After a great busy day at work, I laced up the sneakers and headed on out for a run. I didn’t really know where I was going, but my intention was to feel good. I popped on some slow tunes of Dave Matthews & David Gray and hit the pavement. One foot in front of the other. Somewhere within the first few blocks I decided to giv’er and run all the way around Stanley Park. Didn’t really know how it would go as I’m not in tip-top running shape, but I had a goal in mind. Had to stop here and there, but I just kept on trucking. I knew how I wanted to feel at the end of this, and I was determined to get there. Me and my slow tunes, my slow pace, and my sneaky blissed-out grin made it all the way around. Somehow we did it. And it felt pretty damn good. I created a feel good moment, a blog post in my mind, and even made some people smile with my perma-grin. Creativity at it’s best! (A picture of one of my well known ‘happy dances’ – how I felt at the end of my run today – well with a lot less energy, but you get the idea!)
It’s amazing what we can do when we put our minds to something. I’m working on a few projects at lululemon at the moment. Some of them, I really had no idea how the heck I was going to make it happen. But. When asked if I could do it? If I could create something new? My answer immediately – YES. I didn’t know how to do it, but no one ever really knows how it will get done. And if you think you do, it’s time to raise the bar a little. Create. Add some oomph to it. Make it different. If you don’t know how, don’t worry. You just have to take the first step. That’s how I’ve been surprising myself lately. I’m actually pretty proud! I had no idea I could create something like this. It feels pretty good.
When we have a big goal in mind, we only have to believe that we will reach it, and then we take the first step. Often, this first step is all that we know how to do. The second step may seem foreign, confusing, scary, unsure – but who cares. You know how badly you want your end result so you take the first step. After the first step, you meet people who make the journey come to life. You ask questions. You gain more knowledge. You surprise yourself. You meet more and more people. And you continue to create. It all seems to make sense. You even might think to yourself, “that wasn’t all so bad? What can I create next?!”
In striving for a goal, we create. We create opportunities, possibilities, feel good emotions and we create surprise in ourselves. If you don’t know which direction to go, chose one. Move in that direction. Even if it’s getting off the couch and going for a walk – in doing this you are creating so many good things. A release of endorphins which lifts your spirits. A smile which might create the possibility of a stranger-sharing-smile moment. Inspiration to a friend who might be encouraged to do the same. Contagious. And all it took was a first step. That’s all.
Create. Remember that you have the ability to create in EVERY moment. Even in the simplest of things. Get out of the ordinary. Don’t worry about how or why. If you want it and it feels good, go after it with that first step. Take the chance. Say yes. Guaranteed you will surprise yourself. And it only gets better from here. That’s a J-Twizzle promise.
Smile with your heart!
Speaking of creating, get ready for more info to come on The Artists’ Way! How funny is this – Josie and I went to put the information of our start dates in the lululemon online newspaper at head office, and guess what – this is the exact book that the lulu Leadership and Development club is reading through together starting in 2 weeks. This book is from the ’80s. And all of a sudden, we are all on the same wave length. Co-incidence that we were planning on starting it within a week of each other? I think not. Maybe, just meant to be. So, the official date to start this journey of creativity is on hold until August 7th (I think! date TBD!!)