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"The answer is discipline, not motivation."

Discipline over motivation, habits over goals. This makes much sense!

Thanks +Anne Westlund for sharing this.
If you want to get anything done, there are two basic ways to get yourself to do it. The first, more popular and devastatingly wrong option is to try to motivate yourself. The second, somewhat unpo...
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"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things."

-- Robert Brault
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"My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is within you.  Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying.

Always aim for achievement and forget about success."

- Helen Hayes (b. Brown) (1900-1993) American Stage/Film Actress

#quote   #quotation  
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this is a great quote, and I'll be sharing it with my children. :-)
Merry Christmas!
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Excellent quote! 

Very similar to Anais Nin's - 

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."
 
“You get down to work when the fear of having done nothing finally exceeds the fear of doing it wrong.” - Alain de Botton
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"...don’t just widen the floodgates because you don’t want to choose. Choose, and your life will get simpler. Say no to the rest..."
By Leo Babauta. For many people, the holiday season is the busiest, most complicated, most stressful time of year. Holiday parties, gift shopping and wrapping, decorating, travel plans, end-of-the-year projects, planning for the new year … these are all added on top of your regular business.
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"Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow"..."

- Anonymous
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How To Create Amazing Somethings From Virtually Nothing

A common belief amongst artists is that we don't create enough.

Combine this with another often closely held belief that, unless we can dedicate hours or days at a time to creating, we'll not be able to make any worthwhile art, and we have a recipe for a miserable and frustrated artist.

Fortunately, both of these beliefs are often exaggerated far from the reality. We just need someone else to help us see this.

We can create amazing somethings, and from virtually nothing. Here is why, and how.
A common belief amongst artists is that we don't create enough. Combine this with another often closely held belief that, unless we can dedicate hours or days at a time to creating, we'll not be able to make any worthwhile art, and we have a recipe for a miserable and frustrated artist.
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+Charlene Reeves No need to apologise Charlene. You're here now. If you were going to choose a creative project or media to start some gentle play with, what might it be? 
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Why Your New Resolutions Are Already Failing (And What To Do Instead)

Becomes really tiresome doesn't it?

That pattern of entering a new year with so much promise, so many plans for change, so much expectation... Then a week in realising that we're pretty much exactly the same people doing exactly the same things we were doing a month ago.

And feeling as despondent and deflated as a limp birthday balloon flapping about on a gate post a fortnight after the party's over.

The idea behind setting new year resolutions is well intended.

We want to better ourselves, to become closer to the best person we can be. To be more creative, more calm, more focused, more healthy, more energised, more content.

The problem comes in the expectation.

We underestimate how difficult it is to change - in mere days - behaviours we've had engrained in our psyche for years.

To compound the struggle further, we're rarely content with taking on just one new year resolution. Oh no. This year is going to be the one, where finally we triple our creativity, double our income and halve our bodyweight! All by February, at the very latest!

Resolutions don't work because they're too ambitious, too complex, and too many.

So what can we do instead?

Read on to find out > 
Becomes really tiresome doesn't it? That pattern of entering a new year with so much promise, so many plans for change, so much expectation… Then a week in realising that we're pretty much exactly the same people doing exactly the same things we were doing a month ago.
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+Diane O I had that realisation some years ago - the more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to maintain, and clean! Halve your stuff and you halve the maintenance (time and cost) and the cleaning time...

+Anne Westlund I don't think it's possible to jinx it, once these habits are in place for a few weeks they're very strong. Well done Anne! 
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Embracing The Experiments

As creative beings, everything we do involves changing what already exists. Nothing stays the same, and every moment is an experiment.

Embrace these experiments.

If we gather up the same tools, materials, thoughts and surroundings as we did a month ago, six months ago, a year ago, and sit down to make again, it will still be a new experiment.

There's no guarantee we'll be able to create exactly as we did before, even though all the external factors seem the same.

We change constantly. We cannot stay the same.

So in fact trying to create the same work over and over is harder and more fruitless than trying something different each time.

Instead, embrace the experiments.

After all, the pleasure in creating so often comes in the unexpected - the tiny twists and fortuitous flurries we couldn't have planned and foreseen in our work, and that open up entire new landscapes of possibility.

These can only be discovered when we embrace the experiments.

We needn’t shy away, clinging to the known, familiar path as fiercely and desperately as a chased cat clings eight feet up a tree.

Instead, keep climbing. A few branches higher we might discover the most beautiful and stimulating view we've known in a long time. Maybe ever.

Embrace the experiments.

How are you embracing experiments in your creative world?
As creative beings, everything we do involves changing what already exists. Nothing stays the same, and every moment is an experiment. Embrace these experiments. If we gather up the same tools, materials, thoughts and surroundings as we did a month ago, six months ago, a year ago, ...
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Order those pages +Nicole Tilde :) Then you can get on with creating that awesome multi-media journal.
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"To think bad thoughts is really the easiest thing in the world. If you leave your mind to itself it will spiral down into ever increasing unhappiness. To think good thoughts, however, requires effort. This is one of the things that discipline - training - is about."
 
- James Clavell
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The Dreamers, The Makers, And You

We need the dreamers.

Those who let their imaginations tumble open the width of the horizon and the depth of the ocean’s abyss.

We need the makers.

Those who gather up handfuls of raw materials and tease and fuse them into objects that didn’t exist before.

But most of all we need the artists.

Those who dream, then make.

Then make some more, then dream.

Where are you sat?

Dreamer? Maker? Artist?

The fact that you’re here suggests you’re all three.

Join the conversation below to tell me more…
We need the dreamers. Those who let their imaginations tumble open the width of the horizon and the depth of the ocean's abyss. We need the makers. Those who gather up handfuls of raw materials and tease and fuse them into objects that didn't exist before. But most of all we need the artists.
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i'm the dreamer, the maker and the artist.  one thing i've learned, both through own experience and watching my textbook-eccentric-artist ex-husband, you gotta dream a lot and a lot of "useless" stuff, and trust that eventually, you'll feel pushed to make one or the other come true.  currently i'm the dreamer/maker/artist in a huge organization.  part of the challenge there is to know when to keep pushing the envelope and when to write on it in the same font as everyone else :)  it's crazy, fascinating, lonely, and what i've dreamed of :)
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Enablist and Creativity Coach Dan James helps people become as creative as they've always known they can be.
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I'm a Enablist (Enabler of Artists) - I help artists realise that creating is as essential to their lives and happiness as breathing, eating, and sleeping. 

I enable them to give their artwork the time, attention and focus it deserves. Then by sharing their work, and directly encouraging others, they become Enablists too, fuelling an ever growing creative, collective change in our world.

I'm also a partner, father, poet, writer, editor, photographer, book lover, amateur gardener, daily yogi, evolving minimalist, and the founder of our creative community - Creshen - Create, Share, Encourage.
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Have missed only three sessions of daily yoga practice since Oct 2010. Also writing 10,000 haiku. Make pretty mean chocolate brownies.
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