Each leaf of a Four Leaf Clover represents something special
The first leaf is faith
The second leaf is hope
The third leaf is love
And the fourth leaf is luck
May your days be filled with faith, hope, love and luck.
If you’ve been on the planet for more than a year, you’ve heard the term “Creative Visualization.” Using imagination to make your dreams and goals happen is in the creative person’s wheel house. I’ve been using creative visualization for many years. In that time, I’ve built a very successful project management career and have published five books.
Prosperity and accomplishment are wonderful. They aren’t, however, the most important goals in my life. I became sick several years ago with (at the time) was a mysterious illness. Horrible stomach issues. Constant flu like symptoms. Worst of all, I was a depressed mess with no hope. Then I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue. Though there is no cure, it can be managed. Getting healthy and taking my life back became my main goal.
Eternal vigilance. I maintain my health and continue to thrive. How? The key to successful creative visualization is a positive attitude. Being stubborn helps too.
Be Positive. Be Happy.
Is it possible to be positive all the time (24/7)? Nope. Everyone falls off the happy path occasionally. Having a positive attitude means you have confidence in your ability to make your dreams come true.
“I’m positive I can learn this new skill.”
“I’m positive I can create my art.”
“I’m positive I will find a way to accomplish my goals.”
“Learning something new makes me happy, because I’m doing something to help myself grow.”
“Creating my art fulfils me as a person.”
“Working toward my goals gives me a sense of accomplishment.”
Final Thought: Attitudes are contagious. We decide to be miserable or happy. Each new day brings a choice. Make the decision to try for a positive attitude and it will happen for you. Like anything else, it takes practice.
Creative Leadership isn’t just a buzz phrase. It’s a way of life. Finding innovative solutions to old problems. Defining new processes no one has even considered. You – creative person – could change the course of an organization for the better!
Yeah right. I’m not in upper management in my company or on the board of my special interest organization. They won’t listen to me.
As in any situation, there’s a right way and a wrong way to present an idea. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Not everyone can see what you see. You’d be surprised how many folks out there have let their imaginations dwindle due to lack of use. The “We’ve always done it this way” mentality is easier. It’s safer. Most people hate change. It scares the hell out of them.
Here are some tips when presenting an idea to the skittish establishment:
Final thoughts: Coffee shop conversations are littered with “I just want to write books, play my music, do my art, etc.” I know I’ve said it too when I’m frustrated. However, we are more than our art. We have the power to inspire change and hope (desperately needed in these times). My challenge to you – Look around you in the day job or organization. Do you see any way you can help to inspire change? Is there an opportunity to encourage growth and bring a little positive light into the situation? If your answer’s “No”, then you are in the wrong job! Go find a place where you can make a difference. The world needs your gift.
Ah, L’amour! Isn’t it grand? You have a special Valentine to curl up with on those cold February evenings. Secretly, you may have more than one. Don’t worry. I’m not judging. One book crush is never enough.
Anymore signs I missed? Share them in the comments section.
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In all the world, there is nobody else exactly like you. Dreamer. Beautiful Soul. Creative Person. You have a unique voice with something special to share. The story, painting, song or other art form is anxious to burst from your creative brain and out into the world. It was given exclusively to your creative self. Honor it and your talent.
DO respect your talent by staying true to the story or piece
DON’T completely alter the piece based solely on someone else’s bias
DO listen to your creative instincts
DON’T be swayed by the whims of the fickle market
DO be kind to your Creative Self when inspiration doesn’t immediately come
DON’T take yourself too seriously. Nobody’s perfect
DO be patient. True art takes time and a large amount of effort
DON’T quit when things get hard. Your art is worth the trouble
Congratulations! You’ve typed “The End” on your book. Listed “Fin” on that indie film. Played the last note of your glorious symphony. You’ve earned that great sense of accomplishment. Excellent job!
Hang on! You’re not quite done yet. Things to think about before you shut down your creative projects:
Don’t forget the most important step. Celebrate your success!
Life is beautiful when your creative project is humming along. Ideas easily fall into place. You are the engineer on your “positive energy powered” locomotive. Work is actually fun for a change. Weeks fly by as you pursue your goal. You toot the whistle of your happy train with all you’ve got.
Then the tracks take an incline. The train starts to struggle a bit. Progress to the mountain peak slows. Your train is running a little low on positive energy. Maybe you’ve come across a difficult task or problem? Or you’re not feeling well. Sometimes unpredictable circumstances can put a damper on things.
I love my epic fantasy series – The Heart of The Warrior. The series spans five books, so my journey will take years. I won’t stop writing this story until I scribe the last “The End” on the last page of the last book. Currently, I’m working on edits for Book Two. It’s slow going. Why? Editing is the hardest part of writing the novel (in my opinion). I’m antsy to move on to the next book, BUT I can’t until I make sure the WIP is polished and accurate. Editing is a slow process. My happy train has dropped from 90mph to about 10. It’s hard to keep the momentum going.
Here are a few tips I use to keep my train chugging along (even if the pace has slowed to a crawl):
Remember: Any positive movement forward is better than standing still. Your funk will pass. I promise. Keep the momentum going!