When Your Pants are on Fire

Dishonesty is exhausting.

And, it’s sneaky. Nobody wakes up in the morning asking the question, “What shall I lie about today?” We all intend to speak the truth, to be real, to be open and honest.

But, then…life happens. So, we hide. A lot.

I’ve gone days (heck, weeks!) where I’ve been a shell of myself, portraying a different, new and improved version of Brent Stromme for fear of being found out or not being accepted as I am.

Not anymore. I grew weary of inflating numbers, covering bases, and spinning stories.

There’s nothing more freeing than being completely honest. On the flip-side, isn’t it refreshing to hear someone tell it like it truly is?

Speaking the truth has become a daily habit. I’m still tempted to hide, but now I fight it.

Tomorrow’s a new day. Fill it with truth. (139 words)

Why My Commencement Speech Bombed

I wish I could have a “do-over”.

In light of tonight’s graduation ceremony in our sleepy, little lake community, I was reminded of perhaps the worst talk I have ever given. (believe me…I just read it, again, and should immediately send an apology to each of my classmates and the 2000 people that were in that sweaty gymnasium)

While I certainly had lofty goals, hopes and dreams to share, I was afraid it would come off as irresponsible and “out there”. Thus, I elected to play it safe.

I used big words and predictable advice. There was no heart, just platitudes such as:

“Life’s goals must be realistic and achievable. Otherwise, you will become frustrated.” (huh? yaawwwn)

“Set goals that advance your personal agenda. It’s your life.” (so, screw everyone else?)

Instead of inspiring my friends, I chose to impress and pander to the adults in the room. Ugh.

Fast forward to today (and, due to the inspiration of YOU and others): I don’t play it safe, I’m fairly irresponsible, often unpredictable…and, dream like crazy.

Keep inspiring me! (139 words)

What Others Don’t See

 

You astound me with your ability to see things that I don’t. Perspectives I’ve never had, ideas that are foreign to me. You are able to unearth beauty in seemingly mundane places and recognize possibilities in people I routinely pass by.

You are uniquely gifted and wired for such a time as this. So, now what?

A favorite movie scene from “Begin Again” portrays how Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label executive, discovers Gretta (Keira Knightley), an aspiring singer/songwriter, performing in a small tavern and is captured by her raw talent. He sees and hears something in her that nobody else does.

(before continuing, turn up your volume and watch this powerful scene: A Step You Can’t Take Back)

You have abilities like this. And, there are Grettas in your life right now who need someone to draw hidden life and potential out of them.

That someone is you. Take action. The reward trumps the risk…every single time. (138 words)

Don’t Be Offended

I’ve spent an awful lot of my life worrying about what other people thought of me. Whether it was my appearance, ideas, habits, music and food choices or my decision making, I would always wonder what “they” were wondering.

And, it would paralyze me. Or, it would alter an otherwise perfectly good idea or action. Solely because of a perceived notion that others wouldn’t approve.

I’ll never forget what my friend once quoted that has helped me (slowly) move past my insecurities and people-pleasing tendencies.

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Boom! People are too tied up in their own life to spend energy criticizing or thwarting your endeavors. Make it and ship it. Buy it and wear it. Order it and eat it. Lead on! (139 words)

flyby

If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up a few days a week, check out the new “flyby” section of leaderbird!

Click FLYBY above  (between HOME and ABOUT) or click HERE to see the first two entries.

These bits of info won’t come to your inbox (I’m not spammy like dat), only blog posts will continue to be sent out. You’ll need to stop by leaderbird to check for new entries or follow me on Twitter or Facebook as I will tweet/post each new flyby. Let’s fly! (91 words)