Dis-Tractions

Distractions, I believe are some of the single-most delay-makers there are. The sad thing is most of us don't know it's a distraction until long after it has robbed us of our precious time. I want to address this one thing that we ALL deal with but only the successful know how to quickly ignore.

Embracing Your ‘Weirdness’

zebra weirdWhen I started my  Creative Arts Staffing firm in college I had very little business experience and felt like a fish out of water because I didn’t know what to call it. When people would ask me what I did I usually gave them a watered down title to simply ‘fit in’. I wanted to be accepted, I wanted them to like me and I didn’t want to be looked at as an ‘all over the place ‘type of girl. So, I would just water it down. But I realized the more I stayed faithful to working what was in my hands I started to get more clarity on how to coin what I did. It was an AMAZING transformation when I became confident in who I was, what I did, and how I did it. At this point, instead of feeling inferior and intimidated I was the one others came to for advise on how to do what I did or create their own weird business ( I mean weird in the very best way).  It didn’t take long for me to realize that weird was good..weird was GREAT! Why? because people by nature get tired of hearing the same ole same ole…I discovered that a whole BUNCH of folks where walking around watering down their true passion because they were intimidated of their OWN goals, visions, and ideas. They didn’t know what to call it, and since they had never seen it done it was swept under the rug-no bueno!

So, today, I’ve decided to share a few pointers with you on how to embrace your uniqueness in the marketplace. Whether you are just starting out or have been at this thing for a while- it’s refreshing to know you aren’t alone!

  • 1. Understand That Leaders Go First

You have to realize, your vision to do something that’s never been done automatically puts you into the Leadership category. Leaders don’t wait around for someone else to pave the way- they blaze their own trail. So, if you feel as if your calling is can only be done by you in a way that only YOU can do it- you are in very good company my friend! Keep going!

  • 2. Know That Weird Is Great!

The sooner you embrace your uniqueness,  the sooner you SHINE and allow others to do the same. It totally turns the table to your advantage. Kind of  like Rudolph the red nose reindeer (okay- just go with me..) Did you see how he was isolated and alienated at first BECAUSE he stood out? He himself didn’t celebrate his uniqueness until later. But I bet if he would have been confident in knowing his little red nose was good thing-he could have been a lot happier a lot sooner! Once he was put in the coveted position of leadership is when everyone else started singing his praises- do you see what I’m saying? It’s all about perspective and perception. Celebrate your uniqueness NOW! I promise your life will be so much more enjoyable!

  • 3.Stay Linked Up With Other Like Minded Change-Makers (aka Weirdos)

You see, society doesn’t know what to do with what they have never seen before. It’s a daunting task to live out your purpose..alone. One of the best antidotes for staying authentic is to STAY linked up with other authentic people. So, that means you may have to totally switch your inner circle (and different seasons in life require this). Be intentional with seeking out like-minded people. When you open yourself up for it, those people will cross your path but it will be YOUR responsibility to make that connection and continue to build on it. Be careful, these Change Makers may not come in the packaging you expected so keep your eyes and heart open!

Most of all, enjoy where you are in life. Be present and strive to make today better than yesterday. The more you live in this place, the freer and more open you are to let all of your weirdness hang out! Be that light today! Shine Bright!

 

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Sway Buckley is the CEO of a leading Creative Arts Staffing firm and Founder of The sm(ART)ist Institute. The institute offers coaching to Creatives of all kinds who are ready to catapult their business to the next level. As a professional dancer and choreographer Sway has toured internationally and continued her dance training in New York at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Steps on Broadway after attaining her BFA in dance from Texas Christian University. She has a weekly blog that helps Creatives design profitable streams with their craft. Sign-up to be the on the list at www.smartartistinstiute.com

3 Things Artists & Creatives Should Learn From the US Gov Shut Down

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It’s amazing how one occurrence, such as the Government shut down, can change the outlook of someone’s life (or LOTS of lives for that matter). I’m not here to talk about my opinion about what should or shouldn’t be done with the state of the U.S. Government. However, I do think there are some vital lessons to be learned and applied to the culture of our business as entrepreneurs, yes even us Creatives : )

  • 1.) Open Government ≠ Job Security

I remember the morning my husband called me on his way home from his job explaining that he was just terminated. Our faith was definitely challenged in that moment but I also realized that although it took us by surprise- it didn’t take God by surprise. In this day in age, it is foolish to assume that there is any such thing as job security especially when someone else is signing your check. I believe any job is simply a REsource. But when we start looking to that job as THE source- that’s where the subtle problem begins. Whether you are working for yourself full time or clocking in on someone else’s time, it’s important to remember to stay balanced and ALWAYS be grateful. Since my husband’s transition into entrepreneurship our core beliefs have surely been tested but I KNOW we would not be where we are today had our circumstances not been agitated. Take a look at your life- when those unforeseen events come- remember to use it as an opportunity to flourish rather than fret.

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The Better You Get At It…

gabby douglasSo, I’ve been thinking about this principle lately, the more you do something- the better you get at it. Pretty basic right?? That’s what I thought too until I went a little deeper with it. Go with me… the more you do math- the better you get at it, the more you speak a foreign language the less foreign it becomes- right? So, if that principle holds true then…

The more you allow fear to rule your decisions in life– the better you get at it. The more you choose to let negative thoughts create your OWN glass ceiling, the better you get at it. The more opportunities you allow to slip right by you– the better you get at it…WOW! Puts a whole new perspective on things right?

This week, my focus is to be mindful of what I allow into my life, because whatever I decide to let in- the better I will get at it (the principle works EITHER way). So, my question to you is, what are you willing to break off and destroy from your life that is holding you back from REALLY (and I do mean REALLY) pursuing what makes your heart smile? What is it? Is it fear of the unknown, lack of understanding of how it will all turn out, is it the fear of ACTUALLY succeeding??  (there IS such a thing).

WHATEVER your thing is, I  authorize you to CUT.IT.OFF!! Break free one quality  decision at a time. You will NEVER live a fulfilled life if you continue to improve at being a lesser you. Be the BEST you. This isn’t an overnight process but it can start today. Choose life in EVERY situation- when negative thoughts run across your mind-speak the opposite (even if you don’t ‘feel’ it at the moment). Your words are powerful my friend. Lastly, make a CONSCIOUS decision to surround yourself with those who are further than you are- seek them out. These types of relationships will stretch you quickly and you are sure to see quick results!

Be sure to connect with me on social media and tell me about what you are changing THIS week!

Amazing things await you this week! I know it because God ONLY has good plans for you (don’t let ANYONE tell you otherwise- not even yourself).

Enjoy your week!

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Are You Giving Yourself a LETHAL Injection?

 

I know the title may sound a little ‘out there’ but how many times have we put off what we KNOW to do until a more ‘convenient’ time? Countless, I’m sure! Recently I have become increasingly aware of the the little voices that remind me to do tasks that for whatever reason aren’t something that I look forward to doing yet I know will yield results that I AM looking forward to. Sounds a bit crazy huh? Knowing what to do and NOT doing it (or in nicer terms ‘putting it off’) is procrastination and self- sabotage.

This is what I found procrastination does to one’s life culture:

  • Cause you to  forfeit opportunities that would ultimately take you where you want to be in life
  • Can have the tendency to bring on a overwhelming feeling of stress because a matter is left unresolved
  • Can bring on a spirit of laziness (and there’s no room for that when pursuing purpose)lethal injection
  • Allows distractions to DRAIN energy that should be used for your work
  • Invites other procrastinators into your life to make you feel comfortable with where you are….not

These are only a few ways that procrastination changes one’s life culture for the worse- as you can see, it is lethal! Stay AWAY!

My husband recently shared a story with about an uber successful man he read about. This man accredited a lot of his success to his willingness and COMMITMENT to his ‘DO IT NOW‘ approach . In order to motivate himself, he would chant ‘Do It Now’  to himself 50 times in the a.m. and 50 times in the evening EVERY day. (I actually chuckled when the hubby shared the story with me). However, needing a bit of motivation myself, I decided to try it-not thinking  my mind would know what in the world my mouth was referring to…well, I was in for a shock! The moment I chanted it about 10 times, ALL of the things that I secretly put off starting rushing to the forefront of my mind! It was crazy! The more I chanted the more motivated I became and actually started doing the things that somehow ALWAYS remained at the bottom of my ‘ To Do’ list.  (This goes to show how POWERFUL words are- but that’s for another post.)

 

Whether you try this chant or not is totally up to you, but something else that is up to you is your success. Only YOU have the power to make a decision to do what you KNOW you need to do… I encourage you to DO IT TODAY!  I find this truth in the life of every successful person I know:
Never put off for tomorrow what you can do today!
  Don’t rest until you do. (Prov 6: 4) Now this is quoted by only the wisest man who ever lived, that’s all.

 

Wherever you ULTIMATELY see yourself going, know that you WILL have to run a tight ship with following up and DOing things that you would like to see disappear… Once you are ready to invest this level of discipline in your small tasks, then you are ready for more! : ) Share with me some of the things you have decided to DO now and no longer put off. There is power in speaking it! (Twitter: @SwayonTheMove FB: Sway Buckley ARTpreneur Coach)

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Sway Buckley is the CEO of a leading Creative Arts Staffing firm and Founder of The sm(ART)ist Institute. The institute offers coaching to Creatives of all kinds who are ready to catapult their business to the next level. As a professional dancer and choreographer Sway has toured internationally and continued her dance training in New York at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Steps on Broadway after attaining her BFA in dance from Texas Christian University. She has a weekly blog that helps Creatives design profitable streams with their craft. Sign-up to be the on the list at www.smartartistinstiute.com