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by Brett Rogers, 1/19/2006 8:23:53 PM



By the way, I am LOVING this book (Improv Wisdom)!!!!! I can't wait to share it with about six other people who I KNOW need to read it. :)

You're the bomb, Brett.



Posted by Anonymous, 1/20/2006 8:43:39 AM

Life is so cool :)

One of my favorite lines from the book: "Move your body toward your dreams... You know where. Be there physically."

For me lately, that means that my computer has my text editor open, my ArtByBrett site open, and they are staring me full in the face. I have two options at that point: I can either type and make the dream happen, or I can ignore them and do something else, which is to turn my back on the dream.

But I wouldn't have the choice if I never moved myself to where I needed to be in the first place.

Another line: "We often substitute planning, ruminating, or list-making for actually doing something about our dreams."

Ideas are easy; implementation is hard. Implementation makes the idea real; otherwise it's just wishful thinking.



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 1/20/2006 8:57:31 AM

You know, that's exactly what I was doing (without consciously realizing it) when I began the painting project over on my blog. I was FORCING myself to do something that I actually love doing but was neglecting.

Then, when I know I need to paint, I make sure there's a blank sheet of watercolor paper taped to my board before I leave for school in the morning, because I know when I get back home I will be unable to resist putting something on it!

I also unknowingly used the idea of "just show up" a number of years ago when I stopped walking around feeling like I was being judged by everyone I came into contact with, and instead met everyone with a smile and a friendly word regardless of how I was actually feeling inside. It made all the difference in the world -- I began to have friends, and I stopped being negative and self-absorbed. It was a remarkable transformation in my life.



Posted by Anonymous, 1/20/2006 10:41:37 AM

Yes! Exactly :)

How many people have gorgeous talent brimming inside them but they simply don't move on it, or their attitude blocks them from ever getting ahead?

I hope to spend a good bit of my life spurring and encouraging others into action in the very thing that they were born to do.

Madson's book gives concrete steps in how "say 'yes!'" And I love that!

And Kris, you're so incredible. I'm so glad that I know you :)



Posted by Brett Rogers (, 1/20/2006 10:58:42 AM

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