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Author: PianoJoshDupont

It’s Snowing

In the winter it’s always snowing – in inch here, an inch there. We grab our shovels and set to work. But the snow doesn’t leave. We just push it around so it is in a more convenient place for us. It’s not until the rising temperatures of Spring that the snow finally melts and flows off, seeking ever lower ground until eventually joining the vastness of the sea. Or it simply evaporates away for another try at it.

I think our thoughts can act as a similar phenomenon. They constantly rain down, and we have to push them aside to get done what needs to be done in any given moment. But they are still there. Nagging at us from just outside our lines of vision. Or maybe they are too overwhelming to even push them aside at all – ever piling on, one atop the other.

We need a mental Springtime – a time to clear away these worries, thoughts, and fears. For good.

Here’s what works for me. I grab a notepad and find a quiet spot. Sitting there, I focus on my breathing. I count my breaths, one through ten and back again, and I try to clear my mind. One by one those nagging thoughts pop into my head. When that happens, I pause my count, write the thought down on my notepad, and consider it cleared. Back to the breath, rinse, and repeat. Soon the entirety of those noisy thoughts are contained in front of me on that notepad, and now I have something I can work with. I don’t have to worry about forgetting something important because I have it all right here. I can act on it, schedule it, or just throw it away.

Exciting!

“What am I excited about right now?” This is such an important question and one that I don’t ask myself enough. Not only is it important to check in with yourself and your driving forces and emotions, it can be a great hack for networking and small talk. When you discover those things that are exciting to you at the moment, you give yourself a answer to that all-too-common question – “tell me about yourself.”

So take a second to sit and think about what that thing is for you. It changes all the time, so be open to having it jump around from day to day. Most importantly – allow yourself to get excited about things in your life!

Big Things

Dependent upon the day, maybe it’s all the little things in your life that bury you in despair. When this happens it can be helpful to turn to the larger themes. Your family. Your friends. Your loved ones. The positive influences that guide you through your life can be of great help when life comes at you from all directions. Your faith or guiding principles can be a beacon as well.

Close your eyes and think about what the larger forces are in your life. Especially the ones that give you joy or fulfillment. Is it your job? Your volunteer group? Your close circle of friends? Sometimes focusing on the big picture can give you hope when everything starts piling on.

Little Things

So often in life we can get overwhelmed by the “Big Things” in life. Our debts, our jobs, and our personal responsibilities can weigh on us like stones around our necks. It’s times like these where it can be nice to think about all of the little things in life that bring us joy. Maybe it’s the pleasure of listening to music. It could be the joy of speaking with friends. Sometimes for me, it’s just the ecstasy of a hot slice of plain cheese pizza. Find a couple joys in your life. They’re often right there in front of your nose.

Directed by YOU!

I was reading the other day about good ways to start your day, and one recommendation was to start by doing something proactive like a creative project rather than reactive like answering emails. I love this idea. It sets your day up to be directed by YOU, as opposed to others.

That’s why you see me back at it on the blog. As I type this I can actually feel my mood improving (granted, it may just be a product of expecting my mood to improve, but regardless, it is improving). I am also in the process of bringing the podcast back. The piano is tuned, and I already have a couple episodes outlined. It feels good to be proactive.

Try to have your first task of the day being something you direct. Keep up the good fight, y’all! Your day can get off to a good start.

-Josh

Trust and Training

Trust your employees. Trust them to represent the company’s ideals, because you have instilled those ideals in them. Train your people to view every moment of incident from the client’s point of view. Each moment of incident is an opportunity to determine an action that brings value to the client and, in the end, bolsters the company.

A Great Team

How do you develop a great team?

It’s a big weekend for our company (pianofondue.com), but amazingly I have a relaxing Saturday of casual house work ahead of me. I know that our clients are in good hands.

Develop a great team, and you can take a breath every once in a while.

Good team members know that they have support among their peers. They are not afraid to ask for help, and that help is always forthcoming. In short, your people can depend on each other, and you can depend on that system. They are accountable to each other, and therefore to the company as well. Nurture that.

-Josh

Making People Happy

I had a lovely meeting yesterday with a couple that is getting married at the end of the month. It was a nice way to end the day, getting to talk with a couple of people who are so looking forward to the celebration of their love.

It’s easy to get distracted by the business side of what we do every day. It is such a nice dose of sunlight to be reminded that we are in the business of making people happy. Music is there when people are at their highest and their lowest. Every meaningful event in our lives has a soundtrack, and how lucky are we to be invited to provide that soundtrack for so many people.

Don’t get distracted by the business side of what we do. It’s easy to get caught up in the particulars of putting on the show. Obviously there are many things that need to fall into place every night, but remind yourself to take a moment every once in a while and reflect on the magic of the service we are providing people. At every show we are making memories more memorable. We are making special times more special. We make people happy. For a living. And that’s pretty great.

-Josh

Good Morning, Good Morning! – a podcast

Hi everyone! I have started a weekly podcast. It’s all about positivity and creativity, music and stories. I’ve called it “Good Morning, Good Morning!” and it’s main mission is to start your day off right. Take a listen. If you like it, let me know, and subscribe to it. I have some show notes on my Patreon page. That’s atĀ http://goodmorninggoodmorning.com. Here’s episode number one – “For the Love of Ninjas.” Enjoy!

-Josh