Have You Found Your Life’s Purpose?

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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How to Get Want You Want Out of Life

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.

Be Positive.

“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.”

Be Happy.

“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.

Have You Lost the Key to Your Happy Place?

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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

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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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Are You Feeding Your Creative Self What It Needs?

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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.

 

 

Are You Using Your Creativity to Inspire?

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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.

Are You Honoring Your Creative Self?

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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