creative success

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Success is not a mindset.  A mindset is a mental attitude or an inclination.  Prosperity is a mindset. Success is an experience.  Success is experienced when the desired outcome is accomplished or achieved.  My desired outcome for something may be different from your desired outcome; hence, we may experience success differently.  However, a conscious artist sees success and making an impact as two inseparable experiences.

Making an Impact

Creators, Artists, Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Writers, Scientists, Mathematicians, we all want to make an impact. We want to make an impact that lasts beyond our current lifetime.  A successful and impactful life is a life where we created, we impacted someone, and we are remembered.  

“I was here,”  that’s what making an impact really is.  

Our longing to be remembered, to make an impact, begins early in life.   In junior high school, I remember sitting in wood desks with etchings from other students. Carvings which said “John was here” or “Linda was here,” and the names of other students, were written all over the desk.  Of course, etching my name on my desk would have been pretty risky. My name was so long, I am sure my teachers would have caught me before I could finish.  

Each name, each “was here,” was a shout from an adolescent who wanted to be remembered beyond the school year he or she sat in that desk.  

Now, imagine making an impact that lasts over 2 billion years…

Archeologists believe that over 2 billion years ago, an asteroid hit the earth in an area now known as Free State, South Africa.  How was such a determination made?  A crater with an estimated radius of 118 miles (190 kilometers) known as the Vredefort Dome (also known as the Vredefort Crater is dynamic proof of it’s impact.  The impact is so dynamic, the crater was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

I know, it’s hard to imagine,  However, each of us as artists and creatives can live an impactfully successful creative life–a life in which our  work speaks and inspires beyond our lifetime.

What Artists and Creatives Truly Desire

Artists, we fumble and our fumbles are natural.  We are the ones creating in and through the chaos with hopes of revealing a masterpiece to the world.  So for some of us, it takes us a while to get our footing in life, align with our soul’s purpose, and still manage to remember who we are.  

What most artists truly desire is to:

  • create beauty, 
  • share our love for what we do, 
  • present our creations to the world, 
  • have the world love what we create, 
  • experience financial success doing what we love, 
  • be remembered doing it great. 

Yet, we allow so many things to get between us and our dreams.  

From our own personal fears, our finances to the opinion of others, we create distance between ourselves and the things we want to create whether it’s art, literature, an invention, a business, or our lives.

The Ecospheric Simulation, The Game of Life

We can see life as an ecospheric simulation of unlimited possibilities.  And we are evolving as we are involved within the simulation learning and mastering principles of creatorship. 

Furthermore, within the simulation, many roads lead to the life we want to live.  Many roads lead to our heart’s desires.  We bifurcate to various possibilities based on our decisions.  And living with the results of our decisions appear to be success or failure to us as we create life in the ecosphere.

And within the ecosphere, closing the gap between you and your dreams is life-transforming. The distance between you and your dreams makes a difference as to whether you are chasing your dreams or living your dreams.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather live my dreams.  For me, and I’m sure many of you understand, living my dreams is living an impactful successful creative life. Besides, chasing is exhausting.

Chasing leaves you winded and despondent.  I spent many years chasing a dream I didn’t even need to chase because everything I needed, I already had.  

 

Don’t  Wait for Confidence

What I was waiting for was some kind of confidence to “just do it.” I thought confidence, faith, and belief in myself would assure my success and guarantee my dreams would come true.  

Contrarily, confidence doesn’t come before the “doing.”  Confidence builds  you “do the thing.” The confidence-building process is called Self-Efficacy.  According to the American Psychology Association:

“Self-efficacy refers to an individual’s belief in his or her capacity to execute behaviors necessary to produce specific performance attainments (Bandura, 1977, 1986, 1997). Self-efficacy reflects confidence in the ability to exert control over one’s own motivation, behavior, and social environment. These cognitive self-evaluations influence all manner of human experience, including the goals for which people strive, the amount of energy expended toward goal achievement, and likelihood of attaining particular levels of behavioral performance.”

But fear has a way of distorting your sight and causing you to see your world in a way it is not.  Therefore if we want to live a successful creative life, our first challenge in this hero’s and shero’s journey is to cross the gateway of fear.

 

Unmask Your Fears

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Our challenge when crossing the gateway of fear is to unmask our fears.  We are more afraid of the unknown than anything else.  Fear of the unknown explains why as children we were afraid of the dark.  

We were afraid of the dark as children because we could not see what was there; hence, we conjured figures of boogeymen and monsters.  That same fear lives in us as adults.  We fear what we don’t know.  Similarly, we conjure boogeymen and monsters where they don’t exist.

By fearing what we don’t know our vision is distorted.  With a distorted vision, we see our dreams as impossible, foolish, unachievable, “for someone else.”  We don’t realize or actualize our soul’s purpose and we spend our days counting down.  Such a life is a life where fear wins and love never manifests the truth of who you really are.  Knowing who you are is essential for a  successful creative life.

 

Fear and What lies Beneath

Our fears are like a masked killer chasing us in a horror film (dramatic, I know, but you get the visual).  No matter how fast we run or which turn we make, the killer is going to catch up to us.   Fears have to be unmasked and confronted or fears don’t go away.

Many of our fears lie in the muddy, murky waters of the unknown part of the self.  A creative life can be at a standstill or we can simply spend years like a helicopter hovering over our dream life afraid to land.  

The fears we have as artists are hidden in our unconscious mind somewhere stored in our mental ecosphere.   All fears are often related to repressed memories. Memories we lock away.  We lock away these “forbidden” memories because they are so unpleasant.  But by repressing these memories, they come up as irrational triggers as we play the game of life.

For example, when you were a fourth-grader you may have entered a science fair and put your heart and soul into your project for weeks and didn’t place at all in the competition.  Seeing all the extravagant science projects other students completed, you felt like a failure. 

Not to mention, your parents didn’t have time to help you with your project or give you the money you needed for supplies.  Your project was pieced together by what you could manage to find on your own.  And it wasn’t good enough. Everyone else’s project was better. You suppress those memories because they bring up feelings of the embarrassment you felt walking into the room with your wrinkly dinky display that paled in comparison with all your peers.

Fast forward, decades later, you decide you want to design a jewelry line. You’ve been working as an artisan for years and you have designed awesome creations for others.  But for years, you put things off.  I’ll start my line when I’m, I’ll start my line after I’m.  You’ve drawn all your designs but when it is time to get inventory to create your designs, you put things off.  

You spend years looking at other people’s jewelry lines and comparing yours to theirs.  You’re convinced, you’ll start when you can afford to buy inventory.  You need the right people in your corner to get your jewelry line in the right stores, but you won’t network with anyone or show anyone your designs.

You won’t start because of a fear of failure that goes back to childhood memories of interpreted failure.  I said interpreted because failure is how we may choose to interpret something but it doesn’t make it so.  One could easily see herself as a resilient child who found a way to do it all on her own.

Similarly, we could have memories of doing a big science project and winning the grand prize.  Because you did so well, your teacher entered you into the state competition and for months you are working on “expanding” your project.”  After winning the state competition, your school is so excited, your principal enters you into the national competition.  Your parents are so excited.  Your teachers are so excited.  You work nearly a whole school year on your project. Teachers are helping.  Students are helping.  You have to win.  You can’t let anyone down.  You win the national competition now everyone expects you to get good grades all the time.

Now instead of a fear of failure, you have a fear of success.    You decide you want to start a jewelry line and you get the inventory and put together a huge showing that blasts your budget.  You have a great showing.  Major jewelry stores carry your line.  Suddenly, things get overwhelming, You have to hire more employees.  You have to travel more.  Orders are rushing in.  You’re working 16 to 18 hour days. You pull it off.  But you’ve got to get ready for next season’s line and you just can’t design anything.  You’re not inspired.  Months go by and nothing.  Sales drop and you close the shop.

In both cases whether what was beneath the failure and self-sabotage were fears of failure, embarrassment, letting someone down, not having enough, not being enough, succeeding but being overwhelmed.   

If unchecked and masked,  fear whirls around in our mind and finds its way into our dreams and true desires.  Then, our dreams and true desires are infected with the distortions of fear and while we really want to succeed, success seems to elude us.  Worst of all, in a fearful state, we succeed and unconsciously sabotage our success.  

The Human Survival Program

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The ecospheric simulation allows for many programs.  Some say it’s all a part of the matrix.

Subsequently,  fear triggers our survival mode. Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. author of the online column Evolution of the Self at Psychology Today, in his article “Subconscious vs. Unconscious: How to Tell the Difference,”  states “human beings are innately programmed for survival, but they often get it wrong.”

And because humans are programmed to survive, we discover many of our fears are not based on any rationale, mostly we are basing our fears on memories, specifically our perceptions, interpretations, and feelings about our memories.

Dr. Selzer goes on to say that our responses to these fears are to store them in the unconscious mind. Our “pre-programmed psyche-protective apparatus” in the unconscious mind uses defense mechanisms such as  dissociation, denial, displacement, projection to alleviate intolerable distress.  

Our preprogrammed psyche-protective apparatus can cause us to project defeat even when we haven’t tried or lead us on a path of self-destruction even though we are succeeding. Over time, fear changes our neural networks and our personality. 

Do you remember a time in your life when you were willing to take risks?  Do you feel you were more creative when you were younger?  Do you remember believing you were going to be a star?  

Did something change?  Changes to our brains and our personality occur because we live our lives in survival mode.

One can face these fears through therapy, talking to someone, and acknowledging the “forbidden” memory associated with the fear and how it made you feel.  While deep traumatic memories require professional therapy, we have some fears of success and failure which can be unmasked through acknowledgment “forbidden memories.”

And there is also acceptance.

Accepting failure, success, and the unknown as a part of the creation process will give us a new perspective on life.  We can live a successful creative life when we see failure as a challenge to begin again with more information, a better plan, and a bit more wisdom.  However, if we are trying to get it perfect.  We may be headed for more disappointment.

 

Excellence Vs. Perfection: Hint, It will Never Be Perfect

Oh, Dear Fam, I had to get it through my thick skull that perfection was a waste of energy.  Perfection is relative, but excellence is universal.   Striving for perfection and procrastination are strange bedfellows.  Show me an artist who is a perfectionist and I will show you a procrastinator and a person who fears rejection.

Perfection or trying to be perfect is an excuse to not release a work when it is done or an excuse for not doing the work. Our ideas of what is good, right, and perfect can be skewed by a fear of rejection.  

And when it’s all said and done perfection is relative.  Done and done with excellence is better than perfect.

Furthermore, perfection traps us in unachievable expectations and when those expectations are not met we assume we have failed.  We lose sight of the good that’s in our work as well as our lives and take unnecessary hits to our confidence.  

Perfection can’t ever be achieved because the line to perfect is always moved further from us.  It’s like pursuing happiness.  We can pursue happiness or we can just choose to be happy. It’s like chasing a dream.  We can chase our dreams or we can live our dreams.

Once more, there’s a level of acceptance we must reach.  We know we’ve done our best.  Accept it and move on to the next project, learn, and get better.

Getting better is the goal.  Putting energy towards improving our processes, methods, skills are far more important than wasting our time on perfection.  

No doubt, I’ve danced with the pursuit of perfection. And the pursuit of perfection proved to be a lousy dance partner.  For instance, I remember designing a header to a website one day and I tried desperately to get the perfect color of violet/purple I wanted.  I had spent over 2 hours trying to perfect purple until I reasoned with myself.  “Two hours on purple, Carmellita, seriously.”

And guess what?  Even after accepting it and moving on, I still didn’t think it was perfect.  I realized my perfect purple would not be achieved. Instead, I decided to spend some time learning more about color theory.

 

Challenge Yourself

The peculiar aspect of the ecospheric simulation is we have the power to create our own simulations within the simulation, we call them challenges.

When we want to live an impactful successful creative life, instead of chasing perfection and being consumed by fear, we can present challenges.  Challenges are much more achievable than perfection and can help us overcome fear. Challenges have goals, objectives, and milestones with a purpose.  

Challenges help us uncover fears and gain skills in areas where we lack ability.  By consistently challenging ourselves, we are less fearful.  With an arsenal of wins in our favor, our confidence and self-efficacy build.

Confidence will help us boldly unmask fears,  stare the monster in its eyes, and say “not today .”  And we say “not today” because we are empowered as we take each day one challenge at a time (yes, I meant to say that).

Nevertheless, to meet challenges, keeping our word ourselves and others magnifies our confidence.  This confidence magnifies because we hold ourselves accountable.  We will never trust others if we can’t trust ourselves.  We will never believe we can succeed if we don’t keep our word to ourselves. Living with integrity is a great way to overcome fears and live a successful creative life.

Live and Create with Integrity

Challenge Yourself

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Integrity isn’t something you can fake and though in our current culture whether it is pop culture or politics it seems as if the fakers are winning.  Still, authenticity will stand the test of time (or should I say space-time) in the ecosphere.

Many of us know what it means to live with integrity.  We know to keep our word to ourselves and to others, yet we see liars “winning” every day.  How is this possible?  It makes us question whether integrity actually leads to success (although we are entering a new dimension where that crap won’t fly.  But that’s another post).

Viewing integrity from a different angle gives us a better understanding of how integrity leads to success and making an impact. Accordingly, let’s put character to the side for a moment and look at integrity from the perspective of music.  

A musical work might be said to have integrity when its musical structure has certain completeness that is not intruded upon by uncoordinated, unrelated musical ideas; that is, when it possesses a kind of musical wholeness and intactness.

Are we whole?  Are we intact?  Do we create from a place of spiritual, mental, and physical integration or are we creating from a fragmented, fracture, and implosive emotional state?  Is our perspective splintered?  

What causes fragmentation?  Fragmentation is caused by a lack of our own perspective.  Many of us are listening to too many opinions from too many people about our work and our lives.  And then, some of us who are disempowered.  When we restore our perspective and empowerment we don’t feel the need to listen to everyone and their Momma.  With conviction, we create what we desire in our hearts, whether that creation is a work of art, a business venture, or our own lives. 

Creativity and the work of creativity require integrity.  Integrity is creativity’s foundation.  Integrity is the foundation of true success. Integrity in your work certifies your work will make an impact. 

Contrarily, split your perspective to accommodate too many people and your foundation will crumble.  Take time to hone in on your vision of purpose in life, focus on that vision, and you will flourish.

Furthermore, living with integrity does not require humbleness or brokenness.  Many artists have been confused by this idea.  Brokenness on display isn’t integrity.  The wholeness, the commitment to the process is what makes a work a success, and what makes a life a success as well.  

Accordingly, living and creating with integrity means we have to make decisions that make us happy.  Living out someone else’s life is miserable and unimpactful.

You can’t live a happy successful creative life with someone else’s decisions.  We all have choices and opportunities before us.  We can navigate better when we listen to the still inner voice that’s guiding us to our true hearts’ desires.

 

Make Decisions that Make You Happy

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Without a doubt, the decisions which are truly and authentically our own decisions are the ones that make us the happiest. Opinions of others are just that, opinions.  Opinions are not plans, they don’t help you execute and achieve your goals. Opinions do not lead you up the path to success in the ecosphere.

The ecospheric simulation is designed for us to make our own decisions in life.  Perspectives influence perception.  We see our world with our perceptions.  If we don’t believe something is there, we won’t see it.  

To regain our perspective, we have to rely on our own inner being.

Strengthening Your Intuition

Making decisions that make you happy begins with building your intuition.  All too often we tell artists and creatives to go with their gut.  But what if you don’t know when your gut is speaking to you or if it is something you heard from someone else.

You have to practice using your intuition.  What is intuition? Intuition is a faculty of the soul by which one can attain direct knowledge or cognition and direct perception or quick insight with immediate apprehension. Intuition is often referred to as the inner voice, the gut, the inner knowing, or the still voice.

Using and developing our intuition is the natural response to decision-making.  The unnatural response to decision making is taking a consensus of what others think you should do.  Tons upon tons of knowledge and information is on the internet and we can find the answer to any question we have. However, there is so much information, we get confused.

The way to increase your intuition is to use it.  Use it on small things like what time to go to the grocery store.  Who you will have the most fun with at the concert.  What days to go for a walk in the park.  Document what happens when you just go with your gut.

As you utilize intuition more, you will find many wonderful synchronicities in alignment with your creative endeavors will occur.  You will then start to trust your gut.

 

Practice, Practice, Practice

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And let’s be clear about what we are talking about here.  This means you have to practice.  Practice making your own decisions.  Empower yourself with knowledge but don’t overload your mind with other people’s opinions.

Each decision you make will feel good and it will start to feel natural.  You will be able to detect what makes you feel the most joyful and the most ecstatic.  You won’t be as reliant on other people’s opinions and change your ideas and activities to fit what others want you to do.

Whilst you develop your decision-making skills (and yes it is a skill), you will venture into broader and deeper creative endeavors.  You will trust your moves and your ideas.  

Purportedly, some of the neurotic personality traits many artists and creatives project have to do with fear of making decisions which is associated with a fear of failure.     

Don’t be afraid to fail.  Fail. Fail with your decisions don’t fail with someone else’s.  Moreover, even if you succeed with someone else’s decisions you still have not learned  to trust your own decision making abilities.  

By empowering yourself in making your own decisions, you have the ability and skill set to envision your projects, ventures, and yes an impactful successful creative life.

Have Big Dreams and You will Be a Visionary

Africa’s First Woman President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was quoted as saying, “The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” 

We give ourselves a purpose in the simulator and our purpose is associated with our dreams and what our soul is here to accomplish.  Our dedication to accomplish our soul mission is a successful creative life. 

Our Souls are expansive and the soul continues to evolve and expand, therefore, we can dream as big as we allow ourselves.  We can tune into higher dimensions of the imagination (outside the ecosphere) and draw out a dream greater than our current circumstance.

See The Possibilities

Our dreams should be big dreams; so big they frighten us.  I’m not talking about a state of panic and fear but big enough where we ask ourselves “can I do this?:  So big, that we do it scared, we do it excellently, and we do it our way.  Dreams manifest when we are focused on them and the more focused we are on our dreams with a widening of our lens in life, then we become visionaries.

Visionaries can see the possibilities and put themselves in a position to gain the knowledge and create circumstances where a possibility becomes a probability and a probability becomes a reality.

When we actualize and manifest our dreams, we have to look beyond what things look like from within the ecosphere.  There are many other things being orchestrated behind the scenes or outside the simulator.  Things we don’t see or things we don’t consciously know are happening.  But our soul knows what is happening.  The soul can see what the human mind can’t and the seat of the soul is the pineal gland, the third eye.

The Soul Can See and Feel

See and Feel, Vision and Dreaming

Utilizing the third eye as our point of focus, the soul can see beyond the ecospheric simulation and tap into that stuff that creates everything.  Yes, the unformed stuff of the universe.  Yep, that stuff physicists call dark matter or dark energy.

So what is the difference between a dream and a vision? A dream is what we desire in our hearts.  A vision is what we see already existing in our reality.  We not only see our visions but because the third eye is such a fine-tuned instrument, we feel our vision.  We feel them until our physical brain starts to see it.  

Breathe into Your Dreams

In meditation with the breath (our qi) and a focal point in the mind, we can literally mind travel to the place where dreams are a reality.  The more we do it the more our vision is clear to us and we go from probability to reality.

We breathe life force energy or (qi) into our dreams when we talk about our dreams.  We breathe into our dreams with affirmations or prayers.

For example, an affirmation can be:

“I am so happy and grateful to be enrolled in a prestigious art and design academy where I am mastering my skills in art and design, building networks in the industry, and loving my work every step of the way.”

This detailed affirmation is in the present tense and is directed at a dream which at this point is a goal.  Each affirmation and prayer we speak aloud with vigor and excitement is powered up with life force energy and ready to manifest in our lives.  Our dream becomes vision and our vision becomes a reality.

Essentially, our affirmations are like commands in the ecospheric simulation.  Affirmations and prayers need a target.  The targets are our goals and objectives, setting goals with objectives have proven to be very effective in the phase between vision and reality or our perceived experiences in the simulator.

Set Goals and Objectives on Purpose

Years ago, I used to write grant proposals and business plans for various clients.  I developed this acronym called “GOAM,”  GOAM stood for Goals, Objectives, Activities, Milestones.  Creating helped me create programs for community-based organizations and business and marketing concepts for small businesses.  Ultimately, I used the GOAM method to help businesses and community-based organizations to carry out the vision of their company or their organization.  And just as important they could see if their programs or concepts were viable.

Similarly, identifying our goals and objectives can help us determine if our dreams are viable visions.

What’s the Difference Between a Goal and an Objective?

Knowing the difference between a goal and an objective can help us become clear about our dreams and our vision of purpose in life. So what is the difference between a goal and an objective?

A goal is a clear statement of an outcome to be reached and achieved within a timeframe. A goal is measurable both qualitatively and quantitatively. A goal is set to be achievable and singular. In other words, a goal is a singular, achievable, and measurable outcome. Goals are often open,  fluid, and directional.

For instance, you may have the dream of getting your Doctorate of Philosophy in Romance Languages. You have envisioned time again teaching Romance Languages on a collegiate level which requires a Ph.D.  A goal maybe, “I will complete my dissertation for my Ph.D. candidacy in 18 to 24 months.”  Clearly, the goal doesn’t state what you will be doing, and when you will be doing it.  The specificities are in the objectives.

Comparatively, objectives break down goals to reachable chunks. Objectives have a more specific time and space.  The quality of the objective within time will affect the quality of the goal.  Let’s get back to the above goal of “I will complete my dissertation for my Ph.D. candidacy in 18 to 24 months.” Some objectives may be:

  • I will have my premise completed by May 1, 2020
  • I will complete my Prospectus completed on August 15, 2020, according to my University Research Reviewer’s guidelines.

Objectives make it very clear what is to be done and when.  This makes it easier to know what activities need to be carried out and when, i.e., activities and milestones.

Activities: Doing the Dang Thang

To achieve goals and reach objectives, there are activities we need to accomplish and accomplish according to our goals and objectives.  The ecospheric simulation responds to our activities with results. The effectiveness of our activities will determine if the intent of our objectives and goals are met.

Simulate Your Actions for More Effectiveness

Often times, we jump into our activities and just do, do, do.  Go, Ben, go.  Run Forest, run. Okay, you get the point.

But sometimes we forget the importance of simulating an activity, first.  Another simulation within the simulation is a mental simulation called visualization or mind traveling.    

Want to do something you’ve never done before? Visualize it by entering the imagination (image-nation or image realm).  Put what you want in the ethers and we will receive higher dimensional guidance on how to accomplish our goals and manifest our dreams.  

The Beauty of Inspired Action

Yes, things will come to us.  Things to do will come to us (even if the thing to do is to stand still and just breathe).  Things such as a new idea, or someone to call for help or being in the right place at the right time.  Things are synched in a manner advantageous to us because we’ve already seen and felt the outcome we desire.  And getting the outcome we desire is success.  

Thus, we begin taking what is known as inspired action.  To live an impactful successful creative life, we want to take inspired action.  Inspired action produces effective results.  Results that move us from pursuing our dream life to living our dream life.

Milestones: More than Time

The next component of the GOAM method is Milestones.  We’ve somewhat hit this topic when we talk about time frames, still, milestones are much more than space and time.  

Hence, what are milestones?  Milestones are definite action or event in space and time marking a decisive, deliberate, and pivotal stage in development and progress.

If we want to achieve our goals, reach our objectives, and know if our actions have been effective, then tracking our progress through specific milestones lets us know if our goals are achievable.  

Knowledge is Still Power

Milestones are not reached when intentions are not clear, no real objectives have been set, and we don’t know what actions to take.  In such circumstances, we may have a goal but the activities to achieve the goal are unclear.  

To make things clear, many times we need more information.  For this reason, we say knowledge is power.  When we have access to information and gain know-how along with information we are empowered with what we need to perform and produce our best. 

Without Milestones We lose Our Footing

Since milestones are markers, without milestones we lose our footing.  We don’t know where to start or how long it will take us to achieve our goals and objectives.  Milestones are like little breadcrumbs that let us know where we have been and where we are.  Furthermore, if planned with intent and purpose, milestones can be indicators to where we are going.

Through our study of the ecospheric simulation, we understand that in the quantum world, everything is now.  However, in the macro world, there is space-time and density.  Learning to master both worlds is the key to success and evolving in our creatorship. Milestones serve as a way to document our successes along the way.

When we accomplish our milestones, we should celebrate.  Celebrating our milestones builds confidence and a certain rhythm, it makes it easier for pendulums to swing in our favor on the path of success.

Just as in important, on the path of success, we meet other like-minded individuals who serve as mentors, peers, and associates in a mutually beneficial way.

Build Networks

One of the first things you’re taught in business is how to build networks.  In my communication classes in college, we always worked in groups and teams.  Communications, specifically business communications, taught me that the lone wolf mentality does not disseminate information, give you access to information or get you the support you need to carry out tasks.

Yes, networks do go hand and hand with our goals.  Networks are a source of information or access to information. The more networks we build, the more access we have to information.   A great example is the internet.  The internet is the network of networks.  The worldwide web, as we refer to it, gives us massive access to information.

Networks are also sources of accountability.  We can slack on ourselves when no one is watching or we think no one is watching.  We trifle with our projects and ideas.  We take ten weeks to do something we could probably do in four hours.  All because there is no one we are accountable to.

Teams, networks, meet-ups with people who have been where you are or going where you are going keeps you accountable and offer support.  With support, we have access to more skill abilities and friends.  Friends who understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it.

With combined resources, accountability, and access to information, networks offer more intersections providing more resources and opportunities on the road to success.

Allow Room for Spontaneity

Even as artists, we can get rigid.  Making room for spontaneity is crucial for impactful creative success.  Some of our greatest creations happen when we allow room for spontaneity.  

Spontaneity doesn’t mean you have veered off the path of your vision, it simply means your vision has widened or you have found a new road on your soul’s mission to live your dreams.

Spontaneity helps You Stay Ready 

An expression I heard numerous times  growing up was: “If you stay ready, you never have to get ready. So, stay ready.”  Spontaneity offers us the opportunity to “stay ready” and make rapid effective decisions.  Rapid effective decision-making attracts higher dimensional choices. Creative energy flows towards infinite possibilities and spontaneity

Even so, spontaneity is a way of practicing present moment awareness.  We are much better at remaining in creative flow when we are present moment aware.  We can also better access our imagination or the image-nation, image realm.  

When we are being spontaneous we are laid back and confident.  This makes for a great creative environment.  

Spontaneous Intelligence

Spontaneity gives us a more frequent and amplified flow of intelligence and information as well.  

For instance,  have you ever tried to think of someone’s name or the name of a movie, or the lyrics to a song?  You know it.  You know you know it, right?  But the words escape you.  Then when you relax and aren’t thinking about it at all, suddenly you blurt it out loud. That’s an attribute of spontaneity.  It is an unrestricted-now moment flow.  

As artists and creatives, we love when these spontaneous bursts happen.  Because in these moments we tap into our genius and are able to create something incomparable.  Those moments build our confidence and take us to a new level of skill and capability.  

Moreover, spontaneity allows us to be flexible.  

Spontaneity opens the Door to New Ideas

In the moment

Phpto by Simon Berger

It is difficult to think of new ideas when we are rigid and restricted.  When we run into a problem, this flexibility is needed.  It gives us a broader and more in-depth view instead of tunnel vision.  And a deeper broader view helps us to address problems, bring new and fresh ideas to the table, or find a new way to do an old thing.

For this reason, many people attribute spontaneity to youth but it doesn’t have to be so.  We can be spontaneous at any age as long as we use our imagination and willingly explore the field of infinite possibilities.  

Hard work is what we are used to, but sweat equity does work so well in our new dimension, instead, we need a clear vision and a wide vision.  When we are flexible and spontaneous while maintaining our vision, we won’t lose our sight of what we want to accomplish.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

And yes, distractions do happen, but long term distractions that do veer us off the path of our vision can rob us of precious time and energy.  If we continue to circling back and starting over, we will find ourselves caught in a space-time loop.

Of course, we all need a break from time to time even if we love what we are doing, but distractions cause us to lose momentum, meaning lose “traction.”  We become disengaged from our work and even with our life.

Keeping your eye on the prize, you know the outcome you want and you remain focused on that outcome as you hone in on your process for achieving said outcome.

Years ago, I believed being process-oriented was the key.  But you can get tripped up in the details when being process-oriented.  Instead, keep your eye on the outcome you want.  Holding a vision of it in your mind’s eye (your third eye) while being guided by inspired actions along the way produces ongoing success.  In the words of Clement Stone, it is the “success system that never fails.”

I understand distraction. As one who once had S.O.S. (Shiny Object Syndrome), I am very familiar with distraction.  I can remember moments when I would be heavily into a story or project, then a new idea or storyline will begin to compete with the current and I would think “hmm maybe it is meant for me to do that.”  Then there goes another unfinished story or project.

It is not that I didn’t have talent or time to get it done.  I got distracted by the “new” idea, the “new” plot, or the “new” project.  

Shine, You’re a Star

You're a Star

Photo by Anna Tukhfatullina

So instead of being distracted by the new shining thing.  Maybe it’s time you shined, I thought.  I couldn’t bring myself to even think about it.  “I’m a writer,” I would say. “Writers are unsung.  Writers do the work without glory.  Writers don’t shine.”

And I remembered the culture of where I am.  Success and wisdom go hand in hand.  Wisdom doesn’t care about your fears or your so-called principles.  Wisdom is.  Wisdom dictates that in this age of information, everyone has access to anything they want to know.  But what we don’t always have access to is truth and authenticity.  Diamonds shine when they are authentic.  Stars shine until they transform into something new (a supernova, red star, white star, a black hole to another universe, whatever).  

But if you want to succeed, welcome to the 21st century, you can’t hide.  

Again, the culture in the ecosphere has changed significantly.  The artist hid away in her studio creating her work and waiting for her agent to schedule her event and then waiting for the critics to give positive reviews, well those times are in our rearview mirror.  

Now, artists have to come out of the studio and greet the people.  Create communities.  Share ideas.  Spread inspiration.  Engage with our audience.  The ivory tower has to come down.  The fear of being rejected has to be unmasked and dealt with.  “But I’m an introvert.” 

We can be introverted and approachable at the same time.  

You Create Your Success.  You Create Your Impact.

Roberto Blake, a content and youtube creator with over 400,000 subscribers has a tagline he toots at the end of his videos, he says with a tilt of his hat to the audience, “Create something awesome today.”  

In the spirit of his motto, what if we all as artists and creatives awakened each day with the personal challenge to create something awesome.  Finish something today.  Create a work of art today.  

Writing power couple Tananarive Due, an award-winning author of the “African Immortal Series, several novels, and short stories and her husband Steven Barnes, bestselling author, screenwriter, teacher, and Martial Artist, challenge writers who fear they don’t have talent or time to “write one sentence a day.”  In fact, in his article “The Secret of Writing is the Secret of  Life, Barnes states:

“And if you have fear, such that you aren’t sure if you really have the time and energy? Reduce the size of the daily action to an “atom”, the smallest component part. One sentence a day. If you are the sort of hero who can commit to writing just one sentence a day minimum for ten years, nothing can stop you. I sure as hell wouldn’t bet against you or want to get in your way.”

One complete sentence a day for 10 years is better than waiting for the perfect time with the perfect circumstances to begin working and doing what you love.  Success and making an impact doing what you love requires commitment.

Therefore, take a careful look at the victories, failures, and successes you have had in this ecospheric simulation.  When you do, you will find a common denominator. 

The common denominator is you.  

We create our successes.  We create our impact.

Here, we have shared with you some common strategies that have withstood the test of space-time, but ultimately, each of us is responsible for putting life in our living and navigating our reality in the ecosphere.  

Your creative life is its own distinctive creation and you will determine if you have created success or failure.  In other words, it’s all up to you.

 

Sources

“Vredefort Dome – UNESCO World Heritage Centre.” https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1162/

“Self-Efficacy Teaching Tip Sheet – American Psychological.” https://www.apa.org/pi/aids/resources/education/self-efficacy.

“Subconscious vs. Unconscious: How to Tell the Difference ….” 4 Dec. 2019, https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/evolution-the-self/201912/subconscious-vs-unconscious-how-tell-the-difference.

“The Secret Of Writing Is The Secret Of Life | by Steven Barnes ….” 17 Jun. 2019, https://medium.com/@stevenbarnes_87684/the-secret-of-writing-is-the-secret-of-life-235a230ac5c4?source=———13——————