To remain curious and creative, protect your mind.
What does success feel like at the beginning, or in the middle? It's difficult to say. In fact, many massive successes felt like anything but success when they were in the early stages. On today's show, I share some thoughts about how to prevent the hurdles of uncertainty from limiting your ability to engage your work.
Tactics are important and necessary if you want to do brilliant work, but so is mindset. You can be the most talented and disciplined person on the planet, but if you have a blind spot in your mindset you will eventually fail. On today's episode, I talk about one very important mindset tweak that will help you to bring your best effort every day.
There are two "games" that we play as creative pros: the outer, and the inner. The inner game is about how you deal with stress, the limiting narratives that prevent you from doing your best work, and the inevitable conflicts you experience in the course of your day. Today's guest David Levin will share insights into how to improve your game with insights from his new book Raise Your Inner Game.
Have you ever been in a meeting, and introduced an idea, then felt the urge to discount or qualify your idea with "well, that's just my opinion", or "just my 2 cents"? Or, do you find the need to apologize anytime you speak up or offer an insight? Please stop. If you're in the room, you have value to contribute and you shouldn't feel the need to apologize for your existence.
Have you ever looked around at the work of others and felt like yours isn’t measuring up? Has this ever caused your passion for your work to wane? Don’t allow the slow ratcheting-up of expectations to paralyze you. Use the work of your peers and heroes as fuel, and don’t allow it to trip you up or cause you to drift off-course.
It’s often not the circumstances we learn from, but our response to them. Identifying limiting narratives or patterns of self-destruction can help us spot them when they crop up, then nip them before they cause us to implode or obsess needlessly over critique.