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Writing for the bin

My mate Doug runs fab workshops, exploring different themes using art. He uses a warm-up exercise, as most people are fearful of art, that he titles ‘drawing for the bin’.

Essentially, if you remove the pressure so that you are just drawing with no intention of sharing or keeping, just screwing up the paper and throwing it in the bin, you relax and after several sheets of paper, you’ve warmed up and are then able to do something better.

The same applies to many things, including writing.

This is my 5th draft blog in the last 45 minutes, I was stuck with something to write, I started to feel the pressure, so I just wrote, and then opened another blank screen and wrote again and again.

5 times over until I wrote this. Writing without the pressure of sharing it, makes it easy. Doing it several times in a row warms you up.

Pressure inhibits and is removed when you stop thinking and just start without an expected outcome.

What can we do? we’ve all got gold medals for talking

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I hear from many the words ‘well, what can we do? we can’t change it’.

There is talking, one of my specialists skills, if there was an Olympic medal for it, I would have been getting gold medals every four years.

Until very recently, I would not have been getting many medals in the ‘doing’ Olympic’s, I was yet another one of the complainers, critics, and moaners.

Then I learnt that moaning was a waste of time, as all the things I had moaned about for many years, had not change a single bit. Often they seemed to be getting worse, they weren’t it was my negative mindset. In fact 99% of what I moaned about was entirely my problem.

I then learnt to stop just criticising and I learnt that you have to start taking action.

Small steps, that are possible to easily action, simply because they are small and in themselves quiet insignificant as a one-off action.

However, I have learnt that by doing them each and everyday, OK get real not every single day, but more days than the days I don’t, has created real change of significance.

I have my daily success rituals, thanks to my coach Debbie, thanks to the inspiration of others who use this way of getting things done, of making a difference – like Richard, Bernie, and thanks to me for being wise enough to apply the lessons of a lifetime that have lead me to completely change.

I was only talking about this with Doug yesterday, who has done several of these ritual things, like his 100 days of happiness, and is currently on a 200 day streak of meditation and the positive changes that has had to his life.

So what can you change? ourselves. Then we can change anything given time by taking small steps, well.