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Inspiration is for Amateurs: Just Get to Work


Inspiration is for Amateurs

I recently heard a quote on a Podcast I listened to, the Podcast is called Hidden Brain. They have a series out for summer called You 2.0 which just digs into self-improvement topics. This particular episode was called Deep Work 2.0. The jist of it was that with all the distractions we face, we rarely carve out time to do the “deep work”, whether that’s preparing a business plan, starting a new project or working on that book you’ve been meaning to write.

The guest on the show went on to quote Chuck Close who said, “Inspiration is for Amateurs, the rest of us show up and get to work.” That really resonated with me personally because when it comes to LiveMoreNow, I’ve been woefully short in reaching my goal of posting one video per week. To summarize Chuck, if we sit around waiting for that “aha” moment, we may never get started. The idea of getting to work is that things and ideas will arise from the process itself. He also says that process can be liberating and we don’t have to reinvent the wheel everyday.

So many times in my life I’ve been paralyzed by not knowing where to start. When I look back, it’s the times when I just plowed ahead that were the most rewarding because almost every time, something came out of that. Maybe I didn’t complete an amazing project, but I might have learned something new that took my imagination in a whole other, unanticipated direction.

Here at LiveMoreNow, the whole foundation is making changes through small steps. Many of us wait around for the motivation to get started and in truth, action creates motivation. I do have some other videos discussing similar topics such as decision making and not getting overly wrapped up in the analysis of it all.

If you are just really feeling like you are not in the mood to do something, exercising, reading, whatever, try the 5 minute rule…just tell yourself you’re only going to do something for 5 minutes and if you want to stop afterward, you can. Many times, perhaps more often than not, you’ll keep going.

I would encourage you to think about what it is that you would love to do…think big picture. Even if that seems unattainable, figure out the tiniest step you could take today to move toward that goal. And then, as Chuck Close said, just show up and get to work and if you hang in there, you’ll get somewhere.

I’d love to hear any personal stories from you in the comment section below. Thanks for visiting LiveMoreNow.net.

Did Debbie Reynolds Die from a Broken Heart?

Debbie Reynolds: Can a Broken Heart Really Kill You?

Many of us read about and were saddened to hear that Carrie Fischer had passed away prematurely from a heart attack. Just as tragic was the news that her 84 year old mother, the famous Debbie Reynolds, died the very next day. Sadly, we’ve heard of stories like these before where the timing sure seems like there is a relationship to the insurmountable grief and their death.

I started to look into it and was surprised to read about Stress Induced Cardio Myopathy, also referred to as the broken heart syndrome. This is a syndrome recognized by the American Heart Association which, for me, certainly adds validity. Basically, stress induced cardio myopathy looks and feels like a heart attack but patients with stress induced cardiomyopathy don’t have blocked arteries which is the most common reason for a heart attack. Death is rare but it does happen, perhaps in the case of Debbie Reynolds. Experts aren’t clear on the science behind why this happens but it’s thought that stress hormones such as adrenaline stuns the heart into abnormal activity.

But what about the spiritual or emotional aspect of a broken heart and death. It’s been reported that before dying Debbie said, “I want to be with Carrie” which to me implies there was some choice on her part in dying. You hear sometimes about elderly folks dying shortly after their spouse of several decades passes away.

it’s my unscientific opinion that one’s mental health is too often overlooked in all aspects of life but especially in the case of mental anguish and severe grief. Not only does stress takes it’s toll on our bodies in serious ways but depression might cause people to not take care of themselves in the usual way. They may abandon exercise routines, eating properly may fall to the wayside causing malnourishment. This might be what people refer to as “giving up”, sort of like they are throwing in the towel. Perhaps the grief is too intense.

However, millions of people survive the death of their loved ones but we generally don’t hear about these stories because they aren’t as romantic or touching or mysterious. Death from stress induced cardiomyopathy is very rare.

I guess in the final analysis, there is no distinct answer whether a broken heart can kill us. I don’t think mental anguish and grief generally directly cause one’s death but it certainly can impact us on serious ways depending on existing conditions and circumstances.

Either way, please visit the American Heart Association at www.heart.org to learn more about heart health..

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