Breakthrough of the Week!

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“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.

About mckinley

McKinley Williams has launched a new life purpose consultancy under the Dreams into Action brand, a Triumphé Media Group project. The website is currently being designed. The site is being conceived as a membership site to include free content, video interviews, an active blog, fee-based content and services, and will feature subject matter experts, noted authors, affiliates and sponsors. Williams’ overarching goal is to evolve a community (a movement) of individuals who inform each other, promote each other, and otherwise form a “tribe” of like-minded people who are transforming their lives by pursuing their dreams and realizing their personal visions of success. The Dreams into website (in development) will be a gathering place for this movement. As the site’s principal blogger, content curator and community host, Williams shares knowledge personally acquired over 30 years of engaging in the literature of career success strategies, creativity, transformational learning, personal development and conscious human evolution. With more than ten years of professional fundraising experience in senior management positions and more than thirty additional years of experience in business and industry, McKinley Williams is a respected leader with an outstanding record of achievement in connecting people and organizations to critical resources that strengthen their capacity to serve the public good. His extensive knowledge of philanthropy, the for-profit and not-for profit sectors and his grasp of some of the most complex challenges facing our civilization today, are powerful assets. Williams recently retired from his position as Development Director at OPCC (Ocean Park Community Center) where, for five years, he led and managed the organization’s private fundraising operations, which included cultivation and solicitation of corporate, foundation and individual donors, enlisting and nurturing board participation in donor identification and cultivation, coordination of special donor events, execution of successful communication strategies and participation in a full range of community engagement and development activities to ensure achievement of an annual private fundraising budget of $4 million. Before joining OPCC in March of 2007, Williams was formerly Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving at Washington D.C. based Whitman-Walker Clinic. In addition to his work with Whitman-Walker, Williams led and managed major gifts initiatives for the Urban League of Portland and has raised funds for several community-based organizations including Basic Rights Oregon, The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, The Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Oregon Multimedia Alliance (Industry/Education Task Force) and the Rose Festival Association. Additionally, Williams has held management positions at The Casey Family Programs (Seattle-based private operating foundation), Xerox Corporation, Bank of America and Accelerated Learning Strategies. Williams is an alumnus of Occidental College, a prestigious private liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, where he remains very active as a member of the alumni association. Until recently he was a member of the President’s Circle and William Stewart Young Executive Committee of the college. His community involvement has also included the Los Angeles Area Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals where in 2010 he served as Vice-President of Philanthropy and Co-Chair of National Philanthropy Day, which is an annual celebration of philanthropy in the greater Los Angeles area.
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