture, business performance, loving truly, creating great art, what-have-you) often pours over into all other areas. Conversely, "not sweating the small stuff" is only a good transitional strategy out of neurosis. There is no small stuff. There is no big stuff. There is just stuff. And we can make a lot of it great or we can make it lame. It's all in this moment.