We had a deal. For reasons known and unknown, I expect you to execute a task and you complete it.
My dot429.com blog deadlines – eek! Where’s my little blue pill for this? For some reason I’m able to debate, ramble and rant on friends’ Facebook posts like an English-teacher Jedi, but practically every sentence here; every paragraph here.. Brain-freeze! My actual friends would agree that I can go up to 100 different strangers and easily start a conversation about whatever interests them and hold-my-own challenging their points of view, but put me on a stage in front of them all?.. ugg.. It’s Marsha Brady driving-lesson time!
Our first word and baby step. Report-card grades and graduation. New paychecks and mortgage payments. Weddings, partnerships and marriages. Mutual orgasms and earned-run-averages. These are all performances. But without you, they may just be simple acts. A performance needs an audience. A performer needs a reason to perform. Positive or negative reinforcement is not the point. There just needs to be an incentive; for both fear and reward can motivate to perform.
Yes, thanks to us, somewhere out there is a can without a ham! And something instinctually attracts us all to perform in our own different ways. It can even be more fun than executing or accomplishing a goal. Performance can be the means to an end. Execution is the only the end.
I recently met with a friend to give her advice on how she and her partner could sell their individual properties and buy one together. It seemed to me she didn’t really need any advice on that. She just needed a nudge to stop thinking about it, and start performing. It was time to turn that fear and hesitation into measured excitement. Sir Sterling Moss, arguably the best race-car drive never to win a World-Championship, understood this. He knew that it was more exciting to flirt with a girl than to pay for a prostitute, because “while you know you’re ‘gonna get it, the other one you don’t.” He loved and knew how to perform.
The 2010 World Series Championship Chicago Cubs also know how to… wait, huh?! what?!? Ok ok.. maybe I’m getting a bit ahead of myself a wee mite, but I challenge anyone to deny that they are still far-and-away some of the “best performers” in the world. Nevermind that ability and execution thing some might get hung-up on.. They always have the most important ingredients for a great performance. They have the venue; the opportunity, and of course they have the audience.
So raise the curtains, start your engines, play ball… and Perform.
I’ll be applauding in the audience.