Wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t use these self-centered “opinions” or thoughts when trying to create your own masterpiece? Yes, you are the masterpiece.
What if you thought of yourself as the ultimate masterpiece?
You would not add negative elements, ugly colors, or hateful messages to that piece of jewelry, music, poem, painting, or pot. But so often we think nothing of allowing these elements to become part of who we are, how we think and ultimately how we treat others.
What if you just said no, or better yet, what if you decided to commit to things in a bigger way as either a “heck yes” or a “heck no”!
It is easy. You make the decision. It’s a mindset. Everything is a mindset.
Play from the heart — Serve from the heart!
Approach each task in your life, in your work, in your relationship by first asking yourself:
- how can I best serve this piece of work, this person, this relationship
- how can I show how much fun this is and how much I love them — yes love!
With this attitude your self-aware mindset tells you to go for it, that it's possible, that you are capable, and that you’ve got nothing to fear. It’s your heart’s voice.
This is because your attitude is not coming from a self-centered mindset. Do you see the difference? The difference between being self-aware and self-centered is about how you think and view the world. Being self-centered disconnects you from others, creates barriers and obstacles. Self-awareness comes from service and love through the mere act of thinking about how you can make a difference to others.
It is the voice that encourages us to try something new, to try that technique, to solder that joint, paint that canvas, or to go for it and invest in yourself!
Ultimately you create for others; for their enjoyment, for their benefit, etc. If you don’t, this may be why you are not yet truly successful.
A self-aware mindset is your true north, your true voice. Without this key ingredient, success will be impossible.
Practice Makes Perfect
This is where habit comes in and hard work! Postive thinking alone won’t account for all of your success. Success is also a result of practice which becomes habit. This results in mastery and an essential part of the fabric of the self-aware mindset.
You need to practice sawing out that metal, or throwing that pot, or painting to achieve depth… with consistency… until you can master it. Make it important enough to set aside time to practice that technique.
Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers, researched successful people in diverse fields and consulted with experts, and 10,000 hours or a decade was the tipping point before they were seen as significant successes.
The sooner you learn to make it a habit and you put in the hours, the sooner you become a master.
Be Committed but Not Attached
Once you’ve mastered that technique, and your ready to present it to the world, you must be committed but not attached.
What does that really mean? Through a self-aware mindset, you realize that some will, some won’t, so what, someone’s waiting (SW, SW, SW, SW).
You go out, shower them with love, and present the work that you created with love. You are committed to sharing it with the world. However, if at that show they don’t buy, you are not attached to that result… to the sale… in deciding your self worth.
You instead step back and ask yourself what could have been different, what marketing could have helped me, what sales technique, placement in the show, etc. A self-aware minds doesn’t begin to doubt whether they are good enough, nice enough, or smart enough.
Being self-aware we know that our bodies are more attune to feel pain and hurt more than joy and pleasure. It’s a defense mechanism. So it is much easier to go right to the negative feeling or place, rather than focus on the positive.
Being self-aware and proactively training your thoughts will create the ultimate masterpiece… YOU!
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