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My Big Ideas

I admit it, I’ve been dipping in and out of a funk. There is a lot going on for me right now as I stretch and grow, stepping up my exposure and offerings. However, fear surfaces in many ways and I often feel like I’m riding Dr. Doolittle’s Pushmi-Pullyu. One side of me is raring to go with BIG ideas and STRONG offers. The other side is full of criticism and self-pity. One side is busy saying YES and making plans. The other side has a sore knee and tells me I should quit dreaming and and get a “real” job. Wow. What the body and mind will do when personal growth is in the room. The more I grow, the more resistance my body and soul are throwing at me.

Being conscious to it doesn’t always help. Sometimes I believe that voice that resides in my head that is constantly talking in my ear. Sometimes I believe what that voice is telling me is real. Then I remember that I get to choose what is real.

Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there. ~Norman Vincent Peale

I find spending too much time thinking brings out the shadow side. Alternately, getting out and DOING shines the light and dims the shadows. I believe it’s time to stop planning and time to start doing. Not only will action dismiss doubts, they will be replaced with memories, confidence and courage.

I find the cartoon above compelling because sometimes I feel like those characters; head-strong, marching forward, unrelenting. Sometimes I forget to stop and chill. Not chill and think about my work. Chill and do something fun. Today I joined my life-long bestie and her awesome husband in San Francisco. We had an amazing lunch overlooking the water, walked through the Ferry Building market and then sat outside talking about life and creativity. My friend’s awesome husband said he heard we need to leave 20% of our time free for creativity to happen. Not power through 100% of our time, which leads to burnout.

Sitting outside in the fresh air of the city, in friendship was so healing and inspiring to me.

So before I POWER ON with either my Big Ideas, or my Big Criticisms, I’m going to remind myself to have a little fun too.

Creative art credit: http://myburnoutthing.com

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Sherry Richert Belul - August 27, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Hey Laura Cottril, I really love your post today. Especially this line, “I find spending too much time thinking brings out the shadow side. Alternately, getting out and DOING shines the light and dims the shadows.” Me, too! There is a vitality that happens when we are taking steps toward the life we want. I have a little saying that “the payoff is in the moment.” Which to me, means, that the energy I feel in the moment is everything. Any results that may happen from those actions are icing on the cake. Your post today reminded me of this. Thanks!! :-)