Happy New Year to everyone! What a great time to get back into the swing of things!
I recently came across this quote by Arthur Ashe:
“Start Where You Are, Use What You Have, Do What You Can”
…and it has been on my mind ever since… What a brilliant summary of a working philosophy and proven formula! If you don’t start NOW, then WHEN?
What more practical approach than to use what you already have NOW rather than put off and postpone and filibuster and delay and procrastinate until that “someday” when you “might” have what you think you need to get going? What if that day never comes? (It often doesn’t…) and by the time you’re “ready”, technology has changed, phones are disconnected, people have moved on – all without “your permission”, “your approval”, or even “your knowledge”!
And what more can you do than that which you CAN do?
By applying this concept, things get done! You know that incredibly satisfying feeling of checking things off of your to-do list (you DO have one… right???) as you accomplish them? Or that deep content you experience inside as you see the fruits of your labor pay off? How about the euphoria of re-purposing something “old and useless” into a perfectly logical working scenario simply by shifting focus from that “expendable” or “obsolete” point-of-view to a grander vision of “how can I extend the life and functionality of this?” Doesn’t that simply feel good??? Instead of contributing to the landfill, you save money and time by thinking outside of “the box”…
I just put this adage to use this past week by clearing out unneeded items from our garage (ok, so it’s winter cleaning!) for donation, repurposing, reorganizing, streamlining, and integration. Productivity certainly creates its own natural high!
I did the same with my studio making some big decisions in terms of what to keep, what to let go, what to reorganize as relates to ergonomics, efficiency, priority, and what to add in order to make my workflow more fluid, inspiring, and consistent.
There’s a lot to be said regarding making a decision, following through with it, and reaping the rewards. I have found Arthur Ashe’s quote to be a golden key to unlock some very important doors and whole-heartedly recommend you try it for your own ends. One of these doors is right here and can take you down so many positive paths that it’s simply awe-inspiring. With a positive attitude and persistence in learning, doing, and adapting, there’s nothing that cannot be obtained or accomplished or transformed.
Here’s to you, your dreams, and a healthy & wealthy New Year to all!
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