Recently, I was reading a fitness blog. It asked the reader to guess the #1 habit needed to lose weight. Well, who wouldn’t be drawn in? Do you know what it was?
Find people to share your journey.
While the gist of the article was permanent lifestyle changes, the method of attainment applies universally.
The writer spoke of recognizing triggers, remembering to acknowledge successes and “creating a community of consistency”.
Let’s look at these ideas through the lens of The Purple Ink Café.
Triggers are things that initiate a process or reaction. At The Purple Ink Cafe, we look at triggers as prompts that activate thinking and move us in positive directions. They may be small questions, small rewards and/or small steps or leaps. The goal is to find the trigger, or the tool, that overcomes the obstacles that hold us back. This, in turn, leads to sustainable momentum and the desired change.
For us it SOP (standard operating procedure) to remind ourselves of what we’ve gotten done. Even those actions that seem so small. If you’re like many of us, you don’t give yourself enough credit for all you do. Taking the time to remember shifts us into success mode. It shines a light on our efforts and our process.
At TPIC, we also recognize this process as a creative process. And that process is neither a straight line nor does it always lead to a rigid end product. Consider this quote by Max Lerner: "Despite the success cult, (wo)men are most deeply moved not by the reaching of the goal, but by the grandness of the effort involved in getting there." This is not to minimize the joy of attaining a goal, but rather to pull back our sight line and focus on the joy of the process.
Environment of Consistency
When you come to The Purple Ink Cafe you get to hang out with some amazing, cool people. Everything we do is consistent with our mission of connection, collaboration and creativity. We invite you to think differently and innovate imaginatively. We encourage everyday creativity. We gather intimate groups of women for support, inspiration and a track to sustainable momentum.
TPIC is a place to find the people for your journey, wherever that may be taking you. Our next event, starting March 20, 2018 for 4 consecutive Tuesday nights, is for anyone whose journey is into the second half of life. Consider joining us and others on the same journey for Creative Life Design: a Women's Wisdom Circle. Learn more here.
Kathy Kane blogs about the creative process in the everyday, in writing and in the magical transition to the second half of life.
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