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Dreams to Action: Balancing Possibilities and Planning

- - Desire

I was traveling over the holidays, visiting family and friends. As I return to life and work, I think about what I want to change and what should stay the same. It’s easy for me to get wrapped up in the possibilities of the things that I could do and try. Anything is possible, after all. Or almost anything is possible. Well, at least, it feels like anything is possible.

I have a pattern of dreaming and exploring possibility. When I am free from the constraints of the day to day it is easy to imagine everything that I could pursue and accomplish. I have huge dreams in these times. Then I come back to earth, carrying my big and beautiful dreams on my shoulders. The gravity of the day-to-day work and the reality of how many thousands of hours a dream takes to become actualized make those dreams feel overwhelming. Don’t misread me here: dreaming matters— exploring possibilities is so important. But here’s what I’ve discovered:

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Playing with Your Creative Block

A creative block is an impasse in your creative process. It is when you want to create, but feel stuck, stagnant, and at a loss for what to do next. (The most well-known creative block is Writter’s Block. I use Creative Block because it less medium specific.)

Here’s the thing about creative blocks: your block is like playing with a strong willed three year old. You want to play a certain game, play with a certain toy, or play in a certain way, but she won’t join you. You really just want her to do things your way, but she will have none of it.

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Arrival Is Not the Point (True Creatives Never Arrive)

In the early stages of any endeavor, we look forward to arrival. We set out with a goal in mind, and that is what keeps us moving forward. We long for the day when we come into our own and it feels like things are much less difficult.

I quit my job and started this blog with the intention of affecting change in the world. I want to help you bring more of who you are to what you do. It is meaningful work for me for many reasons, but it is also hard work. I started building this blog one post at a time, and this community one person at a time. Though I have big intentions for this work and for what this movement can be, it takes a long time to build.

As I feel the tension between where I am and where I want to be, I can easily idealize that future moment when everything will be in its right place (which is also a fantastic song). The problem then is that feeling “arrived” becomes the point, and we forget about the process.

Arrival is not the point.

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Your Passion is Worth The Pain

- - Courage, Desire, Work

Passion is about desiring something so much that you’re willing to suffer for it. Nothing is only good, fun, and easy all the time. To pursue a passion means that you are willing to endure and suffer to bring about that meaning in the world (see last week’s introduction to suffering for you passion for more).

I want to get more specific about the way we think about passion. Passion is energy and desire. Energy and desire comes from meaning. Meaning comes from your experiences and story.

If passion is about desiring an impact, then do whatever you can to give as much of yourself and your time to making that impact.

Most people will spend a majority of their lifetime working. 8 hours a day. 5 days a week. 48-52 weeks a year. 30+ years of their life. That’s more time spent working than doing any other singular activity outside of sleeping. Listen to this:

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Suffering For Your Passion

- - Courage, Desire, Work

Our culture loves to talk about passion. It’s a hot word. “Find your passion.” “Follow your passion.” Etc. etc. etc.

I’m as guilty as the next person of using and misusing that word. Passion is about what moves you. Passion is about what makes you come alive. In short, passion matters.

What we don’t realize about passion is that it’s not just a feel good fun word to throw around (like it’s cousin “yolo”). Passion costs you something.

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