Day 3 of 30 Days of Creative
celebrating what makes me, me
Today, let’s let go of all feelings of inadequacy and focus on the unique mix of traits that make us who we are.
Deep Dive1 minHere’s the thing: as human beings, we are constantly learning and growing. We are a work in progress, and always will be. We forget this fact when we get overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, of frustration that we aren’t where we think we should be (or should be by now). We think of all the ways we fall short, of all the ways we aren’t good enough. We focus on the things we don’t have, instead of the things we do. Today, know that you are enough. As you are, as your true self, right here right now. You are enough and always will be. You are ever-changing, constantly evolving, a work in progress. Judging yourself as not enough now is selling yourself short — your (perceived) shortcomings are merely opportunities for infinite growth and connection.
Affirmation30 secsI am enough because I am valuable and have something important to contribute to the world. When I celebrate what makes me unique, I am more grounded in gratitude and love. My mix of strengths and weaknesses is what makes me, me. I am worthy of love and acceptance just as I am.
Creative Challenge10 minsAuthor Gay Hendricks in his book The Big Leap, talks about the different "zones" we operate in our day to day work. We do many things — things we’re not-so-good at, things we're excellent at, and things that we seem to be exceptionally great at (and enjoy!) In a nutshell, Hendricks breaks down the zones like this: Zone of Incompetence - Things you aren’t good at and a lot of other people can do better Zone of Competence - Things you’re pretty okay at, and some people can do better Zone of Excellence - Things you’re really good at, and only a few can do better Zone of Genius - Things that you’re exceptionally really great at and no one does it quite like you do! It takes a lot of self-awareness and humility to admit the things that fall under the Zone of Incompetence and Zone of Competence and be okay with it (perfectionists, I know you’re out there!) Instead of chasing the things we aren't good at (and can possibly outsource), how can we focus on our Zone of Genius, on the thing that we bring a magic touch to? Your turn! Spend some thinking about the tasks you do each day and the tasks you wish you could do more of. How are you spending your time in each of the zones? Zone of Incompetence … Zone of Competence … Zone of Excellence … Zone of Genius …
Quote10 secs"Watch carefully, the magic that occurs, when you give a person just enough comfort to be themselves. " - Atticus
Journal Prompt5 minsThink about the last time you were doing something in your “Zone of Genius”. How did it feel? What did you create or get accomplished that day? …. How can you celebrate your strengths and do more of the things that fall under your “Zone of Genius”?
Mantra10 secsMy creativity is a gift to the world.