I’ll admit it: I’m a content junkie. Podcasts, books, articles, blog posts, videos, etc. If they pertain to marketing, personal growth, spirituality, productivity – I’m in.
I live for that moment when I hear something that really resonates — a major insight or new understanding that makes me see things in a whole new way.
So today I’m sharing some of my favorite recent lessons that sparked ah-ha moments for me:
To me, there’s not much worse than the feeling like I can’t move forward and I’m stuck. But the reality is if you’re on any sort of growth path, you will experience this feeling over and over again. If you’re feeling stuck in your work or life right now this is a great short video to lighten the mood and remind you that it’s not forever.
Here’s a glimpse at some of the wisdom: When we feel stuck it’s actually because we’re just in a loop of thinking. But all we need to do is allow ourselves to get back in the flow. There’s really nothing to do, it’s more about letting time pass and not getting further hooked in the current loop of thinking.
And I love the point that feeling stuck is all a part of our natural experience and that we don’t have to make a big deal of it. When we feel stuck we just need a nudge back into the flow. It’s temporary and it happens to everyone.
The big takeaway: Feeling stuck is not a forever feeling. All we need is a nudge back into the flow.
I recently discovered this podcast and I’m loving it, especially this episode where Meadow DeVor and Pam Clark share a different way to look at and react to the problems that come up in our lives.
Here’s the basic idea: When we have problems and challenges come up, most of us just want to smooth them over and find a quick fix. But, what if we looked at our problems differently, like a gift? What if the thing we’re seeing as a problem is actually the solution?
When we see problems as threats, we contract and cut off our creative energy. But problems hold the power to point us to something deeper. And the thing we see as a problem may even be the thing to set us free.
The big takeaway: Your “problem” may be your gold. Look deeper and see what it’s showing you.
This episode of the Magic Lessons podcast (inspired by best-selling book Big Magic) features Brandon Stanton, the infamous photographer and creator of Humans of New York. There are so many great pieces of advice in this podcast. I had to listen to it multiple times just to take it all in…
Here’s a huge one: Contrary to what most of us believe (or assume), people are not born with confidence. Developing confidence is a learned skill. The only way to really build confidence is to do the thing you are afraid of doing.
And another one: You have to start your creative project even if you think you’re not ready. We often think our ideas have to be perfect before we can get going, but this isn’t the way it works. Our creative projects need the space to develop over time. In the end, the final product may even look totally different than what we expected.
Brandon also shared his philosophy that so many of us set goals that are largely out of our control. Goals like number of fans and followers, income amounts, winning publishing contracts, these types of goals can become paralyzing because of our lack of control over them. But what he suggests is focusing on the work you do instead. Take a big project and chunk it down into daily goals to make it achievable and something you can relate to.
The big takeaway: Start before you think you’re ready, go forth and focus on what you can control.
If you struggle with things like maintaining boundaries, saying yes when you really mean no, and general people-pleasing, this article is for you. Because here’s the truth: following “the rules” does not buy automatic happiness.
Instead, Martha Beck suggests living your truth. Living your truth is all about living with total integrity: saying and doing what is true for you personally in all situations.
It can be scary, but as she explains, living in alignment with what you feel to be true brings deeper happiness than any external reward ever can. And we put this into practice, can actually find peace and relief even when things get hard.
I personally haven’t embarked on the complete and total integrity path yet, but I have put many of these concepts in place in my life this year. I suspect what Martha is getting at is this — living in truth and being totally honest about how you feel gives you deeper access to all feelings — good and bad.
The big takeaway: Living your truth may mean hard conversations and uncomfortable “no’s” but it’s the path to a richer life experience.