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Limits and Limitations. A Message for 2015

Wishing you well in the coming year…

Words by Drew Spence

 

Happy New Year from Producer's Edge Magazine

Happy New Year

I‘m sure you’ve heard the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” Or that old(er) people become “Set in their ways“. We look at that- as a statement related to stubbornness and unwillingness to change or adapt. That rigid and dogged determination to remain the same is rooted in believing you have ‘mastered yourself’. And mastering means you have learned enough about yourself to tell others exactly how you operate. The problem is, I have never heard this sentiment used in a positive way. It usually refers to or outlines an imagined boundary and leads to excuses.

 

“I’m the kind of person that needs….”

“Knowing me, I probably won’t….”

“See, the way that I am…I can’t….”

“I really don’t do well, when…”

 

Instead of learning about where you need work, you’ve adopted a policy of avoiding anything that requires real work and effort.

 

“I tried that before and it didn’t work for me”

 

And so, instead if changing or improving the ‘me’, it’s easier to settle for living your life based off your natural talents and tendencies. You basically won’t do anything if it doesn’t come easily. Your definition of Mastering Yourself is actually learning to live within your limitations.

 

True Mastery is knowing how much work must be done on you before you can tackle a task. It’s realizing you may need to temporarily become a different type of person to achieve a particular goal.

 

A wise Kung-Fu Master once said:

‘Becoming a [Martial Arts] Master is not about being a master over others or an art. It’s becoming a master over yourself. You still have limitations, but you realize you can overcome them in the important moments you need to.”

 

It’s all about adapting and adopting…and adding new traits. How can you arrive someplace new by following the path you’ve been down before?

 

Happy New Year lots of music

In tune with more tunes

Resolutions and Re-Solutions

 

So why is this on the Producer’s Edge Blog and not The Dynamic Universe or even Rapper’s Delite? Because, as producers and artists, we tend to create a body of work and then use the overall assessment to assign limitations. They can sometimes be hidden by starters like “I work best when…” or “I’m in my zone if…”. That opening is usually followed by a narrow parameter which, in truth, is another limitation. Have you ever heard someone claim they have a dating type? This person is ‘my type’. And they know this by having several failed relationships with that ‘type of person’. That’s not their type, that’s simply who they keep choosing to date- regardless of the success rate or outcome. Your type is found in the relationship that works, not in the many that don’t. And that relationship works or fails by what you become while you are in it, not simply what passed easily between the two of you. That is our producer’s Edge – that understanding and choice of achieving something beyond the expected. The push to be more and find that limitation and then move the bar higher.

 

Learn yourself to learn what more you need to learn

 

I close with thoughts on resolutions. They seem to always be external.

I want this to be better…I want more…I want a new

Imagine if all that change was focused on improvement… if we were focused on attitude instead of altitude.

 

a BETTER state of mind.

MORE willingness to grow and acquire new skills and habits.

a NEW way of looking at ourselves

 

Let’s choose to be where we want and achieve what we want by Wanting to improve where we place focus and even what we choose to focus on.

Have a productive 2015.

 

-Drew Spence, Producer’s Edge Magazine

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  1. January 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Reblogged this on The Dynamic Universe Blog and commented:
    Fallout Shelter member Drew Spence welcomes 2015 with a solid message.

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