Climbing that Mountain

As you begin to look back, it’s important to remember how far you’ve come as opposed to how far you have to go.  When you feel like you have a mountain standing in front of you, it can be daunting and quite overwhelming. 

In order for you to continue to believe that mountain is climbable, it is essential to encourage yourself along the way.  Looking at what you have accomplished, no matter how small the accomplishments are, will give you that boost to keep you going.  If you are an artist, it may even be necessary to get out photos of your old work and compare to your most recent work.  I bet you’ll be amazed at your development.

Be your own cheerleader.  Make a list of every accomplishment and review it from time to time.  When it comes to friends or even family, if there is someone who is not willing to cheer you on keep them at bay.  Negativity produces negativity.  If you do these things the mountain won’t seem so large.  

Postive Thoughts

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, you life will start to change.-Unknown.

Who said it? Practically every overcomer. If you doesn’t come naturally for you, it’s not easy. It takes practice. I work on this every day in every situation. How do you stay positive?

Risks

If you take risks and face your fate with dignity, there is nothing you can do that makes you small; if you don’t take risks, there is nothing that can make you grand, nothing.-Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What will you be....

Begin now to be what you will be hereafter.-Saint Jerome

Today is a great day to begin again. It doesn’t matter how you start. It only matters how you finish. Get up. Try again.

What Lies Within

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Henry Stanley Haskins

Inner focus. Be still. Hear the breath.

Learning to see....

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes. - Marcel Proust

People often pride themselves in being able to see the another person’s perspective. However, I find that most people simply take their own perspective to the other person’s vantage point. I believe Proust had it correct. We must begin to see with new eyes, and that takes knowing what it is you are focusing on. We tend to see only one side and we see that side over, and over, again.

Robert Downey, Jr. Quote

Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the @#%$ you were going to do anyway.-Robert Downey, Jr.

I’ve always admired Robert Downey, Jr.’s ability to turn his life around. It took courage. It took believing in himself. I find that more impressive than his talent. I also love they way the public eventually rallied around him and forgave him of his past. We need more of that.

Risk the Unusual

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. - Jim Rohn

Better than you were before

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. -Ernest Hemingway

Live and Love

Don’t brood. Get on with living and loving. You don’t have forever. - Leo Buscaglia

Hemingway

There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior

to your former self. - Ernest Hemingway

Wisdom

Wisdom is the reward for surviving your own stupidity. - Brian Rathbone

Aristotle

There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. - Aristotle

Thomas Jefferson

If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. Jefferson

Optimism

Four surgeries in thirteen months.  Five months of doing little, very little.  Four months at half-speed.  It’s been a long, long year.  Needless to say, art production stalled.  However, in my months of downtime, I realized my dreams didn’t have to stall.  I simply had to find a way to use my time differently.  I needed to reposition myself.  Not a fun task.

Marketing.  I hadn’t focused on marketing in years but now it was time.  it was time to begin the social media ordeal.  Not a fun task but a task I could do while lying in bed.  Blogging began.  Pushing my prints began, and selling my originals online got off the ground.

Sometimes taking a break either by choice or by force to re-examine our path is the best way to proceed.  Find the good in your circumstance and grow through it.  There is blessing in the valley.