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.
Your mornings belong to you.
Today may be the perfect day to set the tone for the rest of your week.
Clear the clutter and start your day with a meeting with yourself, two-hours of interrupted time for your art, or creating a list of pros and cons for your goals.
Don’t think about it. Get up and do it.
Taking power over your schedule is one of the most significant steps toward achieving your goals.
Often, there is an ongoing battle between our obligations and and time for our art. And sometimes, the obligations win. They stress us out. They can force us into a creative funk.
Luckily, you run your calendar. Invert your day, schedule everything, even fun. I bet you’ll find a place for your creativity.
We often seek merits and accolades more than the tried and true journey of good, honest work.
It’s cool to glance into our crystal ball of expectations and wish our hardest to arrive at the pinnacle of our imaginative musings.
Visualizing can be a good strategy for conceiving your best accomplishments, but at some point, you’ll need to break-ground and clear the debris to make way for your new beginning.
Don’t settle into the notion your imagination will do the work of your hands. Connect your aspirations to your physical world and bring your best art into the world.
P.S. I’m in the final stages of getting my webseries done. The marketing phase isn’t my strongest discipline, but with a little ingenuity, I’m getting things done. I hope you’ve had a good week. Be brave; the day is yours.
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.
A storm came this week. It was a torrent of wind, air, and rain. The wind battered my windows. The thunder shook my roof. I took the time to listen until I could hear the storm in separate parts.
The wind sought a new place; its goal, to balanced its temperature. The rain followed its common pattern: ground to sky then back to ground. The lighting was simple. It sought to ground itself.
It made me think of the days where I try to do everything at once. My phone calls, my emails, my word count goals, it can be overwhelming.
To find calm amidst the chaos, breathe and listen to the distinct sounds. Not just any sound, the sounds that matter and the sounds that move you forward.
A good storm is one of the best opportunities to listen.
Photo by Nighthawk Shoots
P.S. I’m entering the endgame of video editing and entering the rough cut phase. Time to let a trusted group scrutinize the work and get it polished-up for the world. “Let’s GO!” I yell out loud. The day is yours. Go and do something amazing.
This week, I was a bit worried. I hadn’t written a word, and I was wondering if a writer’s block was building.
I had a million new ideas for stories and films, but I wasn’t writing them down, because of the more urgent tasks I had to complete each day.
I spent most of my week like this, working on the small, the finite, the urgent. I had my managerial fire extinguisher, and I was ready at a moment’s notice to rush-in and solve whatever problem manufactured by the infinite machine of problems called email.
It was the middle of the week, when a drop-everything-urgent email arrived. I glanced over at my notebook, and I realized my latest projects were stuck in the same place, and the world around me, the one of chaos, frenzy, and instant-success was receiving every bit of my time and attention.
Meanwhile, the pulse of my notebook faded, and I imagined more problems than plot twists for the worlds I built on the page.
There are times we give away our most precious assets, because of false urgency and the frenzy of quick tasks that populate our inbox. While true urgency, may be simply keeping your ship in the right direction.
Photo by Andrey Sharpilo
P.S. My latest short is live today. It’s the newest addition to my series on the crazy world of rideshare driving. I’m experimenting with romance, and it’s just as dangerous for my characters as it is for me
I was at my window this week, watching the wind blow, watching the cars pass, watching the weeds grow. I thought of getting out the mower, ready to start a spring and summer and fall, in the South, of mowing, clipping, and composting the yard refuse. Imagining the work, the sweat, and the neighbor women who’d come to their porches in the middle of the day to observe, it made me wonder: why is this important?
Instead of mowing the lawn, I could plan my next book or outlining my next script. But like always, I’d choose the sun, the mower, or the possibility of getting rid of my lawn all together. Who needs things that make more work for you?
I grew up working in the heat, watching things develop at a slow pace until done. The value was I learned patience and how to stick with something until I finished.
The outcomes were slow, but the reward of leaving and returning to see the outcomes made it worth the hassle.
So, I dusted off the mower and got ready for my exercises of patience. The walking back and forth, the clean-up afterward, the leaving and coming back to see an accomplishment.
Photo by Rockstaar
P.S. I hope you are making progress with your next big move. If not, make the phone calls, outline your ideas, plan and make the hustle pay off. I’m taking a crash course in color grading. I’m picking up a few dozen new skills as this web series takes shape. Happy Saturday! The day is yours.
The rain is a constant reminder of the process of healing. There is the intensity of the storm, the bend and sway of trees, there is light and darkness beneath the blanket of clouds then the storm passes.
After the storm, we return to ourselves, and we have time to reflect on what we have experienced.
For the Artist, the Avenue of Hope is ever present. We need only reclaim our purpose with a roadmap to our authentic place. We do this by sticking with our process, then polishing, refining, and cultivating our very best work.
Inevitably, the rain will come. Our power is in realizing the storm hasn’t arrived to slow us down.
Photo by Geetanjal Khanna
P.S. Through diligence, and a lot of research, my web series is coming along pretty well. I’ve realized that stories, good stories, are a breath of wind you catch each day if you are listening. I hope your pen is moving. Make something beautiful with your words.