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No one will ever see your most important work inspired work video

When I used to operate my school as a physical entity, I would welcome people into the classroom and advise them that it was a space for “not knowing”. They would heave a sigh of relief and then ease into their chairs. They could finally relax.

If you are currently in a career transition, you might feel a tremendous amount of external pressure to know what’s next. Under the...

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Is your job making you sick? inspired work

Every time I have occasion to visit my family doctor, I think about how much it would suck to have the job of a GP. All day, every day, they see humanity at their lowest. We go to them when we are sick, injured, or broken – literally. The primary tools they have available to help us include either referring us to another doctor or prescribing drugs. It must feel helpless. When my doctor...

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Clarity of vision is essential to living an inspired life clarity vision

“We don’t need clarity of vision to create or to move forward in life.” There it was in black and white – a denunciation of the very gift I offer to the world. The only thing I could see in that moment was “red”.

Normally, I’m not overly reactive to social media posts as I appreciate every person has a unique perspective and is entitled to express their...

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Confessions of a creative “commitment-phobe” creativity inspired work

“It’s going to take how long?” she asked. A couple of years ago, a lovely human reached out to me to discuss her work situation. She found her work to be “dull” and “repetitive”. She wanted to find something more inspiring and more fulfilling, but she wasn’t clear about what that was. During our discovery session, she decided she was keen to...

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To create using AI is to deny the world your unique expression creativity inspired work tips

You are a creator. Full stop. You were born this way. You can refute it as much as you’d like, but if you’re depressed, bored, numb, unfulfilled, or mad at the world, it’s because you’re not allowing the natural flow of creative life-giving energy to be expressed through your being.

Most people who work with me are frustrated creators, though they don’t necessarily...

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Your “real” work doesn’t require effort work workshop

If you’ve been with me for awhile, you already know I have a slightly different perspective of work than is conventional. Most people see work as an application of effort. While it is true that work does involve action, it does not require effort. In fact, if you find yourself efforting, it is an indicator you are not doing your real work.

Your real work does not require effort.

Earlier...

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To live your inspired work, you have to risk a broken heart inspired work love

I turned in my chair to face my friend, whom I had known my entire adult life, opened my mouth to say “I love you”, but no words came out. I just stared at her with my jaw agape. I tried again, but there was cotton in my throat. My friend just smiled at me with her eyes. She knew. She knew I couldn’t say it because I couldn’t feel it.

This was decades ago now, but I...

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Only one of these questions will help you find the purpose you seek explore purpose

If you’ve been seeking your purpose in life, you’ve probably been asking a lot of questions. You’ve probably also been frustrated by not getting any clear answers. Without purpose, it can feel as though we are lost adrift in a sea of meaninglessness. Typically when we search for purpose, we will look for an activity that will give aim to our life, such as serving others or...

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Two things you need to bring your work to its full realization community inspired work

“Hello? Is everything okay? Are you okay?” That’s me, in the past, writing to my clients after they had ghosted me. I used to be perplexed about why some people would suddenly abandon their journey in the Vision Program just before it was complete. With more experience, however, I noticed it would happen around the same point in the process. They stopped showing up when they...

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Transform your creative blocks into the fuel that brings your work to life creativity

I could feel the waves of frustration emanating from him when he talked about it. “I have this idea for a program that I’ve been trying to put together for years now,” he told me. “Every now and then, I get a burst of energy and leap into action, but inevitably I stall out for one reason or another. I just can’t seem to follow through with it long enough to bring...

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Do you let your dreams live or kill them with “reality”? dreams learn

She raised her hands to cover her flaming pink cheeks. “Oh my god,” she said, “I’m a dream killer.” As a class, we had been discussing the value of dreaming and how most people snuff out the true power of their dreams because they equate them with goals. But dreams are not goals, they are the origin of all new creation. In the course of our conversation, the...

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5 half-truths about creating your inspired work creativity inspired work

Even though you may have braved the long and arduous inner journey of getting clear about the work you are here to create, your story isn’t over yet. Now you have to walk the next chapter – actually bringing it into the world.

Whatever it is you are birthing – be it a useful tool, a piece of art, a consulting practice, a playful adventure, an educational program, a...

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