Our theme for our Monday Motivator 2019 Week 9 is “Choose your beliefs” (see below).
Monday Motivator Week 9: Facebook Group
In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week.
Accountability groups like this have been shown to greatly aid focus and productivity.
What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker, Manager and Maximizer. More on that here: The Successful Creative Entrepreneur’s Three Jobs: Maker, Manager and Maximizer. I also reproduce my intentions below, as people have found it useful to see examples of the three types.
Monday Motivator Week 9: Choose Your Beliefs
In one sense, beliefs are not under our control. I cannot, strictly speaking, choose to believe something. If I don’t believe in Allah, for example, pretending I do is a pretense, not a belief.
But in another sense, our beliefs are far more malleable than we allow.
The creative belief is contradictory. Where others throw around absolutes and exaggerations, we respect paradox, ambiguity and mystery. In the Crack-Up, Scott Fizgerald said “the test of a first–rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
I love this riff on the topic from Neil Gaiman, American Gods:
I can believe things that are true and things that aren’t true and I can believe things where nobody knows if they’re true or not.
I can believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe and Elvis and Mister Ed. Listen – I believe that people are perfectable, that knowledge is infinite, that the world is run by secret banking cartels and is visited by aliens on a regular basis, nice ones that look like wrinkled lemurs and bad ones who mutilate cattle and want our water and our women.
I believe that the future sucks and I believe that the future rocks and I believe that one day White Buffalo Woman is going to come back and kick everyone’s ass. I believe that all men are just overgrown boys with deep problems communicating and that the decline in good sex in America is coincident with the decline in drive-in movie theaters from state to state.
I believe that all politicians are unprincipled crooks and I still believe that they are better than the alternative. I believe that California is going to sink into the sea when the big one comes, while Florida is going to dissolve into madness and alligators and toxic waste.
I believe that antibacterial soap is destroying our resistance to dirt and disease so that one day we’ll all be wiped out by the common cold like martians in War of the Worlds.
I believe that the greatest poets of the last century were Edith Sitwell and Don Marquis, that jade is dried dragon sperm, and that thousands of years ago in a former life I was a one-armed Siberian shaman.
I believe that mankind’s destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it’s aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there’s a cat in a box somewhere who’s alive and dead at the same time (although if they don’t ever open the box to feed it it’ll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.
I believe in a personal god who cares about me and worries and oversees everything I do. I believe in an impersonal god who set the universe in motion and went off to hang with her girlfriends and doesn’t even know that I’m alive. I believe in an empty and godless universe of causal chaos, background noise, and sheer blind luck.
I believe that anyone who says sex is overrated just hasn’t done it properly. I believe that anyone who claims to know what’s going on will lie about the little things too.
I believe in absolute honesty and sensible social lies. I believe in a woman’s right to choose, a baby’s right to live, that while all human life is sacred there’s nothing wrong with the death penalty if you can trust the legal system implicitly, and that no one but a moron would ever trust the legal system.
I believe that life is a game, that life is a cruel joke, and that life is what happens when you’re alive and that you might as well lie back and enjoy it.
Don’t let any belief that hurts you one second of conscious time. And encourage yourself. Be like a mother with a small child. Our creative side is a small child, (when it’s not being a big monster).
Make a conscious decision not to believe the naysayers, the judgers, critics and bullies. Not even an ocean of water can sink a ship. Not unless the ship lets some water in.
Don’t let it in.
And at the same time believe in it all and remember that there’s far more truth in “and’ than in “but”.
Go Creative! Intentions: Week 9 2019, Commencing Feb 25
So my creative intentions this week, in my publishing business, wearing my three hats are:
- MAKER (Producing): I’m starting work on my guide to Creative Self-Publishing, a book that has been seven years in the preparing. This week is about gathering in all the relevant blog posts and ideas into Scrivener.
MANAGER (Processing): Continue streamlining my four niches and integrate Patreon into my activities beyond poetry. In fact, if you’ve benefitted from my work, you’re invited to show appreciation through my Patreon page. www.patreon.com/ornaross
MAXIMIZER (Positioning): It’s all about London Book Fair: Poets Corner reading/launch of Keepers; setting up meetings re. rights sales and special sales.
And the ALLi website upgrades, which draw on maker, manager and maximizer, continue.
That’s what I’ll be up to.
Monday Motivator Week 9: What About You?
What about you? What will you be producing (Maker), processing (Manager) or positioning (Maximizer) this week?
Share your creative intentions and accomplishments in our Go Creative! in Business Facebook group, where we support and motivate each other.
Pre-order Three Pathways To Profit for Creative Entrepreneurs: Practice, Process, Positioning. I now use the “Pre-Order Marketing Method” devised for indie authors. As soon as we hit 1000 pre-orders, I’ll release the book.