I want to talk about effortlessness today and what it has to do with your life!
So, what IS effortlessness?
Okay, yes it means without effort but what does an effortless life mean?
Does it mean you go around not trying? Have you decided that life is too hard? That achieving your dreams are too hard? That being in a loving relationship is too painful so you stop putting in the effort to achieve it?
Those things ARE life.
An effortless life is the result of engaging fully in life. It is applying your five steps of ARTISTRY. It’s the reward for giving it your all. It is the proverbial zone where all the work and effort you have poured into your life comes to fruition.
It's an incredible state to achieve! But how in the world do you get there?
Let's see.... an example that can be applied in any area of life; design, accounting, cooking, writing, organizing, selling, programming, researching, etc.
Okay, here we go. You are given the task, as a student, to write a term paper about the French Revolution, but it is about a subject you really have no interest in. Ugh. It was so long ago. It has nothing to do with you. Blah!
Now, here you are. No interest. Not engaged. Blah. Blah. Blah.
The amount of effort it will take to gain the information needed to write this paper seems insurmountable. This task actually feels heavy and may even make you feel sleepy. You could take a nap and take the zero on your paper but that would have consequences on your overall grade, and life, so that is not the answer.
So what do you do?
Let’s turn to our trusty friends - Questions.
Looking squarely at this subject ask yourself, “Is there some small thing or aspect about this subject, the French Revolution that interests me?”
Well, you could say, I like the clothes. I like Marie Antoinette’s wigs. I like French food, the artwork, and that the people took control of their lives. I love the architecture. Yes, that’s it! I love the architecture and I want to know more about that.
Well, what do we have here?
An entry point!
You are interested. You are engaged. That heaviness starts to disappear. You are awake! You found the road in. Suddenly, you want to know how architecture played a role in the revolution and the result of that is that you do know more. Why? Because you want to know! You care!
You are now able to relate to the subject on a personal basis. You can see and understand because you are engaged and connected. The work becomes less like work and a bit more effortless and you want to know more!
The longer you stay connected and engaged, the more effortless it will become. That roadblock has been lifted and you are free to explore. As with anything there will be many rooms to explore but you get to choose which doors to open. It’s your paper!
Because you are interested in architecture and you realize it did play a role in the revolution, you are now willing to continue to research and learn and think and connect dots. And maybe you’ll even discover whether the architecture played a part in allowing any of Marie Antoinette’s family to escape!
That would be amazing! Maybe it's something no one else in the whole world ever thought about!
At some point you will find that you have gathered so much information that writing your paper becomes effortless.
Ahhhh! And that is the secret of effortlessness, you must have done the work.
You have to do the work, so the result will feel like no work.
I love that!
What has really happened is that you allowed your perspective, your unique sensibility to become engaged. It is a supremely valuable part of you. It is what separates you from everyone else. It not only enriches the products you produce but it enriches the world around you.
You turn in your paper and you get your grade. The most important part is that what you have learned will stay with you because you found a way to care about it. You put your own personal stamp on it. It is now yours forever and you can take it with you into new subjects and that will create an entirely new experience and that could take you on a journey to a place you never knew existed.
Each time you allow yourself to become fully engaged in any subject, be it research, relationships, or cooking, the result will always be a more enriched, beautiful life filled with a more robust understanding of the life you are creating.
This I wish for you and for everyone you love.
Go ahead and create your life.
You are an ARTIST.
I see it.
With Great love,
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