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Do your ideas and talents make you feel blessed, or stressed? I have my good days and bad days. A good day is when I feel I’ve accomplished something on my screenplay, helped a client or two, made some progress on another of my businesses or creative ideas…and still haven’t forgotten anything important (my Amex bill!). A bad day is when I spin my wheels, am “busy” all day but have little or nothing to show for it. I have tricks to guard against those now and have fewer and fewer of them. What about you?

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  1. March 20, 2009 10:45 pm

    Oh my gosh!! I sooo relate to what you are saying!!! I feel so torn a lot of the time! I love to write, paint in oils, am learning to paint in watercolor, have many years of experience with stained glass, love the challenge of fused glass and other types of “hot glass”, etc. What do I do when? I usually have numerous projects on the go at the same time. If I work on all or several at once, I feel I have not made much progress. If I focus on one, I feel I have neglected my other projects.

    I am looking forward to your book when it comes out. I will be one of your first customers, I hope. Looking forward to reading more of your tweets on Twitter, too!

    Thanks –

    Arlene

  2. Lisa Rothstein permalink*
    March 21, 2009 12:53 am

    Thanks Arlene. We are writing the book just for people like you (and me!). The trick is not to fight the fact that more progress in any area requires certain choices, but also not to beat yourself up when you choose to do many things at once. The best place to be is where everything you are doing informs and energizes everything else, rather than taking away from it.

  3. March 23, 2009 3:14 am

    Interesting question, and the fact that someone is asking it is reassuring to me (other people feel this way too?!)…

    I feel blessed to have the ideas and talents that I do, but the fact that I can’t yet take the plunge into doing what I’d like to do full time, and the thought that I may be wasting my talent while stuck in my day job is a big cause of stress…

    One thing that I’ve done to address that: Because I find it hard to sit down and write fiction after sitting at the computer all day, writing emails and technical info, etc. at work, I’ve started to more seriously pursue another hobby (designing and making jewelry) that serves as a creative outlet, but uses a different part of my brain and body than writing does. While I don’t have as much time as I’d like to for writing right now, making the jewelry helps keep me sane! Eventually, I’d like to make my living off a combination of these two passions…getting to that point keeps me motivated.

    Thanks for letting me vent!
    Courtney
    http://www.SeventhCloudStudio.etsy.com

  4. March 23, 2009 8:05 pm

    I can really resonate with what you’re saying. I do have some days where I feel I’m pedaling on a bicycle that’s hanging in the air. But maybe those days are good too. Perhaps they’re the prep for the alchemy.
    On the days when I’m in the flow, time is kyros, not kronos, and I wouldn’t want to give up any of my gifts for any price!

  5. Lisa Rothstein permalink*
    March 23, 2009 9:47 pm

    Katherine, that’s one of the things I ask coaching clients: would they trade their multiple gifts for the peace of mind of having just one specialty, and even the most harried always say no! It IS special to have a lot of talents, and its important to make the most of them. To paraphrase personal development giant Zig Ziglar “Success is not measured by what you do compared to others, but by what you do with the ability God gave you.”

  6. April 2, 2009 4:45 am

    I sometimes feel like I’m going in a thousand directions at once AND nowhere. I can write any number of ways (copywriting, novelist, journalist, humor, playwright, nonfiction, radio, television), cartoon, perform, write songs, run a vintage clothing business, and also do upkeep on a number of websites as a self-taught HTML person, and also a self-taught photographer and Photoshop pro. I even taught myself Windows Movie Maker in under a week and made my first video to put on YouTube. Figuring out a direction in life has always been a huge problem, particularly because I shie away from being praised or singled out. (You wouldn’t know it from my relentless self-promotion.)

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