Leonardos Have Two Speeds – Fast and Stop – Get Comfortable with That

Leonardos Have Two Speeds: Fast and Stop - The Leonardo Trait - Angie DixonLeonardos Have Two Speeds – Fast and Stop – Get Comfortable with That

If you’ve read The Leonardo Trait, you know that Leonardos, as I call extreme creatives (because that’s what we are :>) have two speeds—fast and stop.

If you haven’t read The Leonardo Trait, you can get a free excerpt here.

When I hear from “newly discovered” Leonardos, people who’ve just realized they’re Leonardos, I usually hear a couple of things.

First, I hear that the multiple passions and projects thing rings very true.

Second, I hear that they, too, have “two speeds—fast and stop,” and that they have never been comfortable with that.

So I’ve decided to offer a few tips (five, to be exact, but who wants to be exact, so I’ll offer six) on getting comfortable with the two speeds of Leonardos.

  1. Stop trying to have a normal energy flow. It ain’t gonna happen, as some people (but of course not me) say in Arkansas. Your energy and your circadian rhythms are pretty much fixed. You might get used to doing things differently, but your energy flow will always be what it is.
  2. Take advantage of the energy when you have it. This might mean doing some extra stuff on a high-energy day because you know that you’re nearing the end of your energy surplus for a little while.
  3. But don’t push yourself to exhaustion. This is one I still have trouble with. While I do have an unusual energy flow, I sometimes make the low-energy days a lot worse by doing too much right before them. I discovered I can write about 5,000-7,500 words a day, on average. Or I can write 12,000 words on Monday and not be able to get out of bed again until Thursday. So don’t do that J
  4. Rest when you need to rest. I know you have work and family and stuff. I’m not saying to ditch your responsibilities. But if you’ve had a high-energy spurt, you can tell it’s coming to an end and you’re exhausted at 8 p.m. and want to go to bed… Go to bed, if you can. Listen to your body.
  5. Let the people around you know that you have energy swings, and work with them, especially at work, to use your energy efficiently.
  6. There’s not really a six. I just said that.

What’s your biggest challenge with your two speeds?

What If Your Family and Friends Don’t Love The Leonardo Trait?

What if Your Family and Friends Don't Love The Leonardo Trait? | The Leonardo Trait | Angie DixonI get a lot of emails from people who’ve read The Leonardo Trait. One thing they all say is, “I’m a Leonardo.” They’re all thrilled to finally know that there is something rare and special about them—rather than something different and weird and, frankly, something wrong with them.

One of my more recent new fans told a friend about The Leonardo Trait, hoping to hear some sort of joy for her discovery. Instead, this friend said, “Are you sure it’s not called the Fairy Trait, the way you’re always flitting around from thing to thing?” Her husband stood up for her, but I know her friend’s comment was hurtful.

And the truth is, not everyone is going to be happy for you and not everyone is going to get it.

I want to tell you what my best friend said when I told her (with permission) about the “Fairy Trait” comment:

I like also that while the friend calls the same thing a fairy trait, which implies so much that is negative, that you call it the Leonardo trait, giving dignity and intelligence and creativity to a trait others don’t and won’t be able to get. Take that, nameless, stupid friend.

And that’s really my advice, sort of.

Some people don’t get it because they can’t get it. They’re not able to imagine a reality in which it’s normal to be as creative and different and eccentric as Leonardos are.

I won’t say ,“And that’s okay,” because it’s really not okay. It doesn’t feel okay when someone can’t or just won’t accept you as the remarkable Leonardo you are.

But you know what? Compared to some things in this world that people won’t accept, this is a small thing. We’re misunderstood sometimes even by people we love and who love us, but that’s not really all that big a deal.

There are two groups of people you’ll face resistance and misunderstanding from. The first is people who do love you and want to understand you, but just don’t get the concept of the Leonardo Trait. As long as they’re willing to accept that you don’t intend to change, and you’re both happy with the relationship as it’s going, that final bit of acceptance probably isn’t completely necessary. Just be who you are and let the other person be who they are in return.

The other group of people you might encounter includes people hwo not only refuse to accept that who and what you are is okay, but expect you to change because they don’t like it.

Honestly, I think if you have people in your life who don’t value you for yourself, you should excise those people. But I know that’s not always possible or desirable, so we’ll look at what to do when they don’t get it.

So here’s my prescription for Leonardos:

Be yourself.

Some people will get you and that will be great.

Some people won’t get you but will be okay with that, and so will you.

Some people will insist you be someone else. If you can’t avoid them, ignore them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.

What kind of reaction have you gotten to the Leonardo Trait concept from friends and family?

Pssst…. You’re Supposed to Be Different! You’re Not Weird. You’re a Leonardo

Pssst…. You’re Supposed to Be Different! You’re Not Weird. You’re a Leonardo - The Leonardo Trait - Angie DixonIf you’re anything like me, you’ve always known that you’re not “like everyone else.”

I first realized I was different at about four years old. I didn’t have words for it, of course. But by the time I got to kindergarten other kids knew the words for me. “Weird.” “Crazy.” “Dumb.” “Stupid.”

But the favorite word was “No.”

“No, you can’t sit at our table.”

“No, you can’t play with us.”

“No, you can’t eat lunch with us.”

And the big one: “No, you can’t be my friend.”

I wish I could say all of that stopped after kindergarten. Instead, it just got worse.

I longed to go to college far away, to escape the differentness and the “No’s.”

But of course wherever you go, there you are. I faced the same struggle with my different personality even after college. In fact, when I was 25 a woman several years older than me made a mutual friend move to another break room table rather than sit by me.

I eventually resigned myself to my fate of being different and weird and left out.

At that point I started to develop relationships with people who loved who I was.

I’m convinced that feeling of security, of being loved for myself, helped me discover the Leonardo Trait.

Once I did, I realized something crucial to my life, and yours.

We’re not like everyone else. We know that. What we don’t know or maybe don’t believe is that we’re not supposed to be.

We’re not inferior versions of anyone else. We’re perfect versions of ourselves.

If you’ve read The Leonardo Trait, you probably believe me about this.

If you haven’t read it, why not grab the free shareable copy I have available right now and take a look? I think you’ll find exactly who and what you’re supposed to be.

How would knowing you’re supposed to be different change your life?

Why The Leonardo Trait Can Change Your Life—And How It Can’t

Why The Leonardo Trait Can Change Your Life—And How It Can’tI’ve had this post planned for a while and I’ve really been looking forward to it. Here’s why.

I’ve seen remarkable changes in the lives of my readers, both of my book and of my blog, when they realize that they’re Leonardos and that they’re exactly who, what, where and when they’re supposed to be.

Why can The Leonardo Trait change your life?

The fact is that The Leonardo Trait can, in a manner of speaking, change your life—but it’s not quite that simple.

What The Leonardo Trait, including the concept, the book and the blog, can do for you is help you realize that you’re special. There’s nothing wrong with you. You don’t need to keep trying to be “normal.” You need to be more of who you are.

I can help you with that, through my writing, the coaching and other programs I’m planning to offer, and a certain amount of personal interaction.

I can help you figure out a direction and some ideas for what to do to get where you want to be.

That’s why The Leonardo Trait can change your life—because it adds something to your life that you’ve never had before—knowledge of your true nature and the support to be that person.

How can’t it change your life?

In the same way that joining a gym, buying a copy of Rosetta Stone software or stuffing your garage full of woodworking equipment can’t change your life, neither can The Leonardo Trait. Not on its own, anyway.

Your life can change only because of a change you make in your beliefs and actions. But with my help and The Leonardo Trait, you’ll be in a position to make amazing changes when you’re ready.