Be Willing to Share

House horses.  Children drawing.

With everyone connected via social media, it’s so easy to share things now. Re-reading through Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work. Here’s what Kleon says about the creative process: “Don’t worry about everything you post being perfect.”

The creative process sometimes means putting stuff out there that isn’t your best. Continue reading

Focus on This Day

I really like this section from Austin Kleon’s book “Show Your Work.”

“Overnight success is a myth.  Dig into almost every overnight success story and you’ll find about  a decade’s worth of hard work and perseverance.  Building a substantial body of work takes a long time – a lifetime, really – but thankfully, you don’t need that time all in one big chunk.  So forget about decades, forget about years, and forget about months.  Focus on days.” (Kleon, 2013, .p.47).

We only get to live our lives one day at a time.

Even those people who are “successes” have worked with the same time and space limitations as us.

We don’t see the day in and day out drudgery of getting up and starting their work day, honing their craft, building their business, cultivating meaningful relationships, and the hustle.

Do your work.  Each day is an opportunity to grow, develop, strengthen, reinforce, learn, help, stretch, and be challenged.

We all get the same amount of time each day.

Don’t get caught up in what you didn’t do up to this point.

Start focusing on days.

Start focusing on this day.

 

 

One more step

one more step

Have you ever felt like giving up?

I do.

Even when I get up in the morning, the first thing I think is, “oh man, I can’t wait to go back to bed.”

Not everyday, but today was one of those days.

It’s ok, we all drift and backslide into our old ways when we’re stressed, anxious, over-taxed, or just plain lazy.

This is not unusual.  It’s called being human.

But it’s not where you start that determines your destination.  It’s where you stop.

So don’t give up.  Don’t stop.

It’s ok to take a breather every now and again.  I did.  I’m over it now.  It’s time to get back on the steps and start climbing.

I am going to be working on my outline for my book.  I don’t have a title yet, but I think that’s going to bear itself out from my outline.

A fun exercise that I’m going to be doing is writing out my main ideas onto index cards and then laying those cards out on my table to see what themes pop out.

I got this idea from Austin Kleon’s book Steal Like An Artist.

Tonight, I take yet another step in the right direction.

You should too.