05 Feb Raise the Bar
Comfort is so easy, it actually sneaks up on you. One minute, you’re happily typing away on your keyboard. The next, you realize you haven’t done anything fun or original in weeks. You’re in the same chair. Writing at the same pace. Cranking out a precise number of pages each day. Nothing douses the muse quicker than going over the same routine.
Never seeing the light of a brighter flame.
Spark your inspiration and lift your creations to a higher level by surrounding yourself with passionate action-takers. Not just passionate. Not just active. Both. Pure passion fires up and, without action as fuel, burns out just as fast. Pure action moves you forward, but without passion lighting the way, becomes a repetitive motion with no heart.
Along this path, I have been pushed, prodded, goaded, and – most of all – inspired by passionate action-takers. In fact, if I notice that I have fallen into a rut, I seek them out. Will they ruffle your ego’s feathers? Absolutely. Will their fire make all of your excuses grumble? Guaranteed.
But after spending even a short amount of time with them, you won’t take a creative step. You will take a creative leap.
In my next post, I will share about some of the amazing “bar raisers” in my life. People who always take the next jump into the unknown. Brene Brown shares an impassioned quotation from Teddy Roosevelt that summarizes these folks in her book, Daring Greatly:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; … who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”