As one that loves to roll into the snowflakes of action movies from time to time, I must say that there’s this thrill that makes me admire various action movie stars. Interestingly, even if the genres of some are categorized as action, you can agree with me that not all action stars use machine guns. Some are skilled with various intelligent gadgets like Angelina Jolie can trigger an explosive from a lipstick, James Bond could use a wristwatch as a frame for a pen knife, some have the flair for breaking bones like Steven Seagal.
A ‘sling’ in my world is whatever unique skill you have that always gets you on top of your game. It could be the way an Asa blends her lyrics with her strings or the way Abigail Breslin brings life into fiction or the way a Tom Pellereau invents amazing products.
DISCOVER YOUR SLING*
Some discover what flows naturally at a very young age and at an early stage. It’s important to give your kids the freedom to express themselves as it helps to give them a special kind of confidence whenever they use that sling for a greater good. Start before you’re ready, great stars begin quite early around 5-10 years. At that stage, fear is merely fiction.
MASTER YOUR SLING*
For those conversant with Jackie Chan’s movies, we will agree that guns are not one of his finest slings. No matter how many guns you point at Jackie, he will skillfully beat you with a part of his dynamic body (either a headboot, handflip or leg raise) in a fast manner that you won’t see coming. The worst kinda mistake you can make with J.Chan is to fight with him in a house filled with furniture; chances are you may not get out alive.
EMBRACE YOUR SLING*
I had a colleague who is extremely quiet and the emphasis is on ‘extremely quiet’. I can count how many times I’ve literally heard her voice within the time we spent working together. This lady was by no means meant to be in a marketing department but there she was making waves. Surprisingly, she was not just in the marketing unit but outshined those who thought their best weapon was in their baritone voice. If the charismatic sanguine sent to potential customer came back with no results, just roll your dice and send this lady to the customer and her ‘calm poise’ always brought great results. That was her weapon and she embraced her uniqueness. Embracing your sling means knowing when it’s time to tune it up; every guitarist will tell you the importance of tuning if you want to get optimal effects. Don’t leave your sling for too long; otherwise just like the strings left for a while, there is a tendency to get it rusty enough to become a weapon to its owner as it could bruise your fingers when next you strum it. Taylor Swift is a striking lady whose teardrops on her guitar never miss the sweet major notes that send those country vibes.
SHARPEN YOUR SLING*
John C. Maxwell described in his book “Talent is never enough” that most people are so full of themselves and their talents that they have forgotten that others with intense practice develop theirs only to become better than the talented ones who left their talents to become stale. Sharpening your weapon should be a lifestyle not an occasional patrol. A peek into the importance can be seen in one of my favourite classics “Akeelah & The Bee”. There is always one that knows better, but with practice you can stretch yourself to beat the best!
Get a coach, go for an extra class, take that additional course, master your notes, sketch a little more, in all you do…try not to allow yesterday’s glory become the frame that will hinder you from painting a better YOU! Take your altitude to a new height!
Discover your weapon!
Master your weapon!
Embrace your weapon!
Sharpen your weapon!
…PAY THE PRICE AND YOU WON’T BE DENIED THE PRIZE!