The only resolution I made for 2018 was to distinguish between the work I do for love – my own writing, and the work I do for money – word-smithing for businesses.
Distinctions bring clarity. And clarity enables us to be creative, productive and to attract opportunities effortlessly.
One of my most favourite books is A Room with A View by E M Forster in which he champions love and truth over social niceties. Without the honest appraisal of what we truly love we will forever be “in a muddle” – and therefore less effective in our efforts.
Giving more focus to the things we love rather than the things we do out of obligation imbues us with clarity and power.
So it’s worth being honest with ourselves and making the distinction.
As a result my writing spark is back with a vengeance. I’m having fun writing my blog and new business enquiries are arriving at my door. Before I was muddled in my thinking about writing – so my focus and energy were confused and dissipated. I was perhaps falling for the assumption that having more things to focus on would rob me of time.
Rather having sharper focus on more distinct things feels like I have generated more time, and infinitely more ideas. Inspiration and words are flowing; and my skills are in demand.
The Journal Writer’s Handbook contains an exercise called Lists of Distinction, encouraging you to distinguish between your talents, gifts, skills and interests. Sharpening your focus on each throws up more clarity, more possibility and more choice about the things that lead you to a greater sense of creativity, fulfillment and joy.
Don’t be muddled. Be distinctive. Make your own distinctions.