It’s January 1st, 2017: Happy New Year!
One thing that I have learned through the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of 2016 is that I need to focus on my present to create my future. I feel so grateful to be an indomitable force and know that the way to achieve greater success is to focus on being a creator rather than a consumer. Life seems to be so much more rich and full when you bring new things into the world to share with others.
It’s like a person at a crossroads. They can either continue down one fork as a student…indefinitely reading, listening, absorbing, but never truly applying the knowledge they’ve amassed; OR they can take the fork that leads to becoming a teacher by creating, sharing, and thinking up new ways to impart their very soul and unique perspective into what they share with the world.
The things you do that get noticed tend to be those you imbue with your essence. One doesn’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel, but they DO have to at least drizzle it with their secret sauce or put that bright, big, beautiful cherry on top.
Most of us think we HAVE to consume in order to learn. Yes, it definitely saves time and alleviates a LOT of missteps (and newbie mistakes), but in a lot of cases, it isn’t NECESSARY.
There is always a FIRST. I’m pretty sure that the first surgeon didn’t have any REAL idea what they were doing because…well..they were the very first. You never develop your own style of writing or art without actively creating. Learning the basics is great and all, but expanding on that through curiosity, self-expression, and practical application are the only real ways to breathe life into something only YOU are capable of contributing.
This applies to all things. Each software programmer has a different way of doing things. The basics may be similar, the syntax, the formatting, but no one would do it exactly the same way that YOU do it. The same results can be replicated but not the actual process of creation, not the individual style of that particular programmer. Instead of reading, and learning indefinitely…CREATE. Write an article, blog post, or book. Use your Photoshop skills to create a portfolio and create a website to showcase your work. Talk to your manager about creating a training program for the way you stock shelves so you can teach your peers how to improve their efficiency by 15%. Write training documents or procedures for your co-workers to handle some of your day-to-day tasks. If you have downtime make something new to help someone else.
Each thing we create, no matter how big or how small, is a remnant of us. A legacy. Each thing we create, no matter how big or small, is a lifeline to some faceless stranger who can benefit from our experience and skills. How selfish is it for us to keep that to ourselves and not share our gift(s) with the world?
It’s all pretty amazing if you sit down and think about it.
This is true with small, seemingly mundane tasks as well: sweeping the floor, washing a cup, making yourself a fried egg, or wadding up a napkin. Cause, effect, create a one-of-a-kind thing which can never be EXACTLY duplicated. Rinse, repeat, etc, etc…Take pride in these small things because they are all unique works of art in-and-of themselves.
Man, I am so excited about 2017. I plan on creating with intent every…single...day. Being mindful of the moment and letting go of perfection. (Trust me, it’s over-rated.) There’s a simple beauty in flawed things. This is even true with perceived ‘failures’. It’s all just a chance to learn so that we can improve things the next time. Let go of apathy, embrace inner strength, and succumb to the rightness of NOW. Learn to treasure the moment because it was created by a seemingly random series of events that can never be exactly repeated. Be grateful for the string of tiny miracles which led you to this exact moment.
May your 2017 bring you peace, abundance, and success!
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