Frustration

What are you frustrated about? What irks you, causes you grief, makes it hard to focus on anything else? First of all, turn it off. Whether it’s social media, or talking with toxic people, or your resistance rearing it’s ugly head, turn it off. Then, let that frustration guide you. If you’re dissatisfied with the …

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Get A Win

There are certain goals that you’re going to try go after that require the input or the agency of others. Too often those goals take longer, or don’t pan out, or don’t happen the way we hoped. That difference between expectation and reality is what causes us to feel depressed, frustrated, and even ashamed. You …

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Doubt

One of the most paralyzing examples of the resistance at work: doubt. I didn’t write the last two days. I was doubting myself. Wondering if it mattered. Questioning my reasons for writing each day. Wondering if I was doing it for the right reasons. I even let that doubt go past one day. Generally I …

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Canvas Theory

The canvas theory (or “Canvas Strategy”) is a concept Ryan Holiday wrote about in his book Ego is the Enemy. The concept is simple: when you want to work with someone, offer to hold a canvas for them to paint on. You can take that as face value, but it tends to limit you to …

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One Thing

I was revisiting my notes and comments on Gary Keller and Jay Papasan’s book The One Thing this weekend. One thing stood out (see what I did there?) – how easy it is to forget things that we read, or the notes we take, or the ideas we have. If we don’t capture the notes …

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Thinking Ahead

What’s on your plate for today? Tomorrow? Next week? Month? Year? How far out does it make sense for you to plan? Some careers allow for a five-year plan, while most creatives I know can only plan out a few weeks to three months at most. The likelihood of things changing is very high. If …

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Uncertainty

Where do you turn when you don’t know what to do? What does that feel like for you, when the uncertainty takes center stage? Is it scary? How do you handle it? If you don’t have answers, it’s worth spending some time thinking about it, because if there’s one thing I’m certain of, it’s that …

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Responding to Inspiration

Read a quote that I love as I was preparing a church lesson this last week. It’s referring to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, but you can easily substitute “inspiration”: “…we can leave the most precious, personal direction of the Spirit unheard if we fail to record and respond to the first promptings that …

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Entrepreneurship

I keep an Evernote note with quotes that I find, whether from seminars and talks, or books, or on the internet. I like this definition of entrepreneurship I found a few years back: Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control. Howard H. Stevenson You’ve likely used a number of titles …

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Two Paths

You can’t drive on two different roads at the same time. You can’t walk two different paths, let alone two that are heading to different destinations. You certainly can’t walk three, or four, or more. The principle is the same for our creative projects. Somehow, Derek Sivers is coming out with three, THREE books this …

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