~ Did you miss this week’s Mindset and Mojo Mastery Livestream on “Embracing the Pain of Your Purpose”?
Watch the replay here. ~
Greetings from New York!
I’m lovin’ the vibe here in New York City, where my son and I are enjoying a birthday weekend to celebrate the big “ONE-OH” for him (age 10) this week.
We spent the first day at the Museum of Modern Art, (see pic at right 😉 — where recent generations of artists blew me away with the power of their self-expression to challenge assumptions and perspectives of the viewers.
Creativity takes courage.
And to express the deepest, most authentic part of yourself IS art — whether or not you are a visual artist, musician, writer, speaker, technology whiz, or creator of workshops and experiences that invite others into a new worldview.
We are all artists here — expressing the artistry of our souls.
And you have a message that — if you dare to embody the courage it takes to create the artistry in your heart — can and will change the world.
I call it Revolutionary Leadership for a reason.
And just like Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque didn’t intend to “start a artistic revolution” or “invent Cubism,” — they simply followed their creative energy to express how they felt like creating in the moment …
Your “revolution” doesn’t happen because you are trying to change the world.
It happens when you follow the creative impulse deep inside your heart and dare to GO ALL THE WAY in expressing it — sharing it unapologetically, and doing whatever it takes to speak up, share your “art,” get your perspective out in ways that allow others to experience your point of view and perhaps be moved to action or transformed because they encountered you.
No matter where you are in growing your business, generating the income you desire, or building your “platform,” the process is the same:
DEVOTE INCREASINGLY MORE OF YOUR DAYS TO CREATING AND SHARING WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART.
(NOT trying to do your life or business or marketing “right” because someone else said that’s what you’re supposed to do.)
The Russian artist Vasily Kandinsky studied art and painted flowers and landscapes like his teachers insisted… until he finally gave himself permission to paint how HE experienced colors, based on his own subjective experience.
Today he is considered to be the “father” of abstract art — having presented his art in a new way of painting that completely revolutionized what people considered to be “art” at the time.
What struck me about the Museum of Modern Art, is just how far our perceptions have evolved: what was once considered shocking, avant garde, or revolutionary is now commonly accepted as “normal” today. Every artist has built upon what has come before, and evolution continues into ever more complex, unique, and innovative expressions.
I riffed on this in a different context in this week’s Mindset and Mojo Mastery livestream, in which I was pointing out that as transformational leaders, WE are the ones on the leading edge, bringing in the “radical” concept of mindfulness or holistic perspectives that call for us to embrace the full spectrum of emotions and welcome them — rather than numb ourselves, reject unpleasant emotions, or avoid feeling discomfort.
[Watch the full Livestream replay here] to see where we ended up in the conversation, 5 generations down the road, when emotional intelligence is just “duh” commonplace and our great-great- grandchildren will be absolutely incredulous that we ever had to have CLASSES on mindfulness or emotional intelligence…!?!?!]
My point is — whether or not you ever pick up a paint brush, there is that THING in your heart that you KNOW to be your soul’s message and purpose.
This is the thing that YOU MUST EXPRESS if you are to live in integrity with your soul.
This is what you must take ALL THE WAY if you are going to fulfill your highest potential.
And all the ways in which you tell yourself “later” or distract yourself with other “priorities” and engage in busy work instead of your life’s work — these are the ways in which you are pinching off the flow of your greatest joy, impact, and yes, your income too.
Like it or not, whether you self-identify this way or not, you ARE an artist, with the potential to revolutionize some aspect of our modern existence. The question is…
Will you let your art live you?
I love this quote from the poet Rilke, who wrote:
“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write;
see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart;
confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.
This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night:
must I write?
Dig into yourself for a deep answer.
And if this answer rings out in assent,
if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,”
then build your life in accordance with this necessity;
your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour,
must become a sign and witness to this impulse.”
What is it that you MUST DO or some part of you dies?
THAT. That’s your note in the symphony of life. Let us hear it, loudly, boldly, clearly.
And when we look back generations from now, who knows — we may look back in jaw-dropping wonder at the courage it took to be a revolutionary, to usher in a new paradigm, to shift consciousness, to evolve our social structures and ways of relating, and to give profound thanks that we all dared to SHOW UP FULLY for the artistry in our hearts.
Go out and do more of what makes you awesome, my friend.
That’s how the world changes.