I’m Setting Myself Up for Failure

I'm setting myself up for failure
To venture into the unknown is like jumping into a precipice. As human beings, we are hardwired to stay within the pack and be safe. Yet creative minds have the tendency to roam into uncharted territories. It’s their way of letting out the Beast within that seeks expression.
Each of us, at some point, give in to the wishes of this Beast. Whether prepared or not, we start the pursuit to please this longing. For there is no right time to follow the call, we just have to say yes when the bell rings. This is where I am at this very moment: on the takeoff for my first ever book. (Yehey!)
But outcome must be faced realistically. While the way to a successful endeavor is to embrace positivity that everything will turn out as expected, there is no denying the fact that failure is the other side of the coin. We may work our butts off till dawn, but destiny is not in our control. We may have faith, yes; we may pray hard, yes; we may have all the resources, yes, but our fate lies in a Power beyond our human understanding. He alone knows when to give us the limelight, and when to hold it.
Dealing with the possibility of failure is one motivator of success. It is the fear of what could go wrong that pushes us to do the things right and do whatever it takes to achieve success. And when failure is what we find at the end of the road, we have to embrace it in all its ugliness, for another adventure awaits us: to start all over again and apply the lessons that failure brings.
For now, as an amateur, as I am, I’m doing everything I can to bring about the outcome that I hoped to be.
Wish me luck!
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5 Elixirs of Creativity That Fire Up Your Creative Genius

5 elixirs of creativity that fire up your creative genius

At times the writing muse would evade us, just like it does today. But I don’t want to be defeated. Creativity should always be present, whether an inspiration strikes or not. This is such a beautiful world, that when our eyes fail to see what we want to see, we could borrow others’ insights on things we want to have a grasp upon.

So now, let me talk about the elixirs of creativity that others saw, used, and shared gratefully. Here are five of them:

1. Read

In my blog writing, I rely heavily on the Daily Post’s daily prompts. The prompt for today is elixir. I like the word. It sometimes is a subject in movies. You know, those stories wherein the villain would go back to the past and do everything it takes just to get that potion that promises him eternal life. But I could not write about that kind of story here. It’s just not my forte. So, I resorted to reading to gather some creative grains. One place I love is Quora. What I found is the topic about the elixir of creativity. Thus, I am sharing it here. When you’re stuck, not only in writing but in any industry that you are working on, read more on that subject, and new ideas by others would inspire you.

2. Clear your mind

Before starting to write this piece, my mind was filled with thoughts of self-doubt. I could not just say: Hey, be positive, those thoughts are negative. Get it out of your system. No. Clearing one’s thoughts from negative thinking requires much effort than that. What I did was I opened my online journal—it’s in Evernote that I may access it anywhere. Then I started to write everything that’s in my mind, positive or negative.  I just let it all out into the open. When I poured everything out, I slowly felt alright. I have not the answers to my questions, but the thought of letting things be at the moment is quite refreshing. What’s more exciting is the fact that I am doing something that prevents me from being defeated by doing nothing at all. As Benjamin Hardy puts, “Action is the inspiration.”

3. Listen to others

When companies want to produce creative pursuits, they brainstorm their team. They encourage each one to offer ideas, even the craziest ones that they could think of. Others even employ the six thinking hats method in order to see things in different angles. When I get angry, I ask my kids what kind of punishment they want to receive. This way, I am still creative in dealing with them and not be consumed by my irritation. Listening to others spark creativity in you every time.

4. Discomfort

I produced my most soulful writings when I am physically, or mentally stressed. I see discomfort as a sign that says a creative genius in me wants to get out. It is the pathway through which when opened, all the stresses would withdraw. Instead of fighting discomfort, turn it around to your best advantage.

5. Share your story

We love stories. WordPress created this hub that we may share our stories and validate our feelings by relating with each other. People cry over the stories in movies. I even cried after reading a facebook post of a child who lost his mother. The story was backed with photos of the child hugging his mother’s coffin, sitting beside the coffin and sleeping beside it as well. So share your story. Whatever it is; it ripples with people who would look at their life and find much deeper meaning that’s triggered by your own. I believe there is no boring story. Even animal stories are exciting.

I hope you are now fired up. Your creative genius is just there hiding. Call it. Bring it out into the open and see how wonderful it feels to produce something that enables others to see their creative geniuses too.

Much love,


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