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.

Getting Started

They won’t believe until you make it happen.

You’ll have to believe in your strategy, your plan, your goal enough to develop and refine it into reality.

If no one else wants to take the journey with you, the best journeys begin with a fearless leap.

Trust your vision. The journey to your greatest accomplishments has already begun.

Fear and Ambition

Fear is usually the greatest factor holding you back from your ultimate goal. Sometimes we go so far as to include our fears into our goal setting. Which means our ambitions only reach as far as what we fear.

This is no place for your bold penmanship. This is no dream for those writing new best-sellers, creating new models for the workplace, or artists forging new dreams with their honest, deepest work.

Motivate then actualize your journey by going for your biggest most outlandish concept. Envision more than you fear, and dream bigger and bolder than you ever have before.

The New Ph.D

The new Ph.D is self-taught, focused on dismantling permission, and laser focused for results.

Learning, rather connected to an institution or refined in a home with a self-taught energized learner, matters when we connect to a community and build something remarkable.

Think beyond one more article in a database, one more degree, one more plaque, or one more seat in a place that’s been claimed and reclaimed over and over.

You have something new, brilliant, and unique yearning for the reality. Learn everything you can about your field. The knowledge is usually a click or free download away.

It matters when you apply the knowledge, when you build something, when you have the courage to bring your thoughts and ideas to life.

Your Ph.D is the result you obtain from the shift, the positive social change, you generate as a result of your research, your passion, your opportunity to make something new.

You are the new Ph.D, bold, knowledgeable, connected, your own boss, filled with wisdom, willing to connect, willing to debate,  conquering greed, willing to sacrifice to build a better more connected world for everyone.

 

 

Remove Mental Blocks from Your Work

Along the road of  your Writing is Life Journey, you’ll conquer challenges and experience setbacks along the way.

You may face a challenge you don’t see a way to write yourself out of, or you may face an obstacle that changes your outlook of your work.

We may be quick to throw away the challenge or halt our journey because things are too difficult for us to handle, but the challenge is just what you need to strengthen your focus and dive deeper into your work.

Incorporate those deep feelings negative or positive into the emotions of your characters or your posts, rage, rage, rage, all you want. After it’s all released, start your new page with a clear mind and open conscious.

Often it’s something we’re holding back that’s keeping us from moving forward, and holding it in, is holding onto a roadblock.

Surviving Setbacks in your Writing Routine

When no one is looking and you hit the dip, the slow-place of artistic development, you’ll have to work your hardest and deepen your commitment to excellence to succeed.

If the path to your best was an easy road, everyone would take the leap without question, and without reservation.

When you are confronted with any work slow down or life storm that interferes with your desired outcomes, there are a few methods to embrace as you work to realign your mental focus as you strive for excellence.

Journal to discover the source of the off-balance feeling.

A long stretch and longer walk in a quiet area can recenter the mind.

Confronting a difficult situation, and seeking a solution to any life crisis is also a good choice to change the narrative cycle of emotional difficulty.

Finally, consider your daily routine, if it doesn’t allow time for creativity, you’ll need to alter it to fit your narrative.

Continue to strive for your best, everyday.

You’ve got this. Let’s get those pages done.

Keep Your Promises

When it comes to keeping promises you’ve made to yourself, we often find it easy to push these commitments aside, because we don’t consider the magnitude of what’s at stake for our health, well-being, and our art over the long term.

When it comes to  getting to work on time, buying a gift for a birthday, supporting a cause, the likelihood of your failure decreases dramatically.

We have to learn to honor commitments to ourselves with same zeal and focus that we strive to maintain when completing  tasks for others.

We all know it’s much simpler to keep a promise to others because your reputation is on the line, but when we’re alone, there is no one there, but you, to ridicule yourself about the breaking of your promise.

Don’t get comfortable in this state. Honor yourself and your strides for greatness with the same zeal that you approach commitments for others.

Please, don’t go on a campaign of selfishness as a result of keeping promises to yourself. You should:

  1. Choose the right foods.
  2. Keep your writing schedule.
  3. Prepare and stick to your plan until completion.

Once you keep and fulfill the promises you’ve created for yourself, you’ll start to see a lot of little steps adding up to big gains.

Targets

It’s easy to get lost in the rhetoric of goal setting. You can create the vision board, write out the draft, then get lost in the back and for of doing the work.

Usually the doing part, or the getting started part, is the most difficult task, but the place many people miss the mark rests in their attitude about their work and their accomplishments.

Too often, we see the target, and we are willing to take the shot. We take the shot, and we get past the start-up phase, and then we hit a wall. We get lost in the day to day, the too fast, the too much, the too many lateral movements,  then we lose focus in the madness.

Take aim gracefully at your own rate. Complete the small steps with singular focus and graceful intent. The other side, the madness and chaos, leaks and you may be left with a lot less than you originally intended.

Grab your pen and draft pages of nonsense today. Read it tomorrow. See if you find anything worth working on.

 

 

 

The Mindful Approach to Writing

The world is filled with distractions and segues that will derail you from the big goals and awesome dreams you have envisioned for yourself.

Although challenges come with the territory of success, conquering the challenges is an essential experience to build mindful confidence, a state of awareness where you are conscious of your actions and their effects on your desired outcomes.

Work through the challenge of focus by tracking your time, using your journal to reflect on your actions, and recording how much time you spend away from your task while you’re completing your task.

You’ll be surprised by how much time you waste with your phone or on the next most distracting site that steals your attention.

Walk mindfully into your notebook, and set your strategy to remain focused.

Get that pen moving. We need to see your work of art.

Find Consistency With Your Writing

Consistency is one of the most undervalued goals for most writers beginning their journey.

Too often we get lost in the big goal or big reveal, and we lose focus on the small steps that lead to the biggest outcomes along our journey.

I explain, all too often, that writing is the least glamorous, but most mythological art form to embrace. If you don’t believe me, tell a friend who has no idea that you write, that you write.

Their eyes, outlook, and demeanor will change, and they will begin probing into your process, your outlook, and your vision.

Truth be told, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. You have the compass and you’re the cartographer.

Not many of us are bold enough to seek uncharted territory or to imagine a world without boundaries because building new worlds is the task of the writer.

Don’t forget the little steps along the way to your great work are established with consistency and focus on your vision. The journey is much simpler than we make it, and the day to day is more difficult than we envision, because time and patience dwindle along the road to greatness.

Fill up your tank of consistency by setting realistic goals for your word/page count; remember you write chapters not books.  Make a schedule and stick to your writing time.  Take breaks along your writing journey.  Seek inspiration and value in all of your human interactions. Remember stories do not exist for you to steal. They exist to inspire and create a better world.

Happy Writing!