Art is not meant to be filtered, unless you’re editing.
However, many people don’t get that far.
Their inner critic hinders their creativity so they don’t create at all.
When I create, I think of a quote by Ernest Hemingway.
Write drunk. Edit sober.
Tapping into your creativity is you allowing yourself to be a child again, allow yourself to play and throw colors on the canvas. Children often don’t have a filter. They are simply free to be.
Allow yourself to be that child. Worry about filtering when it’s time to clean and polish.
When you did something spectacular, treat yourself.
When you impress yourself, treat yourself.
When you do what you can’t, treat yourself.
That’s how you motivate yourself to push harder next time.
The famous Winston Churchill once said,
Those who fail to plan plan to fail.
I take this quote to heart. When I know I have a responsibility to fill, I plan and prepare ahead of time. When I am building a running habit, I pack my workout gear the night before. The night before my first day of work, I prepared my bag with important documents and made sure I had an idea of where and when I needed to show up. When I had my salary negotiation, I wrote and practiced a script the morning of, as well as made sure I got advice from three specific people.
All these ways of preparation have set me up for success. It always me to take action and follow through when my brain gets too lazy or emotional to make a productive decision. It provides buffer time when unexpected events happen when I’m running out the door a few minutes late.
Failing to plan is planning to fail, but preparation yields success.
How do you create a fulfilling life?
By the decisions you make. Big or small. All your decisions culminate to influence the paths you take in life.
Make decisions wisely.
My decision-making process:
If it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a no. No in-between.
If you are experiencing hardships, do the harder thing: believe that life will get better. It will. Much like the economy, life is a continuous series of peaks and troughs. However, do not blindly believe in improvement. Put in the work to make it happen.
Life gets better when you get better.
In your greatest victories, remember the people who helped pave your way, the people who supported you, the people who cared enough to listen and nurture you in your trying moments.
Remember them, return the favor, and pay it forward.
This is how you stay grounded.
Mistakes take us to the next level. They teach us what we should and should not do. They help us refine our strategies and do better the next time around.
When mistakes arise, forgive yourself. If you are establishing a habit and you miss a day or two, accept the loss, acknowledge it, and refine your strategy so it doesn’t happen again.
Dare to fail. There is a lesson in every failure.
Fail fast, learn faster.
The only rule to follow when it comes to mistakes is:
Don’t make the same mistake twice.