I just got off the phone with a friend where we were playing with the labels we were given growing up and how we learned to live up or down to the expectations of those labels.
One of the things you may not know about me was that I was labeled mentally challenged.
As I graduated from primary school followed by three schools in 4 years for my high school, I was quickly labeled a troublemaker. Then I was labeled rebellious in my choosing to create as a teenager beyond the status quo.
Oh, did I tell you I was also elected by the student body to represent their demands to the faculty in one school and in another I was elected editor of the school yearbook and voted in as class valedictorian for the graduating class?
Rebel or Maverick…
Where do you fit in?
As nouns the difference between rebel and maverick is that
rebel is a person who resists an established authority, often violently while maverick is an unbranded range animal.
As a verb rebel is
to resist or become defiant toward an authority.
As an adjective maverick is
showing independence in thoughts or actions.
Not so much.
So how many of you bought into the label that you were rebellious and spent years living down to it?
Would you like to give that up now?
So many mavericks are uber creators, have great ideas, but those ideas often never see the light of day.
How many of you were so aware of choosing, and when you stretched your wings you were quickly given a label to shut you down.
Is now the time to change that?
As a lifelong maverick, here are some of the things I’ve learned, often the hard way, that may assist you in creating greater ease in your creations…
Just for you.
Just for fun.
Let me know what lands for you by emailing me a note. I always love to hear from you!
This has been especially helpful to me. I used to get so angry that I would immediately react, or should I say over-react. More often than not when I let go of the emotion of anger I move from proving to creating.
Now, when I use these questions, I also am willing to be gut honest with myself and ask:
Truth: am I using this anger to prove that I’m right?
Did I have an expectation that has not been met? Would I be willing to let it go?
Here’s the deal…
Know when to walk away and ask:
What else is possible?
What’s greater here for me?
If there were no limitations what would I choose?
What’s one thing I can do today to add to my life, living and business? (Because you’re in the business of living, aren’t you?)
Don’t let your creative juices turn into a hamster wheel of woulda, shoulda, coulda…
Trust me. Been there, done that!
It just robs you of your brilliance, energy and health.
Believe you are enough, because you are.
With loads of love