Selected Life Lesson
Remember the good times, not the bad times.
-Kay L’s life lesson from Olathe, Kansas
Halloween is coming up and it has me thinking about when I was a kid. We lived in a small town in Iowa but would drive around on Halloween to neighborhoods to get as much candy as we could.
Also being from Iowa, there was more than one year where it was so cold, we would get all dressed up only to need to wear our winter coats over our costumes. I hated doing that, especially on years when I was a Ninja Turtle or a Ghostbuster. I even had the backpack! But those are the memories I’m remembering this week.
Take moments every day to remember the good times. The times you laughed so hard you cried. The times you just laughed for no reason for five minutes. And the time your brother spilled pudding in the kitchen and it ended up on the ceiling. It’s those happy moments that make the day.
Two weeks ago we started a journey down our lives – reviewing the ingredients we are putting in – to make sure we’re getting what we want out of life. We first looked at People. And now thinking about the next item to look at, it is clear to me what’s next: creativity.
“Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” – Pablo Picasso
Do you think of yourself as a creative person?
I hope you all at least … in the very least … shook your head a least a little bit in the “yes” direction. Because I have a new flash for you: YOU ARE! You are absolutely positively a creative person. Sometimes that creativeness gets lost in reports and presentations and meetings and notes and making dinner and sleeping. But just look at all those tasks I just mentioned.
You can be creative with all those tasks. Create your next report in a video format. Do a presentation from the opposite side of the board room (and see everyone freak out!). Run a meeting at a coffee shop. Make dinner with new ingredients. And holy cow … sleep on the other side of the bed! I understand sometimes that getting your creative juices flowing can be a tough, and sometimes painful process.
So, how are you doing? When was the last time you were or felt creative? Been awhile … ?
Here are a few tips to get you going again
Eliminate rules. Go out and buy some crayons and see what happens! Seriously … try it.
Go back to your roots. What creative activity did you love as a kid? Painting? Claymation? Legos? Pick one and get to it!
Change the scenery. Get out of the office and your typical setting and experience something completely new.
As Picasso said, before you can create, you have to destroy. You must destroy the barriers you’ve built and that are built around you. Creativity is nothing to be afraid of.
(flickr photo via Lexnger)
Selected Life Lesson
Thoughts become things.
-Alec Z’s life lesson from Lansing, Kansas
There are countless stories that are used to defend the psychology behind mind-repetition producing different results. The idea of thinking something over and over again was first studied using basketball players. Now it is used all the time. All kinds of athletes use positive visions as do actors and doctors and lawyers and students.
I use the concept of positive mind-repetition before I run, before I play tennis, before I speak and before I write. I remember having positive visions of taking tests and giving presentations while in school.
What about you? Where can you use this concept in your life? The more you dream and the more you can vision it, the higher the odds you have of success. That doesn’t means it is guaranteed, it just means that having your mind in the right state helps you achieve what you vision. So close your eyes for a moment …. right now … and start creating a vision for the life you want.
Don’t forget about my $100 One Stream Challenge. For the next month, I’m sponsoring “One Stream.” An online campaign to change the world. For more information, visit One Stream and see what you can do to change the world.
Together, it is possible.
On any given day, you are liable to talk positively or negatively about a company or an organization that you have interactions with. Businesses count on the positive interactions to increase what they call brand awareness. The same goes for your as a person.
When someone has an interaction with you, they will feel something. They will think something. And they will remember something. Believe it or not, what that is, is entirely up to you.
Think about your favorite companies and people. They all have something you remember without even thinking about it. I can tell you right now that I LUV Southwest Airlines because they are easy to work with, don’t gouge me and genuinely love what they do and who they serve. I can tell you right now that my experiences with many other airlines don’t give me that same feeling. Their “WOW” factor is a negative one.
The same thing goes with people. My friend Tylor who is a tennis pro has a “WOW” factor when it comes to his passion for his craft. He really is the most passionate person I know who works each and every day on the court. His clients feed off of his passion and his energy. I also know other people who drain your energy, your passion and your drive.
I bring all this up because of what Is aid at the beginning: What people feel about you, is in fact, entirely up to you!
What is your WOW factor?
(flickr photo via sanfranannie)