If I only ….!
Sure. If you had everything you think you need everything would be fine.
You’d be able to get the jobs you want.
You’d reach your goals.
You’d find happiness in your life.
Focusing on what you lack actually creates a wall that impedes your forward momentum.
If only … is actually...
When you are in the throes of creative expression it’s impossible to be objective about what you are doing because being organized and being creative are two different states of being. We use different parts of our brain in each. Creative endeavors that resonate with others come from a state of flow, or at the very least are based in an emotion.
We can easily be seduced by how we “feel” about what we are doing...and lose sight of where we are headed.
Accepting the concept of being...
I am going to publish an autobiography later this year. The following is an excerpt:
"Whenever I would write something I would take it with me to Sunday dinner and ask Billy to look it over and give me a critique. Billy quietly looked at my arrangement after dinner. He had the most amazing concentration. He could “read” a score in silence and hear it in his head. After he finished he didn’t say much. Then, unannounced, Johnny Mandel appeared in Billy’s living room...."
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Does being an expert make it easier to communicate?
Some would say of course.
You are the expert. You’ve spent the time to become an expert in your field.
You know more about your field than the person who hired you.
Why do you keep doing the same thing over and over again even though you're not getting the response you want?
It’s what you know. You’ve done it before.
Sometimes we equate familiarity with success
There is comfort in the familiar. It gives you a sense of pride and satisfaction.
And it’s scary to think...
Sure. we all have opinions.
It makes up who we are.
We don’t think about it very often.
We act out of habit.
If you are by yourself and have no one to answer to or, if you surround yourself with like minded people then you would have little motivation to question your opinions.
Your opinions are important. As a creative person you draw upon your experiences to help make your choices.
What would cause you to reconsider?