Life & Philosophy Poetry

Mind over matter, what’s the matter with your mind?

Sí, se puede. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Trying is a passport to freedom. You can do it, contrary to your negative internal dialogue. Mindset is everything. As is practice.

Showing up consistently matters, and reflects in the quality of the work.

Mind over matter, what’s the matter with your mind?

Discipline equals freedom — now that’s a bumper sticker!

Guess, what? Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.

You’ve clamored all your life for excellence, only to realize that motivation was obstruction. There is no need to be certain.

Discomfort persists in your keyboard of consciousness, a type of continuous inward revolution.

Life & Philosophy Productivity & Work Psychology

Make believe 

The story you tell yourself is just as important as the one you tell others. Ideally, both thoughts and actions align. But cognitive dissonance often pits your beliefs and actions against each other.

To achieve what you want, you need both desire and competence. The challenge for all beginners is a lack of practice and experience. If you can accept failure as part of the experiment while feeling the aura of success — even if it’s the smallest win — you’re more likely to keep doing it.

“The more we do, the more we can do.”

William Hazlitt

Your attitude is an essential part of your motivation. You don’t just fake it until you make it; you fail until you succeed. Failure is really progress in disguise. Your self-beliefs and perspective will predetermine how you’ll act and deal with any setbacks.

Stories encourage dreams until one day they become real.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

William James

“It’s going be a Iong day.”

That’s one way to set expectations. That belief will almost certainty set you up for pessimism and boredom, which often leads to failure.

No one feels sorry for you. People have their own busy schedules and issues to worry about.

But if you can somehow make yourself feel better, the people around you will be receptive too.


It’s the Weather, Stupid

The weather is fickle. But so is the mind. Not surprisingly, the two play off each other.

If you want to be less stressed, move out West. Trust me, I’ve done it and it works. Everything that I was worried about just disappeared in my 6 months in LA. The East Coast, on the other hand, is a roller coaster.

Just look at all the snow that got dumped on New York this week. Sure, there’s sledding and beautiful scenery but the beach is nice every day. And the sand and 70 degrees is not going anywhere.

Of course, the creativity that emerges from the dark days and moodiness through the four seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) is irreplaceable. Do you think Edgar Allen Poe could have written such morose poems in LA? Don’t think so.

The weather especially, but all your surroundings in general, predetermine your mindset. Having lived on both coasts, you definitely get a richer mixture of vibes on the East coast, for better or worse.

Either way, creatives need fuel. And the external world is a huge part of that. Where you live and what you breathe impacts how you think. In the end, we need both the good and bad days so we have something to compare them to.


“Are we going out or are we making things?”

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There are two ways to get what you want: you either pay someone else for the finished good and get the satisfaction of instant delivery or you buy the individual components and spend the time making something yourself.

The resistance/lizard brain always tells you should play it safe and just consume, especially if that shortcut allows time for the work you actually enjoy. But if you’re not doing the work that matters, then you’re wasting time.

For every action, there’s a reaction.  Creation is the action without a compelling need to dictate the end result. Everything you see today is the result of someone else’s hard work. The trick to starting is merely starting.

A funny thing happens when you “just” start tinkering: you forget about the big, intimidating picture. – Mark McGuinness

We have to balance passive consumption with the art of doing. Studies even show that when you work out while making music it makes the exercise a bit easier.  When you make something, you burn off ignorance and dictate the terms.

Creativity is more gratifying than consumption, especially in the long-term. No one remembers the buyer, the fan, nor the guest but they do remember the artist. Your contributions are always welcome.  Make something.