Working Out Loud Circle – Week Eleven

This is part of a series of posts documenting my journey with a Working Out Loud circle, as defined in John Stepper’s book; Working Out Loud: For a better Career and Life.  You can read the rest of the series here.

We’ve reached the penultimate week of our WOL journey – although this circle is already talking about what is next, whether we’ll go again – and how we’ll stay in touch as a support group for each other.  We had a week off due to public holidays and tricky scheduling, but like the comic book heroes, we called #Mutanfall Assemble for Friday.

So what did we do this week?

I love the check-in part of our meeting, and particularly this week where we recapped what had happened since our last meeting.  The whole group had collectively had a surge of ‘execution’, with one of our number launching an amazing new website, another staging key meetings and events and myself getting involved in some new projects which look exciting.  I’d even had my photo taken by a rockstar photographer, very cool!

We then talked about the question in the check-in, the idea of making a significant change, and how that made you feel.  Given our achievements this week, it was no surprise that our collective wisdom was to ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.  We talked a little bit about the ‘fight or flight’ mechanism, and how we need to look past our ‘lizard brains’ and engage our thinking brains to acknowledge any fear, but move onto execution.

I was reminded of the book ‘The War of Art’ by Steven Pressfield (review / Amazon Link), which talks about the ‘resistance’ that people feel before a creative endeavour and proposes a number of ways to get past the roadblocks you might feel.   Summon your angels!

We then moved onto the key exercise this week – pulling together our various lists of tribes and looking at who is running these groups, and what they are all about.  It was really interesting to hear about the different tribes we have, and how differently they operate.  I am focusing a lot on WhatsApp & Telegram groups these days, finding that the higher level of curation and selection makes those groups more valuable to me.  As an aside, if anyone knows of a good English language group for WOL enthusiasts – I’d love to hear about – please let me know. 

Finally, our Working Out Loud Circle talked about the lemonade stand concept and how we could build that, in relation to the tribes we picked. This needs more work for me, as I’m not 100% focused on what I want to build to add value to the groups I participate in.

My key takeaways

  • Spend some time on defining and building my ‘lemonade stand’ – I have talked about doing some public speaking as part of my goals, so this might be my time to work on my subjects and the bare bones of some talks I could give.

What did I do after this weeks meeting?

  • Spent time brainstorming and mind mapping for my lemonade stand
  • Shared some links with my WOL circle

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