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8 Days to GOal: Walt's Wisdom

Posted 05-04-2010 at 09:43 AM by Sandra Bostwick
Updated 05-04-2010 at 09:47 AM by Sandra Bostwick


I’m in a rush to get to the parks, so I just blogged off the top of my head. I hope I am not too incoherent.



I love this Disney Quote!

Exploring and experimenting involves lots of trial and error mixed with the ability to shake off those events that went less than perfectly. This photo is from the display before One Man’s Dream, an attraction in Hollywood Studios that tells the story of Walt’s childhood challenges and the less-than-magical road to success.

I admire how Walt always returned to his optimism, especially during those early years.

When you are always experimenting, though, it is easy to misplace optimism. I have to say I felt a little bit like Alice when I first arrived. My muchness was shaken and I was wishing I’d had one of Alice’s magic cakes or drinks to make me more of some things and less of others. Here’s why:

I had a presentation that was not what I’d hoped. Presenting in a novel set-up, it is almost like being an oil painter who takes a shot at sculpting or a comedian taking a shot at drama. You have to experiment!

I’d never presented in an interactive technology poster group format, but I had my plan…a powerpoint with recorded voice running on a continuous loop at one end of the table while I demonstrated some of the online tools live. The visitors were to rotate around ten stations for a couple hours.

As always with technology and me, there was a problem. The sound was not working! Let’s fast forward.

I usually walk out of any presentation evaluating strengths, weaknesses, and what I’d do differently. I walked out of this one asking myself “what was the license plate number of the truck that dragged me and some innocent bystanders along for a couple hours?”

My presentation ended at 5:00, and we scheduled the limo to Disney for 5:30. The weird energy of regret, what-ifs, and disappointment had not even sunk-in, as Tara and I bolted from the conference center to our hotel.

Brandy, our new army OT friend (see here) was there waiting to join us. I was overjoyed to see her smiling face as she gushed about the helicopter ride she had just enjoyed. This is one lady who lives life with unrestrained energy and enthusiasm!

Our driver stood looking distinguished and polished to take us away to Disney World… we flew under the Magic Kingdom gates… we landed in our beautiful room at Disney’s Contemporary to take in a breathtaking view on the balcony. Then we were off to Epcot. I’d hardly solidified any negative reactions to the presentation because there were so many distractions!

Maybe that was part of Walt’s secret. Somehow he could turn his attention in the right direction. In fact, Mickey was the product of turning his attention away from the legal theft of Oswald and opening his mind to a new creation.

Life is full of moments when you feel you need to take a bite of a magic cake or take a sip of the magic drink to force yourself to be bigger or smaller. Today I am going to reflect on how, maybe, it isn’t ME that needs to be bigger or smaller, but the strategies, beliefs and approaches I have with my goals and dreams. A project that seems like a failure is only a failure until I turn it into a springboard into something better.

Today, as my trip is past mid-point and thoughts of going home are breaking through, I’ll just imagine that Mickey is sitting in The Matrix of WondORLANDO reminding me that there is, in fact, no spoon to bend when it comes to dreams and goals.

It is just my thinking!

And THAT is today’s blog entry!
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    Christine43's Avatar
    I'm very glad you're enjoying your trip.
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    Enjoy is NOT EVEN the word!
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    Thanks for sharing. Sorry to hear about the technology glitch. Glad you were able to get to the magic and let Disney ease some of the letdown. Your "Muchness" is shining through. Did I read that you are now staying at the Contemporary? Is the balcony facing the castle? I am envious at that possibility.
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    It is balcony bay-view. We can see Epcot, HS, and Bay Lake Towers! That certainly takes the edge off the disappointment of not seeing the castle. I have plenty of shots of the view to post when I get back and have time.
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    What you are expeirencing right now is how Walt kept returning to his optimism. Those rare moments of sheer joy.
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    Sandra Bostwick's Avatar
    Aaron! It is great to see you here at the end of the blog!

    How are your goals going?
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    How's the trip going, Sandy?
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    Sandra Bostwick's Avatar
    AWESOME! Thanks for asking! Just checking in quickly here!
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