Interesting how sometimes, inspiration comes from the most unexpected places.
Today during a coaching session, for example.
An artist telling me she doesn’t like marketing and selling.
Or doing the business work involved in being a professional artist.
Something in me gets triggered, and I start to preach ye holy business truth:
You are the architect, the composer and the director of the grand opus called ‘your life’.
You design the way you want to live, whether you’re aware of it or not.
You choose the styles you work in, the materials and inspiration.
You’re the one who decides who are your peers and your friends, and they in turn influence you.
You choose where you want to live, and how much you want to charge for your work.
And, you are the one who either ignores the inspiration that comes to you, or instead ignores it.
And in all those big and small choices, you’re creating a masterful work of art.
It’s called ‘your life’ and it’s fully you.
Your life is yours, it fits you like your skin.
And, you’ve got full permission to shape that masterpiece just the way you want it.
You’re not beholden to any directives, you don’t need gatekeepers or permission-givers.
All you need is a plan, the grit to follow it, and of course, accepting that you’re a free agent.
Nobody will build your life-art for you, it would be impossible for anyone but you.
Which doesn’t mean you need to go it alone.
And, I don’t think you ought to try to.
Nobody is a rock, nobody lives in isolation.
At some time or other, we all need some help.
Maybe in order to learn something new, maybe to change the way we look at things, or maybe someone to keep us motivated.
This is important.
You might admire the success or status of someone else, and easily overlook the fact that they didn’t get there on their own.
Every one of us gets help.
Can be for real, like with a coach or teacher or mentor, or it can be virtual.
Meaning: use the works, books, teachings of people, and treat it as if that person is coaching you virtually, even if the person doesn’t know you or is no
What would Steve Jobs have done?
What would Picasso?
How would Andy Warhol have reacted?
It’s not quite the same as getting one on one guidance, but you’ll be surprised what can happen if you treat someone you admire as a guide, and let
them ‘speak’ to your subconscious.
And of course if that’s not enough for you, and you want someone on board with you, on your team, you know where to find me.