“The Edge… There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. The others — the living — are those who pushed their luck as far as they felt they could handle it, and then pulled back, or slowed down, or did whatever they had to when it came time to choose between Now and Later.”

Oh Hunter, my spirit guide, you wily devil, deliver me from the ones who would pull back.

The haunting voices in Pink Floyd’s song, Bring The Boys Back Home, are echoing in my mind this morning:

wrong, do it again
time to go
are you feeling ok?
there’s a man answering, but he keeps hanging up
is there anybody out there?

Ok, yeah, a weird first thought to start the day, but it prompted me to ask you…

21:14hrs. Settling back into my workflow after a two day trip to Germany to deliver a customer centricity workshop. Actually, it was a follow-up day to some work I did with this team earlier in the year. We’re half-way through the program now. Next time I see the guys will be in Madrid in July.

It was nice to be back in Germany. I have many fond memories from my time living there back in 1993 – 1996. It was my first duty assignment. I did my platoon leader and XO time with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, which was, at the time, a mechanized infantry battalion attached to the 1st Armor Division – Old Ironside. Good times!

Once on the ground, the first thing I needed to do was make my way to a German pub for schnitzel, pommes frites, and a Hefeweizen. Gotta love Germany, if only for that.

Let me back up a second. On my approach into Munich airport, I posted this:

Well 30 minutes later, I was being escorted to a German police station. Seems I had been a naughty boy…

Listen:

I must say though, the Polizei were very polite. They kept me informed of what was going the whole time. Not once did I feel intimidated or threatened.

We had an early start on Tuesday to try to pack as much learning into the day as we could, especially as people were flying in from all over the place (China, USA, France, Germany, Spain, and the UK) to attend this one-day event. Everything ran to plan – mostly. There’ll always be some tweaking to do keep things running smoothly, if not exactly to plan.

And then it was back on a plane late Tuesday night (22:05) to fly home.

I’m glad today was a non-client day. I needed to catch up on some reading and also record the next episode of the Havana Cafe Sessions podcast with Sarah. We’re talking Star Wars of all things, but not in a way you might think. Sneak peek: I explore freedom versus predetermination through the lens of Star Wars!

Well, tomorrow, I do have some client work, so I better jet and make sure I’m prepped for it. I’ll leave you with a photoset from the journey. Have a flick through:

Incremental change…

is a process that adjusts the status quo via minor changes.

Think of Incremental change as a series of small steps, with no single step taking up too much time.

I know there are some folks out there who argue for radical change, but I think that sometimes prevents us from doing anything at all because the change then seems too BIG.

As the proverb goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

But if you take a small step and then another and another you’ll eventually get there.

And for me, a small step is better than no step at all. So today’s challenge is to make an incremental change in your life that gets you one step closer to a goal you’ve been pursuing.

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That’s right, nobody is coming to rescue you. I have to remind myself of that from time to time. It means, if you want to change your situation, if you want to make life work for you, then you have to turn inward and draw from your internal resources. In the end, the onus is on you! God helps those who help themselves, or so my grandma used to say.

This week has been a hectic one. 

I was going to say I had no time to think, but that’s not true. My mind has been on lockdown wrestling with future plans, looking for the germ of an idea from which to springboard into the future.

While I was internally processing, I still had to carry on with the day to day. There’s no escaping that!

I thought I was nearly done with that mind-trip, but just when I could see the surface, I took a turn down a dark tunnel. Part of me wants to ride it out and see where it leads, but another part of me is ready to get on getting on. Too much stuff to do! 

So state change, find a positive vibe to ride and carry on with the airborne mission.

Last Sunday, I met up Vicki, a fellow personal development junkie whom I actually haven’t seen in real life for a number years now – not since our Merrill Lynch-HSBC days – that puts our last physical meeting at 15 years ago! Where does the time go?!

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In April 2006, I walked part of the Camino de Santiago. It was a life changing journey. Fast-forward to the present, my friend and co-host Sarah, walked part of the Camino for her 40th birthday.  In episode 132 of the Havana Cafe Sessions podcast, we compare our individual journeys and share some of what we brought back with us from that magical trail.

You can catch the FULL EPISODE here.

Also check out the blog post I wrote about my time on the Camino.

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May the 4th is an interesting day for events. It’s Free Comic Book Day, it’s Star Wars Day, and it’s Naked Gardening Day!

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I managed to catch the tail end of Free Comic Book day, scored a bit of loot and got a chance to interview Dan Mallier of Leamington ComicCon.

Plus I got to hangout with the Dark Knight.

That’s pretty much the round up this week.

Bonus track

Playlist of the Week


Peace out,

Clay