How Creativity Leads to Success

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...

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5 Small Changes That Can Lead to Big Gains

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.

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Go With the Flow

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...

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What Belongs On Your Plate?

Let’s take a minute to think about how babies eat as they start on solid food. Most of the time, they are very satisfied with their mushed-up peas, strained carrots, and weird-looking rice puffs. No salt, no spices, nothing fancy. Usually, they’ll just eat whatever is put in front of them. And sometimes they’ll try to eat things that aren’t even edible!

When you were a kid, the same thing probably happened. Your parents probably filled your plate with food at dinner time and you simply ate it with very few questions. There was likely a time in your life when you probably didn’t have much of a choice as to what was on your plate. You simply ate what was put in front of you.

Sometimes our lives can become like a plate that someone else is filling. Our plates can be full of all kinds of things we don’t want or need, things that we didn’t really choose. If your plate is full and you’re wondering what you can do about it, then read...

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Let the Loudest Voice You Hear Come from Passion, Purpose & Vision

Voices in our world today come in all shapes and sizes—and volumes. And the loud ones? Well, those certainly aren’t always the best ones! In fact, the loudest voices that you hear may be working against you and stealing away a great deal of your joy. Making conscious choices about what we choose to hear and do can change everything about the way we live our lives.

Where Do Loud Voices Come From?

Loud voices often come from the bullies in the room. Those people who have to rely on sheer volume in order to be heard may not actually be worth listening to! Maybe the loudest voices you are listening to come from famous or rich people from the internet or in your personal life. Loud voices may not even originate from an individual but from cultural norms and expectations and messages that you have believed.

Loud voices can also come from inside ourselves. These internal voices often originate in childhood—many times as a form self-protection or an attempt to act as a...

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Chasing Your Passion Like It's the Last Bus of the Night

Chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night.
–Terri Guillemets

If you’re a person who has ever relied on public transportation, then you know what it’s like to desperately need to catch a bus. Especially if it’s the last bus of the night! If you don’t get it? Well, you’ll be stuck in a place where you just don’t belong.

Sometimes, people wake up in the middle of their lives and wonder how we got to where they are. You might be asking yourself if you missed the bus—or got on the wrong bus. Chasing your passion is sort of like catching the “bus” of life. First, we need to make sure we know what our passions are (getting the right bus) and then we need to run to catch that bus!

Define Your Passions.

If you’re thinking that you’d love to chase your passions but you haven’t yet defined them, you’re certainly not alone. Many people have been living so long to please others that they...

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Heeding the Advice of Others

It doesn’t take much more than a slight change of circumstances in your life—or a major crisis—before voices from far and near begin telling you what they think you should do. Usually in an effort to be helpful, people you know (or random strangers on the street) are all-too-eager to dish out guidance, instructions and recommendations.

Maybe it’s something big like changing jobs or sending your kid to college, or something smaller like redecorating your kitchen. As soon as word gets out that something is changing in your life, the advice starts flowing.

In many instances, the advice includes what others define as "success" and include the things that make them happy. It also includes what they think is possible, achievable and can include their own fears and limitations.

However, too much advice ringing in your ear can become noisy and confusing. Of course, you want to take the good advice and leave the rest behind. But how can you know the difference?

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Live & Lead As If Anything Is Possible

Naysayers are everywhere. All throughout time, people have been saying now and declaring things impossible. What’s exciting is when something that has been said to be impossible is eventually accomplished!

In 19thcentury Britain, it was believed that a human body could not withstand traveling at more than 30 miles per hour (the speed of a typical horse at the time) and would suffocate if a person rode any faster. Obviously with train, car, airplane and space travel, we know that this “impossibility” has become possible.

Computers in the 1940s weighed 15-20+ tons and the idea of a home computer seemed impossible. Today most of us carry tiny computers around in our pockets that allow us to instantly connect with people anywhere in the world.

Our lives are something akin to the Jetsons (although the flying cars are still to come!). For the people of the past, space travel and video phones were just fantasy. But someone had to believe the dream was possible and then...

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Aim High & Start Where You Are

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.
–Tony Robbins

We all have dreams that we want to accomplish. Whether yours are along the lines of starting a business, losing weight, or learning how to juggle bowling pins, making your dreams into reality starts with many small steps in the right direction.

Aim High!

The beauty of dreams is that they come along with limitless possibilities. When you dream, you can fly. You can conquer the world! When you’re functioning in visionary mode, the sky’s the limit. Dream big. Aim high. Go for broke!

Setting those dreams into motion to become a reality, however, requires some feet-on-the-ground thinking. Honing your dreams into visions and attainable goals requires living in a bit more reality. That doesn’t mean that you’ll never be able to fly (just ask the Wright brothers), but it does mean you need to begin from where you are—with your feet firmly planted on the ground.

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Fixed Mindsets Don't Fix Anything

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
–Marianne Williamson

Each and every day, in the small things as well as the big ones, you have opportunities to make choices that could change your life. And while some of what you achieve has to do with ability, much of the measure of success is related to your openness toward growth. It has everything to do with how willing you are to develop within a framework of flexibility while overcoming obstacles.

Having a fixed mindset really doesn’t help to fix anything. It just causes you to become stagnant and rigid. A fixed mindset keeps you tethered to old habits. A fixed mindset clouds and dulls your shine.

People with a Fixed Mindset:

  • Become rigid and static
  • tend to criticize anything that doesn’t go their way
  • see obstacles as threatening
  • shrink from challenges
  • miss opportunities
  • believe that they cannot change
  • are threatened by other successful people

But the amazing news is that the power...

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