If only the captain of the Titanic remembered this…
a. Capable of being bent or flexed; pliable: a flexible hose.
b. Readily bending or twisting the body without injury: You can play soccer much better if you’re flexible.
2. Able to change to cope with variable circumstances: “a flexible and quietly competent administrator” (Jerome Karabel).
3. Capable of being changed or adjusted to meet particular or varied needs: a job with flexible hours; a flexible definition of normality.
Have you ever been amazed by the way a contortionist can bend and twist his body? Personally, it makes me squirm because it looks painful. However, I’ve actually learned that not being flexible is more painful. The ability of one to be able to bend, twist, stretch, expand, and adjust creates all sorts of space and freedom. I’m not just talking about flexibility of the body, but more importantly, flexibility of the mind. As I get older, I notice everything gets tighter and constricted…including my willingness to change my way of doing things. The world is always changing around us and I realize I too need to be flexible in my thoughts and actions. If I’m not willing to bend and adjust, I find I meet resistance. That resistance can be painful and unproductive at times. However, if I choose to move with the change, I find that everything ultimately falls into place. It’s like holding a stretch long enough for my muscles to relax. So, I wonder, what does it take for you to bend, twist, adjust, and cope with changing circumstances? Do you resist or do you stretch and demonstrate your flexibility?
Image: Rich Fellers and Flexible (the horse shown), First Individual Qualifier, 2012 London Olympic Games. Photo ©ProEquest/Erin Gilmore
Why are we so resistant to change or doing things we’ve never done before? Moving out of my comfort zone is always a challenge and when I examine why that is, I can’t really find any good reason. I realize I get lazy in my comfort, and the other side of that coin is boredom, being stuck, and not growing. For example, I’ve been asked to write a blog for several months now. I’ve been resisting because, quite frankly, I didn’t feel I had anything valuable to share. However, I stepped back and got clarity about what I was being asked to do, which was to write a few sentences about what I experience or something I’ve learned. Well, I learn things every day and the more open I am to sharing and being transparent, the greater the opportunity for me to connect, grow, and make a difference. The New Year is always a great time to recommit to goals and promises. In order to succeed, we have to remember that we have to create different behaviors to anchor those goals. One behavior that helps me do those things I resist is to give myself a deadline and let another person know what I promise. Once I’ve done that, I put the “resistant” action items on my to-do list first. It holds me accountable for getting it done first and then I’m not carrying it around with me all day! What’s one thing you’ve been resisting? Put it first on your list and experience the incredible freedom once it’s done!
Martha Lynn Mangum
1) How long have you been with Momentum Consulting?
Since 2003. Wow, time flies!
2) Why do you love what you do?
The reason above all others is that it fulfills my number one core value of connection. But I also love what I learn from my clients. They all come from different industries and backgrounds. It’s fascinating to learn what makes each of them tick and what got them started in their field of interest. Coaching is a great opportunity for me to continue learning and expand my knowledge of the business world.
3) What is the best feedback you’ve gotten from a client?
“You’ve changed my life.” Can’t really beat that.
4) You hold a degree in spiritual psychology. What got you interested in that?
I always wanted to study psychology in college, but got off track in the beginning. My first four years, my goal was just to get through it as quickly as possible. When I went back for my master’s, I still had the interest in psychology, but was really intrigued by the spiritual aspect of it all. The idea that there’s something out there that’s bigger than us, supporting us. I believe that.
5) Why did you decide to plant your roots in Austin?
My family is in Corpus, so I love being relatively close to them. Austin just has so much to offer. It has that small town feel but with big city opportunities. I love the Bass Performing Arts Center, the lakes, the parks, the live music (Bob Schneider!)… I could go on and on. You can completely be yourself here. It’s a true, no-judgement melting pot.
6) Describe a typical weekend in the Mangum household.
Coffee on the deck, reading, exercising and quality time with my fabulous husband, Greg. If we have the kids for the weekend, then it’s all about them. If it’s football season, then it’s all about football. We love to entertain.
7) How did you end up at Momentum?
I was at a crossroads for creating a new career for myself. This led me to do some other transformational work with Craig and Marlene. They had focused mainly on the international consulting work and then we started talking about growing their business locally. All I could think was “I want to play there. That’s good stuff they’re cooking up.”
8 ) To wrap it up, what are your top three favorite restaurants in Austin?
3) Shady Grove