I have become a huge Grace and Frankie fan of late.
If you're not familiar with the Netflix series, it stars Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston as two married couples who become, well, one new married couple and a couple of friends (worth the watch!).
One day while flipping through Instagram, enjoying mindlessly looking through the #graceandfrankie hashtag, I came across some of Jane Fonda's books (she has written several), and I ended up borrowing one from the library to peruse.
There were several moments in the book that stood out...you know, the kind where you read a sentence and you have to put the book down for a moment because it just kind of hits you; it makes you think.
One of those moments resonated with me because it's what I base my entire business on, and what I routinely help clients do for themselves.
That sentence was, "If you want to make ripples, you have to throw the right pebbles in the water."
I call this "showing-up."
Many people talk about making things happen, but few actually do. The ones who do make things happen are those who throw pebbles into the water every single day.
Not all of them make ripples, but some do.
The ones that don't, don't matter. But you have to throw a lot of pebbles in the water to have some of them make ripples.
Think about your favorite band or author or movie star. Every one of your favorites have produced some things that were not so good. But that doesn't matter, because you love reading them or watching them or listening to them because of the good things they've produced. Every hit record had a flip side that left a lot to be desired (did I just age myself there?!?)
So take Jane's simple advice, and start tossing more pebbles into the water.
The so-so pebbles won't have much of an effect, but they will hold your place while you toss in some gems that ripple for miles!