As an experienced project manager, Michelle knows all about the importance of completion.
In fact she feels such a powerful boost every time a project is successfully completed that she describes it as one of the highlights of her working life.
In these moments she grants herself a brief pause from the forward thrust of her usual focus and savours the feeling of having finally arrived.
All of the hard work, time and energy alongside the problem solving and skilful management required to reach this point leads to a depth of reward that makes it all worthwhile.
Of course Michelle is soon drawn back into action in order to keep the momentum going on the other projects she’s simultaneously managing.
Yet for days after a project completes, she feels like she’s “flying through” the challenges she meets as she works towards the next completion she knows is just around the corner.
Encouraged by her professional success, last year Michelle finally began the process of following through on a personal dream.
She felt drawn to write a novel based on the stories that had been floating in and out of her mind for many years and approached me for guidance to explore her creative soul and find her authentic voice.
Michelle’s inclination was to draw on her professional expertise and apply it to her creative writing using her love of completion as a guiding force to help her stay on track.
However, she soon discovered that direct application of her organizational skills to the creative process simply didn’t work and she struggled to write more than a few sentences at a time.
In fact it was clear that she needed to let go of her controlled focus in order to free up her creative flow.
Fortunately her motivation was high so she wholeheartedly embraced the Conscious and Creative Living principles I taught her and applied them conscientiously in her life.
As her self-awareness expanded, she experienced significant shifts in her perspective based on a new appreciation of her natural gifts which she’d lost sight of during her rigorous professional training.
This finally enabled her to get out of her own way and find her creative flow; her first short story was completed a month later which she described as “the most memorable completion ever!”
Michelle continued to use the Conscious Writing process to keep showing up to the page and her confidence grew steadily as each completion inspired her to keep the creative momentum going.
Yet when the time came for her to start her novel she hit a brick wall.
How would she maintain her inspiration, motivation and focus over the many months of writing that would undoubtedly be required to complete the first draft?
The Eternal Now
At this point I reminded Michelle of what was really occurring when she had the feeling of arriving that she loved so much.
The point of completion shifted her focus away from the future she was working towards and into being fully present in the eternal Now.
This led Michelle to discover the completion in every moment as a powerful revelation she knew she would never forget.
She felt a shift from the effort of making everything happen to the effortless flow of right action naturally unfolding in the moment.
She also felt the paradox of having “arrived” as the space out of which actions arise with the potential for both simultaneously and always being present.
For Michelle, this was an “Aha” experience that provided the opening she needed to unlock her capacity to stay the course to complete her novel.
She’s also enjoying the process of exploring ways to apply her realization to her professional role and embody it in her personal life as a living inquiry going forwards.
How does the shift in perspective from discovering the completion in every moment influence what you think and feel about the content of your life experience(s)? Please share your comments below. Thank you!
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