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Did you know you’re being watched? Not in a creepy way. That’s not what I mean. You are being watched by a friend, co-worker, neighbor, stranger or little kiddo living in your house. They see how hard you work to achieve your dreams. Many may not understand the struggle or your “why I do this” drive. Some may tune in simply for the end result. All of them, however, are inspired by YOU.
Aren’t sure you’re an inspiration? Remember to do the following each day:
Show Your Passion (Share your excitement and then listen to someone else’s dreams)
Show Your Commitment (Be honest about your struggles, but do not give up!)
Show Your Courage (Challenges happen. Solve them. Don’t whine.)
Show Your Victory (Celebrate your accomplishments. Help others to understand they can achieve their goals too.)
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Inspiring others is one of the most important responsibilities creative folks and leadership driven people have. We are “seed planters” and encouragers. You never know what that little seed may grow up to be.
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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We’ve all read feature articles about those lucky individuals who are “living their passion” and have “found their purpose in life.” They seem so happy. Their confidence levels are off the charts.
Slumping off to the drudgery of your day job, you wonder if it’s truly possible to be as happy as they seem. Positive. Confident. Joyful. These folks can’t be for real. Deep down inside you both admire and resent them.
Let me tell you a secret.
Everyone has a life’s purpose. You just haven’t found yours yet.
Where do you start looking for purpose? Start with your passions:
- Is there something (hobby or other) you love doing?
- Is there a cause you feel strongly about?
- Is there a career or activity you are fascinated by?
Remember: Your life’s purpose may not seem grandiose to you, but then again it really isn’t about you. It’s what you do for others. Never underestimate the importance of bringing someone else joy!
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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.
Friday, March 3rd is National I Want You to Be Happy Day! I admit I’d never heard of this holiday until researching ideas for my March blog series. The topic of “Happiness” really stood out for me. It seems every time I turn on the TV or go to social media sites, the negativity is in my face. Go out in public and people are grumpy with each other. We’ve forgotten how to get back to our Happy Place.
“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” Epictetus
How do we get back to our Happy Place? Start by celebrating National I Want You to Be Happy Day:
- Take a few minutes to discover what is important to your family and friends, then act upon it
- Do random acts of kindness for complete strangers
- Send an ecard just because
- Give someone a genuine compliment
- Listen to someone else without interruption. Be respectful
Get the idea? Take the time to be kind to others. Amazing things will happen. Eventually, we’ll be able to HEAR each other again instead of coming from a place of anger and bitterness. Only then can we begin to heal as a society.
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Our modern world can be pretty brutal to creative types. Rarely do we find a benefactor who nurtures our souls and pocket books like the Medici Family did for De Vinci. We must be our own patron of the arts/ creative coach/ cheerleader. It can be draining for tender souls who just want to create beauty. Proper care and feeding of your creative self is essential.
Tips and Tricks to fuel your creative energy:
- Reduce time spent in the negative. While it’s important to stay current on what’s happening in the world, spending too much time taking in negative news or social media rants will stimulate anger rather than positive creative energy
- Experience someone else’s art. Visit a museum or see a play. Creativity inspires creativity
- Nature is the ultimate energizer. Take a long walk in the countryside. Bike the mountains. Wade in a cool stream. Being in nature takes you out of your own head and feeds the creative soul
- Spend time with yourself. Be still and quiet for a dedicated time each day. Meditation is an excellent way to recharge. Quiet time with a good cup of coffee works too
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We’ve come to the end of the “Love and Honor Your Creative Self” series. Remember: The best way to honor your creative self is to DO YOUR ART! The world needs what you have to offer.