Scott Adams, Dilbert Creator, Affirmations, and Me.

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With both feet, I’m in.  Scott Adams, Dilbert creator, in his recent book talked about affirmations.   (I’m assuming it was in his recent book because he took the blog posts down, and I had to seriously hunt for them in the cache of Google).

For a long time, i’ve plated around with them.

I wanted to believe, I wanted to reset and ralibrate my mind to make them work, but in practice they were always just a sconch off putting for me.  Felt like I shouldn’t need ‘em.   Felt like I should have my own identity.  Damn that Stuart Smalley.  

I didn’t believe.  I tried, but I felt stupid.  It was the inner lunatic or whatever.  Doing something without being 100% into it.  Dumb

I’m not gonna get all scientoligist on you, but I believe that we can create our own realities.  I believe that it takes massive action (you Secret people make me wretch with your lazy manifestations of material crap). I believe that you can do whatever you want. 

My evidence:

Scott Adams is inarguably more successful than me.  I’d betcha my wife’s hotter and smarter than his, but I’d concede virtually every other metric to the man, and I’ve never met his wife.  If Affirmations are his kludge, why not use ‘em?  I could probably, given time, invent my own kludge, but why?

I’ll be saying affirmations each morning.  With intention and all my heart.  I’m gonna write the goals I got down 3x daily.  I’ll have 6 total goals; 2 30 day goals, 2 90 day goals, and 2 year long goals.  Once I’m into that, I’ll add a couple more. 

Affirmations are the way to make the world the way you want it, starting from the inside out.  You make yourself by stating affirmations (I take action to achieve my six goals).  And then you expand the things you can control.  I’ve gotten the theory, but it’s time to quit being someone that talks about prospecting, to being someone who prospects.

Tension in the Creative Act.

My muse–what I want to create for the world–is hard to create.  To make something that didn’t exist before, out of nothing but the building blocks that everyone has at their disposal requires a distillation of insanity, presumptuousness, faith, and joy far beyond that which modern society considers healthy.

I was at Starbucks yesterday meeting a possible business partner, and I was in a great mood, exuberant and full of energy.  The ‘barista,’ there asked me what I was on, why I was so happy.   Wasn’t the first time someone asked me that.  What a damning indictment of human society if being joyful is such an aberration that it requires mention (and if truth be told, I was being reigned in to her level of misery).   That worked for a moment, my brain ruminated on this, and my blood pressure went up.  How dare she piss on someone for being cheerful?

Then I realized what had happened, I kicked that thought out of my head.  I won’t let strangers dictate the experience I’m having any more.

Creating something is the fulfillment of our individual soul’s greatest desire while it is an affront to our collectivist society.  Julia Cameron says that it’s an insult to God not to create.  Those that don’t create–she calls ‘crazymakers’.  They tell us that what we’re doing isn’t good enough, novel enough, unique enough.  And the spark that challenges their own sloth they work to insidiously extinguish.  This ‘they’ is all of us.

Every great creator–both artist and businessperson–has been attacked by the collective itself, even as the Collective benefits from the  spark.  There is some reversion to mediocrity that Leviathan wants.  Watch the reactions to starting a business.  Watch the reactions to moving towards a state of joy.

Watch people that wish to create get mollified by money and security.

Watch as people seek the approbation of what one friend called ‘stylish losers,’ to the point where they cease to recognize their own contributions, genius and talent.

There are any number of ways to run off course.  It might be easy to create, but first you have to drown out the cacophony of the world and it’s desire to assimilate all of us into the shuffling gray mass of mediocrity.  People seek to tear it down, even those that ‘love’ you.

This is what causes tension in the creative act, because it holds people accountable for their lack of contributions.  Scott Gingsberg says “but you didn’t,” when people call him to task for the notion that anyone coulda done what he did.

This is advice to myself.  I’ve known I find this behavior in myself; when I really am on the path to something that I believe in, I question the joy, I want to undersell myself and roll my eyes at the creative act. I find ways to sabotage my belief in my ability, my mind, and sometimes the end product that I created.  Because being earnest, guileless and sincere is sometimes pretty hard.

So I’m going to keep on creating what I know to be good and right.  I want you to do the same thing so the bar gets raised.

Hiatus.

I’ve gained a lot of great subscriptions to loanofficersurvivaltrinaing.com.

I’m very happy about that, but there is a lot of work that I’ve got to do fleshing out my outlines, plans and forms to make sure I honor the commitment that others made to me.  I have to bang on my forms so they are good enough for my people.

I’m also launching newmarketsurvivalguide.com on Tuesday with a very cool GTD fantasy toy that new blogger Amy created. (You should add amy)   (I described my GTD fantasy here and it’s basically realized.  We’ll take it even father eventually, but for now it’s the coolest thing on the planet.)

TO GET SAID GTD FANTASY SCRIPT YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE VIA RSS TO NEWMARKETSURVIVALGUIDE.COM  Do it!  [Edit: Today, 5/25/08, I’m getting feedback that the email feed doesn’t work.  We will fix!]

I’ve also got a new comportment guide you’ll like.

I have 7 authors that I’m really proud of toeing the line with me (which makes it what, my 4th multi-author: bloodhoundblog, lenderama, cicerone,

Speaking of GTD Fantasy?  You all need to getdropbox.  Getdropbox.com is a fantastic toy. 

Having declared myself on hiatus, of course, I may be producing heartbreaking works of staggering genius.

But if you don’t hear from me, y’all know why.

Incase you don’t see what I see…

Mark Cuban on the Salary CapI like Mark.  Read his advice about success.  I did.

Duct Tape Marketing Riffs On Leads- More actionable than usual.  The gem is differentiating followup processes depending on the way that leads come in.  Bill Rice, be proud. (Bill rice sells something that has more function than infusionsoft at mass market prices).

10 Useful Windows Productivity Toys- Yes, Lifehacker…yes, again.

The Positivity Blog on “Teach Your Children Well.”

And…Indians are Alright from Freelance Switch

Overwhelm.

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…to Peace.

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Tomorrow?  My Documents…that WILL be worse.

This is one of those GTD things that totally clears the decks psychically.  Now to get my desk done…

I am happy as hell with the role I’ve picked. 

Alrighty(?) everybody….

Alrighty(?) everybody. I’m back to Jotting. Jott told me that I needed to be Jotting more. They sent me a friendly reminder unlike this stupid ____ special reminder that I got before. So, I thought hey, why not Jott? So, all of you all who(?) are Jotted(?) let me know. Also don’t forget my free conference call on the 17th, dirt cheap way to get business in the next that closes in June and I’ll talk to you soon. Bye, bye. listen

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