Artists, writers, performers, and other creators across disciplines have big dreams. But creative blocks and other obstacles can hold them back from turning their vision into reality. Whether you’re a creative pro or enthusiastic amateur, you may have asked questions like: Where should I put my attention if I have multiple interests? Which sources of inspiration should I follow? How can I gather up … Read More Curated Creativity: 5 Must-Watch TED Talks for Transforming Your Vision into a Reality
Category: Creative Magic
One of my favorite phrases is that “words are wands” — meaning that what we write down and speak aloud regarding ourselves has the potential to become truth. The more empowering stories we tell, the more we can create our ideal reality. We can strike this balance when we ask ourselves how we feel and then put those thoughts into action. The best way … Read More How to Write Your Creative Manifesto
Some people say that experience is the best teacher. So why not look to our own to guide us? There are two ways of looking at experience. One is that “tough love” kind of situation — the things that didn’t go our way. The other is to see our successes and pat ourselves on the back for a job (or jobs) well done. I … Read More Celebrating Success (and Failure): 2 Alternative CVs You Need to Write
When I was in first grade, I did a finger painting project to create a picture of an apple tree. My classmates and I would dip our thumbs in red paint to place an “apple” on a pre-drawn tree on a sheet of paper. At the end, the pictures would all hang up in the classroom, like some kind of cartoon orchard. For whatever … Read More A Ritual to Release Limiting Beliefs
Writers often speak of “writer’s block,” as if it’s a real, physical barrier in our way. But one of the best lessons I was ever taught was that writer’s block, artist’s block, and any other type of creative block isn’t always what it appears to be on the surface. That reluctance to create comes from another place. Mostly, it’s our self-doubt, along with a … Read More The Real Secret to Moving Past Creative Blocks
What are your true strengths? I don’t mean your physical strength, like how much you can bench press. Nor do I mean this in the way that job interviewers ask the question. This isn’t about what you do for others, or what you do to qualify for a particular job. Your true strengths are where you excel and feel most authentically like yourself. Think … Read More How to Discover Your True Strengths… and Use Them!
Last week I delved into the topic of where ideas come from — and also why that’s not the question we should be asking. Instead, it’s more about the three things we need to help our ideas flourish: time, space, and attention. First, let’s assume you have all three: the time to create, the physical and mental space with which to work, and enough … Read More 3 Simple Ways to Brainstorm Amazing Ideas
Where do ideas come from? Wrong question. Instead: What do ideas need? 3 things: time, space, and attention.