Parenting Is Your Highest Calling | Chase Jarvis

Summary of: Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt
By: Chase Jarvis

Introduction

In ‘Parenting Is Your Highest Calling: And Eight Other Myths That Trap Us in Worry and Guilt,’ author Chase Jarvis dismantles the myth that creativity is confined to traditionally ‘artistic’ pursuits. Creativity is a natural human function that enriches every aspect of life. Through the ‘IDEA’ steps – Imagine, Design, Execute, and Amplify – the reader is encouraged to embrace their creative instincts while overcoming obstacles that may hinder their progress. In exploring different types of creative individuals, Jarvis delves into the challenges faced by each, suggesting that true growth only happens when we take risks, share experiences, and learn from others.

Unleashing Your Creative Potential

Everyone possesses creativity, but not everyone taps into their full potential. Society often discourages the pursuit of creativity, calling it impractical, but being creative benefits all areas of life. Creativity involves innovation and usefulness, beyond just traditional artistic expression. Cultivating a creative mindset unlocks personal power and tools to create the life you want. Follow the four “IDEA” steps to align with your creative calling: Imagine freely without judgment, Design structured plans, Execute your plan while eliminating obstacles, and Amplify your creative vision by connecting with collaborators, communities, and audience. Creativity imbues meaning into every aspect of life.

Unleashing Your Creative Superpower

Connecting with your intuition and embracing your creative identity can unleash your full creative potential, even if you struggle with starting, prioritizing, or finishing your projects.

In “The War of Art,” Steven Pressfield argues that creativity is a natural, life-sustaining, human function that is essential to our health and well-being. To tap into this power, you don’t have to quit your day job or become a starving artist. Instead, seek small ways to infuse your everyday life with creativity. Embrace your inner creator and declare yourself a photographer, musician, or whatever you want to be.

Pressfield also identifies five common obstacles to creativity. The “Starters” have a hard time finishing their projects, while the “Noodlers” lack focus and discipline. The “Prioritizers” struggle to make time for their creative work, while the “Resisters” resist their artistic calling and identity. The “Strivers” set high standards for themselves and constantly compare themselves to others.

However, by connecting with your passion and purpose, you can overcome these hurdles and unleash your full creative potential. Whether you’re a starter, noodler, prioritizer, resister, or striver, embracing your creativity and identity can unlock your creative superpower and enrich your life. Remember, creativity is as natural as breathing, and it’s never too late to start creating.

The Power of Hard Work

Oprah Winfrey believes that every individual has a need for a mission. To achieve your goals, embrace the work in front of you and commit yourself to it. This commitment will unlock your intuitive power, leading you to realize the potential success your hard work can bring. When starting, take the smallest possible step towards your goal, and don’t be discouraged by obstacles that come your way. Hard work is a grind, but there are no shortcuts. You may experience plateaus, but do not give up. Instead, persevere and take each hard step one at a time. Even if you start to doubt yourself, keep pushing and prove that you can. Remember that inspiration comes from working, not from waiting for it to strike. Trust the process, and eventually, you will achieve your goal.

Overcoming Creative Obstacles

Building creative momentum enables motivation, allowing for a “pulled” feeling towards creative pursuits. Joseph Campbell’s mythological stages teach that to become the hero of your own creative pursuits, you must overcome a personal threshold guardian—the biggest obstacle to your creativity. Money, control, and inner circle are the three obstacles faced by creators. Examining your attitude towards money, setting healthy boundaries, and believing in oneself are essential to overcoming these obstacles and embarking on a successful creative journey.

Living a Creative Life

Embrace your passions, share your experiences, and take calculated creative risks to find your distinctive style in life.

Living a creative life involves being true to oneself by exploring passions that bring joy and motivation. It requires fearlessly sharing experiences, which can fuel and inspire creative work by tapping into universal truths and shared collective experiences. To find a niche, focus creative efforts in one area, developing a distinctive style.

However, living a creative life is not without risks. Fear of rejection can be paralyzing, but overcoming it allows for more profound connections and greater acceptance. Creative risks are necessary but must be carefully assessed and calculated like an entrepreneur. Taking smaller risks may yield bigger rewards than high stake, high-risk moves.

Finally, the experience of creative growth allows one to embrace the concept that safety is an illusion in the pursuit of true creativity. Taking risks and making mistakes are valuable opportunities for learning and growth. Being your authentic self and expressing your creative work is essential in living a happy and successful life.

Unleashing Your Creative Potential

The world holds countless opportunities, and your present circumstances are not irreversible. To improve your life and tap into your personal strength, you must cultivate natural creativity, which you can refine with practice. Pursue activities that spark joy, and let go of anything that stifles your creativity, including alcohol and drugs, social media addiction, and negative news exposure. Rather than striving for perfection tomorrow, focus on practicing small, playful habits that nourish your creativity today. Boost your creativity by learning new skills, dabble in cross-disciplinary art, meditate, practice visualization and gratitude, exercise, eat nutritious food and hydrate yourself. Make cold-water therapy a morning routine and start each day with a creative activity. Set up a quiet workspace, try new experiences beyond your comfort zone, and explore various art forms for inspiration. By following these tips, you can tap into your creativity’s boundless potential and enhance your life.

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