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Being Dynamic: Start Anything!

We are grounded with our roots anchored deep in what matters to us.  Perhaps we have even identified our ingredients of strength and passion.  Now what?  Being dynamic is our next step.  We’ll learn how movement happens so that we can navigate confidently to pursue our dreams.  What would you do if there was nothing you couldn’t handle?  This is at the core of being dynamic—feeling capable to move powerfully and attuning to our capacity to adapt, no matter the challenge.  Being dynamic enables you to move outside of your comfort zone (or in and out of the recovery zone) to start your own business, to pursue a higher education, to start exercising, or to venture out in a new direction.  Being dynamic will show you how to:

  • Move when you don’t have a vision (and how to find one).
  • Move when you have a vision, but resist taking action.
  • Keep moving in spite of conflict.

How do I get moving when I don’t know what I want?  

What if the project seems unclear?  Often times we just don’t know—we are not exactly sure about where we are going, and to move without a vision, we need a different approach.  Usually this happens when we are in a new domain, or when we are creating and innovating.  And to be able to get the ball rolling in uncertain situations, we must allow ourselves to-just-try.  When we try, the way we engage in activity is different than when we just-do because we allow ourselves to make mistakes, we free ourselves from expectations, and we feel compelled to move and explore.   The goal to try something uncertain is not to be confident and committed, but to gain experience to clarify our vision.

The distinction here is that we don’t allow ourselves to try new challenges because of our demanding expectations: it should work out, we should be confident, or we should perform well.  We must free ourselves from this fixed mindset and try.  If you do not know enough—give it a try by:

  • Focusing on having fun.
  • Being curious to explore and discover new things.
  • Playing and being unusual.

Being dynamic without a vision is all about trying new things!  We make it a priority to have fun and to allow ourselves to explore in this discovery process.  Trying, as opposed to doing, is a gentle invitation when we are figuring things out.  Trying doesn’t mean we are not serious, it means we stop our constant judgments.  Being dynamic in this daring approach is more about problem finding than problem solving—we open up to possibility to create a vivid vision of what matters to us.

How do I get moving when I do know what I want?  

If we have a vision, then we have a direction.  Being dynamic with a clear image of what we want is all about doing and building momentum, not about trying.  With a vision, we have a sense of certainty and the challenge is to act.  To begin doing requires a tremendous amount of energy in order to overcome creative resistance and rational thought.  You know—all that over thinking that leads to self-doubt, procrastination, perfectionism, and ideals.  Instead, we must act quickly and irrationally.  Go ahead and trust your instinct and move now.

It feels good too, because we are pursuing what we care about.  The key is to begin generating energy, like a motor, and start combustion.  To begin creative work, it’s essential that we move from the self and with groundedness.  Do your work with a process-oriented approach: act on things you can do (going to the gym), not on outcomes (losing weight).  And don’t forget to keep-it-simple!  Engage in shorter time intervals.  Slow down in awareness of what you do, and enjoy the work.

How do I keep moving in conflict?  

There is no doubt we’ll encounter all sorts of obstacles if we are innovating and working with uncertainty.   But how do we keep moving confidently in spite of it?  How do we move others?  In conflict, being dynamic is about shifting gears from irrationality to rationality, from brute force to cognitive capacity.  When we work with people, we become dynamic by stepping outside of ourselves by looking outward.  We care to listen with intent to understand another person’s perspective despite disagreement, criticism, or rejection.

In this outward mindset we approach problem-solving with purpose, a positive attitude, and logic.  To move others, or better yet, to invite others to move with us, we focus on the bottom line: it’s not about you or them.  It’s about doing work that matters to make the world a better place, one step at a time.  When we are being dynamic, there is nothing we cannot handle.  And when we begin, momentum builds, we move, and transformation happens.

Juan F. Diaz

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Marilyn
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Another interesting article, Juan. Well done !

Juan F. Diaz
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Hi Marilyn! Glad you found it interesting! Greetings 🙂

Ted
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great article Juan! It reminds me of the Goethe quote: “Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” Your idea of creative resistance is an interesting way of thinking about what prevents change and innovation. I know when I look at my 15 month old son, a lot of his developmental progress is due to a complete absence of fear of failure or criticism. His creative resistance if essentially zero. His priority number one is fun and is in a constant state of exploration to learn about his world. That often times results in him breaking things or “making a mess” such as pouring water out of a cup onto the floor or on unrolling a whole roll of toilet paper. But this is really how he is gaining knowledge about how the world works so it is really up to me as a parent to encourage his exploration instead of telling him “No!” And to recognize growth and innovation often requires a willingness to be perceived as foolish, and to make “mistakes”, and going against what is considered conventional wisdom at the time.

Juan F. Diaz
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Glad you liked it Ted! I think your parenting example drives the point home. We sure can make a mess while exploring, and we can either choose to see it as a cost or as an investment for growth and development. Thanks for this awesome comment!

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