Until recently, I had not heard of a smash cake. Smash what? A friend was telling me about a Smash Cake birthday party she attended for a baby’s first birthday party. The baby delighted in getting the cake everywhere…head, hands, fingers, toes, table, floor -- a total and complete mess. Frosting everywhere. Cake everywhere. The baby was laughing and having the time of her life, as were all in attendance. At one point, the baby girl figured out how to bounce her face in the cake. No problem….more cake, easier to eat! Yum!
Fast forward several years and Baby Girl has grown up. She has graduated from something – a technical school, high school, college, graduate school, law school or medical school and wouldn’t think of bouncing her face in a cake. That would be weird and strange and silly and child-like.
And one day not long ago, she lost her job. She had long ago buried the carefree spirit she had enjoyed as a child. She some time ago had forgotten how to play. She no longer had time for laughter and giggles and super silliness. And the years had taught her how to focus more on fear than having faith in herself to move forward with grace and expediency. Her confidence had eroded through numerous corporate changes, mergers, promotions, demotions, and lateral moves.
In my work with clients, frequently I invite them to draw an image that best represents their brand. Clients are stumped by the invitation. I encourage them to make marks, dots…anything to express their brand. “Don’t worry about being an artist,” I explain. “Don’t worry about knowing how to draw. Make dots. Make marks. Make something. Create something – anything -- that represents you and your image as you know it today.”
Here’s an idea that you may find uncomfortable. Maybe you will; maybe you won’t.
Go to your printer and get a piece of plain white paper, 8 ½ inches X 11 inches.
Find a box of crayons or markers. If you can’t find some around the house, borrow some or buy some.
Draw an image of your face.
Caption your work.
Write your first name on it.
Write your age.
Add positive words that describe the image before you.
Record today’s date.
I don’t know what you will learn, or think, or discover, or realize, or what, if any, epiphany you might have.
A one-year old working on a smash cake delights in the activity. She (or he) just goes for it. Unflappable. Unstoppable.
When will you just go for it and go get that job you want?