Becoming The Creative Director of Your Own Life

Posted: September 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

For a lot of us folk out there in the world, having complete and utter freedom of your life choices is the ultimate goal.  I, myself, can oftentimes feel stranded in the (be)wilderness of modern society.  We carry our phones like a prisoner might drag their ball and chain.  We check email at odd times of the night so we don’t get blindsided the next day.  We fret about what the coming day might hold.  Instead of a burning energy to wake up and tackle the day, we encounter turmoil over the thoughts of rush-hour and hours of meetings.

Because of this, I started giving some thought of how the perfect day might actually feel.

Everyday would have a little bit of excitement, a tinge of fear, an acceptable amount of self-study, and a generous serving of creativity.  But how can I direct energy to become the most industrious version of myself?  I think the most important aspect I’ve found so far is to limit the amount of items that currently divert my energy.  Here’s just a few examples:

  1. Rush-Hour
  2. Too much caffeine
  3. Negative news-feeds
  4. Facebook

But then comes the big question:  How can I get the most out of my day?

Let’s super-size that…:  How can I get the most out of my life?

The answer, to me, has to be a little bit of fun:  Become a Creative Director.  The great thing is the definition is whatever you want it to be!  If the thought of this is exasperating, you simply have not taken enough time to figure out what you want out of your existence.  Let’s tackle the exasperation with a more direct definition then:

A creative director is a vital role in all of the arts and entertainment industries. In another sense, they can be seen as another element in any product development process. The creative director may also assume the roles of an art director, copywriter, or lead designer.

But in my terms, a self-directing Creative Director must take responsibility for producing one’s own path in development.  Sure, mentors can help guide you.  Self-help books can assist you in gaining insight on cognitive behaviors that can induce flow, or break habits that reduce your mental energy.  Blogs can provide frameworks or processes that will help you get from A to Z, but it is only the self that can decide everything in between.

For me, right now, ManVicarious is an experiment.  My point A is the disappointment I’ve felt in NOT directing my life.  Point Z is the slow process of moving the experiment (sure to be filled with untold – and some explained – trial and error) towards a more conclusive set of parameters that fill my life with passion.  In one of my first blogs, Leveraging Discipline to Create Change, I spoke more truth than I originally believed.

The truth, as it turns out, is that tying in the things that decrease stress can also induce flow.  I had a grasp on what I was writing beforehand, so it wasn’t complete bullshit, but I started noticing that when I have that great morning routine, and when I do exercise, I find that I still have the mental capacity to write in my blog!  Hell, just with those two items alone I don’t have the need to meditate on those days.  I don’t have to set goals, because I’m actually mentally fit to execute goals on days like that!

The point is this:   You need a direction, a mental compass if you will, and motivation to get there.  This can only occur if the direction is towards happiness, or contentment, or zen, or whatever it is you seek.  You need to creatively gather yourself, and imprint the patterns of your soul on your one and only life.  There is no road-map to success because the meaning is different for everyone!

Please, start dreaming of what it is you want.  Make a plan of action, no matter how silly it looks on paper.  Break it down into smaller steps.  Break it down a little bit further if you can.  There are frameworks out there that can help, but writing things down comes first.  Second, make sure the majority of it sounds fun.  If it doesn’t, put it in a discard folder, but DON’T throw it away.  Sometimes knowing what you want is knowing what you don’t want.  If you’re giddy about what the paper holds, keep it, and start taking action.

Being a Creative Director for your own life will empower your thoughts and feelings.  You can take responsibility for what you do with your life, and it won’t have to be controlled by others any longer.  Dream it, bathe in it, be it.  Be yourself.

Man.  Vicarious.

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