Today’s roulette is less about a statement and more about a deep question to ask yourself. This one won’t be easy, for some might not even come right to mind. We might struggle with this one. Julian never shies away from the easy questions. The challenge I have always learned from my perspective comes in the challenge. The corners of our consciousness we don’t readily go. Here’s the quote:
“Have you understood your impact primarily through intuition and observation, or have you been able to calibrate it through feedback?”Julian Stodd
Our perspective is our perspective. If that’s all we work off of or look through, are we really growing? I think first we have to understand “what” and “why” we want to impact something. Once you have the general direction, take some tiny next steps to get going. For example, I wanted to become a faster runner at longer distances. My tiny next step was to lay out my running gear for long running days, in my most trafficked areas of the house so I would see it and even sometimes fall over it to remind myself I had a big run today. For runs that I was really not looking forward to, I would even wear my gear to bed, so when I got up I was ready to go, no excuses or wasting time. My why was to really serve one of the three dimensions of my health that really matter to me, my physical health.
Tiny next steps over time, become systems and habits. Once I felt good about it, that is as far as I could get operating on my own limited perspective. For some, that’s good enough though. That’s okay too. For me, I wanted to advance in my skills as a runner. For that, I need another perspective. This is where feedback to calibrate myself becomes important in our efforts to grow.
You see, raw feedback from someone else’s view or perspective can only help. Some, it might feel crappy. No one likes to be deconstructed or told they are not great at what they’re trying to become. That raw constructive feedback is super important from my perspective to adjust, too in a sense calibrate. This doesn’t mean you have to listen, but you should at least try the suggestions shared.
In my example above, the next step to calibrate and get some feedback was by creating a run group that I run with frequently. I created this space to get as many chances to get lots of feedback. In this case, I get a lot of feedback from several people at once. All that input, good and bad, helps me calibrate really quick.
I don’t know where peak is yet, but I don’t think you ever get there. Calibration is to me, a journey that doesn’t end. You keep calibrating. A car for example, gets calibrated every time you get an oil change, tires rotated, or a tune up. What happens if you don’t do that for your car? Your car stops performing at it’s peak! It may even break down or become permanently damaged.
Keep calibrating out there friends! You’ll find the best version of yourself, might even surprise yourself at what’s possible. I believe in you. Anyone wanting a free unbiased calibration, drop me a DM in the comments. Love to help!