Don’t drag 2019’s sorry-ass projects into 2020

I know it’s an arbitrary designation in space-time — still — I’m using it as a psychological slingshot, the way astrophysicists use the gravitational pull of a moon or planet to propel spacecraft into a new trajectory. With minimal energy and maximal thrust.

You’ve got two days. Today and tomorrow. The rest of this week if you want to consider this upcoming first weekend of 2020 as part of your slingshot effect.

You can use the New Year to transform your environment.

Consider a 2019 Purge: Cleaning up, clearing out, laying waste to small and large projects that have besmirched your work space and living space with their staying power.

I thank my weekly accountability partner Brian Reekers for this idea. A week or so ago when we were contemplating our next year he suggested a purge of the stuff that’s been holding us back.

Why enter 2020 hobbled by the crap you haven’t dealt with?

I’ve already purged a bookcase lining our dining area wall. It’s zen again!

Same with dead and broken paintings, no-longer-useful shelving units, dried-up paint, and years of Ann’s art studio castoffs. Gone, baby, gone —

Today I launch again into that pile of paperwork mocking me from a corner of my home office desk.

2020 — I want to come to you clean and limber and free.

Won’t you join me?

Clutter is a psychic drag. Unfinished projects are a kind of karmic debt sucking up mental resources. Give in to your urge to purge —

Let’s enter the New Year like newborn babes, utterly transfixed with what’s before us, unhampered by what came before.


Forget finding your calling, follow what’s surfacing

Too many of us crave a mythical calling when all we really need is to pay attention to what is emerging. And get more curious about that….

If you’re frustrated with the idea of finding your calling, follow what is surfacing.

The biggest open secret among connected creatives is not that they necessarily had an epiphany at age eight about what they wanted to do with their lives, it’s that they stepped bit by bit into activities that called to them.

There’s a difference there — a calling, a life mission, only comes to a few. But following where you’re called from where you’re at — that’s available to us all.

When I talk to creative individuals so very few have lived a straight-arrow line to their ideal way of life. Instead, being flexible enough to follow pathways that pique your interest even if you don’t know where they lead — that’s the zesty sauce for fulfillment.

Young Steve Jobs took a calligraphy class. Later this influenced the elegance and design of the Apple interface.

If only he’d also enrolled in a non-abusive communications class.

I bought a computer before anyone I knew had a computer. It had no hard drive. I had to code basic formatting we take for granted today — bold, italics, indents.

I bought it for writing — to this day still the most expensive writing tool I’ve ever invested in. Yet it opened up a wondrous world to me that remained closed for others too long.

I was intrigued by how computers could make things simpler. When I found myself moving into the graphic design world — following an interest in the department next door — I rapidly moved up the ranks because many designers at the time were daunted by computers.

Imagine that.

Today you can’t shake a designer loose from their device. Then, it took an outsider to help ease the way into the digital domain.

I write this because I speak to so many who are horrified they don’t know their calling. From their twenties to their sixties, people of all ages are frozen by this cultural notion that we must follow our calling.

Like computers at their best, it’s simple — you don’t need a calling, just put your energy into what’s surfacing in front of you.

What’s intriguing you?

That’s all you need to know.


Note: You, creator

This is a simple PSA — a Public Service Announcement. Or put another way, an RYP — a Reminder of Your Power.

After a major holiday weekend of connection and gluttony — if you’re even a wee bit like me — it’s always good to reboot. Back into your trajectory, the one you want for yourself.

You don’t want the trajectory the world will toss your way if you go into this next week unarmed by clarity.

It’s simple. You’re a powerful creator. Just re-aim your creation beam where you want it to go. Aim your attention and energy onto the track that speeds you in your desired direction.

Today is a perfect day to let the hoopla of this past week subside — to take a few minutes to quiet your overextended self — then with inner clarity gaze forward into the week to come —

What do you want in it?

What can you set in motion?

What action calls to you that will take you there?

When can you do it?

Rebooting into your silent self for a short while recharges you, energizes you, sets you on the trajectory you want, rather than being pulled off course by the thousand and one things that buffet our daily lives.

Get quiet — Envision — Embark on your adventure —

Go forth — Have a phenom week — Thrive in it —

. . . . .

You — creator


For insights and stories on the connected creative life, check out these bookitos:

The Creative Morning Challenge

Burn Baby Burn: Spark The Creative Spirit Within