Stepping into Creativity

A giant step towards living a life of alignment is knowing how to tap into creative resources

There are few things better than a flood of creative emotion, a spark that arises from within that becomes so strong it is almost impossible to ignore. These are the moments to take massive action in the direction of this premonition, and often where great results are achieved.

However.

Creativity doesn’t always show itself at the snap of our fingers. Sometimes creativity is buried beneath a plethora of lower emotions such as fear, worry, anxiety, despair or envy.

When was the last time you were in complete fight-or-flight mode, and sat down thinking “wow, I have never felt so creative in my life!”

Being in survival mode is great when you are trying to quickly escape a predator, trying to get your head above water (literally), or making a fast decision to treat a sudden medical emergency. It is not so wonderful when you are sitting down to do creative work.

Moving from fear to creativity

Allowing yourselves to move from a fearful state into a relaxed, creative mode often starts with just that: allowing. Giving ourselves permission to move from a place of scarcity, fear and urgency into our most creative selves begins when we get over the idea that we have to constantly be pushing, working and creating resistance.

One thing you can do right now to move from fear into creativity is to stop trying to be creative! Get over the idea that you have to push to be creative, and go do something that brings you joy. As you move into a joyful, playful state you notice yourself start to relax. From a relaxed state, creativity becomes natural.

Listen below to the latest episode of the Alignment Club Podcast, “3 Exercises to Access Creativity:

Doing Things that Scare You

As your comfort zone begins to expand, bit by bit your life becomes filled with more excitement and joy

At one point or another, we all feel the feelings of stagnation, even boredom with our current circumstances. This doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty to be thankful for in any given moment, it just means that maybe we are starting to feel too much comfort or repetition in our daily actions.

What’s one way to break this pattern, create new results and condition yourself to become more resilient? Simply by doing things that freak you out a bit.

When we are (and we never should have valid reason to be) bored, it is often because we have dug ourselves so deep into our comfort zone that we don’t feel like doing anything outside of it.

If you are reading this thinking about how boring your day is going to be today, why don’t you go ask a random person if they want to go for coffee with you? Or email your boss telling him that you quit and aren’t going to be coming in tomorrow, or ever?

Surely these things would cure boredom, yes? Of course they would, but the reason we don’t do them is because we like taking action that is measurable and somewhat within our zone of safety.

This is the cool part:

What happens next after you decide to announce your business, ask the person on a date, apply for the new position, or book the plane ticket?

Not much, aside from a small, medium or large rush of excitement accompanied by a sense of “I can’t believe I just did that!”

The world keeps turning, maybe you pull your first client on the first day or someone messages you and says “I honestly don’t know why you waited so long, you’re so talented”. Maybe your boss replies with an absolute no, or an absolute yes to your request to work remotely for a year.

Regardless of the answer, who cares? You did the thing that scares you, and now you could go back to do it again without it feeling so terrifying.

Take a moment, ask yourself to come up with five things that would be so terrifying to get started on today, then pick one and simply go for it.

When you start using fear as a go-signal rather than a stop light, life becomes exhilarating.

Listen to the latest episode of the Alignment Club Podcast below:

Destroying Limiting Beliefs in 2020

What are the beliefs that are standing in the way of what you want?

Oftentimes when we begin to dig for what it is that’s holding us back, we search for the answer outside of ourselves. Aiming for a new career, a new job, a new friend group, a new this or that. While change is necessary in growing, oftentimes we carry the same beliefs to the new situation, which is not a long-term strategy for change.

So, how do we change the belief system that shapes our very existence?

First we must do the hard part, which is finding and acknowledging the beliefs that might be in the way of our successes.

Notice the world “acknowledge”, for when we push against a belief by becoming angry or frustrated about how we have never changed it, or how badly we wish it didn’t exist, the belief will continue to push back and create resistance.

Acknowledgment of a limiting belief is the first step to replacing it with a new, healthy belief system.

Example.

I held onto a belief for a long time that one’s “work” in life must consist of one thing and one thing only, and to expand over multiple industries would be taboo.

Is this true? No. In fact, limiting yourself to one business or occupation is just that: limiting yourself.

Because Bono was known for being the face of the band U2, does that mean that he shouldn’t have an investment fund? Of course not.

Is George Clooney wrong for having his own line of tequila? Also no.

Because Serena Williams is one of the world’s greatest tennis players, does that mean she should be banished from the fashion industry? Another no.

With the belief that we are confined to one type of business, one industry or one line of work, how likely are we to grow and expand into more of what we want to be?

The answer is not very likely.

It took me a long time to acknowledge the fact that this belief existed, but as soon as I did it was as though a veil had been lifted and I was able to see things in a whole new light. Is it totally okay to expand your work across multiple industries?

Of course.

Think for a second about a belief that might be limiting for you in some way. Here are a few examples to get your brain jogging:

  • “Hard work is the only path to success”
  • “I’m not qualified for it”
  • “I don’t know enough”
  • “I could never learn how to do that”
  • “Money is hard to come by”
  • “I am limited to the resources I can see right now”
  • “In order to make a good living, I must be working 40 hours per week”
  • “More hours = More money”
  • “I’m too old”
  • “I’m too young”
  • “People in my family or friend circle wouldn’t approve of me”
  • “Maybe I won’t be loved”
  • “I could never make a living doing something I love”
  • “Getting rich is for those people”

Think, think, think.

The good news? Once you acknowledge and replace the belief, you are moving quickly towards that which you desire.

To replace my limiting belief about having one line of work, I would repeatedly write down the following statement:

“The only limits that exist are those which I have created for myself”

This makes facing some of your beliefs humorous on some level.

In the year upcoming, focus on expanding your thinking and deleting these old, outdated beliefs that no longer serve you.

While you’re here, the latest episode of the Alignment Club Podcast covers this very subject. Make today spectacular:

What is Yours Will Find You

If you had to, could you remember a time when you wanted something so badly, it was right in front of you, and somehow the deal fell through? The offer got rejected, the contract fell through, it felt like everything was coming down around you?

These experiences happen to everybody, and sometimes they can be wildly disappointing. It is easy to play the victim and say “why me? why would this happen now?”, but what if nothing was ever happening to you?

What if every deal that has ever fallen through was simply pushing you towards a better outcome, every failed relationship was providing you first-hand with the lessons you will need for the future, what if it were completely impossible for things to “go wrong?”

When something is destined to be yours, it is impossible for it to miss you. This allows us to live from a place of “the fact this didn’t work for me means that something better is en route”. This is a much more peaceful way of living than constantly trying to push and force things to happen.

A Course in Miracles reads: “Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.”

I have never seen grass that is stressed about it’s growth rate, or leaves that come in the winter because they just couldn’t wait until spring, or sun that comes up in the middle of the night (Alaska is an exception) because it just couldn’t wait for morning.

Does this mean to avoid taking massive action on your goals? No. This simply means letting go of that which you cannot control, and knowing that nothing finds its way into your experience by accident.

Enjoy this Sunday.

How do we destroy scarcity thinking? By taking our focus off of ourselves. Listen to episode 003 of the Alignment Club Podcast below:

Meditation: A Life Changing Tool

What if you could slip from the states of anxiety or stress, into a blissful state where you can’t even remember what it was that had you wound up in the first place?

It is not only possible, it’s very easy once you become accustomed to it and will have a profound effect on your day-to-day.

There is almost an addictive property that comes with the elevated feeling of switching from the ego brain that loves to focus on problems and scarcity, into a state in which no problems truly exist.

The toning out of external noise, stressful thoughts become replaced with a clearer vision on what is actually going on in your life. Feelings of gratitude and acceptance seem to arise without even seeking them out.

Meditation is the fastest way to tap into who-you-really-are and further detach from who-you-think-you-are.

At first, I could barely meditate 5 minutes without drifting off to sleep. I then progressed to the realization that if I were sitting vs. lying, meditation became much easier.

After spending 60 – 120 minutes per day in meditation for the last 6 or so months, I could say that there is nothing in life that has ever made such a rapid, more lasting effect on my happiness, ability to control my emotions, and overall state.

A driving purpose behind the birth of Alignment Club was driving to the gym one morning, wondering how much better the world would be if everybody took just a few moments per day to connect with themselves.

More on this in the future. Until then, enjoy the living daylights out of your existence today and here is a wonderful guided meditation from Eckhart Tolle to start, end, or simply break up any day: