Creative on Purpose Blog

Insight and Inspiration to Help You Live Your Legacy

Becoming personal development Feb 15, 2021

When I look back on my life's journey, my knee jerk response is that I reinvented myself many times over the years. The once juvenile delinquent turned into a jock, then turned into an honors student, then turned into a scholarship recipient, then turned into a teacher, then turned into a...

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Are you ready to get real? personal development Feb 10, 2021

What is the work you're meant to do now?

Not the work you were born to do. None of us are born for a single purpose.

All of us are born with a social nature, a capacity for reason, and a creative instinct. Why not employ these impulses in the human work of making things...

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Abundant Uncertainty personal development Feb 08, 2021

How often do you answer the questions, "What do you think's going to happen next?" or "What should we do next?" with "I have no idea. Isn't that great?!"

If you're like me, probably not very often.

Human beings are fascinating. We love to push ourselves beyond the edges of our understanding...

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Routines and Relationships personal development Jan 25, 2021

I know of no more powerful levers for encouraging either stuckness or progress in your endeavor.

Unhelpful, unnecessary, or unhealthy habits lead to stagnation and impede your efforts to elevate your craft.

Thoughtless, unsupportive, or negative people trip you up and hold you back.
It's seductive...

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Worthiness personal development Jan 18, 2021

Are you a generous, thoughtful, and empathetic human being?

 

Of course you are.

 

You acknowledge the dignity of others and believe they are deserving of your respect and kindness.

 

And, of course, you extend this sense of value and worthiness toward...

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Living into Your Dream creativity personal development Jan 18, 2021

Creativity is a basic human impulse we all employ whenever we want to make a difference or make change happen.

 

Creativity is always a collaborative act. Even when you engage in creative enterprise alone, you employ knowledge and resources that come...

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"Why was I not informed?" personal development Jan 11, 2021

When was the last time you had a revelation? What was it? Why was it so astounding?

When you zoom out from an epiphany, often the only thing that's a surprise is the fact that it's come as a such a shock.

Most of the time, a revelation is something we've seen, heard, or experienced many times...

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Begin and Begin Again personal development Jan 04, 2021

What new routines or relationships would promote progress in the difference only you can make? Are you instituting them today?

Too often, we schedule a time to adopt, embrace, and initiate better habits and connections in the future. "I'll start tomorrow (or next week, or next month, or next...

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Create Your Decision-Making Measuring Stick personal development Dec 31, 2020

Where do you want to be a week, month, or year from now in your endeavor?

What's your strategy for staying the course and maintaining momentum toward that goal?

Difference-makers like us possess active imaginations, abundant energy, and enthusiasm-to-spare for generating new idea and leaping...

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The Paradox of Generosity personal development Dec 28, 2020

Generosity, selflessly giving to another, is an act of kindness we engage in to boost others' wellbeing. Paradoxically, giving is also one of the easiest and quickest ways you can upgrade your mood.

Why is that?

A significant factor is the feeling of connection and belonging that generosity...

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Inside Out or Outside In? personal development Dec 21, 2020

Ever notice how well you're able to recognize how someone else is getting in their own way but can't recognize how you do the very same to yourself?

 

Why is that?

 

The problem is that our default is to work from the inside out. Our attitudes and habits are primarily framed by our own...

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Focused, Bold, & Disciplined personal development Dec 16, 2020

How do you make progress with the difference only you can make?

I begin every day by writing down a to-do list.

I then select the one thing on that list that, if I accomplished it, would move my endeavor forward the furthest and the fastest.

Everything else goes on my don't-do list.

I then...

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