As you now know, I journal while I read because my intention is to capture my thoughts like prisoners on paper how what I am reading relates to what I am teaching you.
As you continue to read joesjournal daily, you might become aware of the fact that when I find a book that has great application to your business I record a 20 minute interview with the author.
Because you want to learn directly from the author I post the interview here at joesjournal.com for you to enjoy.
This book the War of Art is just terrific.
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Check Out My Actual Notes From Joes Journal On "The Art of War" by Steven Pressfield.
My work is My Art. My business is my gallery.
I do my work for the art. I run my business for the commerce of it. As an artist, I express myself with my art. As a businessman, I run a successful gallery.
My work is my form of self-expression. Like Sting, I express myself in my writing and speaking.
My writing is my art. My speaking is my art.My area of artist expression is building referral-based real estate and mortgage businesses.
My art is different than my gallery. Sting’s gallery is his recording company. The recording company is all about commerce.
My gallery is where I hang my work and sell my work. My gallery is all about commerce.
By Referral Only is a place you will find a lot of my art displayed. Joe’s Journal is also my gallery.
What could you create if you treated your consulting, negotiating and overseeing the transaction as your art work?
Can you see your business as your gallery ?
What does it feel like to think of your business as the place you hang your art?
Imagine your real estate or mortgage business your place where you create your art?
What I Do Is Work With Artists.
I teach. I guide. I assist real estate and mortgage professionals who have developed a desire to make their work – their art.
I coach and lead and model for those agents who see themselves as the Leonardo De Vinci of Loans or the Picasso of Real Estate?
What Would It Be Like For You To Think of Your Work As Your Art?
I’m a speaker, trainer, writer and publisher. I consider everything I create as art and joejournal.com and By Referral Only are my galleries.
My Profession Is Creating Referral Art.
I am a professional artist creating insight, awareness, knowledge, and wisdom that enhances, improves, and inspires others to be more referable. I love the depth of my art.
I love the multiple facets of who I must be and what I must do daily to become a referable speaker, coach, writer and publisher.
The Artist’s Intentions.
My intention is to be so diligent, so focused, and so disciplined as a writer, researcher, student and teacher in the art of referrals that you, yes you, want to share my insight, wisdom and love with the people who are closest you.
Imagine you embrace the thought that each day you discipline your self to be the best consultant, negotiator, transactional detail person so that everyone who experiences you performing your art wants to tell everyone they know about your magnificence?
Everyday I get clearer on what it means to be a referral artist.
It takes a big intention to self appoint yourself as the Referral Artist. I love my big wonderful intention. How big is your intention?
What would it be like to have an intention so big that nothing else gets your attention?
Right now notice I notice that when I am lacking clarity on my intentions, everything gets my attention. How about you?
I know that with my desire to serve others and my discipline to allow my muse to work through me, my work will flow into the hearts of millions through you.
What I want for you is to make your work a piece of art.
What I want for you is what I want for myself.
I consider Mastering the Art of Getting Referrals as the most important discipline to attain if I choose to live a rich, full and happy life.
I believe the same is true for you.
I now know why I procrastinate, hesitate, isolate and simply don’t take action on my goals and dreams!
I now know.
What would it be like to never procrastinate again?
Imagine you take action instantly on all your dreams and aspirations! What would your life look like today if you had the energy and determination to finish everything you stated?
What would it feel like to never hesitate again?
Do you know the truth about resistance?
Even though creating my dreams and producing results in my life are my passions in my life, I get stalled. I meet resistance.
The minute I open my eyes in the morning and bring into focus my vision, resistance is present to bring me back to my current reality.
Resistance is a compelling force. Resistance seems to come from outside me but the truth is that it’s from within.
Pat Riley calls it the Peripheral Enemy.
All resistance knows how to do is invent new ways to take you off your vision and bring you into the emotions of your current reality.
It will never stop.
It is always there.
Resistance is a force of nature- DON’T TAKE IT PERSONALLY.
Notice, the more important the goal, the more resistance we feel.
What is the single most important thing you accomplish in your lifetime? That is where you will feel the most resistance. Resistance is a battle you fight daily.
The goal of resistance is to kill you and kill your spirit, to boil you alive.
We feed our resistance with fear – take the fear of resistance away and you choke it off from its source of energy.
The goal of resistance is to kill your confidence while at the same time ejecting you with a healthy dose of fear.
Fear is what keeps the resistance alive.
Resistance is the enemy. The enemy is a very good teacher – The Dali Lama
When does resistance get in your way of creating your art?
In the morning.
In the afternoon.
In the evening.
It’s seems to me that resistance is like some invisible force that does not want me to discover the fullness of my self.
This force wants me to believe that I am better off being mediocre. It wants me to believe that I have lots of untapped potential.
Do you know this force? It’s the force that doesn't’t want you to call your past clients today because you can do it tomorrow.
Tomorrow never comes!
It is the force that does not ’t want to ask for referrals in the referral moment.
It wills you to ask later when you feel more confident.
The confidence never comes!
It’s the force that does not’t want you to study, prepare and practice your referral duologue's.
It’s the force that says it’s okay to wing it.
If you do, you will perform with mediocre results and you will promise you to practice next time.
Next time never comes!
You can tell the level of hollowness you feel after-wards.
The more empty you feel, the more certain you can be that your true motivation was not love but resistance.
Procrastination is the most common manifestation of resistance.
I am going to write a book and I will start tomorrow and I never get started.
Procrastination becomes a habit.
It’s the force that wants you to live a very plain life – certainly not the life of an artist.
The only way to create your best art is to crack the code on resistance.
Here is the combination to cracking THE CODE on resistance.
Invite resistance in.
I invite resistance into my life now – no more resisting resistance.
Whatever you resist persist.
My art must manifest. To embrace my art, I must take on the challenge of resistance. My art depends on me mastering resistance.
Resistance. It is a worthy opponent and I am fit for the battle.
You are ready to win this war. The War of Art.
Resistance has many faces - my favorite is distraction.
Simple distractions like people, email, phone, Internet, UPS, and the refrigerator are my favorites.
The more subtle and more cunning distractions are drama, relationship, money, no money and food.
The media, TV, magazines, and radio promise me true bliss through the world of consumption.
The world waits for me to consume. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Thanks Amazon.com.
Distraction says, “Lets go shopping you will feel so much better.”
I have a masters degree in buying my way out of my pain while at the same time creating no new art and feeling more mediocre every day- Starbucks, Ben and Jerry a new house, new car, new tie, new shirt, new suite more shoes.
Oh, how about a new relationship? Thanks Match.com, the ultimate distraction for an OCD relationship addict. Match.com kills many artist dreams with every wink.
These distractions will continue until I am sick and tired of being sick and tired … and insist that is now time to beat resistance and create my masterpiece.
Love it or hate it my art will be birthed!
In fact, the only way I can experience this true bliss that resides within is to master self.
I must create the internal structure within me to say goodbye to those beautiful distractions.
I must say goodbye to all the stuff that says my gifts will die within me.
I want my work to live.
I want my work to be fresh, to be real, to be alive first within me then birthed to the word.
Solitude Is My Place To Create My Art!
Solitude is the price for greatness – Parmahansa Yoganadana
It means I become a full-time writer/producer who meets resistance head on and wins the battle with love and ease and the fight to win my creative soul back.
It means you become a full-time consultant, negotiator and the person who oversees all the transactional detail. It means you block out all distractions from your life that are not the big three.
Socrates On Personal Mastery
The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. Those who will not govern themselves are condemned to masters to govern them.
Resistance is strongest when you get to where the finish line is in sight.
Get rid of trouble in your life so you can do your work- write- create- manifest.