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Give it Your All – No Holding Back

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To create without holding back… to love without holding back… to laugh without holding back… to live without holding back, and to pour all of that into doing work you love… no holding back. When you give it your all, without victim, without reserve or regret, your joy will soar and your confidence roar.

“Personal confidence comes from making progress toward goals that are far bigger than your present capabilities.”
~Dan Sullivan, founder-Strategic Coach, author

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The Well that Never Runs Dry

iCreateDaily is a movement around the power of the day to create the life you want to live. Serious creating requires dedication. To stay dedicated for the long haul and to persevere through thick and thin, requires the passion and obsession to give it your all.

If we attend a performance what makes it exceptional is the heart and soul of the performers. A mediocre dance or music or acting performance, may receive polite applause, but it doesn’t stir hearts. It is the performers who leave it all on the floor that bring the audience to its feet.

It is in giving it our all that we rise into our potential.

And if that sounds exhausting… a secret lives there. The more we give of the love and passion and creativity that wells in us, the more of it there is.

Because you must… you can’t not. Because you’re compelled to create, and in the creating you become.
~LeAura Alderson,

Your Hobby or Profession?

Perhaps you’re retired from a career and just wish to pursue your creative endeavor as a hobby..? That’s great! There’s a lot of good in casual creating as well.

Hobbyists can still be—and often are—utterly dedicated and passionate about their craft. So whether your creative interests are a hobby or profession, the concept of being serious about your art… of being dedicated and committed to it, can be equally applicable.

However, if you are a hobbyist, it’s a good idea to deeply examine your highest aspirations for your art. For example, if you’ve written—or would like to write—a novel, chances are you won’t be equally happy if it’s never published versus if it gets published, popular and soars to best seller status, right?

Creators love to share our creations… we are as children, delightedly bringing our art to be seen and enjoyed by others. Their enjoyment amplifies our own and enhances our experience of it.

We are here to love… to learn… to create, contribute and celebrate. To share is to amplify life.
~LeAura Alderson,

Is it True?

We’ve heard creators voice the opinion that they don’t care if anyone ever reads their book… or buys their art, etc.

Be Honest with Yourself.

ASK: “Would I create this if I knew no one else would ever see it, enjoy it, read it or buy it?”

Some may indeed be okay with creating without any more positive outcome than the satisfaction of having done the thing and completed it. However, for most that’s just not true.

Sharing creativity is a multiplier.

You’ve probably also heard people say (or perhaps even said it yourself), things like: “I don’t want my hobby to become my work because it would ruin it for me.”

But that maybe a myth. If you don’t want to make your craft your profession, that’s fine, but just be honest with yourself about that. In other words, if your work was “discovered” and suddenly went virally popular, would you mind?

Probably not.

If you don’t want to bother with the business side of things and you just want to create, no problem. That’s the wish of most creators. Even then, try giving it your all for a day… for another… and after a week of that, see what happens.

Doing what you love never feels like work, even if it’s your business.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder,

Creativity First…

If you enjoy your craft and creating for the sake of creativity, that’s awesome! It’s still adding value and enrichment to your life and likely that of others. But if you have any secret desire for your work to become something viable in the world, you’ll need to give it your all, no holding back.

To not give it your all is to leave an out for yourself… to set the bar of your potential lower. Do not underestimate what you’re capable of achieving. Dedication and determination will find a way.

To settle for less is to omit to commit to your dreams.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder,

Becoming More Real

The interesting thing about the creator’s journey is that we create from who we are and yet in the process of creating, who we are, becomes more real.

As you create your art in the world, you are also painting your life… writing your chapters… molding yourself into being, like the paintings of someone painting herself. Only, this is the real deal. This is your life.

Kristina Webb Art

Here the amazing New Zealand artist, Kristina Webb, draws herself and blends it perfectly with a photo of herself.

New Zealand artist, Kristina Webb Art – Prisma color pencil drawing merged with photograph

As you do your work, you grow. As you grow, your work blossoms.

We create from who we are and in the process of creating, who we are becomes more real.
~LeAura Alderson,

Be Who You Want to Become

The man of your dreams. The woman of your heart. The hero of your own story. Be your own best friend… the artist you admire.

Be the self you aspire to in the deepest well of your soul.

Rise into yourself and when you finally leave this life, you will know you didn’t hold back and you gave it your all… and you will be pleased.

Become the vision of yourself you always knew you could become.
~Tom Bilyeu, entrepreneur, visionary, founder-Impact Theory

A Productive and Creative Life

Successful artists and authors produce daily. At the end of a productive day, we know how good it feels to hit the pillow and fall into easy slumber, mind at rest for a day well done. We know how good it feels to be worn out for a tough day of doing good work.

Productive days lead to a productive life.

When it’s my time to leave this life, I want to know that I gave it my all.

Each day is a practice session for the last day. As my head hits the pillow one last time, I plan to fall into easy slumber, mind at peace, for a day—for a life—well done, eager for a new day and a new adventure.

Life is made up of todays. Life is not Someday. Today. Life is now.
~LeAura Alderson,

What Does it Look Like to Give it Your All?

We’ve all seen performers who pour their heart and soul into their art. Often, it is their enthusiasm and passion that can carry us away into greater enjoyment of whatever it is at hand.

One such young lady has captivated our hearts. We never tire of seeing her perform. When it comes to singing and performing, Courtney Hadwin, always gives it her all, no holding back.

Yes, she’s extraordinarily talented, but what makes all the difference is the absolutely passion she pours into it. That is profound and powerful.

“Be as the little child…dance full out and give it your all. When you do it will change you.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator®

Courtney Hadwin – Giving It Her All

I never tire of seeing Courtney Haddock perform for she represents someone who goes full out, no holding back in expressing her special brand of extraordinary creative genius. And what makes it extraordinary, beyond an incredible voice, so creatively expressed?

Enthusiasm. Passion. Going all out. 

Whether you’ve seen this “Janis Joplin” reincarnation yet or not, get ready to be inspired again or anew.

This is the epitome of going all out… heart and soul.

Courtney’s enthusiasm built her bridge to a career where she clearly thrives doing what she loves.

She made a choice to dedicate her time and energy to her creative passion. We can too.

Consider her performance if Courtney only gave 50% of herself… or only 20%, for that’s that average life. That’s easier. That’s the 99%.

Let’s give it our all, and build that bridge!

It’s easier to put forth less effort. Until it’s not. Until your comfort becomes a cage. Don’t clip the wings of your aspirations. Remember that you were made to fly. Open the door. The cage isn’t locked.

If you loved that, here’s a sequential compilation video of all of Courtney’s performances on America’s Got Talent.

Another all time favorite is Michael Flatley in Lord of the Dance.

What does it look like when you give it your all?

Please send us a note… send photos… we’d love to see you giving it your all creating your art and doing what you love to do.

“Go make yourself who you’re meant to be. Give it your all, no holding back.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator®

“It’s easier to put forth less effort. Until it’s not. Until your comfort becomes a cage. Don’t clip the wings of your aspirations. Remember that you were made to fly. Open the door. The cage isn’t locked.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator®

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“Don’t clip the wings of your aspirations. GIVE IT YOUR ALL. You were made to SOAR.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator®

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