Major update to website has been completed!

Please enjoy changes made to this website! Changes in format bring a fresh look to the site and a lot more content has been added. The new content reflects the culmination of recent business planning and re-conceptualization of projects that are in progress at this time.  An exciting new development is the launch of Dreams into Action Life Purpose Consultancy and Coaching.  Also included are demonstration recordings of four songs that are slated to appear on Songs in the Great Turning, an album of original songs by McKinley. Another exciting addition are the pages that describe Dreams into Action – The Waiting Is Over which is a film project that is in very early development. I thank you for investing some of your time to learn more about my life and the projects that I am committed to at this stage in my life. Please visit the site often and read my blog posts. You can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Brief Progess Report – March 25, 2014

In addition to being well on my way to completing my book (I’d say 70% complete) and an album of original songs (60% complete), I am in early stage development of a documentary film that I will share more about if you would like to learn more about it. These intellectual properties will be produced and distributed under the Triumphé Media Group brand, the name I have chosen for my company.

I have made what I believe is a very good start on articulating a compelling vision for Triumphé Media Group. This is a life vision as opposed to a traditional business plan. I am now working on the tactical business development plan. To ensure that this plan is actionable and reflects the actions that are in alignment with my vision, I have engaged a business coach and have enrolled in a course specifically designed for social entrepreneurs to help me overcome obstacles and break through to success and profitability.

Who we truly are does matter. Don’t be afraid to shine!

Try to fit in and be like everyone else appears to be.
Forget they were attracted to you because you appeared to bring
that special something different that was needed…
the part of you that made their hearts sing.

If you are too different the fear is that you won’t last long.
If you’re the same, you make sure the status quo
is the only game everyone plays to belong.
Then you hide who you are and no longer soar.

…Or you can fly high and see what is not being seen.
You can leap to the future and be what has not been.
You can let others see you jump so they know
what is possible when we are really willing to go.

From Native American Wisdom Teachings
(No specific author attributed)

Breakthrough of the Week!

“You might as well try to keep the wind from blowing. When you oppose it, it goes around you and often runs you over. When you flow with it and use it, you can ride the wind to heaven.”    – Twelfth-century Confucian sage Zhu Xi

Reflect on this idea whenever you feel events are outside your control.

I am celebrating a major breakthrough that I had this week as a result of two conversations with a wonderful friend and business associate. For a number of months I have been living with the question about the best way to sequence the creative projects that comprise what is a very “big” vision. This question is one that I have been attempting to answer on my own, mostly by utilizing logic and analysis. I’m not entirely certain, but what I believe caused me to become stuck is that I found myself in conflict between what I will call “self-cherishment” consciousness (ego) and my Highest Self consciousness (for the greatest good). Because one of my greatest natural gifts is my capacity for inspirational communication (singing, songwriting and performing), I sometimes get attached to the form (rather than the function) of my soul-derived contribution. And, because I am “reclaiming my voice” after keeping a lid on my heart’s desire for long stretches of my adult life, there’s an energy in me that feels that it’s imperative to “put my musical talent front and center” as opposed to it being in a support role. So, the breakthrough was achieved by my finally seeing clearly and accepting that my business development focus at this time is to establish my mission of service and allow my talent as a musical performer and recording artist to be recognized in a context that is secondary – or in a supportive role.

This breakthrough has catalyzed a rethinking of my business launch where instead of focusing on producing a film as the “umbrella” under which the book, album and TV show projects would emerge, I have repositioned my business launch to begin with establishing a life purpose consultancy, where I will 1) curate/aggregate a blog, 2) develop a community of members, 3) interview authors and consultants in the personal development, life purpose and related subject matter areas, 4) put out my own book and then allow the music album and the film and TV  projects to evolve from the success of this launchpad. Given my current financial resources, it feels like taking this launchpad approach has less risk associated with it, the funding required is certainly a lot less than what the former launch strategy would have required, and it will make it possible for me to begin attracting an audience, not to mention acquiring paying clients, much sooner (reducing the reliance on tax-deductible contributions to fund the film until later on when I am better established).

I have already secured the URLs for the life purpose consultancy and am pressing ahead with re-writing my vision statement so that it reflects this breakthrough. I am also celebrating a number of synchronistic occurrences in these past two weeks that appear to indicate that the universe is both guiding and responding to my choices. After several months of “efforting” really hard, I feel that I have become “unstuck” and that I am once again in the dynamic flow.