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Feeling Accomplished When You Didn't Actually Accomplish Much

I just completed one of those super productive days. You know the ones where you tick off more things on your list than you ever thought possible. Those rare days where you make significant progress on several projects.

Where you pat yourself on the back. Walk with that “I got this” stride and feel...accomplished.

I love these days.

I feel good about myself on these days. I can trick myself into believing even for just a moment that I’ve got my sh*t together.

Here’s the thing...

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From Exhausted and Drained to Creating Again.

It’s been 3 weeks since my last blog, which kinda feels like walking up to a confessional booth and saying it’s been 3 weeks since my last confession. Or so I imagine because I’m not Catholic. I also took a huge break from posting content on social media.

I wish I could say that I’ve been quiet because I’ve been on vacation on some gorgeous tropical beach. That I’m writing to you now with sand between my toes.

But no.

Truth?

I felt completely drained. Exhausted. Uninspired. I had NOTHING to say (which never happens). Until it did, 3 weeks ago. Does this ever happen to you?

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You Were Made to Go Against The Grain

You are a radical dreamer, a sacred rebel and you want to make possible what others say can't be.

Where in your life and business are you being told it has to be done a certain way?  That success will only follow if you "xyz"?

And yet, in the face of this advice, there's that tug of intuition, that quiet whisper saying, "No.  I don't believe it."  It doesn't feel right.  There HAS to be another way to reach my goal.

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Divine Inspiration vs. Shiny Idea Syndrome

How can you tell if your next idea, if the next direction you're being pulled in, is the spark of divine inspiration or shiny idea syndrome?

This was a question I recently started to unravel for myself.

Context: As creatives I believe our biggest problem isn't shiny object syndrome as much as it's shiny idea syndrome.

If I look back at the pattern of my life I have undergone a seismic shift in my career every 4 years.  Yes, I can follow this trend all the way back to my very first "real" job as a grocery store cashier when I was in high school.

I've been a copywriter for about 4 years now and I feel the winds of change, they are a blowin'.

But is this some innate inability to stick it out?  Is it a pathological need to reinvent my work life?  Is it better to stay the course, keep trying new things within the context of what's already been created (painstakingly loved into being) over the last 4 years?

Or listen to the whisper?

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What Kind of Work Are You Doing?

I loved Seth Godin's blog (I'm a fan) on the difference between important, popular or viral work.

He said important work is "easily dismissed by the audience.  It involves change & risk & thought".  Popular work in contrast "resonates with the people who already like what you do".  Viral work is "what happens when the audience can't stop talking about what you did".  He concluded that these 3 will co-exist once in a while but more often than not it's up to us to choose which one to focus on.

Which got me thinking...like almost all of his stuff does.

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