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Why Is It Important To Be A Curator Of Your Life?

Why Is It Important To Be A Curator Of Your Life?

We all want the best things in life if given the choice and the power to do so. Whether it’s our personal or professional life, striving for the ideal situation is what most people aim to achieve. As a result, our hunger for it all brings the need for hard work and doing whatever it takes, but it can come at a price.

The process of ‘gaining the best’ can often consume us to the point where we’re wanting to do and have everything. The problem comes when it starts to eat into us and we start to lack appreciation for what we’ve already collected and achieved. We don’t take stock and fully enjoy what our hard work has brought to our lives because we’re busy chasing the next best thing.

It’s because of this that it’s vital to learn how to be a curator and only select the very best for our lives. This creates space for the appreciation to grow and really be mindful of what’s really best for us and brings us the most happiness.

Why We Need To Stop Chasing Too Much of the Best

Ambition is a wonderful thing. It’s gives us goals to strive for and become the success we want to be to live a fulfilled life. Coming from a genuine and happy mindset, this will only add value to your life.

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The problem occurs when it comes from a space of not wanting to lose out and the idea that having more is somehow better. We’re inclined to believe that having more keeps us feeling safe and prevents those inevitable ‘what ifs’ that pop up in our mind.

In today’s society, we’re easily influenced by others in our quest for greatness. Social media, celebrity influencers and even our own peers who show their lives on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram can have a big affect on how we see ourselves. What others are doing, where their careers are heading, what they’re buying or where they’re travelling, to opens up the opportunity to compare and evaluate your current life direction and can lead you to wanting more and more.

The result of this can mean doing too much and having too much on your plate. With material possessions, your house is filling up with things you want but don’t need. Perhaps you take on more hobbies or projects outside of work that leads to feeling exhausted and stretched out.

The illusion of striving to get more only allows you to be less mindful and appreciative of what you already have and what you’ve already achieved.

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    The Reason Why You Must Be a Curator in Your Own Life

    What makes a museum great? It’s the things you don’t see; the stuff that’s not on the walls or in the showcases. It’s the art of saying no and making the most of the best.

    A curator’s job is making those conscious decisions about what stays and what goes. It’s essentially an editing process – there’s much more stuff off the walls than on the walls and what’s left is the best of the best or a sub-subset of all the possibilities.

    It’s extremely important to make sure you check your motivation when it comes to striving for your achievements. Is it because you love it? Can you see the genuine benefit for your growth? Or is it to look good to others or compete with your peers?

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    Understanding that it’s the quality of things that matter, how they benefit you and knowing what’s beneficial to one person may not be beneficial to you, is crucial to success. Having the right perspective is key. When you look at other people’s lives, adverts, or even certain movies, it’s not the whole picture you’re seeing. People naturally only want you to see the best of them, showing what makes them look successful and happy but carefully editing out the negatives. Being mindful of this is extremely important in your quest for success.

    Don’t compare. Be aware of the motivation behind what you want to succeed at and strive for what’s achievable and relevant to your own life.

    The Best Way To Succeed in Your Life Journey

    The two main points to take away in order to succeed in a happy and wholesome way is to be a curator for your life and your decisions but also to enjoy the process. Stick to what’s essential and don’t get bogged down with what you believe you should be chasing or what you should be possessing. Pare things down until you’re left with the most important things – whether it’s emptying your wardrobe, clearing out a room or evaluating what your short and long term life goals are. Then do it again. You can always add things back later if you need to but you’ll most likely find that what you’re left with is enough to focus on and keep you fulfilled.

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      Enjoy this process and don’t get caught up with the achievements and results. The journey is what’s important here including the growth you gain from going after something. This is where the magic really happens. Focus on the few but important goals so you can really get the best out of yourself and life as a whole.

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      What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

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      Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

      Can I Be Creative?

      The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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      Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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      Creativity Is a Skill

      At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

      Start Connecting the Dots

      Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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