The Secret of Creative Competition!
AWARENESS I was born with it. I’ve lived with it. I’ve dreamed about it. I’ve nurtured it. I’ve left it sitting idle. I’ve picked it up again. I know it will never leave me alone. In spite of moments of frustration, if it disappeared, I’d be lost. It’s the thing I’m meant to do.
It can be overwhelming. How do I get this thing out of me. How do I make it live in the real world. I’ve trained. I’ve learned. I’ve worked hard at my craft. I’ve tried to focus on the things that are supposed to get me where I want to be. One set back after another has caused me to doubt myself. My gift. My purpose. I’ve walked away. I’ve come back to it. Like a revolving door I’ve gone round and round. I’ve danced with it. I’ve ignored it. I’ve held on to it for dear life. I can’t let go because it is me. It’s who I am.
Comparing ourselves thwarts individuality. We have common destinations – we do not have common journeys. Being exactly like someone else could only result in the loss of uniqueness. The distinction we are born with isn’t meant to turn us into plebs. Our struggle is more about how we are pursuing than what we are pursuing.
Broken Systems Magic happens when someone emerges from the masses. The declaration is undeniable, the message is clear, I’ve found myself and this is who I am. While imitation might be the best form of flattery, we can miss the point. Personal empowerment isn’t to follow in the steps of someone else. It’s to observe how they stopped following in the steps of others.
Divine intention is embedded in each of us. When we sacrifice the significance within we submit to being wrapped in the heap of those who never break from the doldrums. To find the sum of who we are we need the right equation. It’s not the stars on stage that we should count, it’s the stars in the sky.
Human aspirations are often cloaked in designer rhetoric that stunts our own growth. Following dictates of idolizing is a good way to render our lives idle, immobile, and unfulfilled.
Celebrating others is required for personal momentum. If it becomes more than appreciation we may be forfeiting our creative genius. The very thing that is fighting to be set free.
ASSESSING CORRECTLY New research points out that the pursuit of happiness has become a burden for many. Causing stress, which defeats the reason for searching for it, in the first place. Trying to be someone or something you’re not is certain to hold bliss at bay. Defining meaning is personal.
There’s consensus for finding success in daily ritual. The desire to achieve greatness is often bewitched by ignoring small and consistent actions. Discipline, as it turns out, is not profane.
Affirmation, clarity, and identity doesn’t come after accomplishment – they come before it. We aren’t waiting for the world to recognize us, the world is waiting for us to recognize ourselves. Our routine speaks to how we see ourselves.
THE FINAL FRONTIER
We all begin with something to complete before we are finished. Competition is the single greatest threat to completing our assignment. When I heard Jack Canfield, of Chicken Soup for the Soul fame, share that he was turned down 144 times before he obtained a publisher, I understood something. When you know what you are supposed to do you do it until you can’t be ignored. With over 500 million copies in print worldwide, Jack didn’t see competition, he saw completion.
The Breakaway’s, those that rise to the top, don’t see a field of competition; they see a field of completion. External competition is imaginary. It’s an illusion. A distraction. Competition feeds the ego, dabbles in deception, and pollutes our best virtues. You can prevent the very thing that’s trying to find you. Completion is about peeling back the layers until all self defeat is gone.
The secret to creative competition is to know, deep in your soul, your only competition is inside you!
Great blog. Gives all writers hope and a kick in the pants.
My hope is that it will inspire people searching for their identity in all creative processes. Thanks for contributing, Michael.
You are absolutely right. Trying to be a better writer than someone else is futile… but trying to be a better writer than I was last week is only ever going to propel me forwards.
Learning from others is quite different than learning to be like someone.
Reblogged this on Grant Leishman – Author.
Totally agree we don’t need others to validate us and our work. We only ever need to make ourselves proud of what we do.
Therein lies our power.
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Rick you are truly an inspiration! Keep up the great work! 🙂
Thanks, Lily. I accept the responsibility to breath life into everyone and everything I can. Kind of like what you do!
Some great thoughts & I was piqued that suggests chasing the feeling of happiness has the opposite effect. I remember reading C S Lewis years ago, when he compares the pursuit of happiness to the pursuit of sleep, the more desperately you try to pursue it, the more it eludes you. Happiness is a byproduct rather than a goal.
Svend Brinkmann, in his best seller, Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Craze, makes several points worth considering.
Whoops – that should have been ‘my interest was piqued by your mention of research that suggests chasing the feeling of happiness has the opposite effect.’
Olivia Goldhill writes about positive thinking turning happiness into a burden.I think there are aspects in her article that may be true, I’m not willing to go negative. I think how we define things, measure our own success, and view the world has impact on our thoughts and feeling.
You’re an encourager, Tom.
Rick, I enjoyed this motivational post of yours. I struggle with the self doubt all the time. Drives me nuts!
I think we all do from time to time. Just can’t let it get the upper hand.