Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Reclaiming Your Creative Courage

Check out this helpful article on "Reclaiming Your Creative Courage." It has some ideas tucked in that I haven't run across. One of these is to take inventory of your dream projects and mark off the list any that you've definitely decided against. That allows for better focus on what you are going to do. This might be part of this year's New Year's resolution, which I take quite seriously.

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Debra w said...

Hi Peggy,

I love the idea behind this! Instead of a "to-do" list, it's a "don't-do" list. Enjoyable new perspective. I think that it would be kind of freeing to be able to take things off of the list, instead of adding things on to it.

Happy Thursday!

Peggy said...

Do you have any items you're considering marking off your list, DW?

Debra w said...

Hmmm, I will have to think about that one, Peggy. I do know that there is definitely some trimming that I could do to my list, so I will have to give that some thought. Some of the things, or people are pretty difficult to mark off because of obligation. Makes it a difficult one.

How about you?

Peggy said...

I don't have anything I've given up on just now that's wasting my fuel. But then I haven't really thought about it; will do that.

A year or so ago it occurred to me that it would be possible to give up on being semi-thin, which takes working out every day. But no, I'm too vain to do that. And the working out for a half-hour a day is healthy. But at least I know I have the option.

Debra w said...


I think that giving yourself permission to opt-out of anything that you do not wish to do, is a perfect way to begin the new year.

We spend much of our youth forcing ourselves to do things that we do not really want to do, and then, if we are lucky enough or wise enough to understand it, we spend a lot of our "more mature" years learning that it is okay to say no.

I think that one of the things that I will remind myself to do in 2008 is to continue guarding my time and energy by saying no when I mean no.

Peggy said...

Me too. And I need to protect my time from my own piddle-and-fritter tendencies. There's just nothing like busywork to create a false sense of virtue.