Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Are You Ready to Step Out?

“All the concepts about stepping out of your comfort zone mean nothing until you decide that your essential purpose, vision and goals are more important than your self-imposed limitations.”

                            from “Living an Extraordinary Life”
                            by Robert White

It is beyond awkward to comment on my own quote so I’ll just let it speak for itself.

One challenge occurs:  what are your purpose, vision and goals?

Offered with love and respect,


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Robert wrote: "It is beyond awkward to comment on my own quote so I’ll just let it speak for itself."

But it's not the least bit awkward to have a longtime friend comment, so I think I'll take this as an invitation :-)


To thank you for our continued friendship and the important work you are doing, I wanted to share this with you and your readers, as well as to offer a token of my gratitude.

My husband, Patrick, also reads all of your "extraordinary minute" messages and this passage hit especially close to home for him. After years of putting his music career on hold for our family, and in order to get me through doctoral school, he is finally trying to dedicate his energy and time to doing what he KNOWS is his essential purpose... to share his music with the world. That has always been a tall order for an classically trained tenor who doesn't do opera!

The past few weeks have taken Patrick out of his comfort zone even more than he could ever imagine. After living in MIchigan, Arizona and Illinois, our move to the Los Angeles area two years ago provided a new avenue for networking and finding opportunities for singing. He has picked up work as a movie extra and this week was signed by a large talent agency representing union and non-union screen actors in Hollywood and New York. Acting is not Patrick's passion, purpose or goal. Singing is. Yes, he can act--quite well, actually--it's a craft picked up and trained during time with Michigan Opera Theatre, but it's sort of like laundry--just because you know how to turn on the washing machine doesn't mean it's a sought-after activity!

However, his quick signing by a fairly exclusive agency made him really reflect on his essential purpose: Music. So, he wrote the following reflection and posted it in his music studio:

Music is...

My Joy
My Work
My Intention
My Inspiration
My Devotion
The expression of My Heart
The Expression of My Love

Whatever it takes to have My Music fill the world, I will do.
(Including acting!)

During our move from Illinois to Los Angeles, we drove through breathtaking areas of the Rockies and Utah en route to what was for me, a new job position and another step toward my own goals. I chose that picture as a backdrop for your words, that deserve to hang on our wall as a reminder that leaving one's comfort zone is an absolute necessity in the journey toward one's vision, purpose and goals.

Thank you again, and we hope you enjoy!

(shameless plug: Pat can be heard at: or at his website)

Sherryl & Patrick Stalinski