As I wrote last month, in lieu of New Year’s resolutions I have decided to give monthly tips & tools to help my readers think about how they can have the best year of their lives.
In January I dropped some Jewels and this month I want to give you some Fire for February.
Honestly speaking, after being hit by multiple snow storms (sleet is falling as I type this) and being in a seemingly frozen holding pattern in my professional and personal life, it’s been a bit difficult to find the fire literally and figuratively!
But as passionate beings we must know that creativity and productivity can fuel progress and actually be the fire that can melt icy road blocks to our success.
But how can we stay creative and productive when we feel weighed down by setbacks or disappointments? Here’s how:
- Acknowledge and document your greatness: By keeping a success journal, you can easily track your accomplishments and read over them when things are stagnant or aren’t going well. Remembering that you’re the same person that made great achievements in the past will help bolster you as you press on to make future dreams come true.
- Disengage from the rage: It’s very important to know what’s going on in the world, but at times it’s necessary to turn off the news, log off of the computer and soak up some silence. Your inner peace can easily be drowned out by social network chatter about other’s problems and drama and the violent images and endless bad news pouring out of our TV sets regarding the ills of the world can unsettle our very souls. Devote some time daily to tune out and tune in to something peaceful and pleasurable. Some things that bring me peace are writing poetry, listening to soulful music and reminiscing about good times.
- Put Positivity Wheels in Motion: Seek out successes that are months away like running a marathon, or applying for a grant that you won’t know the status of for a few months. When you always have something potentially positive to look forward to it’s easier to deal with those quiet periods when short-term goals are taking longer to be achieved than we’d like.
It’s also important to remember that fire doesn’t always have to flare up with ferociousness. Fires can be calm and soothing. Think about the sensuous crackle of fireplace flames. How beautifully they illuminate the room and our souls. Close your eyes and recall the smell of a campfire and roasted marshmallows. Fire with all of it’s power can help create a wonderfully delicate aroma.
Whether the year started off like you wanted to or not make sure your inner fire burns brightly and nurtures you with the promise of success. To ensure this, make certain to keep the coals of your creative and spiritual core nice and hot. Feel the fire…
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Very encouraging, thanks!
You’re quite welcome! Thank you for reading!
Wise words, Tameka. Actually I find writing while snow is falling can be very soothing and yet productive. (Provided you don’t have to worry about travelling later to somewhere you have to be…)
Thanks Deborah! Writing while the snow is falling creates lovely imagery. I’ve definitely had days like that. Thanks for sharing!