Creating is Our Highest Calling
There is no shortage of remarkable ideas, what’s missing is the will to execute them.” Seth Godin
“Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.” Rumi
Think about the creation of our world. According to most spiritual paths, the entirety of our universe was created with thought, intention and words. They are the building blocks of everything you see, experience and become in your time here on Earth. Don’t believe me? Look around you. Every car, cell phone, medical breakthrough, philanthropic endeavor….literally everything you see began with a thought. An idea to create something new, improved or unique which turned into an intention that, when married to action, bloomed into an end result. Thoughts/words are the building blocks of creation. Intentions are the grit that sets the wheels of action turning. Sound simple doesn’t it? Then why do we struggle so much to create the life we really want to live?
The Struggle is Very, Very Real
You have wonderful plans of creating the life you dream of. A life where you are free to pursue your passions, (write, design, teach, help, serve, build, knit, sculpt….fill in the blank) a life that expresses all of the beauty that lives inside you. You want to share it with the world. But, somehow, you always fall short. Life just gets in the way and your creative power stays locked inside.
I know this struggle. So does every other human that has ever lived. It is the war you fight to get from an idea in your head/heart to completed action in the real world. The struggle is universal and dozens of books have been written on the subject (The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield is my absolute favorite, it isn’t just for artists, it is for everyone dealing with resistance, which is, well EVERYONE in the whole freaking world). Resistance lurks around every corner and you must break its hold on your mind. Resistance most often comes in the form of doubt, daily life and something I call “action apathy”.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
Most of us overthink. Some of us are stuck in a state of doubt so strong that we simply ride along on someone else’s life. We create a life of obscurity rather than excellence. Because we are afraid. Afraid mostly of what other people will think about us. Failure isn’t so bad if no else knows about it. Failure is dreadful if we have an audience, not because we failed but because of what other people think about our failure. They don’t even have to say anything to us, we just somehow “know” that “they” think that we are a “failure.” And this, friend, is the root of all doubt. You aren’t really afraid that it won’t work out, you are just afraid of what other people will think, say or do if it doesn’t work out. I don’t have a magic wand I can wave to make that go away. All I can offer you is this—-D O
U B T IT ANYWAY! You will not die if people think you are a failure, weird, eccentric or any other adjective that you can conjure up.
Let’s face it, most of us work a 9-5 job to pay the bills. We have families and any number of “obligations”. This brings us nose to nose with the biggest obstacle we face on a day to day basis—SHIFTING OUR THOUGHTS & INTENTIONS TO CREATE THE LIFE WE WANT INSTEAD OF CREATING A LIFE WE LOATH. Make no mistake, YOU and you alone have created the life you are living. We use our creative superpowers each and every day without even realizing it. Every thought we have shapes our day because it is our thoughts that lead us to action or inaction (and inaction can be just as powerful as action.) We tend to get so entrenched in our mundane routines that we fail to recognize that our lives have become our mundane routines. There is only today people, yesterday is gone and tomorrow never gets here. We always have and always will only have today.
Today is all we have. There really is no future, it never arrives. The past is gone forever and looking back at it creates nothing new today. Living with your thoughts in the past or the future robs this day of its power to be the life you want to live. The secret to living the life you want is to purposefully CREATE EVERY DAY.
This is my fancy word for being lazy. I’m going to be honest, I really struggle with laziness. I come up against resistance and BAM all I want to do is curl up in my chair and read a book, or take a nap or talk to a friend on the phone. Next thing I know my day is gone. I’m not proud of it. It’s one of those awful things that the only answer for is to just DO IT NOW. Get up, get moving. Action is the only answer. You will feel so much better, I promise. Reward yourself afterwards with the lazy thing you wanted to do. Action is power to shape your day, your life and the world.
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Gen 1:26
We give our power away to doubt, daily “life” and apathy. Stop giving away your power! You have the same creative powers that formed the universe! You are not weak, you are powerful. You have powerfully created the life you are living, whether it is the life of your heart’s desire or a life that reflect’s the desires imposed upon you.
So, now what?
Great question. I’ve been studying this for years, reading everything I can get my hands on, attending seminars and meditating on what it takes to create the life I was born to live. Here’s what I’ve learned in a nutshell:
Create–the first step is understanding your creative power.
Ritual–the importance of ritual rather than routine.
Evaluate–your actions (or inactions) create your life, evaluate what’s going to get you what you want.
Agenda–an agenda is different than a schedule; agendas are focused on results/actions, not time.
Time–make peace with the clock and the calendar.
Explore–yourself, the world you see and the world(s) you can’t see.
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