What makes you remarkable? Why paying attention to your unique Art and Creativity builds confidence and joy.
This past week, I had the pleasure of attending the Innovate: Unleash Your Creativity conference in Franklin, Tennessee (just outside of Nashville) at the home place of Dan Miller and his 48 Days to the Work You Love team.
The days of the event were filled with inspirational speakers; musicians, writers, artists and even a few magicians, all of whom shared about their passions, their art, and how they were able to make it in their field.
The theme that continued to come up was, 'What makes you remarkable?'
This struck me each time the question was asked.
Often times, we put ourselves down and compare ourselves to others. I am certainly guilty of this. Instead of focusing on where I am and enjoying being present in the phase of the process I am currently in, I look at other people who are 'ahead' of me or more 'talented' than me. This is a sure fire way to keep yourself down. In this place of comparison you and I cannot progress.
In this place of comparison we also start to lower our self-esteem and confidence in ourselves. This lessens our joy in the process and can be a contributing factor to us giving up on our art.
Instead of comparing to others, let us ask the question instead:
What makes you remarkable?
The diversity of the group in attendance at Innovate certainly did bring up a lot of unique art forms to consider remarkable. There were App developers and engineers and children's book authors and painters and marketing and business gurus. What if the App developer was feeling down on himself for not having the same remarkable qualities as the painter sitting next to him? Instead of focusing on his own unique remarkable things, what if he were too busy feeling bad he wasn't a painter? We would be missing out on the remarkable things that he has to offer!
In fact, when you and I do not embrace our unique arts that make us remarkable, we are doing a disservice to ourselves and to the world!
The world needs that special thing that only you can bring.
Not only that, but you and I need to live authentically for the sake of our own joy! When we live authentically, we have self-esteem that is healthy because everything adds up. It makes sense that when we are operating out of our own authentic remarkable-ness we have a healthy view of ourselves and the world. We stop comparing ourselves to others and we start really living life as an artist.
My favorite moments of the conference were when people would describe their self-given job titles and at the end say, 'I'm also focused on being the best [fill-in-your-name] I can be!'
So, today, I want you to consider what it is that makes you remarkable.
If you want to share what makes you remarkable or your thoughts on being remarkable, please do so in the comments below!
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Also, if you would like to attend the Innovate: Unleash Your Creativity conference, there is another one coming up in September!
Remember, you are remarkable and the world needs the unique art form that only you are capable of bringing! Not only that, but you need it as well, for all of the joy it will bring to you! Totally worth the investment of cultivating your creativity.
Get that fire inside of you going,
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