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  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach

How do you get back on track after a project or decision doesn't go according to plan?

Here are two thoughts compiled from the experiences and rhythms of a whole bunch of creatives throughout history:

  1. Have a long-range plan of action. Assume failure, broken plans, miscommunication and hurt will be along for the ride and have a plan for working through both the good and the bad. (Hint: this is where creative habits really come into play)

  2. Leave space for mourning and motivating. Some of us spend too much time mourning a loss. In reality this becomes whining, complaining and bitterness. Some of us don't pause to absorb the blow or patch the wound and so we never actually grow. Leaving a little space to mourn the loss, discern what can be learned, pray, express thankfulness for the opportunity and dive back into our long-range creative habits, well, this will foster a healthy journey for the long haul.

Q. So, what's your long-range plan? Do you have steadfast creative habits that carry you forward regardless of mood and moment?

  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach

In light of my new book, Lexicon of Awesome: A Melancholic Dad's Spiritual Journey Into A World of Better Words, let's press in on our words for a minute.

Have you ever heard the line, "from the overflow of our heart, our mouth speaks"? (Luke 6) It's one of those proverbs Jesus taught, almost in passing, to a large crowd eager for more healing and food and miraculous happenings. And it follows His challenge to

love our enemy,

be thankful in persecution and struggle when living out divine truth,

share without expecting anything in return,

and do good to those who have no intention of doing good to you.

And remember, the blind can't lead the blind... so discern what you put into your heart and mind. Grab My truth, grace and reality of freedom through faith and sacrifice. Hold My principles of the importance of honoring one another in life, liberty and the pursuit of your creative happiness, deep in your heart so that it might sit on the tip of your tongue each and every day. And then lead.

If the material in our hearts are overflowing into more hatred, bitterness and self-aggrandizement, even on behalf of others, well, maybe it's time for a fresh look at our lexicon and a season of verbal redemption.

Q. Are your words fostering unity, forgiveness, freedom and hope in a better way? Or are you simply finding creative ways to tear others down?

It seems to me that if the 'change' we're clamoring for, and the words we buy into and then offer others fosters less personal freedom and less moral and mature responsibility, but hands more control over to a governing body of ______________... well, we may be feeding the wrong lexicon in our lives.

Check out Lexicon of Awesome, a book about a melancholic dad connecting the dots between life, faith and his creative rhythm of life.

  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach

Are you enjoying the journey?

Let me throw out a few questions to help you foster some insight and action in experiencing greater enjoyment on the adventure toward your goals.

Q. What are you thankful for? Today. Tonight. Tomorrow morning. What are you grateful for in your creative pursuits?

Q. How is your schedule assisting your passion? Are you disciplined or scattered and haphazard in your creative habits, rhythms and output?

Q. Are you aware and engaged in what matters most? Relationships, faith, family, personal responsibilities, maturity etc. How are you investing in the deeper sources of your creativity?

When we're thankful, organized and grabbing ahold of what and who matters most in life, well, our creative adventure's are worth the effort, sacrifice and risk. Is yours?