You Are An Achiever … But Are You, Really?

Sheer unadulterated strength. Okay, you got that! Focused sense of purpose. You got that too, right? A go for it – make things happen mentality. Right?

Well, all evidence to your current contrary … you really do. You just need your specific access point. That point which leads you to bypass then overcome doubts, insecurity, and worries.

But first, it’s important to remember your doubts should not begin with someone elses doubts about you, your ideas and/or your goals because all too frequently, when sharing your dream with others, it will be their negativity and doubts triggering your own.

Someone else telling you that you aren’t worthy or capable. Someone else questioning your ability to achieve. Someone else telling you you can’t do that. And they’re out there. Lots and lots of negative thinking, insecure oriented people who don’t really want you to succeed … because they haven’t. You wont find a happy successful person who will doubt your idea. They know. They’ve been there themselves and when no one else did, they believed in themselves.

So go ahead, dismiss the doubters and while you’re at it dismiss your own doubts too.

Complacency – that’s next on your list as to the why you aren’t making things happen for yourself. I’m not saying your satisfied with where you are, I’m suggesting there may be a comfort level with the “known” in your life, a disinclination to approach those potential unknowns. Am I right? Well that’s really just about fear. And as we all know, fear is one of the strongest emotions out there. So we’re dealing with an emotion, a feeling, not an actual thing but rather something YOU can handle by understanding that.

Listen to your dreams. Make that your catalyst for action because you can do this. If you dream it you can achieve it. Truly. You can do this.

Sooooo … make it so. Successful achievement becomes you and as I like to say #YouGoOn – because you can!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend and always take care of you.

With sincere affection,

~ Penny

Criticism – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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The Artisan

The word “artist” here applies to anyone who creates. They may use any format, any medium, any creative talent and will produce something original. Written words, musical sounds, lyrics, paintings, photography, movies, videos, sculpture, crafting, dancing, acting, style, design, digital, chemical, architectural, physical – any inventive application of our imagination.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge … For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein.

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CRITICISM – THE GOOD

To me ”Constructive Criticism” is refined. An effective type of critical feedback. The reader/viewer/listener will tell you what they find ”good” about your creative endeavors and share what “they believe” can be improved upon. So far so good. When you ask a person to “critique” your work pick someone you know to be skilled in the area of your artistry. They will give you an informed perspective with their opinion. Most artistry comes with learning the “tools of the trade”. This is important. The person who is offering critical feedback should be knowledgeable in this manner. If you don’t personally know someone like this, ask a fellow artist who they may know.

CRITICISM – THE BAD

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The Critics

There are many out there in the online world wide web of everything that profess to being “experts”! Many are well qualified but some are not. So do your research! Find out more about those you would ask for advice. Be very careful with those you approach for critical appraisal.

CRITICISM – THE UGLY

The world is in a flux of change. Some of the tried and true “rules” of what and how you should create (in any given medium) is evolving. There is a wellspring of innovative talent from around the world merging with one another right now. This means experimentation with creative new styles and methods.

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You’re the Artist of your work ~ not anyone else.

 

Don’t let “experts” rain on your parade and tell you what’s wrong with your art just because it is perceived as different from the “norm”. Those who are tied to the past sometimes cannot easily see the essence of the future springing from your words, your art, your style of acting, your music, your photography, your videos, your technology, and so on. Be you! Create from the heart.

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“The artist is still a little like the old court jester. He’s supposed to speak his vicious paradoxes with some sense in them, but he isn’t part of whatever the fabric is that makes a nation.” ~ William Faulkner

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Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and remember to always take care of you.

With affection,

~ Penny

Everyday Wisdom Hidden in Plain Sight – About You!

 

How many of you begin your day with self depreciating remarks? Or statements about what’s going to go wrong today. Or all the reasons everything bad seems to happen to you. Or perhaps you say to yourself, “why bother to try? This person or that person is going to ruin my day!”

These type of thoughts and statements become self fulfilling the more you repeat them. You send a signal to your brain that says you can’t win, you can’t overcome and … that you think of yourself or your situation as a losing one.

First rule of being happy much less successful is to believe in yourself. Not because you’re going to go out tomorrow and conquer the world, but because where you are, right this minute is only temporary and you’re a good person who can ‘step by step’ move forward in a positive way, because you know you can. You believe in you.

What really, really helps is to not tell yourself, ahead of time, why you can’t do something. Or blame a situation or a person for problems and circumstances. We all feel insecure and worried, even fearful at times. This is normal but it shouldn’t stop us from accomplishing our goals.

 So today is a good day to start saying those self fulfilling things that support what you want to do. Things like “Today I’m going to get my tasks done regardless of what comes my way.” Or “I’m not going to let another person’s negative attitude or perhaps even rude bullying behavior affect me”. Or “Today I believe in me and someway, somehow I will do those things I’d planned to do.”

You positively reinforce your own mindset (thinking patterns of behavior) when your thoughts, words and action have a “can do” mentality. It will strengthen your resolve as well.

Try it. You’ll discover it really works. And by repeating daily, this can make a significant difference between success and failure. Remember you’ve only failed when you stop! Every other thing that goes wrong is just a temporary disappointment and a part of your ongoing learning experience.

 

Do not ever believe you are incapable or undeserving of the enrichment and fulfillment of happiness, love and creative endeavor. You are. We all are.

Life’s pathways may vary during our adventures in life. But happiness is yours for the having, love is yours for the giving/receiving and creativity “with achievement” are yours for the doing. Yours for the believing that this is so.

Because it’s true. Believe in you, never doubt even on the most negative of days. Always remember – You make it happen because …

#YouGoOn.

Thank you. Have a great weekend ahead and take care of you.

With sincere affection,

~Penny

Hello You! Did You Know You Inspire Me?

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No, I’m being serious here. You, the person reading this right now is who really inspires me.

I began dwelling on where inspiration came from earlier this morning, not long after waking. Going outside, I listened to delightful chirping of birdsong thinking to myself, “how lovely”. I felt a gentle breeze and the warmth of morning sunshine on my face and thought, “how soothing”.

And then I thought about us. As in people. Our incredibly diversity, our amazing talents, our awesome ability to cope with and overcome adversity, to carry on, create new ideas, to prosper and succeed.

Finally I thought about you – a unique individual, one of a kind and what you must have to face each day and on those really hard days how you not only muster the courage to go on, but you go beyond expectation and succeed within yourself inspite of the odds, the naysayers, and of course your own personal and sometimes deeply rooted self doubts.

You keep going on because when all is said and done you know, in your heart of hearts, if you just keep going you’ll make it. And so this morning I thought of you, of both your struggles and successes and quietly cheered, because not only do I believe in you but more importantly, you do too and this is why YOU …

yes, You … inspire me.

Plh

If You Are A Girl … BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE!

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Jodie Foster by Annie Leibovitz

If you are born a female, as soon as you’re able to communicate, limitations are put upon you, solely for the reason that you are a girl. These limitations are reinforced in our schools, our workplace, our communities and our homes. For many girls, it doesn’t take long to add to these limitations. They become self fulfilling.

YOU ARE as equal as any other human on this planet. You CAN achieve anything you believe you can. And the very first thing to achieve (regardless of your current age) is your belief in yourself. It begins there and once you’ve planted the seed of self-belief, nurture it. Keep it growing, bigger, better, stronger.

Be all that you can be … You owe it to yourself!

And YES, #unstoppable – a very good word to emulate!

With all my love, support and affection to each and every one of you reading this,

~ Penny