Catching and Transforming Sneaky Habits that Silently Sabotage Creative Progress

  Raise your hand if self-doubt, fear, or outdated habits sometimes sneak in to sabotage creative progress in any area of your life.   [Pauses to raise hand, and gently returns it to the keyboard.]   As entrepreneurs and creatives we all work through various layers of naggy little self-doubt buggers along our self-growth journey. We are trying to put ourselves out there, clarify our voice and vision, and “do all the right things” to build success through our pas … [Read more...]

Are you Pushing a Specific Creative Agenda and Ignoring the Insight of the Moment?

  It’s nice to have plans and a clear creative agenda. It’s even more awesome when plans work out exactly as envisioned, and all the hard work and effort you invest pays off.   Then life happens. It lets you know in no uncertain terms that a key element of the creative process is being in the now - being in the true flow of life and creating in tandem with it. The ability to be flexible and open is a beautiful part of the way we all create because it invites us to explore and g … [Read more...]

Creating New Order Out of Chaos

  Despite how messy it may feel, creating new order out of chaos offers a powerful opportunity to step up and reset your life in positive ways you could never plan for outright.   Chaos rolls through everyone’s life at some point, no exceptions. The experience of chaos is also different for everyone. It can creep in slowly, like thick fog rising on a chilly fall evening, or pop in suddenly like a thunder clap. And even though you KNOW chaos is a normal part of life, the way it … [Read more...]

Creative Friction Is The Gift You Never Knew You Wanted

  Yes, you are reading this correctly - creative friction is the gift you never knew you wanted.   I could give a speech about how every great writer, artist, and entrepreneur faces challenges or obstacles they need to overcome, but we’ve heard that one a million times. I can also share insights on the hero’s journey and the essential role it holds in making us the fully baked humans we are meant to be, but tons of other folks have already done it.   I want to hig … [Read more...]

Honoring Creative Opportunities That Almost Were

  Whether we realize it or not, honoring creative opportunities means celebrating what has, or has not, come to pass.   Any creative, artist, or entrepreneur can share a list of creative opportunities that were almost...something. Perhaps they were almost profitable, popular, manageable, effective, successful, noteworthy - notice the trend here? This realization is not new, mind-blowing, or unique. Yet, those same creatives, artists, and entrepreneurs can spend a lot of time … [Read more...]

Mindful Ways to Manage Creative Expectations

  It happens to the best of us when we create - the rise of pesky creative expectations!   When tuned into the passion of the creative process and fully engaged, energy is high and we are immersed in building what we envision. Inspiration is flowing and the creative process is organically emergent and natural.   What we might not realize is that we are also adding a few creative expectations to the mix, unconsciously.   For example, we can create art, a … [Read more...]

Ways to Establish Inner Balance During Creative Crunch Time

  Stress is part of life, but often much more noticeable during creative crunch time.   Sensations related to the bubbling up of stress are easy to ignore. We have TV and social media to help distract us, while a few drinks or a good meal also does the trick. These habits help take our mind off of focusing on all the little to-do’s and help us recharge for a bit. Yet, ultimately, they don’t address the most important element - how we cope with stress in the day to day … [Read more...]

Natural Momentum is a Free Creative Superpower

  Connecting with our unique natural momentum isn’t always…natural.   When the brain keeps diverting us to expectations, rules, and shoulds, the natural momentum of life and creative expression gets muted. Demands on the self and what we need to “force” can take over, while the heart’s desires become an afterthought, or seen as a frivolous luxury.   I wish I could say I’ve never let my brain take over and tell me how much better everything would be if I just FORCED m … [Read more...]

Branching Out Into New Creative Waters

  Branching out into new creative waters is about more than trying something different or uncharacteristic of your norm. More than starting a new healthy habit or spiritual ritual.   I’m talking about a heart based decision to stand fully in who you are, even when your legs are shaky and your voice cracks. When fear creeps up the back of your neck, but you step forward anyway, willing to face the emotional challenge and find new ground to build an authentic creative foundation … [Read more...]

Balancing the Weight of Evidence and Trust in Creative Endeavors

  There’s no way around it; embarking on creative endeavors has a baked-in requirement - that we learn the unique balance between evidence and trust. The balance doesn’t have to be equal in measure, but it does need to feel authentic, and in alignment with what we value and want to create.   If we place too much focus on “evidence” we can convince ourselves right out of an idea, or into one built around safety rather than inspiration. When our values are not our own, but based … [Read more...]