Birds of a feather

9873391966_3b1cd4b98b_qOver the past few days, in those last lingering dream moments before waking, I’ve imagined birds chirping.

Again, this morning, chirping birds.  Much to my delight the chirps were emanating from a flock outside my window and not a lingering dream state.

This flock, tenaciously chirping in these loathsome frigid temps, are indeed a hardy group. I’m thrilled to know that despite the temps, this flock of determined chirpers are here to (eventually) herald spring and summer.

As you begin to think about your work, your art, your big dream, establishing your own personal flock can be especially helpful. These birds of a feather flocks are sometimes referred to as a personal kitchen cabinet or a personal board of directors. A group of trusted advisors, who will stretch, shape, challenge and eventually herald your big dream.

Another tremendous benefit of identifying your own advisory team? They serve as the necessary foil to your inner mean girl who doesn’t believe in your ability to achieve your vision and your dreams.

Gary Hollander who is launching his encore career later this year, writes about identifying what he calls his Board for Himself. Gary shares the criteria he used and how he engaged his Board for Himself. He outlines how the group pushed and challenged him as he developed his encore career with a focus on community.

Whether you’re planning an encore, your big dream or starting to create work you’re putting into the world, find your flock. A hardy flock who will chirp and herald perfectly, perfect you through all the ups and downs of your dream, your idea, taking flight.



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