Big Sky Thinking

I'm just back from the new Mackenzie Thorpe exhibition of Station Posters in Middlesbrough.  I love Mackenzie Thorpe's work, and find I am always drawn to his paintings with really beautiful big skylines with puffy clouds - although the ones with shepherds and sheep come a close second (and when he paints both together, I'm in heaven! :-D).  I once spoke to him about how much I loved the cloud filled scenes he painted and he told me he got the best results when he turned the painting upside down so he could gain a different perspective on the work.  Reflecting on that on the way home, I started to think of this as being "Big Sky Thinking" (rather than Blue Sky Thinking) and how that would be a pretty good way to help you achieve the best results too. 

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And this final picture isn't from the current exhibition but I think it's wonderful - because it's on my dining room wall 😀

Mackenzie Thorpe "Out of the Sun" - a perfect big sky and some sheep that welcomes me every morning 😀

If you want to make some major changes in your life, sometimes turning your thinking around helps you to break free of limiting beliefs.  Instead of thinking about all the reasons that you can't do something, start thinking about what it will be like if you have achieved what you want, then work out the steps that you would need to take to make your Big Sky Thinking happen.

What could happen if you turned your thinking upside down?

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That process reminds me of this story recounted by Stephen Covey that I'm sure you'll have heard a variation of: a lecturer demonstrates to a class with a glass jar, big rocks, little stones, sand, and water​.  He fills up the jar with the big rocks and asks if it is full.  His students agree it is.  He then pours the little stones in and asks if it is full.  His students agree it is.  He then pours the sand in and asks if it is full.  His students agree it is.  Then he pours some water over the top, and as it trickles through all of the spaces in the jar, he asks again if the jar is full.  

The moral of the story is that the big rocks represent the important things in your life, but if you focus on the smaller details, you won't be able to fit the big things you want into the time that you have.  I think the video below demonstrates it more effectively as it shows what happens if you don't put the big rocks in first. 

Stephen Covey Big Rocks Story

If you're trying to work out what your big rocks are...

Sometimes even thinking about what you would really like in your life can be difficult because you have so many things that demand your time and attention.  

If that's the case, I have a limited number of sessions that I offer to help people discover a confidence to express their needs to themselves and others.  Why not book a session?  

I'd love to hear your comments on this post

Gillian Lewis
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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

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