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Creativity coach, writing and creative process instructor, speaker, author of Around the Writer's Block: Using Brain Science to Write the Way You Want (Penguin/Tarcher 2012) and Dancing in the Dragon's Den (Red Wheel Weiser), Teaching Artist at the Loft Literary Center.

Don’t Take Yourself Seriously Part 3: Keep Your Promises

The True Self loves the divine dance of life!

Keep the Magic Alive - Keep Your Promises!

I can’t tell you exactly how you’ll discern your Self from your self and how you’ll finesse the balance between your ego-self and your True Self .

But one guideline I find helpful is to always honor the promises you make to yourself and others. When you honor a commitment you make, you strengthen your awareness of your True Self. When you break a promise, you distance yourself from your True Self, and since this is your connection to your creative energy and inspiration, you distance yourself from your creativity. You also train yourself not to trust you any farther than you can throw you, which isn’t very far.

Practically speaking, if you commit to doing Product Time (or anything else) for 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week, you need to take that very seriously. You need to do it. Period.

There is nothing that will take the magic out of the Magic 15 Minutes faster than not honoring your commitment to it.

Far better to commit to 5 minutes once a week and honor that than to commit to 15 minutes (or more) a day five days a week and only do it a couple of times. To stay connected to your True Self, you have to take your promises seriously. You have to take your Self seriously.

All the while reminding yourself to not take yourself so seriously, of course. If you need help with that, take a look around and remember what Regina Brett says: “Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.”

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