The Out of the Jar Project. Start.
It all started with Oprah.
I suppose though, that statement requires a little explanation.
When I’m not writing fiction, I run a small business news and resource site and communication consultancy.
Running a business is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it got a heck of a lot simpler when I started to create alignment in my life and business.
I made a pact to only take on work that I loved doing and that brought me closer to my purpose: creating content to connect, help or entertain people.
Every now and again though I need little reminders, or prompts to practise my life and business with purpose.
I’d think about what I’m grateful for.
I’d look to my vision boards for inspiration.
I’d focus on doing my best, being kind and trusting the universe will provide.
All of these are techniques I still use, but there was something missing in it for me. Something that connected the thoughts to real intentions, actions and belief.
Naturally I turned to a book.
One out-of-left-field interview question: ‘What do you know for sure?’, left Oprah, yes Oprah lost for words. It led her to identify recurring themes in her life; things she knew for sure. She came up with the following words: Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity, Power.
There it was. Words. I needed words. I needed words that meant something to me. I needed to put words to my thoughts and intentions and act on them.
So I started writing out positive words that inspired me. Each word on a separate piece of paper. Each slip of paper went into a jar. Before long, the jar was pretty full and I kept coming back to it and adding to it as new words occurred to me.
Now I had a jar full of words. What next?
‘Start’ is my first word from the jar. Periodically I will remove a random word from the jar, and write my thoughts on that word. The first thoughts that come to me. I will use the word as an intention for the day or week.
I will use the word for my life and apply it to business. I will use it to keep me fixed on my purpose.
And as I go I will track and share my experiences. Welcome to the Out of the Jar Project.
Today I Start.