Okay! Here’s another in what might be a continuing series of things I’m learning this year — at such an accelerated pace, that I’m reminded of Gary Lockwood’s character in “Where No Man Has Gone Before” from Star Trek (The Original Series).
Damn! I still can’t find a clip that shows Gary’s character learning so rapidly that he speeds through pages he’s reading, really fast. (Although the clip which I ‘ve linked to, above, does show his rapidly acquired mastery of levitating a Cup of the Future, which is probably especially tricky.)
Since I can’t show you the clip I want right now, I’m searching for a good descriptive metaphor for how quickly that Star Trek character learns new things. Like wildfire? Like Tom Cruise flying some jet in “Top Gun”? ( I’ve never seen “Top Gun”, but that still pops up when I’m trying to think of a metaphor for speed.) Like some political party member talking to the media about things that are wrong with the other party?
No matter what the metaphor, here’s the deal, dear reader: (1) Gary Lockwood in Star Trek learns really quickly, (2) I’m learning lots of things (although not quite as quickly as him), and (3) you can read more about all that (with a different clip from that Star Trek episode) here.
Without further ado, here are more things that I’ve been learning lately, although not quite as rapidly as a Scary, Too-Smart-Becoming Guy on a 60’s TV show:
- Projecting fears and critical self-judgments onto other people really screws up a connection in the moment.
- Fears about other people’s reactions (anger, envy, fragility) can restrict you, big time.
- Worries about whether you’ll be able to sustain or hold on to a current situation, feeling, or thought can really get in the way of appreciating the current moment.
- Feeling depressed seems related to focusing on regrets about the past; being anxious seems related to focusing on fears about the future.
- It’s really difficult to calibrate and figure out How Important You Are to somebody else (or to a system or an organization).
- Taking any action related to How Important You Are can feel very risky, because of #5, above.
- You can often do a good enough job at a current task without access to more knowledge or the perfect tools (or the perfect clip from a TV show).
- If you don’t have the knowledge or tools to do a job that’s good enough, you can say so, and then find out what you need to complete the task.
That’s all, for now. I hope you enjoyed reading this so much, that it went by as quickly as (fill in your favorite metaphor for speed, here).