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Comedy, Knobs & Next

Are you ready for next? What will you need? At the end of last year, I started preparing for next. An exciting opportunity presented itself and I knew that if it were to happen mid-year, I’d need to be ready. Part of getting ready had to do with comedy and knobs. Are you curious? I’ll explain and also share some preparing for next strategies.

The opportunity I mentioned, has come to fruition. I’m excited to share the news that as of July first, I’ll be joining the ICD board as President-Elect. This amazing association is the premier resource on chronic disorganization. ICD provides education, research, and strategies to benefit people challenged by chronic disorganization. Adding this volunteer position to my current commitments required that I get ready both physically and emotionally.

4 Tips to Prepare for Next

1. Bring on the Comedy – Doing something we’ve never done requires some bravery and creativity. As I’ve never been president of an association before, I wanted to exercise my bravery muscles to prepare myself. I did this by signing up for a Comedy Improv class. I’ve never done Improv. This new experience has been incredibly liberating. I’ve discovered that it’s all about letting go, trusting others, and allowing the filter to be silent. There’s been immense joy in facing the fear, turning up the bravery dial, unleashing creativity, and delighting in pure fun.

2. Bring on the Knobs – The knobs I’m referring to are for my office space. For a gift several years back, my husband promised to design and build a beautifully organized office area in my colors. For a variety of reasons, we hadn’t moved forward on the project. However, I recognized now was the time to get it done. Preparing my physical space so that I could be fully ready for next, became a top priority. Selecting the knobs indicates readiness. The knobs symbolize those finishing touches that will allow me to open the doors to next.

3. Bring on the Blog – Writing a weekly blog post is one of my regular commitments, which takes time. To get ready for the additional responsibilities as President-Elect, I thought that it would be useful to plan out and work on a years worth of posts. This included creating a blog calendar, selecting monthly topics, preparing all of the “Ask the Expert” interviews, and finalizing the details for the Giveaways and collaborative posts. Doing the advance planning and writing has helped me clarify the bigger picture, and pave the way for next.

4. Bring on the “It” – Today is my Dad’s birthday. He passed away a little over a year ago and I miss him so much. He was an amazing person, a wonderful role model, and one of my biggest encouragers. I always went to him for advice. When I was deciding if I should accept this leadership role for ICD, I spoke with many people. My Dad wasn’t there this time to weigh in. When my husband and I talked, he said that he knew what my Dad would have said if he were here. I knew too. He would have said to me, “Go for it!” He knew the importance of stretching, growing, and stepping outside of your comfort zone. His words of confidence and exuberance accompany me in the pursuit of next.

Whether you decide to try something new to practice stretching, organize your environment to allow the physical space to support your needs, do some planning and project completion, or determine your call to action, I wish you all the best as you prepare and move forward. Come join the conversation and share your thoughts. How will you prepare for next?

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Congratulations, Linda. I'm so happy that you are the incoming ICD President. Thank you for sharing with us how you went about preparing for this awesome new responsibility - preparing for 'next'. I particularly liked hearing about your joining an improv group. Letting go, allowing the filter to be silent, trusting others and enjoying the fun! Sounds like an amazing experience!

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

My warmest congratulations Linda!! I am so happy and proud for you! You are a shining example for hard work, endless enthusiasm, strong will power, and discipline!
Thank you for sharing your personal process with us. I am inspired!! As someone who tends to hide every chance she gets, I can strongly appreciate the steps you took.
I can identify with your feelings and thoughts about the use of personal space, the need for planning ahead and the value of stepping out of our comfort zone.
I wish you much success and joy as you move into the next stage of life and work.
Love to you.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYota Schneider

Thank you, Diane for your support and good wishes. I suppose doing Comedy Improv might not seem like a logical choice in preparing for the ICD presidency, but I saw a connection and went for it. The learning has been wonderful. And it's fun too. There's a lot of laughing. A lot of silliness. A lot of letting go. I have great respect for the letting go that my clients do on a daily basis. I'm forcing myself to do the same in Improv class. It's tough, but so liberating.

March 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Yota- I appreciate your words of encouragement and support. I completely identify with the wanting to hide part. I remember at my first Improv class, the teacher asked for a few volunteers to come up on stage. I quickly looked down at my feet, hoping he wouldn't notice me and that I wouldn't have to go up. It worked...temporarily. Fast forward a few classes later when he asked for a volunteer, I didn't hesitate, but jumped out of my seat and onto the stage. I got over myself, the fear, the uncertainty, and went front and center.

March 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Congratulations, Linda - you will be as amazing as ICD president as you are at everything else you do!

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Lin, I'm very proud of you for many reasons. Regarding this post, I'm proud that you will take on the responsibility of leading ICD because I know that you will not only lead based on your knowledge and experience in the industry, but also will employ compassion in your decision-making. Taking the improv class is an example of this, where getting out of your comfort zone helped you appreciate some of the challenges your clients face. Dad would have been immensely proud of you too- as he would say, "Marvelous!"

I'm so happy to help make your ideal work environment a reality. Yay to sparkle knobs! Love, Steve

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Samuels

A wise choice for a leader! I love how you've taken the time to share how one CAN prepare, before life changes as you know it will. And on all fronts - your time, space, your spirit, your courage, your "it." Beautiful integration of all that you know. With a bow to your father ~ Sue

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSue West

@Janet- Making me blush. Thank you for your words of support my friend.

@Steve (aka, Honey)- You're always there for me and I am so grateful. Thank you for the "Marvelous" reminder. I appreciate that especially today. And...thank you for pushing forth and designing my beautiful new space, complete with sparkly knobs. I don't know what I'd do without you.

@Sue- Preparing for next is important. We don't always have the time or space to do that, but when we do, it helps with clarity and navigating transitions. Thank you for your wonderful words and nod to my Dad. I am over the moon thrilled that you'll be joining the ICD board as Research Director. Looking forward to sharing the journey with you.

March 26, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Linda - Congratulations on ascending to the presidency! I love how you describe your methods to stay grounded and open to new ides. The square dancing a couple of weeks ago was a great way to express your real self! Also, thank you for your reflections regarding your father's birthday... xoxoxo

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Copel

Laura- Thank you so much for your positive feedback and good wishes. It was so much fun square dancing with everyone a few weeks back. You and Matt are real pros and it looked like you had a great time too. I hope we'll get to do this again next year.

March 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Congratulations on your new position as ICD President!

I enjoyed reading about how you're preparing for the year ahead. I gave my husband comedy improv classes for his birthday years ago and he says it was the best gift I ever gave him (followed closely by golf lessons he'd always wanted!). You never know what stepping out of your comfort zone will lead to 'in the next...' Looking forward to following your journey.

March 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray

Stacey- How cool that you gave comedy improv classes to your husband as a gift. What a fun thing to do. Thank you for your positive feedback on the post and congratulatory wishes about ICD. I'm very excited about the next part of the journey.

March 29, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Dearest Linda,

Every time I think of your new upcoming role as ICD President...I smile! I know you will add yet another positive mark on ICD's history and help to continue its growing success. You are such an amazingly smart, steady and 'open' young woman, and I'm so proud to know you as a dear colleague and friend. Best wishes for a fabulous adventure and successful journey!

March 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Delson

Sheila- As you know, you were the original "seed planter" for the idea about my becoming ICD President one day. I am honored to follow in the shoes of such amazing leaders like you. I am grateful for your friendship, support, and leadership. ICD wouldn't be where it is today without your compassion and vision for bringing certification to our industry.

March 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Congratulations Linda as president-elect of ICD! I am thrilled as you lead our organization to the next step!

March 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- Many thanks, my friend for your enthusiasm and support. I'm looking forward to the next part of the journey.

March 31, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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