Are You Stuck?
You know the feeling.
There’s something you want to do. You’ve thought about it, you’ve made your decision, and now it’s time to act.
Except… you don’t.
You want to take the next step, but “something” stops you. Do you know what that “something” is?
Creativity â€“ according to Webster’s it means having the ability or power to create; characterized by originality and expressiveness; imaginative. Ok that sounds great, wouldn’t we all like to be more creative every day? Sometimes the hardest part to trying something new is the first step. Here are nine inspired steps to help you start living a creative way of life:
There’s a big opportunity here! The holidays bring a change in spirit in most folks. Even though they may be more tired than usual from all the demands of the season, they are filled with holiday cheer. Key time to heal relationships at work!
Do something nice for those you work with. Sounds simple, enough, but you may have some resistance to the idea. Perhaps it seems like a phony or superficial thing to do. On one level, maybe, on another more important level, it is simply wise. They are going to be there after the holidays, too!
Use all of your brain to be your most effective.
“Running on Automatic” is what I call the ability to visualize what you need to have happen. Automatic because the part of your brain that gives us most of our solutions is working all the time. When you are asleep or not. Most of us call it our subconscience. This part of your brain is processing what your awake aware or cognitive part of the brain is telling it is going on. Our subconscience is not aware of any rational or philosophical system. It just helps us process the stuff we see, feel, smell, taste and hear. It is the core of our intuition. And most of all it can be exercised and controlled.
When we understand how to feed our subconscious so it will work out our problems and help us get to where we need to be there is nothing you can’t achieve. Didn’t your mother tell you “There’s nothing you can’t do, if you just set your mind to it.” Listen to your mother, she was right. In fact she gave you the best advice you will ever get about how to get ahead in this world. If you can see it, you can do it.
Well I’ve finally done it…I turned my heat on. After shouting at the kids that it’s not cold and making them dress like they are outside, I turned on the heat in the house. I finally gave in when I couldn’t feel my fingers anymore while typing and the cat, Bogey, was sitting next to the desk sneezing continuously. I started thinking, hmmm he has fur and he’s cold. Maybe it is cold. (One of those duh moments) I then looked at the temperature on my computer and saw it was 43 degrees. Well I guess it is time.
Just like the seasons change, our life changes. We have to be open to the change that is coming and willing to learn the lesson that this change has for us. For instance I know that we are in the season of autumn and if you live in Cleveland Ohio it is going to get cold. Instead of accepting that summer is over, I was trying to hang on to living the way we were living during the summer months with no heat on. Because I didn’t adjust to the change my cat now has a cold. This is the same with our lives. Some people know that they need changes in their lives but continue to live a life that they are no longer satisfied with. People stay in relationships that aren’t good for them. People keep jobs that they are not happy with. There is nothing wrong with change. If you stay in the same place you may never know if something better is out there. I am not saying to leave your relationship or your job today. I am saying open yourself up to that there is something better out there for you. At least do some research to see what it is you may want.
1. Stop seeking approval from people.
You don’t need anyone’s permission to fulfill your dream. Trust yourself and give yourself permission to succeed. Having support from people whose opinion you value is a wonderful thing but it should not be the criterion for whether you begin acting on fulfilling your goals or not
If you really desire to turn your idea into reality, constantly floating it around and seeking the approval of people will waste your time and kill your dream. What will happen to your idea if you don’t get the approval of those whose permission you so desperately need? Nothing!
2. Don’t wait for perfection.
Waiting for a time when everything is perfect and in place will cause you to lose your enthusiasm and abandon your goal. Conditions may never be as perfect as you desire. You may never have all the money, time, or knowledge you desire to begin working on your goals.
You must take risks, learn and improve as you go along and then watch as everything begins to fall in place. If you have to wait for the perfect time to begin working on your goalsâ€¦you will be waiting a long time!
How much happiness is there in a piece of paper with the word “happiness” printed upon it? It depends on the person who holds that piece of paper…
How much value is there in a 100 dollar bill?
If you think you’re poor and have just enough to make ends meet, an unexpected 100 dollar bill is very valuable. If you believe you’re rich and more money is coming to you all the time, an unexpected 100 dollar bill is nice, but not very important.
So, it depends on the person…
But it also depends on what’s going around that person. For example:
I ran a contest in “Your Daily Dose of Happiness” to see how people define happiness. I was stunned to discover that I am the only person who defines happiness as an extra helping of cheesecake.
There were other shockers, too.
We know that money can’t buy happiness … except, of course, when we are flat broke. But I figured several people would define happiness, at least in part, as a bulging bank vault or “financial freedom”. Just three people cited money in their definitions of happiness.
Have you ever wondered why you’re not where you want to be in life?
Fact is, we both have at one time or another.
I know I certainly have.
And while I still haven’t achieved all of my goals, and probably never will (cause I keep setting bigger ones), I sure have come a long ways.
And you know what happens?
Amidst much groaning and moaning, we carried one of our two kayaks from the bayside of the key to the beach—two hundred yards of sweat and hand chafing. Loaded down with paddles and life preservers, we herded the kids to water’s edge.
Captain Linus on the bow, oarsman Dad behind him, first mate Camille next in line and oarswoman Mom at the stern—into the waves we surged.
After a few wobbly moments in the break, the crew settled. We began to scour the depths for the Gulf’s finest—cow rays, turtles, fish of assorted sizes and our family favorite—dolphin.