Routine & Creativity

Routines are great for providing structure to make you follow through on your plans.

However, once in a while try and do something completely different from your routine. By changing your routine, you often find new pathways to enhance your creativity.

Try and incorporate an ‘off-routine’ activity a few times a week to bring a balance between your disciplined approach and your spontaneous creative approach.

Rest!

Once in a while, you will find that you just cannot get going.

You try to work in different places but your body does not respond. You eat different types of food or drink coffee to get the energy and start working, but you find the rejuvenation short-lived.

When this happens your body is telling you it is time to rest. When you go full speed for many days, your body will tell you it is time to refuel by resting a bit.

It boils down to balance. There is a time to work and a time to rest. The day and night symbolize this!

A Nudge!

If you have ever written your thoughts or journaled in the past, go back and review them. You will notice some interesting observations including:

– certain things keep recurring in your life because you have not dealt with them adequately

– you will get further clarity around why you have made certain decisions

– you will get a nudge to implement some things that you are still postponing!

The key is to journal as things happen otherwise you lose depth, clarity and specifics if you wait to write. It takes a little extra effort but worth it.

Journaling regularly is a great habit; it creates heightened awareness. If you have not begun this habit, start today!

The Power of Nature!

Nature provides valuable lessons of unconditional giving!

The ocean symbolizes the vastness and abundance of the Universe. The flowers give off their fragrance to every passerby unasked. The sun gives its light to one and all, not keeping scores or thinking of what’s in it for me. The trees provide shade and fruits. The night gives us time to rest and rejuvenate.

Hafiz, the Persian poet eloquently describes nature’s power of unconditional giving:

“After all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
‘You owe Me.’

Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.”

If you want to be aligned to the amazing power of Nature start practicing unconditional giving!

Early Morning!

Whatever you are finding hard to do on a regular basis, try doing that first thing in the morning. My friend Robin Sharma wrote the book “5 AM Club” where he illustrates that successful people wake up early to get a head start to life. My co-author Brian Tracy wrote the book “Eat that Frog” where he encourages you to do what is the hardest thing to do (eat a frog!) first thing in the morning.

If you want to join the successful people do what Robin and Brian
recommend: wake up early and do the difficult/important things first thing in the morning.

I find exercising gets left behind for me if I don’t do it first thing in the morning. However, if I exercise first thing in the morning then not only does it get done but also I create a lot of energy to apply to other parts of my life.

How about you? What do you find hardest to do? Schedule it first thing in the morning even if it means waking up an hour earlier and see how your productivity is enhanced.

Larger than Self!

Not everyone gets time to do voluntary work. Others choose to take on voluntary efforts irrespective of time commitments.

Voluntary work is a blessing, rewarding, and fulfilling. Rewarding because of the skills one acquires, like interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and time management skills. Fulfilling in the sense that you are doing something that you want to do, not have to do. Finally, and most importantly, the satisfaction you get for making a positive difference in the lives of others.

There are times when voluntary work gets frustrating, especially when there are inefficiencies or more likely when your ego gets in the way. However, when you take voluntary work as a blessing and a privilege, nothing frustrates you because you have a goal larger than self!

Recently we saw the death of John Lewis an American statesman and civil rights leader.  Mr. Obama praised Mr. Lewis, saying “he as much as anyone in our history brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals…..what a gift John Lewis was. We are all so lucky to have had him walk with us for a while, and show us the way.”

John Lewis was not perfect. No one except God is perfect. It is not about being perfect but about finding a cause larger than self or using your gift and doing your best!

Your Inner Voice!

There is merit in doing research. It opens your mind to facts that need to be taken into account in your decision-making process. Guidance from mentors, trusted friends and family are also useful in your journey. Therefore, you need to be open to all of them – advice, guidance, and research – to be successful.

Then there is your inner voice, which is constantly speaking to you. This voice cannot be ignored. Sometimes it is aligned to what the research; your friends and family, as well as mentors, are telling you. But sometimes, the two are not completely compatible. If they are aligned you have congruence, which is great! However, if your inner guide is in any way misaligned to the research and mentorship – do not ignore your inner voice.

Your intuition knows the truth aligned to an authentic path. So dig deep to understand why and where there is a discrepancy between the research, guidance, and your inner voice. This deep dive will surely lead you to some powerful insights.