Those who are caged in by barriers, walls and glass ceilings may find it difficult to ultimately reach their goals for success. While many people might not think about it this way, the most successful people are the ones who are able to spread their wings and fly. Flight is only possible to those willing to open their imaginations and think beyond the status quo.
Of course, in order for creativity to really lead toward success, it must be channeled into a focused effort that is in alignment with a clear vision and grounded in reality. If you aren’t sure about the connections between creativity and success, consider these ways that the creative mind can be used to open up the doors of success—however you choose to define success.
Creativity breeds innovation. Creativity allows ideas to take flight. Those approach life through a lens of curiosity think differently than those around them. Creatives aren’t satisfied with everything as it has always been. Rather than...
Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose. - Brene Brown
Even just speaking the word “vulnerable” can feel uncomfortable to some people. But what many people don’t know is that openness and sincerity can help us in our personal lives as well as our professional endeavors.
Vulnerability can seem like a scary thing, but it can lead to our greatest strengths. Last year some well-respected, big and strong athletes set the tone by revealing a more vulnerable side of themselves when they admitted to struggling with anxiety, depression and grief. This simple recognition of weakness has turned out to be a significant strength in their lives because instead of hiding challenges, they moved past them.
Vulnerability isn’t about gaining sympathy. It’s about recognizing what you are experiencing as a normal part of life. Remember, we are all human. By acknowledging our own humanness,...
You don’t have to completely overhaul of your life in order to start fresh. Little changes can add up and have a huge impact on the way you experience life. In order to make progress, just take things one step at a time. To help you get started, here are five manageable tips to consider.
Eat One Healthier Food Item. You may not be ready to overhaul your entire diet. But what about making a few small changes that develop into new habits? For instance, consider replacing one of your typical snacks with something healthier. Try buying a bag of baby carrots and hummus instead of that big bag of potato chips. You can take it even one step further by placing a sticky note in the cabinet where you normally keep the chips, telling yourself to look in the fridge for those carrots. Once this is a new habit, add in another change--like exchanging fruit for something filled with empty calories. Not only will you feel better, but you may even begin craving healthier foods.
If you’re not passionate then you’re wasting your time.
When life feels ho-hum and hum-drum, it is time get out there and stir things up a little bit! Find what excites and inspires you. Figure out the thing you are most passionate about.
The following is a collection of ideas that can help you dig deeper, past the surface of a typical day, and into where your passions could lie. Take a glance at the list in whatever way you like and then try out some of the activities that you connect with. Even if it feels a bit silly or cheesy, go ahead and be vulnerable with yourself. Take a risk to find which spark of inspiration could be the very thing that grows into a huge blaze of passion for you!
Spend more time with art. Get a membership to the art museum. Find an art school in your area and visit their gallery or attend regular shows. Download the DailyArt app that gives you a piece of art to look at each day, complete with a bit of art history as...
Everyone has a rough day every now and then. But when your life seems to continue for an extended period of time, it may be time to do something about it. If things in your life are not moving in the right direction, you might feel like there’s nothing you can do about it. You may feel stuck. You might feel trapped. But in reality, you have the power to change it!
When it comes to the circumstances in your life and the things happening around you, you always have three choices. You can remain a victim to the situation, tolerate it, or change it.
The concept of change can be scary. Many people would rather stay in somewhat unpleasant situations than risk something that could possible be even more unpleasant. The new situation might also be the best thing that has ever happens in your life. If you don’t leave behind your unhappiness, you’ll just never know what great things might be just around the corner.
If something needs to change and you...
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
Exhausted? Feeling overwhelmed? Running on empty?
Much of our crazy-busy lives today are filled with activities, things to do and general all-round busy-ness. Many people get to the end of the day and feel like they have spent all of their energy—and sometimes they aren’t even sure what they have accomplished!
If you tend to spend all of your time doing things to please other people, helping everyone else with their projects or pouring into others without leaving time for yourself, then now is definitely time for you to start refilling your own tank!
Filling your tank doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to just quit your job or stop taking care of your family. What it means is that you many need to pay a little bit more attention to the “gas gauge” of your heart before you run on empty for so long that you get burned out. Take some time for you by...
The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. -Robert Burns
Anyone who has a habit of making plans for their life will soon realize that things don’t always go as expected. Sometimes, when things don’t go according plan, it’s tempting to feel like a failure. But sometimes, things can even work out better than you had even hoped!
Living in this world today, we know that we can’t always be in control. In fact, this very realization is what can help us accept and overcome when our plans don’t quite succeed. At certain times, we just need to receive the hand that we’ve been dealt and learn to make the best of it.
Plus, since we know that stress is unhealthy and unhelpful, we must learn to counteract the stress by learning to go with the flow.
Keep Calm and Carry On.
In recent years, the phrase “Keep Calm” has been used in a variety of ways to promote a stress-free attitude. The history dates back to World War II in Great...
Live for the moments you can’t put into words. –Unknown
Many of us are stressed out and frazzled, wishing that we could find more experiences of happiness and joy to make our lives complete. The great news is that you have the power to live into more joyful moments—simply by being more aware and intentional about your life.
Discern Your Joy
Close your eyes for a moment and think back to a recent time where you experienced pure joy. Or if you can’t think of any joyful moments recently, think back further. Can you think of one moment that brought you a deep amount of joy?
When you’ve got your joy moment, consider what was going on inside of you when you experienced that joy. What was going on around you? What were the factors that made that moment so wonderful? Was it the people you were with? Something you accomplished?
Remember, you don’t have to be able to explain this type of experience to anyone but yourself, but we are aiming to get at the...
Life is too short to suck and is meant to be fulfilling. You can either get through the day or choose to live for the day. If you want to live a life that you really love, surround yourself with people who inspire greatness and bring out your very best. Instead of just maintaining status-quo, consider these four tips to make life fulfilling!
Stop being a nay-sayer. If you think and say that you can’t do something, you certainly will be right! Especially if you don’t even try. But if you spend your time aiming higher, gravitating toward the “yeses” instead of the “nos”, you’ll discover that you’re most often in a place of possibility instead of in a place of negativity.
Position yourself as a learner. Let’s face it—it’s great to feel like the smartest person in the room. Everyone likes to be an expert at some time or another. But, when you always position yourself in this way, you aren’t giving yourself much...
He who has a “why” to live for can bear almost any “how”. –Friedrich Nietzsche
Have you ever met one of those people who is extremely passionate about what they do, even if the circumstances in which they do it aren’t the best? Sometimes we look at people who do the hard things and wonder how they do it. And the answer to the “how” is found in the “why”.
If you really want to know how someone does something (even the most difficult of things), you’ll need to look behind the scenes into the why. In order to truly understand, you’ll need to find out what motivates them—what they are passionate about. Because when passion turns into purpose, folks can be motivated to overcome almost any difficult circumstances in order to fulfill their purpose.
Nelson Mandela is an incredible example of a person who had a passion and a purpose, and these “whys” gave him motivation to live above his circumstances....
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