Keep Moving Forward

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Momentum –> strength or force gained by motion or by a series of events


When you stall out on making stuff, creating the things that feed your passion and giving your best to the world, STOP and FOCUS. Encourage yourself and speak life into the situation. Take action so you don’t stay stuck. 

Keep moving forward by taking ACTION because…

The more momentum you have the more motivation you’ll feel. 

Reframe your thoughts so that you…

Start thinking about how to RISE to another level of SERVICE.  

And most of all…

Challenge yourself to SERVE with full JOY and full heart!

Gain momentum, strength and force right now by taking ACTION that will move you FORWARD, make you happy and help others on their journey. 

The quotes in this post are taken from Turning your Defeat into Success by Brendon Burchard.

Photo Credit: Brett Lohmeyer, Flickr 

Write More

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I just finished reading some posts on Susanna Sturgis’ blog entitled Write Through It in which she addresses writing, editing and “how to keep going.”

I loved her J is for Journey post from the A to Z challenge where she shares one of her mantras. 

Your writing will teach you what you need to know.

But

…the catch is that you have to keep doing it. My hunch is that a fair amount of what’s called “writer’s block” stems from the cautious mind’s fear of those subconscious places where reason has to relinquish control. The fear is totally justified because, as Le Guin wrote, the journey will change you.

I believe these quotes marry well with the quote in my post on learning through reflection. It’s only through uninhibited reflection that we are able to write in such a way as to show the depth of what we’ve learned. 

Build It for Yourself

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I’ve been tweaking some minor things on this online portfolio today, and while viewing resources from other blogs, I ran across this post in The Rapid E-Learning Blog:  Here’s How an E-Learning Portfolio Builds Your Skills.  Not only does a portfolio highlight your skills, but it can drive you to improve skills and stretch your professional limitations as you document new projects and use a blog to reflect on practices and your own learning.

Keep it simple and focus on just yourself. Don’t worry about getting likes or views. – Tom Kuhlmann

Now that I have my portfolio built, I need to outline my next cycle of professional growth goals and focus on specific projects that I want to design and document for the portfolio. I can make that determination by reviewing the qualifications and skills that employers want to see.

On one side, I listed all desired qualifications and on the other, my corresponding experience. Needless to say, there was a big gap between what companies wanted and the skills I had. So I went out and acquired the skills by volunteering or participating in projects. Then I created a portfolio to document what I was learning and the types of projects on which I worked.  -Tom Kuhlmann

This blog post gave me confirmation that I’m on the right track in creating a portfolio and reflective blog to record not only my work experiences and skills but my thinking and learning about the work.

How has a portfolio and/or blog improved your professional skills?

Work | Create | Share

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During my search for free online courses last month (see my Keep Learning post), I discovered some great resources from an instructional designer and from a writer/artist. Each of them have websites, write blogs and newsletters, produce podcasts and write books just to mention a few of their pursuits.

Go Design Something

After taking a look at Kristin Anthony‘s online course, Go Design Something: The Course, I listened to her podcasts on the same subject, read some of her blog posts and viewed her portfolio. This week, I read Anthony’s ebook entitled Go Design Something: 5 Steps to a Kick-Ass Instructional Design Portfolio.

It’s a good read for not only instructional designers but anyone who wants to build or improve a professional portfolio. It inspired me to focus my efforts, search for examples and models to emulate, create and share. She includes some super resources to get any newbie started and gives “Go Do” assignments at the end of each chapter.

For someone who wants to create an online portfolio but doesn’t know where to start, the simple process that Anthony outlines in her book and podcasts will provide a great roadmap. I haven’t taken her course, but for those who need a more structured and formal learning experience this course may be something to consider.

Steal Like an Artist

Austin Kleon is an writer and artist who has written several books and has given TEDtalks on the subject of creativity. I learned some tips for structuring my time so I can make stuff that I like, but I am most excited about his ideas on the mash-up of passions we each posses and how we can remix others work through daily practice (not plagiarism) so that we can amplify and transform our own work.

If all of your favorite makers got together and collaborated, what would they make with you leading the crew? Go make that stuff.

If you have two or three real passions, don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don’t discard. Keep all your passions in your life.

Get Busy

In each of these books, the authors outline frameworks for setting up a plan and establishing routines for getting “the work” done (whatever work you’re doing). The next step is to DO THE WORK.

  • Get out there and make stuff.
  • It’s ok to fail, in fact it’s necessary.
  • Share yourself and your work.
  • We live in a digital age, but don’t forget about the benefits of analog work.
  • A big part of work is PLAY.

If you have read either of these books, I would love to know what you learned and what you’ve implemented. Do you have any ideas and resources related to this topic that would help me stay inspired to create and to share?

See It and Be It!

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This is a reminder to my fearful self…

On those days when you get caught up in a swirl of activity that doesn’t align to your real self – STOP and fear not. You were made with purpose to be who you are – not who others want you to be.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life and don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.  Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”          – Steve Jobs

See the real you… What does it take to see the real you? To see your purpose?

Courage

Be the real you… What does it take to be the real you? To live your purpose?

Dedication

Live your truth… TODAY!