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Love. All You Need.

Monday, January 30th, 2012

What does love mean to you?

Every one of us loves someone, something, and in many cases even ourselves. We were born into this world filled with love. Love is what we all are looking for each and every day. Love fills us with joy, lifting our spirits and inspiring us to new heights. Love is one of the most powerful energies that exist in the universe. Learning to love is what we are designed to do and what all of the great religions of the world teach us to focus on. Love is about learning how to live our lives to the fullest.

The Beatles may have said it best when they sang, “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done, nothing you can sing that can’t be sung. Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game. It’s easy. There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made, no one you can save that can’t be saved. Nothing you can do, but you can learn how to be in time. It’s easy. All you need is love.”

All you need is love.

Yet, how many of us go through life consciously aware of how we give love or receive love? For that matter, how many times do people say, “I love you?” Did you know that the more love you give the more love you will receive? It is the same with giving it away to get it back. The more you give away the more you get back. The thing is that when you give away love you are giving away the most precious gift you can possibly give. And guess what. It doesn’t cost you a single dime.

What does it mean to love? When we “fall in love” with someone, not for what we can get from them, but for who they are, their essence, their soul, their energy, and their being, we see in them something that sparks the love that we have inside of us. We find ourselves in a state of adoration which drives us to want to know who they are, what they are thinking, what they want for their lives, and wanting to be with them every moment that is possible so that we can serve them and love them. This is when our true nature of giving and receiving love works its magic. It is your true nature to be in a state of love.

Are you in a state of love?

“In our life there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.” Marc Chagall

Isn’t it strange how we all are born into a state of unconditional love and then as time passes many of us lose touch with what it means to love? One of the commandments is “to love thy neighbor.” What does that mean to you? What if you don’t like your neighbor? What happens if he is mean and takes advantage of you? What if he is rude and speaks badly of you behind your back and you become hurt, distrusting and feel separate from him? How can you find yourself in a state of love under these circumstances? I think that to love one another is to have an attitude of wanting what is best for them, regardless of whether or not they are interested what is best for you. It doesn’t mean you have to like them, but it does mean if you are in a loving state that your attitude towards them should be to want what is best for them. A little complicated isn’t it? What do you think?

Given this example it is easy to see how one could lose touch with what it means to love. Perhaps we find that it is just easier not to let people in and allow ourselves to be vulnerable through giving love. The thing is that if we get hurt it is because we are expecting something as a result of our loving nature. Giving love does not mean that we are always going get what we expect. It is the expectations we set of what we are going to get back when we give our love that hurts us. The key is to be in a state of unconditional love, a state where expectations do not exist, that is you give your love freely, without expectations of getting anything back. Sounds difficult doesn’t it? Well, no one said that re-learning how to love was going to be easy, particularly when it generally takes a lifetime to re-learn what it is we knew when we were born.

Very few things written in What Box? are easy. It takes work to awaken that part of our being, the part that is our loving nature, the part of us that is tied to our inner child, the place we found ourselves when we were born. You can do it.

In my life I have experienced anger and aggression toward people who have hurt me or who have hurt those that I love. It is easy for me to fly off the handle and lash out at them through foul words or physical contact. The thing is that after the altercation I only feel worse about the situation and angry at myself about what happened and for being such a buffoon. This is when love comes in and I become aware of being sorry and remorseful for my response. This is love working its energy to get me out of my state of anger to a place of love, a place where I can apologize for my actions and forgive myself for my negative and hateful behavior.

Over the years I have learned to become aware of my emotions and feelings so that when I feel anger or aggression coming on I am able to consciously focus on love and compassion. I have found that I need to walk away, breathe until I am calmer, and then return to the situation when I am able to respond more clearly. I guarantee I will be working on this one the rest of my life. The good news is that this method works for me and it can work for you as well.

What I have learned from my life experiences is that when I focus on living my life in a state of love and giving unconditional love to the people I am in relationship with, I am happier and the better my life becomes. People are attracted to people who are in a state of love because this is what they are searching for, that natural desire to be near loving people.

“Love talked about can be easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.” W. Stanley Mooneyham

It is unfortunate that people in a state of love are so rare to find today. You were created to love. You were created to give love unconditionally. You were created to receive love. And you were created to be the best you can be. When you live a life focused on expanding the power of love for yourself and others anything becomes possible.

“You can do no great things–only small things with great love.”  Mother Teresa

Let me know what you think.

New Year! Visualizing the New You!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Are you looking for more meaning and purpose in your life, or are you just going through the motions in your daily lives? 2012 is here, are you willing to go through the transformational journey to discover your greater purpose? Now is the perfect time to start the process of thinking about the kind of future you want to create for yourself.

“People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself.  But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.” Thomas Szasz

Ringing in the New Year is an extremely powerful time in my life. It is the time of year when my wife Kristen and I take the time to review our successes and failures, to take in the lessons learned and then apply them to our updated life design.

I started the process of brainstorming and visualizing personal goals and objectives on large pieces of paper in my teens. Developing this type of historical visual collection of my life has become an important tool to support an understanding about how my time and energy is spent as I work towards what I want to create in my life.

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious effort.” Henry David Thoreau

Here is how it works – Either by yourself or with your significant other/friend, find a couple of big pieces of paper – a paper grocery bag can work well. You may want to tape some paper together to make the surface bigger. Kristen and I use a 4’ x 14’ piece of paper when we go through this process.

Step One – In the center of the paper write/draw “Creating My Life, My Way, Today!” If you are working with another person, have them do the same on a separate piece of paper.

Step Two – Randomly write words or draw pictures that categorize the activities and relationships in your life. Make sure to allow plenty of space so you can add additional details around each of your categories. Here are some examples of categories that I like to use:

  • Family/Friends
  • Career/Business
  • Health/Physical
  • Finance
  • Home Environment
  • Community
  • Fun/Recreation
  • Personal Growth

Step Three – After you have developed your categories, focus your energy and attention on each category, one at a time. Write down your ideal goals and outcomes for that category in the coming year. Take your time, writing as many aspirations as you can think of. The key is not to over think your idea. Usually the first thoughts that come to mind as you think about what you want to create in your life. Use the same process for the remaining categories.

Step Four – Compare your Life Creating Visual with your significant other or good friend. Have each person share his or her entire visual one at a time. Next, start looking for the areas where you can support one another in achieving each other’s goals for the coming year. Make sure to talk about the challenges and success factors to achieving the goals and outcomes. Stay realistic, setting yourself up for success instead of failure.

Step Five – When you have completed your Life Creating Visual, post it in a place where you can see it every day: the wall into the bathroom, your bedroom mirror; anywhere you visit and spend time thinking.  Just post it!

Many of you are likely thinking, “This is going to be a lot of hard work and take up a bunch of my time.” I feel the same way at times and I just don’t want to go through the hassle to do this kind of personal growth work. Guess what? I still do it, and then after all is said and done, I wonder why I even hesitated at all. Getting over the hump to create the life you want takes effort. In the end nothing could be greater than living the life you create each and every day.

“Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg

Time is running out! How are you going to create the kind of future you want for yourself?

I wish you all a Very Happy and Prosperous Year in 2012. Remember that the only boxes that exist are the ones that you create for yourself.

Use Your Imagination

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Your imagination may be one of the most potent creativity tools you have. Whenever you imagine something you want to create in your life you are actually taking the steps to make that imagined visualization a reality.

“Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring.” Terri Guillemets

Your imagination has no limits, no barriers; anything you think up is possible.

When you practice using your imagination you start to unlock one of the great doors to making your dreams a reality.

“The Possible’s slow fuse is lit
By the Imagination.”
 Emily Dickinson

If you believe what you imagine with all your heart and soul, what you imagine has the potential to become reality.

What you imagine you create. If you imagine scarcity you create scarcity. Instead, open your eyes to abundance, that you have and attract everything you need and desire in your life.

“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” Tuli Kupferberg

Your imagination strengthens your creative abilities and supports you to achieve what you want to create in your life.

When you start to practice and experiment with your imagination focusing on what can be, the positive, and abundance you start to put the power of imagination to work for you and for the benefit of others.

“I believe in the imagination.  What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.” Duane Michals

Let me know what you think?

Until next week, remember the only boxes that exist are the ones you create for yourself.

Searching for Meaning

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

The Search for Meaning

Searching for greater meaning in ones life is a motivation that resides inside of everyone.

Today we have our basic needs taken care of and then some. Even the people in America below the poverty line have more material wealth than over half of the world’s population.

People in general are accumulating greater wealth and buying more stuff than ever before, striving to inject more meaning in their lives.

And yet with all of our material wealth we find ourselves living lives with less meaning.

What are your choices?

What are you living for? Is it to buy the next hot car? Is it to take your next vacation? Is it to buy the next trendy fashion? Is it to collect as much stuff as you can before you die?

Or, are you looking to make a positive difference?

Are you willing to reevaluate your priorities and look towards living a life with greater meaning and purpose?

The choice of what you are living for is yours to decide. How are you going to choose?

“What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.” The Dalai Lama

What is the challenge?

It takes a lot of hard work, determination, and persistence to live a life with greater meaning and purpose.

You have the power to decide to live a life with greater meaning; it is just easier not to.

It is easier to continue living the materialistic easy-going life you have come to know and grown comfortable with.

Think about this. When your materialistic needs are taken care of, a natural outcome is the desire to look for something more, something greater, to find meaning in life.

Your challenge, the challenge for all of us, is to not let this moment pass and pursue the journey of self-discovery and meaning.

“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state, but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him. What he needs is not the discharge of tension at any cost, but the call of a potential meaning waiting to be fulfilled by him.” Victor Frankl

What Do I Need to Do?

What I need to do, what you need to do, what we all need to do is awaken our spirit.

Inside of all of us is a spirit that understands and believes that there is something larger than ourselves, that we have a purpose and meaning to our being alive.

Will you choose a materialistic-driven life or a meaning-driven life?

A good first place to start looking for answers to these questions is inside of yourself.

Let me know what you think.

Until next week, remember the only boxes that exist are the ones you create yourself.

What is Life About?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

There is nothing more important than to discover and to live your life’s purpose. It is what you were put here on earth to do.

“When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.” Seneca

Discovering and living your purpose is where you will find the greatest joy in life. It is in this place where your decisions will be guided and where you will find your most meaningful relationships.

Discovering and living your life’s purpose is hard work. It means that you need to dive deep inside of yourself to uncover who you are. What is it that makes you tick?

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche

We all have a purpose in life, a purpose deep inside of each of us that calls us and knocks on our hearts to fulfill, something that we are uniquely called to do.

The greatest gift we are all given is the power to make a difference and to give back. Living a life with purpose and passion is to give back. This is what life is all about.

“To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.” Emily Dickinson

Life is about making a positive difference in the world, giving back to our community, to our family, to our friends, and to the natural world in which we are apart.

Life is about giving back to society in a meaningful way, in a way that has no agenda tied to it other than to give back and to make a difference without an expectation of anything in return.

“Life has meaning only if one barters it day by day for something other than itself.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Giving back has the power to help you reach your dreams. You can go anywhere you want to go in your life if you are willing to work hard enough to get it. Giving back is a good place to start.

“Life is like a coin.  You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.”

Lillian Dickson

Let me know what you think?


Growing Your Creativity

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

I am constantly having to remind myself that “I know more than I know I know” when I get stuck on some challenge. There is a solution out there. The challenge is to remove the blocks that prevent my mind from being open to discovering new, different and creative ways of thinking.

As an example, we all have up to three dreams each and every night. Yet, how many of us remember our three dreams. Images in your dreams use all of your imagination and are rich in symbolism. For some reason many of us block these dreams and don’t allow ourselves to experience one of the great joys of living. Daydreams and the dreams that you have when you are sleeping have the ability to communicate deep insights into our creative nature as humans. When you work to unblock your mind and start recalling your dreams and intuitively look for the meaning found in the images dreamt, you start to open a whole new path to expanding your creativity along with the power of your subconscious mind. What did you dream last night?

“Dreams are answers to questions we haven’t yet figured out how to ask.” X-Files

Because we are all made of pure creativity we can do anything we set our minds to. When we are able to understand our strengths and weaknesses we are able to hone our abilities and start building on them. Some of us are more verbal than others. Some think more linearly than others, and still others use more of their emotions to increase their creativity. The challenge is to take an honest look at yourself.

What do I really want in life?

What do I want to create for myself?

What are my greatest skills?

What abilities can I improve upon?

What creative abilities do I have that I am letting sit dormant?

A child’s mind is totally open when he or she is born. Many of us lose this openness as we move through adolescence and into adulthood. Children are learning and exploring at a hyper rate as they grow. Anything is possible and their creativity is at an all time high. Yet, somehow as time goes by they start to think that they can’t do this or that. They start thinking I can’t draw and then stop drawing. As they try new things they begin to think that their ideas might not work and therefore they don’t try them because they might look bad. All of this thinking is learned and blocks our ability to reach our full creative potential. See if you can do this for just and hour, “Let go of all negative thoughts and allow your mind to think that anything is possible. I can do this.” Your creativity will blossom right in front of you.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” Henry David Thoreau

Exploring your creativity is not limited to dreaming, drawing, imagining, attitudes, and thinking. Instead, there is virtually an unlimited number of ways that you can expand and grow your creativity. Focus on understanding your natural abilities and build on them. Be who you are. No one else can be you and you can’t be anyone else. Be prepared to change. Many times everything is changing but the way we are thinking.

In our society we focus a lot of our energy on linear, logical thinking. Some of the keys to being more creative are paying attention to our intuition, expressing our emotions, and exploring new ideas visually. These non-traditional methods of thinking and being creative are exactly what today’s competitive workforce needs to have if they are going to be at the top of their game. How can we change the way we think about education and what is taught in our schools? How can we change the way we think about who we are and what we know?

Each and every one of us needs a balanced life, the balance of work life and family life, the balance of linear thinking and creative thinking, along with a balance of rest and activity.

“Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.” Robert Fulghum

It is not always easy to balance the activities in your life. Here is a little secret, “When you are using more of your creative abilities you will come closer to creating a more balanced life.” Each and every one of your creative abilities is unique to you. They make you who you are. They hold unlimited potential and cost you nothing. The time is now to unleash your creative abilities.

Let me know what you think.

Until next week, remember the only boxes that exist are the ones you create yourself.

A Time to Reflect: Are you Settling?

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Are you settling for what is, or focusing on what can be?

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It is time to carve a new path, a path where you are willing to compromise and at the same time, being unwilling to settle for anything less than the best that possible can be.

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When you settle for something less than what is possible the result is less than what you really desire.

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When you don’t settle you come closer to setting yourself up for success instead of failure.

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Why would you settle for less that what you really desire? Is it too much work? You don’t care? You might look bad? You may have to put your ideals on the line?

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If ever there was a time in history to not settle for anything but the best you can be, it is now.

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Anything is possible, and when you believe it and live it, this thinking will manifest itself in everything you do.

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Think out-of-the-box. Questions to ask yourself: Is there another way? Why should I do it differently?  How can I do it better?

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Stay flexible. Take a risk. Take on the challenge. Show what is possible.

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Never ever give up!

Let me know what you think.

Until next week, remember the only boxes that exist are the ones you create yourself.

Rewriting the Rules

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

What is it that makes a great leader? Is it the ability to enroll people into a vision? Is it an ability to take hold of an opportunity and run with it?

Great leaders must be open to new ideas, empowering people to participate in making things happen. They know those people to enlist to create and manage teams in order to turn their ideas into reality.

I believe that inside of each of us is the ability to be a great leader, and at the same time I do not believe that everyone is meant to be a leader. Without followers very little would get done in our world. By being a follower you are leading through your example.

“You don’t have to hold a position in order to be a leader.” Anthony J. D’Angelo

What is it that makes people like Gandhi such great leaders? What about Boone Pickens or Arnold Schwarzenegger? Arnold started out as a leader in the world of Body Building. He went on to make some of the top grossing films of all time, and, if that were not enough, he was voted in as the Governor of California not once, but twice. This could only happen in America!

All of these people have one thing in common. They have a keen ability to understand the rules and then the extraordinary talent to do something powerful: to rewrite the rules.

You see one of the keys to being a great leader is the ability to understand the rules and then rewrite them as driven by our changing times. Great leaders have actually inspired us by making up their own rules becoming great leaders in the process. This does not mean that we have always agreed with what they have done. It only means that enough people have been behind them and have supported them and as a result these leaders have been able to get things done.

“Leadership:  the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

How well do you know the rules of this game of life of which we are all a part?

Think about this. A coalition has been formed to change the Constitution of the United States so that Arnold Schwarzenegger can run for President of the United States, because he is not a natural born citizen. Talk about rewriting the rules! Think it can’t happen? As I have written before, anything is possible with enough work and in this case enough leadership. Only time will tell.

We always hear about the traditional attributes of what it means to be a leader. A leader is a team builder and a motivator.  A leader is a person who is action oriented, is driven, has credibility, and takes charge. All of these are critical to great leadership, but the one that is not discussed is a leader’s ability to rewrite the rules.

You can also rewrite the rules if you choose to do so. It only takes a lot of experience, hard work, understanding of the rules that exist, and a willingness to challenge the status quo going where others fear to tread. No small task to be sure. This is why we have so few great leaders. It’s hard work. No, it’s transformational work!

The challenge is that our society thrives on conformity, creating everyone to be pretty much the same as everyone else. The homogenization and sterilization of our society presents a huge challenge today. If you are a person who causes people to have to think more deeply about something they get uncomfortable.

Isn’t it strange that creative people are in such demand and at the same time they are so disliked. As one wise frog once said, “It’s not easy being green.”

If there is only one thing that I can convince you of, it would be that you have unlimited potential and that you can do anything you want to do. You just have to be willing to work hard enough at it. Life is a journey, not a sprint. It is never too late to start working intentionally on your journey.

What makes this possible is for each of us to be willing to work on what’s on the inside and take what we know and use it to influence your work on the outside. What’s this?

Once you gain the ability to understand yourself, which includes the good, the bad and the ugly, you will have taken one giant step towards living a more meaningful life. When you know who you are and are constantly working on being the best you can be everything will become easy. You will begin to realize that you are the only person who can impact your world, your attitude, your experiences, and your life.

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” Thomas J. Watson

The outer world is just that, the outer world. It does not do anything to you. Instead, it is your actions and intentions that interact with the outer world that create the positive or negative experiences that you have. Your inner ability to know who you are helps you to make the outer world experience uniquely yours.

If there was ever a time in history for people to take a deeper look at who they are and what they are contributing to our world it is now. We need to wake up! The world is changing and changing fast. Since everything is changing the rules need to change too. If we don’t change things will force us to change. Our ability to take a leadership role, which includes challenging the status quo and going where others fear to go, has the potential to rewrite the rules.

“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.” Robert Jarvik

Let me know what you think.

Until next week, remember the only boxes that exist are the ones you create yourself.

The Power of Authenticity

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

There I was, sitting at a good friends dinner table enjoying a wonderful homemade Italian meal when the subject of what makes a person attracted to certain people came up. The discussion revolved around people that you can tell when they have an agenda or are out for themselves in some way. Many times you just can’t put your finger on it. Perhaps you can relate to this.

As the conversation continued we started discussing those people that we are attracted to, people that cause us to think more meaningfully not only about their message but our own lives. What we realized is that there are very few people out there truly engaging people to think more deeply about who they are and where they are going, at least on a meaningful and consistent level. Now, that is not to say that there are not a lot of people trying to come up with some method or “hook”to catch people’s attention. I bet you know, have met, or come in contact with more than one of these people.

So, what is it that attracts us to some people more than others?

Today, we live in world that is increasingly fabricated, manipulated, and made-up. The thing is that people are smarter than ever, and at some level know when they are being played and manipulated to do something that is not necessarily what they want, what they need to do, or that is in their best interest.

Could it be that authenticity is the thing that is missing most today?

Think about the last time you experienced someone authentic. Maybe you mistakenly thought the authenticness was not genuine, because how could someone be authentic today? They have to have an agenda or a “hook” deep down.

Authenticity is a rare thing today for sure. So many of us are trying to be something besides the person we truly are. We want to be what we think we should be or what others think we should be. This only takes us farther away from our authentic self and capturing the power authenticity.

“If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” Alan Simpson

People know when they meet an authentic person that there is something different and special about them. Sometimes they can’t put their finger on what it is exactly because they have experienced it so few times in their lives. What they are attracted to is the genuineness and honesty that rises to the top, something that is not easy to fake or manipulate. The openness of the conversation and the positive energy that is created can be intoxicating.

Why are there so few authentic people out there?

Perhaps it is our conformist programming that starts when we are young and takes over by the time we are adults. Conformity has helped us to survive and live longer lives which is a positive. It is a good idea to drive on the right-hand side of the road and pay your taxes. On the other hand, each of us has our unique God given talents and skills, the thing that makes us special. Conformity, in many cases, caps these talents and skills, because they might make us different and act in ways that, well, don’t conform.

“The most damaging phrase in the language is:  ‘It’s always been done that way.” Grace Hopper

Perhaps there are very few authentic people because we don’t like to think about things that cannot be packaged and easily understood. Abstract thinking is not easy to understand. We have to actually think and process information to start gaining clarity. We would rather have ideas and thoughts personalized or turned into heroes or villains we can point to such as Kennedy or Bin Laden. It is just easier than having to go through the transformational and life long process of becoming an authentic person.

“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.  If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened.  But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” Friedrich Nietzsche

To be authentic one has to take the big step of looking inward before the ability to act outwardly has any true value. In our world of instant gratification and silver bullets no one really wants to do the work necessary to become authentic. This is why guru’s, coaches, and motivational speakers are growing at an ever-increasing pace.

Wake up! Only you can do it!

Now is the time to mobilize your innate-strengths and become your true self. Focus on being you, not someone else. Embrace the good and bad of who you are and start putting more focus on the good.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” e.e. cummings

You can do anything you want to do. One of the keys is to be yourself, let go, and get in touch with what makes you special. You can do it.

Authenticity is a rarity and your ability to tap the power of living an authentic life is one that will not only transform your life, but the lives of those around you. All you have to do is look inward rather than outward.

“To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” e.e. cummings

What are you waiting for?

Let me know what you think.

Until next week, remember the only boxes that exist are the ones you create yourself.

Practicing Possiblity

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

You have a very powerful skill. Everyone has it. It’s the skill of creativity. When you use your creative skills you open the door to new and unlimited possibilities. When you don’t use these skills you are closing the door on a world where anything is possible. What kind of world do you want to create? How are you using your creativity skills?

Over the years of exploring, teaching, and developing creativity I have learned that unleashing creativity is a matter of opening up to possibilities. Creativity grows when you are playing with possibilities. Creativity is about developing and designing ideas that have the possibility of taking form. Without possibility creativity cannot take place.

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of person that you will be happy with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” Foster C McClellan

Possibility is a very important part of the creative process. You may arrive at a certain answer, but what other ‘possible’ answers might there be?

You will surprise yourself at how many possibilities you can find and develop beyond the first ones that you think of.

Opening up to possibility takes practice and determination.

With creativity, good is never good enough. You can always develop the thinking skills involved even further. As you practice these skills, you pick up not only the ability, but also the confidence to be creative. Confidence is a very key part in developing your creativity. If you have confidence in your creativity, you will indeed become more creative.

It is extremely important to distinguish confidence from arrogance. Having confidence in you is being open and willing to go further in exploring other possibilities. Arrogance is being closed and defensiveness when other ideas are presented. Very creative people are rarely arrogant.

Practicing possibility is a matter of remaining open when a new idea or suggestion comes to you or is shared with you by another. Practicing possibility means that there is no end to the ideas that can be developed and expanded upon. Practicing possibility means that you will be tapping an unlimited reservoir of your creativity and potential.

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clarke

You can do anything you want to do. All it takes is using the creativity skills you already have inside of you.

What kind of life do you want to create?

Practicing possibility is a great way to get there.

Let me know what you think.

Until next week, remember the only boxes that exist are the ones you create yourself.