Over the weekend, I ran into a friend at a coffee shop. She’s 5 months pregnant, growing her business and planning a jumbo event here in NYC.
She wanted an update from me, and I shared that I just came out of one of the most intense creative times I’ve ever had.
A time when my mind kicked up thoughts like, “Are you freakin’ serious?!?! How did you ever think you could possibly accomplish all this — this fast?!”
Maybe you can relate. You see, I knew exactly what needed to get done. The end-game was crystal clear. My deadlines were non-negotiable.
But here’s the kicker.
The outside world didn’t know my schedule. And just because I was in a demanding creative time — that didn’t stop the rest of the world from making requests of my time and sending in new opportunities.
And that, my friend, is the reason most of us drown in overwhelm.
Because no matter how well we plan, we can’t seem to stay on top of what we want to get done and the seemingly endless demands that show up from the outside world.
But, you know what? There’s a simple fix. And, it works like a champ.
When I first read today’s question, my heart melted.
Knowing a 16 year-old boy was struggling with something nearly all of us face got me super fired up to help. Plus, knowing creative kids are fans of the show got me a little misty eyed too .
So let me ask…
Do you ever have trouble finishing what you start?
Do amazing ideas come to you all the time but — after the initial excitement wanes — you struggle to follow through? If you’re creative and ambitious, the answer is likely yes.
Being multipassionate can be an energizing gift, but it can also crush your confidence if you’re not able to push your projects through to completion.
This is a big, exciting week in my neck of the woods. Right now, we’re in our Team Forleo summer retreat.
Since we’re a virtual company, it’s important for us to have in person time to connect and collaborate. Plus, we’re a cozy bunch of creative folk and crave long hugs and lingering conversations over delicious meals.
During these meetings, we come up with ideas and make decisions that impact the entire direction of the company and, quite often, my life.
Without a doubt, the capacity we call upon the most to make those decisions is our intuition. How we instinctively feel about an idea, possibility or direction.
Of course, we also do our due diligence, we run projections, we research and we get the facts.
But at the end of the day, the driving force behind our business (and my life) comes from listening to that inner, instinctual voice. That natural knowing that isn’t bound by logic, fear or past experience.
“Who is this guy?” That’s what I asked myself when I first saw his work. He was passionate, articulate and massively creative.
If you don’t know Jason Silva, please take 2 minutes and 55 seconds to watch this video before diving into our longer interview. You’ll know if this uber inspiring philosophical jam is up your alley.
Heads up: this video still brings tears to my eyes when I watch it because it reminds me of how damn much I love love. How much I treasure life in all its forms and how incredibly fleeting it all is.
Since you’re still reading, I’ll take that as a sign that you’re ready for more Jason Silva.
As a person who is always creating and learning, I love meeting people who can make me even more inspired to stretch my own capabilities, reach farther and dig deeper.
That’s what I admire so much in Jason and I hope he inspires the same in you. In today’s interview we’re talking futurism, technology, spirituality, idea sex and more.
Sometimes people say something that just really hits home.
That’s what I felt when my friend Todd and I first talked about the biology of change.
Meaning, what actually happens inside our bodies on a cellular level when we consciously work to form new positive habits.
He shared ideas from his work with athletes (from Olympians to passionate amateurs) that helped me better understand why some people successfully form new habits, and others seem to slip back into old patterns again and again.
It’s fascinating stuff.
If you’ve ever struggled to change your life — and make it stick, you’re going to love today’s episode.