In Audacious Creativity: 30 Ways to Liberate Your Soulful Creative Energy — and How It Can Transform Your Life, author Stephanie Gunning has collected the thoughts of successful people who have grabbed hold of their lives and re-created them. They are their own heroes. This book evidences that in the lives of its 30 writers, allowing a pity-puss attitude is not permitted. The thread that stitches together the lives of these creative people is: You Are What You Want To Be!
Early on in the book, we learn that “You and I are a process of continually unfolding events.” Yes, you might say, but events have not unfolded in my life the way they have for more successful people. Audacious Creativity maintains that therein lies the hue and the cry which created your life events.
If you interpret how you live as dull, stagnant, unhappy, worrisome, poverty-stricken, or just plain ordinary and/or wasted without futuristic dreams, you have scored an A+, 100% grade on the Stifling Creativity Test. Sadly, it is not outside events or people that cause your pathetic attitude. It is you — it is only you!
To change, you must awaken your creative voice. Looking into your inner self, you don’t have to search hard to find some vision you wish or wished for yourself. It may be an old deeply hidden idea you’ve paid little attention to because you felt incompetent. Those feelings: Unacceptable!
Suppose you enjoy watching TV cooking shows because you’d like to possess the same skills. You watch chefs create mouth watering wonders with foodstuffs and it all looks so simple. According to Audacious Creativity, yes, you should continue to view those programs, but it is time to create for yourself, too.
Here is a suggestion. Start a cooking club in your own neighborhood. This will give you a chance to hone cooking skills while learning from others. You can use creativity to decorate your dining area in the spirit of the season, or according to your creative whim. The important thing is that you make up your mind and start. You can run your own show.
“We make it all up anyway … might as well make it up good,” says Audacious Creativity. The power of our words, the power of what we tell our minds about hidden talents, the power to love and be thankful just to be is what is directing our lives. Repeated positive stories told to your psyche will cause positives to happen because you believe they will and act accordingly.
But I’ve lost a loved one, I’m alone, I’ve lost my job, I’m not well — yes, these are devastating situations, but do they not happen to each and every one of us? If you’ve lost a loved one, body-slam your loneliness. Remember the loving times you had with that person and rather than wallow in sorrow, regain your love and wholesomeness by giving it away; volunteer where you can put forth love: at hospitals, in food kitchens, at children’s camps; do latchkey tutoring, take in a foster child.