Writing is Life

Believing in yourself is the key to achieving your greatest accomplishments.

Writing has always been my deepest passion, and I don’t feel right if I’m not scribbling words onto a sheet of paper.

For me, it’s always been the thrill of crafting a new story or sharing a dream with others that has driven me to write.

I didn’t have to be perceived as the best at it or the best at grammar and punctuation to continue this calling. What mattered most was that the voice and visions deep inside me had life.

Giving voice to and applying action to your deepest passion is the greatest tool you have on the journey of self-development. Keep building and keep expanding your story on your path to journey to greatness.

P.S. My web series is finally live and I’ve got a new story on my portfolio site. Keep working on your vision. Keep building day by day.

Photos and Journeys

I took some photos in a old yard this week.

It made me think of abandoned things and aging with grace.

I was never sure why we discard things or make things and leave them.

We tell ourselves stories to justify the separation then someone comes along and finds beauty in things we could never see ourselves.

A Little Pick Me Up

Your posts and your best art originate from the light inside you. Sharing, selectively and tactfully, on your social media page or on your blog maybe the perfect hobby to clear your mind and showcase your talent for introspection.

Don’t resist the urge to connect with new people and find clarity by building new and stronger spaces for communication with your loved.

Your art is your world; create a beautiful experience and don’t let anything hold you back.

Mediums

A good story is always on the horizon. Your creativity and ingenuity are the keys to building the templates for action and progress on your journey.

The medium matters, I’ve noticed, I write differently based on where I am or what I’m doing. My stories manifest differently based on whether I’m on a crowded bus or in my quiet office.

Space plays an essential role in creativity and finding — or I should say, making — the time and space for creativity is essential to discovering the medium for your best work.

You may find that typing your posts on your phone during lunch is a far better alternative to clanging away at your desk and getting lost in a youtube funnel.

Experiment. Find the medium that makes you most productive and most focused. Leverage the bliss and make something beautiful.

The day is yours!

P.S. Still in the throws of webseries edits. Sometimes, it takes a lifetime to create your first project. I told my speed-it-up brigade, I want to make sure I’m proud of the content. Then I promised I’d be done soon. Have a creative Saturday. Until next week.

The Truth about Focus

We spend so much time searching for the secret that will change our lives forever.

We read book after book. We download resource after resource. We refine our vision and purpose, over and over again.

This is a cycle.

My advice is always the same. Avoid the pronouns and dig into the specifics. Identify your goals and seek the true essence of your focus.

If your purpose is scale, then scale. If it is capacity to meet needs, then amplify until you reach your limits. If it is cost reduction, avoid greed and maximize value. If it is Art then, create.

There is something beautiful in your mind waiting for the light. Craft it. Cultivate it. Create it. Most importantly, avoid the pronouns, and at last, identify your purpose as the Art this world needs.

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After a much needed break, I’ve gotten through another week of filming. A small hiatus works wonders for us dedicated individuals. I’ve been avoiding screen time and the endless scrolling to get back to my writing. My word count is increasing and my connections have grown deeper.

I hope everyone is finding their place by meeting their goals and discovering the life-long art that brings clarity and purpose to each of their days. If your aren’t. Start by drawing a picture. I’m sure there is a vision somewhere inside you.

Starting your Big Idea

Last November, I visited a job fair. I had a stack of fresh resumes, the global pandemic wasn’t a blip on the radar, and I was set on the idea, I’d find my perfect career at one of the hundreds of tables.

I made my rounds. The sales jobs weren’t the right fit, too stressful. The administration jobs weren’t good, too busy. And the more technical fields weren’t good either, they seemed too rigid.

I ended up at a table with a young man offering grad school as a future option. He explained that getting my masters was a good choice while considering a career.

He had the perfect pitch worked out, “Having trouble picking a career? Maybe, 99% of the jobs aren’t for you. Consider a degree in our new program.”

I looked through the brochure. It was titled: 21st Century Entrepreneurship. The courses were broken down into 5 components: Marketing, Business Administration, Mass Communications, Digital Design and Your Big Idea.

I pictured sitting through two more years of college, and I thanked him as I walked away. Grad School was too expensive, but I learned what I needed to know in less than two minutes.

I went home. I set up a table, and ordered books on Marketing, Business Administration, and Mass Communications. Then I looked for some really good graphic designers to help with my big idea.

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P.S. I’m entering the last few weeks of filming my webseries. It’s been a journey, and I’m looking forward to the next phase, editing. This week’s photo is by Laura Gilchrist @lauragilchristedu Check out her work. Stay blessed. Peace!

Commitment

Life’s better when you bet on yourself. Your soul, your work, and your art needs your confidence and unwavering commitment to excellence.

I used to have a lot of trouble spelling the word commitment. I couldn’t figure out the exact number of M’s and T’s. One day, when I had enough, I took out a sheet of paper and wrote the word one hundred times.  It took 5 minutes. I never had trouble spelling commitment again.

Sometimes, the choices we make about our problems: never identifying the issue, never focusing long enough to correct the issue, and never taking specific, measurable action to end the cycle returns us to same place over and over again.

In my case, spelling was a simple fix. Other obstacles in life are much more challenging as many factors can affect your situation.

Stress can be a major deterrent to your best efforts, food choices can affect your energy levels, social and familial relationships can be a drag on personal growth.

The issues continue, learning gaps create roadblocks to personal growth, exercise and leisure time also factor into the mixed bag of obstacles that may prevent you from creating your best life.

No matter the problems or obstacles, our power is choice.

Choose to see the bigger vision.  Know you have the ultimate power to solve your problems.

Everything changes when you clear the clutter, welcome the obstacles, and learn to surmount each challenge issue by issue.

Rinse and repeat your process each day for the best results. The day is yours!

 

Micro-Moments

There is a list of things that get in the way of our ability to focus. Whether it’s a ringing phone, our obsession with social media, or our habit of gaming every 10 minutes.

There is usually an obstacle that we place in our way before diving into our work.

Consider how these micro-moments take time away from your bigger goals. Work to minimize them. Edit your time and maximize your potential for new opportunities by gaining time from distractions.

Allocate your new micro-moments to maximize your overall growth potential. You will discover you had a lot more time than you thought when you reclaim your focus and get in the zone faster and without limitations.

Your Pathway

Too often we chase trends and popularity to hack our way to success when we need to engage in honest work that will stand the test of time.

Do what makes you remarkable rather than mundane.  Offer your best as and impress each of your clients with your honesty, integrity, and brilliance and solve problems and provide your best work.

You are the gatekeeper. Own your steps and stay on the path to success.

A Dream Diverted

When you fill your day with tasks and obligations that divert you from your purpose, even if the tasks are positive and helpful to others, anger and resentment are built within your heart because you aren’t living up to or fulfilling your true purpose.

Find a way to do what you love everyday. Find a way for your dreams, your vision, your purpose to flourish everyday.

This will deepen the love within you. You will grow in love. And in turn, you can share your gifts of love, generosity, kindness and gratitude, without hurting yourself in the exchange.