Be Creative and Brilliant

My dad was one helluva WWII medic. He was stationed behind the front lines while in France. He worked alongside General Patton attending to his troops so they could get back onto the battlefield. When he was off-duty at the hospital, he and his Army buddies loved to read Shakespeare, his favorite author. It's hard to imagine 21 year-olds reading Shakespeare today.

Growing up in a small farming community in Iowa, my dad quoted Shakespeare all the time to me and my five siblings. His favorite quote was, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” He quoted it hundreds of times -- too many to count. Little did I know how that quote would be life changing to me and my career. What he was essentially telling me was I have the choice to be positive or negative.

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The quote comes from the play Hamlet. In the play, Hamlet was trapped by fear. He thought living in Denmark was a prison. His acquaintances essentially disagreed and told Hamlet that he was trapped by his own narrow thinking.

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

What does the quote mean? In essence, it teaches us that placing judgment (good or bad) on a thought can manifest into reality. If you think you are old, frail or boring, you create that energy and it becomes your reality, which can lead to a state of depression. You get to choose to be positive!

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As Dr. Mike Brooks says, “It’s easy to find fault or be the critic, but thinking about things in this way can really grind us down. If we can remember Shakespeare’s advice and make it a mantra, it can help us reduce a lot of unnecessary, self-induced suffering.” Mayo clinic calls it Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

If you desire to be creative and brilliant, you can manifest that. You get to make the choice, not your boss or your friends. YOU make the call and it’s free of charge. It’s the Law of Attraction.

What I do: I make it a practice to embrace the day with some uplifting meditations. One of my favorites is to remind myself that I am a creative and brilliant soul that brings good energy into this world. I believe that comes true not only in my personal life, but my professional life as an Emmy award-winning video producer and storyteller at Creative Soul Video.

Certainly there are some bad things that can happen in this world like the tragic death of a loved one, but how we react to daily events, situations or interactions (traffic, weather, etc.,) can shape our day. Instead of getting mad at rush hour traffic, I think how lucky I am to use this time to listen to a podcast or uplifting music. A rainy day makes me smile thinking of my garden and a time to read a book inside.

As we embrace 2017, be careful not to put negative judgment on your personal thoughts as that can stop the flow of your creative presence.

What are you attracting in your life? Do you want to be creative and brilliant? Then JUST BE -- the choice is yours to make!

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P.S. Thank you Dad for reminding me to focus on the positives.

Mark Anderson is the Chief Storyteller and CEO of Creative Soul Video, a marketing communications company specializing in video production | visual storytelling. Mark has won over 20 Emmys for his work as a video producer.