Renew your Mind, Soul, and Business

Posted on November 4, 2016 by

Where do you go to renew your mind, soul and business?

renew your mindI’ve been in the speaking industry as my chosen profession for over 20 years. In much of what I do there is a sense of familiarity- a lot of “been there, done that.” But in many ways I feel like a beginner. And I know I have much to learn. The wealth of knowledge and resources currently available to businesses can be overwhelming. And in the daily grind it can feel like a chore to tackle it.

Sometimes it helps to pause and reflect.

Recently on the way back home from a speaking engagement in Chattanooga I stopped by the Atlanta Beltline. Although I have been in and out of Atlanta for over 20 years, this place feels “new” to me. The city has invested significantly in this area. There is original artwork, interesting shops and restaurants, natural landscapes and fascinating people watching. When I am there I am present to a sense of inspiration, renewal and adventure.

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way, might refer to this as an “Artist Date.” This is a designated time to reconnect with the creative spirit within you. You take a break from business as usual and allow yourself to unwind and re-create.

The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore
something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly
“artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the
imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the
play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well
of images and inspiration. When choosing an Artist Date, it is good to ask
yourself, “what sounds fun?” — and then allow yourself to try it.
-Julia Cameron

Perhaps you have been grinding it out in your industry or profession for some time now. If so, have you experienced any of this in your life personally or professionally? Do you feel stagnant or stuck? Are you going through the motions? Or are you simply burned out?

Maybe it’s time to renew your mind, soul and business.

For more ideas on carving out some renewal time go to: 101 Artist’s Date Ideas.

How do you stay fresh and focused in your profession? I’d really like to know, please leave a comment!

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2 responses to “Renew your Mind, Soul, and Business”

  1. purley quirt says:

    The realm of the soul and spirit , interns of renewal, can be ” inspired to act” by “human motivation” ( inspirational or motivational speakers are good at this).
    The ” change agent , in this instance is spiritual.
    … be a ” change agent”in you everyday life and impacting you workplace
    (or the work experience of others) something else is needed …and that something is “innovation”
    In fact,
    for many if you can change ” the way” you perform your work… it also changes the way you perform other parts of your life”
    Here is a ” finding out”pathway for you to consider:
    If you depend upon
    knowledge-based learning…( you aiming for a diploma)
    …. you may or may not get a job
    science-based learning ….(you aiming for a degree)
    …. you may or may not create a job
    innovation-based learning.. (you working with others to create “change”)
    ….you will create a diverse team
    …… who can work together to create lasting jobs and services for people.
    Do “change agents” focus on the goals of 1, 2, or 3 ?

    • Doug Grady Doug Grady says:

      Thanks for your comment Purley. I can’t speak for all “change agents.” I focus on personal and professional growth and helping people reach their God-given potential.

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