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The Brutal Reality of Excuses and How to Conquer Them

What Do You Really Need? Do you really need more money in your bank account before you can create something worthwhile? Do you really need to develop a routine before you can start making something great? Do you really need more time in the day before you can dare boldly? Or is it possible that you can create something worthwhile regardless of the number of zeros in your checking account; or that...

Overcoming Drag

Experiencing Drag It’s tough, time-consuming work to finish a project. While there is always an optimistic energy when we begin a project, finishing takes time, energy (physical and emotional), and comes with no guarantee of success. When we’re doing something that requires our daily, personal energy to accomplish, a lengthy project can wear us down and make us question our efforts. This is drag...

Overcoming Fear and Disrupting the Status Quo

The Creative Process Some days, I know exactly what to write, what to build, and what to develop. Every so often, I’m hit with a rush of ideas as I’m driving home, reading a book, or going for a long run.  The ideas are clear and I know exactly what I need to say, build, or write. When I get home to my office, it’s on. These days are good. Blank Days Other days, the ideas...

Winning Your Inner Creative War

The Pain of Creation Every act of artistic creation (business, blog, book or otherwise) begins in the mind. They begin as acts of love (we care about our ideas) and defiance (challenging what is with what could be). But being inside your own mind isn’t a pretty thing.  It’s nasty in there; what is right seems wrong; up is down; and every course of action can be rationalized (adding to the...

Goal Setting and Closing Doors

A Pause The beginning of every year starts with reflection. We reflect on the past year, on what we’ve done (or not done), on what we’re proud of (or not so proud of), and how we intend to make this year better. When we reflect, it’s common to see a multitude of failures: failure to start, failure to finish, failure to ship.  Sometimes it hurts to think about.  Of course, with the right resolve...

The Paradox of Creation

Life is paradoxical We think pain and pleasure or love and hate are opposites of one another. We think of these emotions as opposite ends of the spectrum, as if each lies on either side of a single line. pain ——————————— pleasure love ——————————— hate This...

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“Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain.” [Emerson] Or maybe not. Maybe that fear never dies. Action quells fear because it changes our focus. Instead of experiencing the terror of a hypothetical, negative future, action requires your mind to focus on the present circumstance. Action shifts our brain from theorizing to creating; from fantasy to tangible...

The Enemy Defined (part 3: the Commanding General of the Enemy)

  In the first part of this series, I described the conventional forces of the Enemy – the Army of Bad Habits (the largest of Enemy forces) In the second part of this series, I explained the unconventional force of the Enemy: Negative Self-Talk Propaganda (the most insidious of Enemy forces). In this third part of the series, we will examine who leads these Enemy forces, why he is...

The Enemy Defined (part 2: Negative Self-Talk Propaganda)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series explaining the Enemy (the thing stopping us from creating our epic work). You can read part one here. If you are new, read my new book: The Art of Instigating; this article will make more sense, I promise.   In the first part of this series, I explained the conventional forces of the Enemy: the Army of Bad Habits (the accumulation of years of individual...

The Enemy Defined (part 1: the Army of Bad Habits)

Note: if you haven’t read The Art of Instigating, read that first.  Grab a copy for free by clicking here.  It’s short and sweet, I promise. The Creative War When it comes to doing creative, courageous work, there are forces at work that act against us. Any time we strive to create something from scratch and without permission, we go to war with the Enemy. The Enemy is composed of two major...

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