On the path to defining your own version of success, what you stop doing is just as important as the things you start doing. Read that twice, please. Because this concept could change everything for you — if you let it.
Creativity + Learning
In celebration of the release of The Fire Starter Sessions paperback edition, here are some multimedia motivationals.
What I’m campaigning for is that you embrace the potential genius of the last minute knowings (because they’re natural).
The one part of the plan that isn’t changing? The plan to always give your very best.
Pace Smith is so good at asking the deeper questions about what it means to do meaningful work in the world. Unlike most “business” interviews, here we talk a lot about deep desire, hit on The Enneagram, make our way to The 99 Divine Qualities of Sufism and slide into the first base of grace.
My gratitude for all of this burns in my solar plexus. Sometimes I push against it. I have to consciously breathe it in — choose to expand rather than contract, choose to let it melt any illusions of lack. Mostly, I breathe, and smile deeply, and say Thank you. And then I detach a bit. Because you know, I don’t think I have much to do with anyone else’s a-ha’s. And I just get on with being expressive…grateful…expressive…grateful.
Last week over 500 Desire Map Book Clubs gathered in cafes and living rooms and book stores. Boise. London. Brazil. And one group in LA that I surprised!
It takes a village. And Throat Coat Tea. And velcro rollers. And producers who listen with their heart and soul. And so began my journey with Sounds True Publishing to bring The Desire Map book to bookstores and to create a new series of audio programs.
Do you love the kind of problems that you have in your relationship? Like, can you love the fact that your “work” as a couple is to deepen intimacy? That’s some hard work. But can you honour that that’s your work to do?
My love for you
than any compass could map.
But like a Queen
with the luxury of time and resources…
Usually, I try to avoid watching/listening to my own interviews or speaking gigs. But he talked me into watching this. We cover a lot of ground — ambition, systems design, cowboys, and of course… love. Tune in.
When the stakes are high or when the success is more than you’ve experienced before, Upper Limit Problems can strike. You rain on your own parade. You make a windfall of cash and you get into a car accident. You fall in love and you pick a silly fight. You come down with something before a big moment…
I’ve been thinking on behalf of Creatives everywhere. I have some questions for us: What have you got in your archive that can be turned into art today? We’re so occupied with creating new and innovative that we can forget our past experiments or the ideas whose time hasn’t come yet. Remember that one idea you had…? Dust it off now and see if it’s got some glimmer to it….
Hey hustlers! I’m a hustler, too. Hustling my ideas. I like connections. I like ink. I like open doors. Networking? Loathe it. And unless there’s a dance floor, I always leave the party early. Consider this permission (not that you need it) to not network. We’re going to replace the concept of networking with trust and resonance…
July Roundup: Cosmic guidance, brittle women & a million dollars. Notes on my writing process. Stop giving 100%.
July 2013 roundup: Desire, orgasm and shakti power. Random notes on my writing. Guidance from the cosmos, plus a million dollars ain’t a million dollars.
Your inspired flights and flops, and the art that makes your heart flutter, says more about you than any ol’ resume. Here’s my journey, through inspiration, awe and courage…
I was in a special English class in high school, the one for the word geeks and bookworms. That was me in the front row with big hair and leg warmers, talking Bronte and Shakespeare. Mrs. Mulvey, my English teacher, was on the outside of my teen drama (and there was a lot of drama back then — I left home when I was sixteen), and we rarely spoke out of class, but how she treated me quietly influenced my entire creative career…
I get a lot of compliments on the inspirational quotes in THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS. Here they are, all in one place.
For every big hit that we see, there are hundreds of other products and people just as awesome… And then there’s damn good karma.
Inspiration hunters, Circle of Fire launch, and blaming your parents (don’t do it anymore): The July Roundup
July 2012 Roundup: We wiped out threats to creativity, faced the fear driven questions and helped Malawian girls stay in school.
The following music was listened to obsessively while creating THE FIRE STARTER SESSIONS. Listen in.
These exercises aren’t fluffy Q&A’s repackaged from all the self-help seminars we’ve all been to. These worksheets have some traction. You’ll think. You’ll go deeper. You’ll let go. You’ll take action.
I N C L U D E S A U D I O ♫
PREZZIES! Audio segment: Calling All Sovereigns of Time! Download it here.
My entrepreneurial sister and dance floor partner, Marie Forleo and I got gritty about visualization techniques and manifestation and all the misguided hooey that I think gets in the way of truly powerful inner perceptions.
We’re taking a field trip for today’s Burning Question! I signed your permission slip and packed you a video snack. I am thrilled to announce: 30 Days to Fire Up Your Creative Genius with yours truly on The Huffington Post.
(For best results, watch this every morning, before big meetings, when you’re about to make the big leap, when in doubt, when your faith needs to be fueled, when you just need someone to say, “You got this.”)
March 2013 Roundup: Charging toward the New York Times Bestseller List and not getting there + Dream Shrinkage + Do you compare your pain to others’?
The creative process of having an idea, putting that idea into a medium: a bound book, a film, a seminar, an app and giving that to as many people as possible, is as much a sport as it is an art.
February 2013 Roundup: You’re down to the last minutes, poised + ready to go after months of planning and jamming, when suddenly… you want to throw up. Embrace the potential genius of the last-minute knowings.
You’re about to ship your product, wrap the gift, get dressed for the event, name the baby. Go time. Launch time. Deadline-to-meet-time. It’s time to make the final call. You’ve been working toward this for months. Money invested in designers, endless jam sessions, deep thinking, working toward THAT goal. And then…and then you look at it (clock is ticking, we’re waiting for you to sign off), and you think…it’s not quite right…
Think you’re starting from scratch? You’re not. Your life is your content.