Get Up and Go, left

Get-Up-and-GoSome mornings you wake up only to discover that your perfectly perfect self’s Get Up and Go has left the building.

My go-to strategy today to channel my missing Get Up and Go, was listening to a few segments of Seth Godin’s new audiobook – Leap First, Creating Work that Matters. While I haven’t listened to Seth’s entire audiobook, it reinforced something I learned early on from my dad.

If you’re unsure about how to do something or the work seems too overwhelming, focus on one small element or component of the work at hand. Amazingly, when you focus – not getting sidetracked by your inner doubting voice who is insistently persistent in her messaging that you’re not smart enough or good enough to do this work – the pieces start to fall into place. Before you know it you’re creating and doing something important – work that matters.

Great work happens in the doing. The doing, as it turns out, is also the great Get Up and Go whisperer!

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Fri-ta-da!

Art.

Thinking of everything you do as “art” is a concept I’ve learned from Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. In his newest book It’s Your Turn, Seth introduces this idea of making great art no matter the medium.

It’s amazing how differently your work and life feel when you start to think about them through the lens of creating art.

For instance, that rote weekly report due at 10 a.m. on Monday mornings – when was the last time you really thought about the data reflected in it? Are there ways in which it could be visually enhanced to improve its readability and in turn its usefulness? Or, perhaps, is the report no longer relevant? Is it time for a complete overhaul that more effectively addresses the company’s needs? What might need to happen so you can confidently say “ta-da look at my art” when you submit your weekly 10 a.m. report?

My perfectly, perfect brilliant sister-in-law with Sunday morning art: fri-ta-da!

My perfectly, perfect brilliant sister-in-law with Sunday morning art: fri-ta-da!

Or what about the dozens of emails you send and respond to everyday? If you thought about them as art what changes? Might you format your correspondence in a way that is easier to read? Might you include some additional resources that could be helpful? Would you take an extra half moment to cheer someone on who is knee deep in a project and panicked that they won’t meet their deadline? What might need to happen so you can confidently say “ta-da look at my art” when you hit the send button?

Your perfectly, perfect brilliant self has the opportunity to make exceptional art that is important and useful. Art that has meaning and is in service to your own personal intention, dream and vision.

Ta-da! Look at you creating the art that only you can!