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How to Rock the World and Achieve Greatness as a Creative Person

Do you ever get the feeling that you are spinning your wheels?

You know you are doing your best, but still, it feels as though you are only going through the motions.

Perhaps what you actually feel is you are not doing what you were meant to do.

The Yellow Brick Road

For whatever reason it seems like you’re not making any progress, you’ve reached a plateau and that’s it.

It’s a letdown, because you know deep down that you could be doing so much better.

You were meant for more.

You were meant for greatness.

You have a special feeling inside of you.

It’s a feeling that compels you to continue even when you believe all is lost, that your moment has passed and there’s no reason to continue striving.

But you do. You continue.

You do not continue because anyone tells you to, although some have.

No – you continue because you can’t help it.

No matter how many times you quit, no matter how many times you give up, something makes you get back up and try again.

It’s true. You know it is.

Indeed, you have a very special feeling inside of you.

But if you’re honest, that special feeling scares you a little.

It tugs, it pulls, it beckons, and it scares you, because it indicates you are not living to your potential and each day that goes by is another day you didn’t reach your destiny.

For many, destiny is considered a dangerous belief because it’s a mythical destination far, far away and there is no roadmap to get there.

Maybe it doesn’t exist at all.

What if I told you there is a yellow brick road?

There is. But the first thing you’ve got to do is stop being so hard on yourself. I don’t mean hard on yourself in the sense you shouldn’t strive to improve or not to stretch further than you ever have before.

No. I am talking about that other hard-on-yourself.

Think about it.

Yes. That one.

As humans we have the terrible habit of putting ourselves down and chastising ourselves for not achieving or accomplishing this or that, even if we don’t know exactly what it is we should be doing.

We beat ourselves up day in and day out, instead of realizing that we are on a wonderful journey, a journey we are privileged to be traveling.

Tomorrow is another day.

Think about tomorrow.

Think about all the things you can do tomorrow, such as start a new book or prep a new canvas or maybe just go for a walk and enjoy the word’s natural art all around you.

What if you didn’t have tomorrow to look forward to?

Just for a day, just one, try not to be so hard on yourself and give yourself credit for the work you already do.

Practice gratefulness simply for being here, for the ability to still wield a pen or a brush.

Your destiny awaits you, follow your passion and you will get there.

The way to follow your passion is to listen to the special feeling you have inside of you, it’s there and if you remove your fears for only a moment you will hear it loud and clear.

Listen. Listen closely. Don’t block it, ignore it or tell yourself you’re not good enough, because you are.

It will help if you realize how precious the journey is.

No matter how hard things have been, no matter the obstacles, the doubts or the fears, open yourself up to realizing that each and every day is a gift.

What if there were no tomorrows?

Live today to its fullest, do the best you can and be kind to yourself.
The special feeling inside that I mentioned, it’s special because it lets you know that you are meant for greatness. Not for riches or fame, although those may come.

You are meant for greatness.

Greatness is living today to its fullest, doing the very best we can and when we lay our heads down to rest, we might whisper:

I am thankful for today. I wasn’t perfect, but I did my best. Today was a great day and tomorrow will be even better.

You will rock the world.

We all have the desire to do something special, to create art that will rock the world.

You can, and you will. But you’ll have to let down your guard and be kind to yourself, grateful for what you already have and what you are already doing.

My advice is to treasure each day you’re privileged to have and do the best you can in the time you’ve been given.

Don’t rush and don’t give in to your doubts and fears.

I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing. (Click to tweet.)

~Francis Ford Coppola

Do your best every day and you will create your best work. I promise.

Follow the yellow brick road:

  • Be in the moment. Take notice of today, all aspects of it. Take the pressure off of getting something or somewhere and enjoy the journey.
  • Take nothing for granted. Everything happens for a reason.
  • Practice gratefulness simply for being you. You are meant to be you. Whatever you create can only come from you and there was never a better you than who you are right now.
  • Use affirmations (upcoming post) to condition your mind and remind yourself that you are good enough. You are doing work that matters.
  • You are greatness. Accept this truth.

There have been times I have been so hard on myself that I wasted days, weeks, months, and even years, reprimanding myself for not being good enough.

The thing is, being hard on ourselves is natural and normal, and most of us were taught that being uncompromising and hard is the only way to be successful.

But really, all we are doing is building more pressure which leads to frustration, anxiety and creating work we are not (and cannot) be happy with, and frankly, when consumed with so much pressure the journey becomes dispassionate and empty. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. Remove a little pressure today, a little more tomorrow and eventually you’ll be where you want to be, living life to its fullest by enjoying it and living in the moment.

If you’re in a rush, the quicker way is to help others through their fears, doubts and difficulties. I won’t explain this, because if you do it you’ll find out why soon enough. One word: Magical.

Now go, be great, because you already are. Rock the world.

Oh, and by the way:

Your destiny is already here. You’re in it. It’s called: Today.

What are you going to enjoy creating today? Share in the comments.


About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Daigeri

    Have you read Steering by Starlight by Martha Beck? This sounds remarkably similar to what I read in that book. And what’s weirder is that it does seem to work. Is there really magic in this world and age of technology?

    Thank you for writing this, I’m rather guilty of being too hard on myself, too. Trying to learn to enjoy the little moments of life. 🙂

    • Hi Daigeri, no I am not, but thanks to you I am going to be. 🙂

      Yes, do enjoy them. They come, then they go, so try to enjoy them.

  • Wow – what beautiful sentiments!  Such a great way to start my morning 🙂

    As for what I’m creating today, I’ve got blog posts, guide revisions, email messages and more to write on my “to do” list.  It’s going to be a busy day for sure, but one I’m grateful to have since I decided to pursue a creative lifestyle!

  • Zina

    Thank you SO much for your words! :-)) They touch my soul, my heart, my brain -me -just where I am right now.
     And with all my struggles to keep being creative and how to do that.
    I have so many ideas and when it comes to do them, I get stuck. Procrastination, boredom, thinking I am not good enough anyway, to do this and that. And than again comes some shiny new thing/ idea I wanna follow again till I get stuck, again.

    I do work with clients and yes helping others achieve their goals and help them changing their situation, make them aware of…, does help getting a clearer view of myself. Magic definitely works.
    If it wasn’t for the big issue how to make a living and earn money-all that pressure…. Thank you so much for referring to the money issue,too.

    My creative plans: I started an art journal, to do creative work everyday, to stay in practice, without the pressure of having the art work to be perfect, pretty, whatever…just for keep going and practicing.
    And today I will go to a freelancer meeting, to get to know others and for networking.:-))
    I will link your post on my tumblr-Blog, havent written anything for ages so this is a good start:-)

    Thank you for this article and the others, I love to read them! 🙂


  • What interesting and inspiring post ! This is timely in my life, because actually, I’m at a turning point and I have to make an important decision : what I’m doing with my life ? I’m on the verge of parting with my spouse and I realize that the most of my talents are artistics and that art is the area that fits the most with my personnality…  Maybe that I could consider to go in education, too, I don’t know… But what I do know, however, is that I have this special feeling inside of me that encourages me to create. A small voice tells me that I would be really good at that and that I have only to start, but starting seriously, in thoroughly engaging myself in… But you know what it is : we let our bad thoughts take over and we can’t believe that we can make a living doing this… But in the same time, we know that certain people manage to do it so… why not us ? How can we know that we are unable to do it too ? Only in trying it… And we can’t forget that we are extremely creative persons and that we have to consider extraordinary career choices and not just the « normal » ones…

  • Very inspiring, Bryan! You’ve described the experience and feelings so well. It’s scary to step out and take hold of a dream, but it really is about making the most of today…every today that we have. Every day is a gift and if we make the most of our day today, tomorrow’s today will be even better, then the next, until one day we’re holding our dream!

  • Marilynluinstra

    Bryan. Today I am going to enjoy creating more tenacity. My  yellow brick road is not a walk or a run it is
    about sitting down and problem solving computer bugs and glitches. Tenacity! (Tedious)
    But I am getting closer to launching my blog and that feels good. 

    • Great Marilyn, keep moving forward. Looking forward to your blog.

  • Beautiful Bryan. I breathed several sighs of relief as I read this. Being hard on ourselves for not being good enough is a great hindrance to our creativity and moving ahead with our writing. In restrospect I regret all the times I believed those lies.

    As you said it’s a journey and we can start over today. God’s mercies are new every morning.
    I like the idea of rather than being hard on myself for what I have not  to focus on what I have done. Your well written and expressed insights moved me into the present and freed me. Truth sets us free.

    This advice encourages me, “Remove a little pressure today, a little more tomorrow and eventually
    you’ll be where you want to be, living life to its fullest by enjoying
    it and living in the moment.”  Little by little we change our belief system and learn to focus on the abundant life we can have today.

    Thanks for taking the time to write this. Your words made a significant difference in my life today.

    • I like this: “Little by little we change our belief system and learn to focus on the abundant life we can have today.” Indeed, let’s.

  • What an inspirational post.  My favorite line there: “No – you continue because you can’t help it.”  As a writer, this is so true.  I have to write; I need it.  I cannot help the drive within to write.  I became nervous when you began describing tomorrow.  Why not today?  Start the novel today, continue with it today.  But you wrapped it up nicely, and this is a post worth saving.  Thank you.

    I have more.

    • I think it is important to realize our ‘tomorrows’ are limited and become more grateful of today.

  • Great post, Bryan! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m going to  work on some photos that I know I will really enjoy digitally tweaking. Tweaking is creating, right? 😉

  • renee baude

    I’m going to create some memories with my kids, take pictures of them laughing–I’m sure buttered popcorn and a few crazy games–uno, mancala, go fish . . . you get the idea.  

    Be Blessed.

  • As they say: happiness is not a goal to get to, but a journey to be lived every single day. Great post and inspiring tips. Gratefulness, self-satisfaction of what little we have: a must-adopt habit! Live the present instead of looking for a dark tunnel known as the future… so true!

  • Loved it! Consider it shared. X

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  • Keramus

    Thank you very much. After reading your article, I feel very well and I think I can many things which used to be impossible. I don’t know how to thank you

  • Hey, Bryan, I got to this post through a Twitter link and didn’t realize it was a couple years old until I got to the comments. 🙂 But the wisest words outlive time. I’m sure if you posted this 30 years ago, or if you post it 30 years in the future, it will have just as much impact as it did for those who responded when you originally published it. Life is a constant battle between the positive and the negative, the creative and the destructive, the self-affirmation and the self-castigation, the white and black, the yin and yang. The war rages inside each of us and it’s not when either side wins but when we finally accept with Buddha-like truth that this war is a reality of human life that we can find balance and walk down that yellow brick road with clear eyes. Thanks for your great post. It was inspirational. Regards, Jay