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Holiday Cheer

 

Time for New Years resolutions, right?  I have just finished a 16 week Advanced Creativity Coaching course with the wonderful Eric Maisel.  Eric is the one who has been developing the concept of Creativity Coaching over his 40 year career and I consider him the guru of it.  I have learned so much over the last 16 weeks.  I find it sad to have it come to an end.

I wanted to take a minute to share with you some Creativity Tips from Eric.  If you would like to read more go to his website: www.ericmaisel.com.

1. Be consistent in showing up for your creative work.  Your creative work won’t stay alive if you only do it once in a while.  Create a regular routine for doing your creative work and the benefits and progress will be amazing.

2. Stay focused on a project and complete it.  Artists can fail if they are constantly starting new projects but never completing them.  Write down your ideas but commit to completing what you have started.  Don’t try to do too many at once.

3. Use your creativity to develop a starting ritual to help you create regularly and routinely.  Use it as a transition from all the things you need to do today into the flow of doing your creative work.  It could be as simple as taking three deep breaths and saying “I am starting my creative work now.”

There are many more tips but these will get you started.  Enjoy!

December Rhythm and Blues

December is usually a busy month and any extra time seems to be gobbled up with shopping, parties and getting together with friends and family.  So how does an artist avoid breaking the rhythm of their creative practice?  It may actually be impossible to find as much time as usual to do your creative practice.  This may just be the hard reality of December.  So it is firstly important to be realistic and forgiving of yourself if you fail to meet your own expectations.

I think one of the most important skills to develop it that of holding the intention of doing your creative work.  By holding the intention, I mean being prepared and willing to do your creative work whenever a moment or block of time arises.  It may only be a 1/2 hour here or an afternoon there but if you are actively holding the intention of creating then when that time presents itself, you will be ready to use it for your creative work.  Holding the intention means forgiving yourself for not creating today by getting back to it in a day rather that a week, in a week rather than a month.  It means forgiving yourself for falling out of rhythm and getting back in your creative rhythm as soon as you can.

 

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