4112: Bynum Wedding Portrait Day 5

A Big idea during painting

The saying: “You can do anything you put your mind to”.

Maybe, but what I think is more powerful is that you can do anything when you put your love into it.

When you love to do it, when your motivated, excited about it, interested, you can do anything. You will make the time, you will stay up late, work after time at the job, turn down fun with friends.

Your mind aligns behind your love, your drive, your motivation.

Nurture the love first, your mind will follow.

The pathway is not clear

Normally, when you think of a journey it’s done in a symbolic way, such as the journey of the artist or the journey to mastery, we normally have this vision or at least a pathway laid out in front of us. It’s a pathway that is somewhat clear; it could be a road or a trail, but it’s defined. It may be rocky, have twists and turns, but we kind of got an idea of where the pathway is going and where it’s at.

But the more that I’m on my own journey to mastery or the pursuit of my dreams, I find that the clear pathway vision is not always true. Some of the time the pathway will be unclear. It turns into an unmaintained trail deep in the woods. You find yourself on a pathway in the middle of the thick of brambles and you have no idea where to go.

Before, you had some kind of idea, some clarity, but now things happened and you’re confused, you’re stuck, you don’t have a clear direction.

At this point along your journey there’s no other thing to do but pull out your compass to realign yourself in the direction you were going before. Or to find out if you need to change your direction to refine the clarity of a path you had before.

To continue this analogy, you may even have to pull out a machete or some type of cutters and cut through the brambles to find your way again.

Now that’s the analogy of this. That’s the visual representation that I see sometimes.

But in practical terms it’s much different. The practical aspect is you sitting at your desk in front of your computer or in front of a notepad and you’re trying to figure out why you’re here again, the reason why you’re on this journey And you’re trying to reconnect with that.

Re-align, re-connect, re-organize. All of the “re” words.

This reminds me of one of the famous sayings that I love a lot. I think it may be from Lou Sue, but I’m not certain.

“The journey of 1000 miles begins with one step.”

I love that because the idea is to focus on the journey, not the destination. You have to take all the steps in between where you are now and the goal and the purpose, is the next step. If you keep doing that you’ll get to your goal.

But a lot of times the journey is not so clear, it’s all grown over and I don’t know what direction I should go in. This next step is not actually moving forward but standing still and figuring out what your next step should be.

The pause for reorganization is part of the journey.

What I like to do is to not wait until my path gets overgrown, to not wait for myself to get lost but to plan these reorganization tasks weekly.

It’s a time on my calendar where I make sure that I’m aligned to the right direction. That I’m on the right path. It’s like pulling out your compass several times through the journey and not waiting to pull it out only when you get lost.

With my reorganization, I look at my largest goals for the rest of my life. I look at the breakdown of those goals for the next 10 years or five years for the next year. What I need to accomplish for the next week. What I need to do today. The next step.

I make sure that everything that is on my to do list or protocol is aligning me towards all of those goals and that all the day to day influences around me haven’t pulled me off of the path.

That’s what realignment is for me.

And sometimes something happens along my journey and it changes my goals. It changes the entire path forward. I find myself at a fork and I take a different route because it’s a long path and as I’ve grown, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned more and I’ve changed.

So what journey are you on right now? What is your path looking like?

Is your path super clear like a highway and you’re moving super fast or is it a trail and it’s going downhill and you feel like everything is easy? Or is it uphill rocky and unclear or maybe it’s a cliff and you’re hanging from a rock like a rock climber?

Maybe pause and realign yourself to your biggest goals and then break them down. What do you wanna do by the end of your life? What do you need to do in the next 10 years to get there? What do you need to do in the next five years? The next two years? This year, next week and then finally, what do you need to do today?

What is the next step you need to take?

Is it time to sit down and take the time to clear the path?

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