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Journey With R.J

Thanks for joining the journey!

  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach

Is today another day of staying the course? Or is today a day for charting a new one?


When we're healthy we're doing one or the other. And there's a difference between waiting, listening, praying, gathering data and insight before the launch of a new course, and sinking into a quagmire of pity, frustration, disappointment or envy.


At our healthiest, creatives work the plan until the plan is either completed in the celebration of achievement or mourned in the loss of a tried and fought for dream. And yes, we may experience a bit of both in a given moment.


At our best, creatives chart new courses built on the wisdom of the previous adventure, strengths and weaknesses, wins and losses, insights and impressions. Sure we might make drastic changes and chart uncharted courses for the next season, after all, wise and risk-adorned men and women have been doing this for centuries, but we do it based on truth and purpose, not at the hands of a mob-induced pressure.


Q. Is it time for a new course? OR do you really just need to commit for another week, month or season?

  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach

At this point why bother?


Between the emotionally igniting Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays (which I absolutely love), and another wildly fast approaching new year, why even attempt to make progress? Why not just wait until January and then launch with a fresh and aggressive pursuit?


Because it doesn't usually work out that way, does it? Honestly, 25% of us might launch fresh and make it to February, but less than 10% will follow through on the goal, dream, vision or project.


So how about this.


What if today, right here and now, you make the mental switch that you hope to make on January 1st. Creatives often follow the emotion, but the emotion of a season or decision can be chaotically deceiving. Instead, try merging the creative emotion that colors your art with a healthy and professional work ethic of "get 'er done."

  1. State your New Year Resolution. No, not next years. What do you want to accomplish between now and the new year? Resolve to push toward that.

  2. Map out your schedule and set your alarm. (Caution: Take care to be gracious with those in your home and circle, it's a busy season for all.)

  3. Get 'er done.


Or at least keep 'er moving. The momentum and habitual rhythm you'll have in your creative pursuits will carry you through January and beyond that 25%.


Can you taste the progress?


Can you feel that sense of victory just around the corner?


Do I really buy into this "get 'er done"? Yeah. After all, once again I woke up before the kids rise for school to write this weekly post, have some quiet time in the ancient Scriptures, catch up on cryptocurrency changes and launch into a new project. Why wait?

  • R. J Dyson / Life Coach

How are you tweaking your internal user manual?


What I mean is, we all work and move and breath and speak from the script written on our hearts and minds right here and right now. What is the current script shaping your life?


Some of us wake up each day believing we're inherently oppressed. Some of us live the victim through that negative self talk. Some of us have been told that others hold the key to our success, and so we don't even try the door in front of us.


Others wake up ready to tackle the day's challenges. We have been victims, we have suffered, we have been rejected and we know that we will again... but we reject that daily script and instead move on toward personal victory. Some of us have been told we're the ones holding others back, that our success and opportunity and hard work and spiritual gifts and natural talents, that these are unfair advantages, but we know that everyone is gifted in their own right and so we continue to lift others up as we live on purpose.


Q. Whatever the script, whatever the daily internal language, how are you leaning in on truth, grace and hope today?


Q. How are you pushing off even the most tangible offenses and pressing on toward your goal?


Spend some time in prayer. Meditate on what's good and pure and right. Journal your negative self talk and then respond to this negative script with hope-filled truths, opportunities for growth and action steps.


Our internal script matters more than any external words heaped on us.


Looking for a good read, some personal challenges to your script and an invitation to a better language? Check out my new book Lexicon of Awesome. Grab a copy for a friend or spouse and journey together.