Saturday, December 1, 2018

Fall in Love with the Process...and Find Yourself Along the Way

Philosophy 101 tells us that, if we want to get anything done, we must first actually do something. Seems simple enough. If you’re not actually moving in the direction you intend for your life, you can be sure of only one thing—you’ll never get to your intended destination. But what if we don’t actually like what we have to do to reach our objective? Well, the short answer is that we will likely fail. I could end this article right here because the point of the matter is that nothing gets done without action. But you already know that. What you may not know is why it becomes so difficult to get things done when you’re faced with the less-than-desirable tasks required to effect real and meaningful change in your life.

It’s fair to say that most people who follow a process with regularity are the same ones who produce results. What makes them so different? I mean, how do they get through the drudgery of following the process when tasks become chores, obligations become burdens, and details become overwhelming? After all, these people have lives just like us…or do they? 

We have all seen the attractive slogans and overly simplistic and alluring catch phrases promising a path to a better life: Enjoy a higher standard of living; Make more money the easy way; Your path to riches; Do whatever it takes, etc. Even I have written articles designed to teach people the fundamentals to success and goal achievement. 

We’re all attracted by headlines. After all, they hold so much promise for…seemingly so little work. The trick is to get past the headlines and into the actual process to truly see what it takes for change take place. Headlines aside, if you actually follow through with the advice, philosophies, and instructions in most of these articles, you’ll find a prescription where you too can absolutely achieve anything you desire. Why then do we seem to get stuck when it comes to following the process? Because, candidly, most of us don’t typically care for the work part…unless we actually do. Which brings us to the real point. 

What separates most experts and achievers from everyone else is the level of commitment they provide to their goals. These are the people who choose productivity over leisure, delayed gratification over immediate reward, and education over television. They are also the ones who stay up late and get up early to squeeze out a just little more time to devote to their dreams, goals, and objectives. So, how (and why) do these people do it when most others don’t? Are they more motivated, determined, committed, or just plain maniacal? While some people may, in fact, possess some of these traits to reach a certain level of success, nearly all of them profess to an experience of enjoyment they find in doing the things that bring them closer to their goal. 


“When you enjoy a task, you will always find happiness in what you do.” ~ G. Westfal


Seldom is hard work associated with happiness, unless you are properly aligned with your purpose. The closer we are aligned to our purpose—that which truly makes us happy—the more joy we will discover in the work we do, the journey, and the path that leads to the fulfillment of that purpose. As we come to understand the message in a purposeful alignment, we begin to free ourselves, and we begin to allow ourselves to interact with the world around us with greater success, joy, and fulfillment. 

Another reason you may have such a difficult time finding joy in the process is that far too many of you do things to please other people. Opinions should never matter more than your purpose—your reason for doing things. Newsflash! The only opinion that should ever matter is your opinion. If you allow someone else’s opinion to shape your life, then you are not living your life at all. You’re living theirs!  

It's time to stop sabotaging yourself with your aversions to work by first finding that which you truly desire to do. Once you find something that ignites your passion, you’ll be in a position to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goal, your mission, your objective, your purpose. Only then will you find joy in committing to the process of finding meaning and fulfillment in your quest become everything you are meant to be. If you’re aligned with your purpose you will find a way to fall in love with the process. After all, it is the process that ignites the progress and momentum leading to the ultimate realization of your dreams, goals, and aspirations. 



Until next time…


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“It all begins with the first step. Follow the process.” ~ 
G. Westfal


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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Understanding Life through Art

Life is a lot like art. We all begin with a blank canvas. How it all turns out, in the end, depends upon the choices we make along the way. The colors, styles, textures, and techniques we employ has everything to do with what we end up with. Whether it’s ultimately a masterpiece or a disaster is completely up to you. You can choose to do what it takes to master your craft and create an heirloom or you can make excuses and end up with nothing but regret. 

As an artist creating my own images I’ve discovered five fundamental truths that are universally analogous when applied to life or art. Consider these truths as you strive to paint your life’s masterpiece. 

Start With a Goal

Moreno © 2009, G. Westfal
When we formulate a new idea we are essentially starting with a fresh new canvas or a blank page. One of the first things we must know is just what kind of image we intend to create. In other words, in order to know just where it is we’re going, we’ve got to establish a goal. 

The goal setting process requires a bit of thought and insight that will compel us to consider things such as purpose and intent. How will the successful achievement of the goal serve you or others? What resources, tools, or education will be required? How long will it take? Life calls upon many of the same elements as art to create the final results we seek. 

I recommend you start with a sketch that matches the goals you have in mind. As you watch your goals take shape, make the necessary adjustments along the way to refine your vision. Life seldom works perfectly, so don't be afraid to adjust your goals as required. 

Make the First Move


Just Dance © 2010, G. Westfal
Nothing much happens without a goal, at least nothing meaningful or productive. But, in order for anything to happen, you must actually do something. You can do some things without a goal, but you subject yourself to getting useless and frustrating results. Think about it. If it’s your goal to paint a picture, you should have a good idea of the actual image you intend to create before you apply the paint. If it’s your goal to paint a specific image, you must be intentional about your goal. Acting on your intended outcome drives your focus, brings clarity of purpose and movement to your plan, and helps you to avoid wasted time and energy, allowing you to better enjoy the process and joy of creating the ideal image. Apply this concept to your life and there's nothing you cannot create! 

Don’t Fear Mistakes (or Opinions)


The more time you spend on your project the better you will become. Keep in mind that no one starts out as an expert. Mistakes are bound to happen. Fortunately, life is forgiving. Most mistakes can be overcome with the right tools, techniques, education, and materials. Don’t be afraid to use the eraser or paint over your mistakes. Doing so makes way for fresh new ideas and can go a long way in accelerating your progress. 

Speaking of progress, the important thing to keep in mind is to keep moving forward. A consistency of effort leads to real wins in life. Consider hiring a mentor or taking a course of instruction to minimize your mistakes, accelerate your timeline, and to reduce your learning curve. And never fear the opinion of others. Most unfinished art is difficult for the outside observer to visualize. Unfortunately, most people are quick to judge. Opinions will come and go, but your commitment and determination will go a long way in keeping outside opinions at bay until you’re ready to reveal the finished product. Stay committed and stay courageous and you will create the masterpiece you envision. 

Add a Splash of Color and Light


Dad and Me © 2009, G. Westfal
All work and no play leads to boredom and burnout. Consider adding color or light (or both) to your life's image in the form of something new, different, exciting, disruptive, and fun. These elements bring balance and joy to the process of creating the masterpiece we all aspire to behold. 


I’ve seen some amazing black and white masterpieces. As an artist, I’ve even created a few family heirlooms that are essentially black and white. It’s my specialty. On these specific pieces, instead of color, I have used the power of light to strike interesting contrasts against the images on the canvas. Some have claimed “seeing color” in these heirlooms even as no other color is present.  The point is to seek opportunities to be bold, daring, and different with the images you intend to create for your life. While we cannot always predict when these opportunities will arise, we can create a prepared mindset that gives us permission to act when the opportunity presents itself. The use of color and light provide the balance we need to enjoy the process of creating the masterpiece of our intention.


Own It (Sign Your Work)


Make-up Girl © 2009, G. Westfal
Most artists sign their work. The signature serves as a statement that declares ownership. In the end, your masterpiece—and your position in life—is the culmination of the decisions you make along the way. It is ultimately your responsibility to do whatever is necessary to create the image you envision. If you’ve done your best, you have every reason to be proud. So, own it and sign your work!

Moreno, Final Image © 2009, G. Westfal


Until next time…


~

“Believe in your own vision and then do everything you can to turn it into reality.” ~ 
G. Westfal






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Sunday, September 30, 2018

The Beginning of Understanding is Contained in a Glimpse of the End

You're going to die one day. Exactly when will that be? Unless you’ve recently received a clinical diagnosis that includes an estimated timeline, there’s no definitive way to know when your time here on this Earth will expire. 

Let’s face it, we typically don’t make a habit of contemplating our own mortality because…well, it can be kind of depressing. But what if I showed you how to think about your mortality in a manner that would actually enhance the experiences you have while you’re still very much alive?  

Contemplating the fragile nature of our own life can be a bit of a challenge for some people. But if you think about it in terms as simple as your absence from the space you typically occupy, it will help you to remove one of the biggest obstacles to self-awareness and discovery—You. 

Thinking about what life would be like after you’re gone helps you to discover the boundaries of your existence and provides a broad and beneficial perspective. In other words, when we visualize “the end”, one of the things we realize is that we can actually see the beginning of so much more. Of the most significant things, we will see that life, for everyone and everything else, will go on. When we begin to realize this truth, we become acutely aware of everything else. Stay with me here, because this is significant. As we begin to actually recognize everything else, we begin to acknowledge the significance of the things we see. Our acknowledgment is the beginning of understanding that our existence is a part of the entirety of life. This perspective is the power position that will lead you to meaningful experiences henceforth.

A selfless perspective leads to true awareness. The more selfless we are the more aware we become. The more aware we are, the more enlightened we are to everything that surrounds us, sustains us, and fulfills us. We also begin to understand ourselves better as we gain clarity and awareness. This fresh new perspective leads to all kinds of wondrous changes. In no time you will discover how you have no time for any nonsense and will begin to do what really matters to your life. You’ll have focus unlike you have ever had because you will suddenly realize how short this life really is. You’ll devote your time and attention to the people and experiences you’ve been putting off for “the right time”. You’ll realize that you should be doing only what truly matters to you. The reason we give in to so many distractions is that we do not truly understand nor appreciate the perishable nature of time. If you are conscious of your own mortality you will become more aware because the significance of being alive will blossom. You will not take for granted the things you have in the past and will pursue life with passion, courage, and conviction. 

Every life on this planet strives to become a full-fledged life. The question is no longer what you will be when you grow up but WHO you will become in the process. This is, after all, a process. What will be the experiences in your life? If your ability to experience fails to grow, then you can have everything and still, your experience is the same.  Ah, but you say, if I have everything then my experiences too will grow. To that I say…perhaps. But there are no guarantees. We must discriminate experience with the empty trappings of life. It is only because you are aware that you are alive. Therefore, seek awareness through the perspective of your own mortality and you will discover a truth that is as personal and effective as it gets. 


Until next time…


~

“Confidence without clarity is a disaster.” ~ Yogi Vasudev

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Also be sure to check out: KEY HORIZON, the second novel in the G. Weston spy series. This thriller is receiving rave reviews across the spectrum and has captivated a new following of "spy-fi" readers. 




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