How to Find Your Motivation
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We have a negativity bias when it comes to our work — we’re great at focusing on the one “boo” in a stadium of “yays.” We’re our own worst bullies — we know our weak spots and beat ourselves up with abandon.
Time to rewrite the story, change the tune, create a new sheet of music.
Because you, and only you, are in charge of your story and have the power to rewrite it every day.
This page has been mindfully compiled to help you overcome perfectionism and demotivation, move past failure, and create your own happiness.
Being a perfectionist is like having a nagging, insult-hurling demon whispering in your ear all the time, convincing you that you’re inadequate. He tells you to hide your work until it’s flawless, to toil in the shadows so your fallibility doesn’t enter the spotlight. The good news is, you can send him packing, and the following posts will help.
Progress Trumps Perfection
If you ever have to choose between making progress and making something perfect, go with progress. Progress trumps perfection every time.
Perfectionism Keeps You from Being Safe
The fear that we’re not good enough leads to perfectionist habits that keep us from being safe. Our real safety is found in being prolific.
How Is Your Perfectionism Feeding You?
The stories we tell about our perfectionism tend to feed us, and it’s hard to drop a story that’s feeding us. Let’s talk about that story.
Stop Lying and Start Creating
We creatives are good at crafting believable fictions that put layers of obstacles between us and the creative work we do. Stop lying to yourself and start creating; just start somewhere.
What You Don’t Mean to Build May Be the Best Thing You Can Build
A lot of Creative Giants fear building something they didn’t mean to — but sometimes the things we didn’t mean to build are the best things we could’ve built.
Are You Articulating Your Intuitive Synthesis to Your Team?
Leaders have an amalgam of experience, expertise, and worldview (intuitive synthesis) that is often difficult to convey to their team.
Failure can be paralyzing, so here are some posts to help you move through it (in steps, leaps, or bounds) toward the road ahead.
7 Questions to Ask If You’re Failing One Success at a Time
Do you have a string of successes that don’t tie together into a fundamental win and leading you to failing? Then ask yourself these 7 questions.
Getting Some Perspective on Your Epic Losses and Failures
Sometimes getting some perspective on your epic losses can be challenge. Understanding that they’re both epic and mundane helps.
One of the best virtues you can cultivate is the ability to keep your eyes looking forward.
Failure Is An Opportunity
When we blame others for our failures, we miss opportunities to learn from and correct our mistakes. Failure is an opportunity for growth.
Failure Is Like Prom Night
Failure is like prom night in that we make a big deal over it only for it to be a stored-away memory a few years later.
To Embrace Greatness, Embrace Failure: 21 Tributes to Failure
Failures and mistakes are part of success. Sure, I could tell you that all day, but instead, I’ve enlisted the help of a few thousand years’ worth of creatives.
Don’t wanna work? Feel like you’re trudging through mud? Below is a list of posts to help you overcome demotivation, however it shows up for you.
How to Recover from the 10 Types of Demotivation
Knowing and understanding the 10 types of demotivation and how to recover from them can keep you creative, productive, and happy.
Are You Asleep at the Wheel on Something That Matters?
Do you have something that matters to you but has been left unaddressed for too long? Is it time to take a look at that Thing?
21 Ways to Short-Circuit a Funk
We all occasionally find ourselves in a funk. This post provides 21 ways to short-circuit that funk so you can get on with your day.
Is Your Lack of Motivation a Red Alert or a False Alarm?
Not having any motivation to engage with your work might be a red alert or a false alarm. Learn how to tell the difference.
You Are Not Your Past
Once you recognize that you are not your past, you also see that your future can be different.
You’re Damn Right It Sucks
Sometimes we all just need to hear “you’re damn right it sucks.”
Learning how to channel your plentiful creativity is one challenge we discuss a lot here; another one is letting the results of that creativity go out into the world. The posts below will help you stop hiding and start letting your work and your true self be seen.
Stand Tall, Creative Giants
Do you have the vision to see how the world might be, the courage to act, and the capability to actually change the world? Then you’re a Creative Giant.
Lead the Dance With the Universe
To alter Virgil’s statement that “Fortune favors the bold,” the Universe favors those who lead the dance with her.
Today Is Two Weeks from Two Weeks Ago
Sometimes what keeps us from saying no is a matter of self-trust. If you’re making things happen today, why do you think you won’t be able to do that in the future?
What makes people great is not some innate capacity, but the fact that they choose to stand up. So… stand up.
The Change-Maker’s Creed
A lot of people say you can’t change the world. You can.
What to Do When Your Calling Isn’t Calling You
The idea of having a life guided by your calling keeps you from getting busy living the life that’s right in front of you. Check out this email exchange for more.
The Benefits of Displacement
Anything you do displaces something else you could have done. The constraints of displacement help you prioritize.
Doing epic work means having a pack of superfans and yaysayers supporting your every step. Showing appreciation to your supporters and cultivating new friendships will lead to flourishing, strength, and confidence.
Prove Your Yaysayers Right
We all tend to have a negativity bias when it comes to criticism. One naysayer seems louder than a stadium of yaysayers. Who are YOU going to focus on?
Love the Ones You’re With: Developing Stronger Relationships
Take the time to grow deeper relationships with people you already know.
4 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day
Asking, receiving, giving, and acknowledging — these interrelated acts are the bread and butter of our meaningful relationships and give us a safe haven to turn to when the winds get too strong. Despite their relative simplicity, it can be incredibly hard to remember to check in with yourself and your loved ones about them.
How Friends Help You Flourish
All friendships are not created equal. True friends care about your character and not what you give them. These friends help you flourish.
The Four Levels of Communication
Are you communicating with people at the right level? Increase your connection with others by understanding the four levels of communication.
Good Strategy and Leadership Help You Sleep at Night
Either use good strategy and leadership to work on what matters during the day, or have what’s not being worked on keep you up at night.
You’ve already thought outside the box, so why not step outside of it altogether? Just beyond your comfort zone is boundless potential. (Feel free to tip-toe.)
Shake It, Don’t Break It: The World Outside Your Comfort Zone
When it’s time to change our world, we need to shake things up by stepping out of our comfort zones, especially when we have other people on the journey with us.
The Two Dynamics of Change
There are two dynamics of change. The first is what I call the stepping dynamic, and the second is what I call the tipping dynamic.
How Wolves Change the World – And So Do You
This post features a video about how wolves change the world. If they can change the world, so can you.
Why Waiting for Your Time to Be Great Leads to Failure
Waiting for your time to be great leads to failure because the world works the other way. Proof that it’s your time to act always comes after you’ve acted.
The World Will Always Begin at Your Feet
The question to ask is not “What will I be able to do once I’m there?” It is “What am I able to do from here?” The world will always begin at your feet.
What to Do When Life Shatters Your Plans
Many of our plans die at the point of first contact. That is, life happens, and it upsets all our well-laid plans. But we can preserve those plans by learning how to handle our expectations and renegotiate our deadlines. Check out these 5 ways to recover when life changes your plans.
We create what we experience. What you value, how you interpret your perceptions, and whether you’re resilient or resistant all affect your happiness. When you understand what happiness is, you know how to create it and where to find it.
12 Simple Ways to Be Present
Learning to be present cures a lot of ills and prevents them from happening in the first place. Here are 12 simple ways to be present — some are even fun!
Straight To Happy
What can you do to go straight to happy? Thinking about the difference between intrinsic value and instrumental value is key.
The Foundation of True Self-Care Is Self-Compassion
We sometimes use "self-care" as a proxy for "self-compassion," but they're actually different concepts. People can go through the motions of self-care without having self-compassion, and they can view themselves compassionately and still not take care of themselves. The two concepts, though, have to work together.
Your Happiness Counts
Your happiness count. You know this, but are you applying that knowledge?
Empty Your Boat to Increase Your Happiness
What’s weighing your happiness down? Empty your boat to find more happiness in life — a philosophical take on interference and non-interference.
7 Things We Fight That Make Life Harder
Life is much easier and more enjoyable if we stop fighting these 7 things.