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Message from Pat

"A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all--he's walking on them."

~ Sam Levinson

This past weekend I had the wonderful experience of participating in a nature photography workshop instructed by Eddie Soloway.  This workshop took place in Big Sur.  One of the most beautiful places on our California coast.

This was an unforgettable experience.  I was first drawn to his workshop by an invitation from my photographer friend, Jackie, who pointed me to his website.  At first, I thought beautiful, but a lot of it is out of focus or doesn't follow the standards of photographic composition or definitions of a "good" photograph. 

Then, the more I looked at the different perspectives his work lends to our everyday views, the more enamored I became with his work and decided to attend the four day workshop.  I wanted to find out how he did the beautiful work he did.  What was his process about looking at the world from such a creative view?  How did he actually "see" his pictures? 
I learned so much about the technical aspects of photography, but more importantly, I learned so much more about opening my eyes to different perspectives. 

Eddie asked us to bring six of our favorite pictures and prepare a statement about what we love about photography to share with the other participants.  I wrote that I love the opportunity to see things from many different perspectives.  It gives me an opportunity to slow myself down, and look.  Just look.  If gives me the opportunity to get unstuck and look at the same scene from many different views and realize that everything changes from second to second.    

This past weekend gave me the opportunity to look even deeper.  Look at the same frame, but from different views.  I took close to two thousand pictures and many came out beautiful and many, many, many more did not.  Those that did not were the ones I learned the most from.  My mistakes were my valuable lessons. 

Get the "picture"?

Perspectives are a mental view that we have of a situation we are in.  We get stuck when we can’t see another way.  The way out is to slow down, and look.  Just look.  Know you are always in a perspective and know you can always change that perspective.   Pretend you have a camera and the scene in the viewfinder is your life, right now.  What happens when you turn the camera a little bit to the right?  To the left?  What do you see when you look up?  When you lie down on the ground and look at it from that perspective? 

"Instead of seeing the rug being pulled from under us, we can learn to dance on a shifting carpet."

~ Thomas F. Crum

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life... don't wait... model leadership... the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!


Seeing Different Perspectives

As a coach trained in the Coaches Training Institute methodology of coaching, I learned a lot about coaching my clients to see different perspectives. 

There is a very simple exercise we're taught to help our clients be able to look at those different perspectives.  Try this when you're feeling a bit stuck:

  • Stand up and imagine there is a circle on the floor in front of you.  Imagine this circle is divided into six pieces like six pieces of a pie.  Name this circle, e.g., "My job perspective Circle".

  • Step into one of the pieces and identify this piece as where you are at today.  Stay here a while and get a good feel of what this feels like.  When you think you have a good feel for this piece of the pie, name it.  For example, this piece could be called the "I don't see a way out" piece.

  • Next, step into another piece of the pie.  Take a look at "My job perspective Circle" from this piece.  What could this be?  Perhaps, this could be the place that you look at where you see something in your current situation that could have more focus for you.  When you think you have a good feel for this piece of the pie, name if.  For example, this piece could be called the "Focus on my strengths" piece.

  • Continue around this pie until you have all six pieces named. 

  • Step out of the pie pieces and look around.  Pick the one perspective you want to be in for the next week and step back into that piece.

  • Name that piece and say aloud what it is that you commit to doing to move forward in the direction of that perspective.  Commit this to a friend or family member.

  • Move on.

Spring Giddiness

"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened.  Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading.  Take down the dulcimer.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground."

~ Rumi

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Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer

Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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Brief Biography:

Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.

The approach to achieve this and create this alliance is individually based and is designed between Pat and each of her clients.


"Compliments to you Pat, for your real ability to get at the heart of the matter. And I mean heart. In just a few sessions you have given me a new source to draw from as I move through my day, respond to demands and make choices at work and at home. I do appreciate your asking for an action and a follow up to show off the little triumphs of the day. Thank you for how you are and all you do."

~ Sales Manager


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