We’re so overloaded by information and inspiration and motivation and perspiration. Sometimes just figuring out who we are and what we should be doing is worse than going to Macy’s on Black Friday; there are so many possibilities and squeaky shiny new things out there, we just want to grab on to all of them.
But we can’t. Well, we can, for about a day. Then we implode in front of our computers. We can’t simultaneously be glassblowers, knitters, potters, fine artists and sage advice-givers. It’s simply not possible.
But it’s tempting. The Internet has given us a million new possibilities to learn about new things, or to learn new things about things we already know. This is the magic and the manic about the Internet. The exposure can grow us, but it also has the potential to burn us out. It can make us, in the end, insecure and a little scared. Because when we see how many people out there are doing stellar things and seem to be living stellar lives, we wonder why we don’t have a piece of it. This can lead to sort of a crazed, unhealthy inspiration that in reality is depletion.
I have come to believe that in order to use the Internet as a cultivation tool for learning about ourselves, we have to be strong. First we need to understand what makes us tick. Then we can go in search of others who are doing similar things, or have perfected their craft in the same area.
This might seem simple, but it’s huge. Really, really huge. Because owning your passion is the first step to living it. <–click to tweet
All the people out there that do things well and present themselves in a way that makes your head turn have worked hard, unbelievably and consistently hard, to create their vision. At some point, they each had to drop a thousand things that held their interest and focus on the thing that would move them ahead and make them stunning at what they do. They narrowed in on their passion. They decided to own that passion and make it work for them, instead of letting their passion become diluted by the next shiny thing.
I’ll tell you something – I’m writing this out of personal experience. I’ve been on a personal quest to narrow down my passions and become more focused. It’s very hard for me, partially because I tend to be a little ADD to begin with, but also because so many things interest me. I am listening to my guides, my coach and my mentors who have been telling me the same things for years: you are creative, but you have to decide where you want to focus your energy. I absolutely love the creative process, and sometimes it’s a fatal attraction. I’ve been working hard to build good, healthy boundaries between my creative tendencies and my desire to focus. This part of the journey is now coming to an end for me, and another one opens – the one where I take the passions I have chosen and move them into the next realm.
This is my next step in my work.
One of my carefully chosen passions is to be right here with you – to guide you to your work. To help you figure out what’s yours. My new Creative Coaching Program will be released on July 1st. I’ve been working on this program for the better part of a year, and I can’t wait to share it with you.
Stay tuned, stay healthy, and know you are not alone.