New or Improved? Which of these words conveys the most energy for you?
Both words are often used in advertising and marketing to declare some advantage in a product or service category.
Where are you currently creating something new? In my observations, I see most people (including myself) maintaining the stats quo, simply polishing those things we have already done to brighten our lives a bit.
Creating something entirely new is often a messy process and can look like it is more trouble than it is worth due to the frustration and discouragement that can accompany the effort.
Where can and will you build a better future by creating something entirely new in either your personal or professional life, and not just polish your past?
“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you. Don’t go back to sleep.”
—Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, 13th Century Persian Sunni Muslim poet
Image from Flickr by Jona Nalder
I’ve been an early riser my entire life. Even as a child, I would wake early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons. There were no video recorders or DVRs in the 60s!
These days, I consistently wake before dawn to get a quick start on my day through meditation and a multi-faceted exercise routine.
The noise level of the world is substantially lower in the early morning hours. I find the quiet supports greater creativity and the ability to listen to whispers of wisdom that are often drowned out by higher decibel levels during the day.
How might an “early to bed early to rise” strategy help you hear more valuable secrets of the dawn, to live a more full and happy life?
“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, risk-taking, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
—Mary Lou Cook, late Peace Activist
During the Personal Excellence Workshop that begins each of my coaching programs, my clients list their personal strengths. I am somewhat surprised that less than half of them include creativity in their list.
When prompted about their level of creativity, they humbly deflect, stating things like, “On Occasion / Not Really,” or “That is why I do _____ for a living.”
I suggest that we all are far more creative than we believe and that we all create our lives each and every day, for better or for worse.
How can you take Mary Lou Cook’s coaching to increase your daily level of inventing, experimenting, risk-taking, rule breaking, and mistake making to expand your creative capacity and make your life a lot more fun?
“When your mind is completely open and ‘unfurnished,’ you will have plenty of space for creative thoughts.”
—Barbara Ann Kipfer, author of Self Meditations
Image from Oprah.com
It’s spring. Time to do some cleaning and uncluttering. With the warmer, longer days, by all means open the windows, get out your cleaning tools, and go for it!
Beyond your closets, garage, basement, and junk drawers, spend some time examining the issues, challenges, worries, and upsets that create congestion in your mind. Cleaning them out will allow room for greater creativity, enhanced well-being, and happiness.
Here are a few uncluttering techniques you can try. I have found many to be helpful:
Discussions with a close friend or trusted advisor
Conducting a “brain dump” exercise to identify and capture on paper the issues running through your mind
Meditation to enhance mindfulness and self-awareness
Prayer and/or discussions with a spiritual advisor
Actual uncluttering and giving things away helps a bunch as well!
“Happiness is not an accident, it’s an art. You don’t hope for happiness, you plan for happiness. You have to weave happiness like a tapestry.”
—Jim Rohn, American Motivational Author
Image from Flickr by monnibo
My wife Wendy is very creative. She heads several women’s groups focused on crafts, including many forms of needlework.
I admire the time and attention to detail these patient women put into their art, as they literally weave pieces of themselves into their work.
Imagine your life as a quilt, with a wide variety of fabrics that you have worn along your journey. Make sure to capture all of the stand-out, deeply felt memories that have brought you great happiness along the way.
Begin today adding more happy experiences to your existing quilt, or start planning what new and beautiful pieces of art you intend to create moving forward.