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Creating your dream takes a leap of faith. It also takes courage.
DO – Act upon your wishes and dreams
DON’T – Sit on the sidelines
DO – Face your fears. What do you have to do to make the next step less scary?
DON’T – Allow fear to freeze you into inaction
DO – Have faith in yourself and your dream
DON’T – Allow doubt to defeat you
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If you’re looking for “Deep Thoughts and Junk”, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve given the blog a face lift just in time for Spring Break!
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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.
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Here are some tips when presenting an idea to the skittish establishment:
- Present your idea along with the benefits (what’s in it for them: time saved, money saved, etc.) to the company or organization
- Show the research you’ve done to prove it is a feasible idea
- Help them to see what you’re talking about by including Powerpoint presentations or other visual aids
- Be patient if they aren’t immediately “wowed” by your idea. You must build trust first.
- Stick with it! Large organizations don’t change quickly. It takes time to turn a huge ship.
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.
Not sure you have a book crush? Here are a few tell-tale signs:
- You pour a glass of wine and turn on soft jazz before opening the cover.
- If the book is written in multiple points of view, you skip ahead to read your book crush’s chapters first.
- You dislike your book crush’s love interest and hope the author sends them packing in the next act.
- You wish the author would be a little more liberal with physical descriptions.
- Your bookshelf or Kindle contains every word ever written about your crush.
- Given enough wine, you imagine joining your crush in the storyline. Naturally, they’ll leave the hot spy in the high heels (or the hot spy in the sharp suit) for you.
- Should the heartless author kill off your book crush, you mourn for weeks. Well, until a replacement crush rises out of the pages of a new book series.
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