My Generation

Good Thursday morning to you. If you have not heard by now another of our great musicians in Rock ‘n’ Roll history has passed away. Davy Jones, the singer from a group called The Monkeys, at 66 years of age left this earth. In a week in which we’re talking about the word “different,” I had picked a song from The Who to use this week, to talk about how from one generation to the next what we think is normal will be considered strange by our parents – and by our kids.

I wanted to use the song in the title to talk about how Rock ‘n’ Roll has changed over the years, how we have changed over the years, how each generation has a different way of doing things. Many times today in our world someone will hear the phrase, “That’s not the way we did it in my day.” I wish I could tell you how many times I see the things my kids are doing and want to tell them, “When I was your age we did…”

In a world that has system after system failing when we have troubles in politics, troubles in our economy, troubles in the way we see different ways, when life is going to be different, that same old way of doing things will not always work. You will have to learn to do some things differently if you want to make a success of it.

I was thinking, as I heard the news of Davy Jones yesterday, how as a child I remember The Monkies on a TV show. In the ‘70s we had a black and white television. It was this big box about the size of a small chest of drawers. We had three channels to watch. When you fell in love with a show like The Monkies I remember having to count the days till it was back on again. Then I remember when it was no longer on TV.

Now we have a TV that is as thin as our table top was back then, it can be moved from our room to another by one person. We have over 500 channels to choose from. If you miss your show you can record it on a computer device. If you like a show on a certain network you can watch it there many times over, as it will be repeated throughout the week. We watch movies and our favorite now comes on the movie channels about four times a day.

This time of just watching the TV is different than when I was a child; imagine where it will go in the future. As a child, a computer was a big thing taking up a whole room in a company building somewhere; now I hold my computer on my lap and have a tablet iPad that I can watch videos on. Imagine how the world will be different.

So let’s look at how we deal with differences in the generations of change, how we can use them to build on our success and not let ourselves hold on to the old-fashioned traditions that would keep us down.

Yesterday we spoke about how we need some sort of structure, or discipline, to work towards our goals. Before that we talked about defining who we are, and started the week off with using our belief in purpose.

No matter what it is that you find out you are, what system you have to work to get to your goals, you are going to have to accept the fact that the world is going to change so you will also have to adapt. I have to adapt all the time. As I mentioned last week, people tell me, “You have a great idea” all the time. It fits with not only this generation (our kids’ age), but mine as well.

I have to always be in a process of change to accept the fact I need to be able to relate to those who maybe never heard Rock music from my generation. But then, think of the people who are in the generation of listening to The Monkeys or The Beatles. They know of bands I have never heard of. I have to build and expand my great niche to be able to relate to all music, from all generations. If I don’t, my idea won’t be a great one any longer.

So in closing, let me leave you with this; find out who you are, find a path to take and learn to live in this generation, the here and now.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, to love what you do and those you share life with. Love where you came from but be the RockStar now.

Who Are You?

Good Tuesday morning to you. It’s day two of our week about being different. We started off yesterday with a mention of Johnny Cash and his self-defining song, “Man In Black.” It’s a great song from a man who was a legend in the music industry. We will get to a few more songs by Johnny Cash later in the week; before we do I wanted to go back to the ‘70s with another legendary of Rock ‘n’ Roll song from a legendary band. It’s the age-old question we often ask on this blog.

Today I want to use the song and the great question “Who Are You?” Earlier, I decided to turn on the TV in my office to watch a show with a man in the food business who is different and because of this they have built a show around him. I’m talking about a guy with a show called Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Guy Fieri is one different kind of guy who has a great show about the road trips he takes to taste some of the most unusual foods.

So today we are going to use the song about being different in a positive way to make your life better. The song was part of the last album The Who made with drummer Keith Moon.  I am not going to focus as much on the song as on the subject of using the fact that you are different.

In life, we are all different; that is what this week is about. Before you can build a life that you love, and maybe find a dream that is you, you first have to define who you are. Do you know who you are? If you were to enter one of those workshops or life enrichment seminars and they asked you who you were, could you answer the question?

When I ask that question of my clients, I usually first get answers about what they do for a living, what they watch on TV, what sports they played in high school, and what their major was in college. All of these things tell something about you but they do not define who you are. A few weeks ago I was at an event where my friend, J. Loren Norris, spoke. His question to us in the room was “who was he?” Many of us had answers about him, from what he did, to the type of person he was, to how helpful he was. The last person he posed the question to was his son, who was working the camera. He gave a great answer, telling us he was a dad.

There are many things you will be able to say you are in your time on this earth. You can’t let things define you that you do not want – like being known as dishonest in business. Instead, you want to let things be known about you like how you have always been a person who has heart and cares, like my friend Jessica Rector. She took that from the middle of her name where it says ICARE.

So you are different; there is not one other person like you on this earth. But what do you do with that different you? How do you help people with it? How do you let it define you? If you want to change who you are and build a new definition then it’s up to you to change it. I often quote a person I follow, Che Garman, and use her ideas in life. She speaks of affirmations. If you are not sure who you are and you want to redefine yourself, then you need to write an affirmation and start programming yourself with it.

When I went through a life enrichment seminar a few years back, I was able to write a new life defining affirmation that I told myself every day until I woke up and realized it was me. Then I changed it to grow to another and better place. My affirmation at that time was “I am singing and dancing in the rain, building a best life, no matter what I’m going through.” I learned to make the best of everything in my life because of that.

So today, if you do not know who you are, it’s time to release all those things that hold you back and write a defining affirmation to take you in a direction that is far past what you could dream of for yourself.

I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream, love what you do and those you share life with.  Write down an affirmation about who you are or want to be that will take you to being the RockStar in your world.

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