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Find the Artist Within

Can anyone be an artist? People admiring my work often say, "I could never do that!" I say, "Yes, you can!" Eight years ago, during a very difficult time in my career in finance (Downsizings, layoffs - let's not talk about it, OK?), my company sent me to a development workshop for female executives. I came out of a particularly thought-provoking discussion group and penned the following very prophetic free verse.

Why Do We Need Creativity?

Creativity is central to the management of our individual lives, but in modern times few people are able to access this as a resource. Alan Watts writes in The Wisdom of Insecurity:"We have allowed brain thinking to develop and dominate our lives out of all proportion to 'instinctual wisdom'; which we are allowing to slump into atrophy.

7 Techniques to Supercharge your Creativity and Solve your Problems

Do you ever encounter problems, challenges or obstacles in your business? If you answered 'no,' then you can stop reading and continue to rake in the fortune you must be making. For the rest of us, the answer of course is 'yes.

Telling It Like It Is (Or Can Be)

When you hear, "tell me a story," does your mind suddenly go blank? Don't panic. The good news is, you're already a natural storyteller! Surprised? You shouldn't be.

12 Ways To Boost Your Creativity At Work

As workplaces continue to rightsize and downsize, we all find ourselves doing more with less. How do we stay ahead of the workload while staying sane? The key is to put your creativity to work for you so you can do more with less and shine like never before.

Unlock Your Creative Secret Weapon

It seems like this week a ton of people have been asking me how they can become more creative. I even had one client jokingly accuse me of being in cahoots with the Devil in trade for my creativity.

20 Ways to Keep Your Writing Inspiration and Creativity High

When stressed or blocked it is wise to make a change so thatwe don't stay in that place. Yet, many times we forget someof the simple things that we can do for ourselves, quicklyand easily to bring our inspiration back and increase ourcreativity.

Break An Egg For Creativity

In 1420, the dignitaries of Florence held a competition.They offered the enormous prize of 200 gold florins to the architect whose genius could span the unfinished dome of the Florence Cathedral.

Top Ten Ways To Jump-Start Your Creativity

1 - Take A Tour of the Great OutdoorsConsider a hike in the mountains, a stroll beside the river, a run along the beach, a jog through the park or a walk around the city.2 - Soak Up Your Surroundings like a New SpongeOpen your mind to the unknown and grasp the little details often overlooked in every day life.

Creativity And You

95 percent of what we know about the brain, we have learned in the last 20 years. So, your beliefs about creativity were probably shaped by faulty information.

Riches Through Creative Thinking!

When solving problems after you have exhausted the normal means of coming up with the solution, think in terms of unorthodox methods. Vary your thinking and try to solve the problems by creating something completely new and irrelevant.

3 Clever Creative Strategies!

I've got a confession to make..

Rejuvenate & Re-Fuel Your Inner Drive

I believe that as solo-entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives we all need a pat on the back. Give yourself commendation.

How To Increase Creativity... Set Deadlines!

Deadlines are something all of us face from time to time. We face deadlines whenever we set even a small goal and commit to accomplish it.

Three Ways Journaling Can Boost Your Creativity and Your Business

I have a friend who has struggled with her creativity for a long time. She's extremely uncomfortable thinking of herself as "creative.

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05/08/2017 08:38 AM
The Creative Entrepreneur - Best Of All Worlds
Being a creative spirit in this cold hard world can sometimes feel like it's a liability rather than the gift that it actually is. This is constantly reinforced by the way society always showcases and boxes the creative people as loopy, crazy or nut cases in every medium and form they can. These stereotypes are just that, stereotypes! Don't be fooled into thinking that you must act crazy to be a truly successful creative. Great art, whether it is painting, visual, writing, photography or any other creative outlet offers us a life full of meaning. Great successful creatives are those who have been able to achieve a balance between the intellectual and the emotional aspects of their creative being and have somehow used this to create and fashion a world where they are able to not only support themselves but succeed beyond their wildest dreams! How has this been achieved?
05/08/2017 08:37 AM
If You Had the Power to Create Your Life, With No Limits - What Would You Imagine?
If you had the power to create your life, with no limits - what would you imagine? Would you imagine a world in which you focus and accept your current reality? Or would you let your imagination run wild and create the utmost enjoyable and deliberate world to live in? We would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would waste such a precious resource as imagination on such mundane things as perpetuating their current reality. All of us have the power of creation within us, our imaginations are limitless and without boundaries. Why waste this thinking about things as they currently stand? Unless of course, you are already living the exact life that you wanted for yourself.
05/04/2017 07:50 PM
Maintaining Creative Vision In A World Filled With Noise
Without a creative and artistic vision the images that we create are just that - images. Dull, lifeless, pointless and without meaning. This is true regardless of which medium you use to create the final image. How many times have you come across images that are technically 100% correct, clear, sharp, perfectly exposed and even composed and yet there is just no soul behind it? I see these every day. If the goal of the creator was to practice their technical skills then yep - they succeeded. Take a closer look at those images that capture you and draw you in. What is it about these images that provoke that result?
05/04/2017 08:17 AM
Passion & Intensity - A Focus On Creativity
Contrary to the modern belief that our emotional state is a root cause of creativity - or lack of it, is the understanding that it is our intensity of passion that fuels the creative mind. Whether you are happy, sad, frustrated, and angry or any other emotion within sight will actually not bring on the creative juices and results. The one underlying factor that seems to bring out the creative in all of us is the intense passion that we have for our particular subject. It's very rare that you will be in an unhappy state when you are dealing with something that you are intensely passionate about therefore happiness, or at least a happier disposition, seems to go hand-in-hand with creativity, even though the overlying emotional state you are in may be something other than happy!
04/20/2017 08:14 AM
Creative Photography - A Project Based Approach To Unleash Creativity
A lot of people that I teach ask me about creativity or more accurately, the lack of creativity. One of the best approaches that I have learned over time is to use a project based approach. Allowing yourself to only do your work when you are motivated will not get you the results that you are after. You need to focus and be putting in the work before the motivation kicks in.
04/12/2017 11:08 PM
The Sign Posts To Success
Success. It means different things to different people and there are enough articles and blogs online about that. I've written quite a few myself! So just how do you determine if you are still on the path to your success? Below, I've tried to condense a part of my greater research into an easily read and short piece to make that determination.
04/12/2017 09:05 AM
An Open Letter To All Creatives Out There
This is one thing that happens in most industries at least at the very early stages of people's careers. Unfortunately if you happen to be in a creative industry it appears to have become the 'norm' regardless of how far you have come in your career. So what exactly is this dreaded norm that I'm talking about? It's the assumption that what we create as creative individuals and by that I mean people who are actors, designers, musicians, film, photography, artists and a hundred other creative fields will work for free. A sentiment that seems to be shared among most of the public.
04/11/2017 08:57 AM
What The Heck Is A Successful Life Anyway?
So what exactly is the definition of living a successful life? To me, the definition of being successful is focusing on what's important to you each and every day. No matter how small a chunk of time you get to do it for. This is the key to how you become successful. Focus each and every day, as much as possible on what is most important to you in your life, to the way that you want to be living. Compounding your own effectiveness no matter how small you start with.
04/10/2017 09:48 AM
Act Normal
Will we be helped by the people that act normal or by people that want to find out the extraordinary? Should we stay 'the same' or look around and explore new things?
04/10/2017 09:18 AM
Break The Shackles Of Self Deception
Deception. It's become the one universal aspect of humanity at this point in our history. We deceive. Mostly we deceive without actually knowing that we are deceiving, others but mostly ourselves. We've become conditioned to play the parts that others in society have deemed that we should be playing, rather than finding those things in life that matter to us and becoming more of ourselves in the process. Growing up. It really is no wonder that we are now moving into an age in which more and more people are questioning and trying to find an answer on how to achieve their dreams and goals. The revolution has well and truly begun, even if it's still at an early stage. Revolution? What revolution?
04/07/2017 08:55 AM
Dancing With The Creativity Devil - A Lesson In Being Yourself
I'd be absolutely filthy rich if I had one cent for every time that I've heard the words that creativity doesn't pay the bills or some variant of the same. What if I was to tell you that this is completely incorrect? A lie? A fallacy? An urban myth? You'd think I was crazy wouldn't you? Well, guess what. Crazy I is.
04/06/2017 08:29 AM
The A to Z Guide To Creativity
It really is a tough old world out there. A lot of people send me messages or begin conversations about creativity and what I believe are the steps needed to be undertaken to be the best creative you can be. Talk about a tough ask, definitely a real wiz-bang elevator pitch if I ever heard one. Well then, since so many have asked for it, I've decided to put it all down in simple steps from A to Z. Got your pen and paper ready? Alright, here we go.
03/23/2017 08:49 AM
5 Minute Creativity Kick
The beast that I am constantly writing about, creativity can sometimes be likened to a bear. Sometimes you need to be running full-tilt as it charges you and other times it's like it has gone into hibernation. Like when you're starting at a blank page and are full of motivation to get something written down but the beast lies dormant and the page stays blank. It's one of the worst feelings in the world when things just don't happen! Fortunately for us there are some quick techniques that we can use to kind of poke the damn bear into action.
03/22/2017 08:35 AM
Starving Creative? You're Doing It Wrong
Apart from small talk about the weather, the first question that is usually asked by people when they're introduced is - 'What do you do?' Now, if we go by the statistics alone, coming in at 90%+ would be people who actually hate what they do for a living. So why are we so interested in this? At least with the weather there's a chance that I might pick up a little bit of upcoming 'hail' this afternoon. If I myself hate what I do, why would it be the first thing that I want others to know about me?
03/06/2017 10:55 AM
What's Killing Your Creativity?
As freelancers we are dreamers and we like to see our dreams come to life quite often, but what happens when your creativity is nowhere to be found? Let's explore some of the most common causes of lack of creativity and some quick fixes to get you back on track.
03/01/2017 09:42 AM
Understanding Grounded Cognition
Grounded cognition explains how cognition/thinking continues whether the body is doing anything at that time or not by using mental imagery, modal systems and neurological connections formed from sensory-motor experiences. It describes the way that cognition expresses itself from these experiences several ways, including simulation, situated action, and sometimes bodily states. learn more.
02/27/2017 08:53 AM
Put Your Creative Talents to the Test
There is no doubt exhibition designers are creative and motivated. They tackle tough jobs, tight deadlines, and continue to come up with new concepts.
02/24/2017 12:10 AM
Ending Procrastination - A Guide on How to Study
Procrastination is an act of avoiding a task that needs to be done. While procrastinating, pleasurable acts are preferred to be carried out rather than the exact and right thing. Procrastination can lure a person into preferring to watch a movie or sleep instead of seeing to an assignment or reading or even any other important work.
02/15/2017 02:01 PM
Message From the Universe: Thinking Ahead!
Visualizing is a MUST when you are about to accomplish something greater than you could ever imagine. It is crucial to always look above and beyond where others can only see a few feet ahead of them. By visualizing, you are creating a new path that wasn't originally available to you but by molding time and space to your advantage, you can change the course of events that haven't occurred as of yet. You are making changes unconsciously and succeeding at it very well.
02/09/2017 09:49 AM
Creativity As a Key to Success: Cultivating and Tapping Into the Spirit Within
Creativity, as an intentional process that can lead to doing or producing new things and current things differently in the future, is a key ingredient to success. I believe that each of us as leaders, followers, teammates, or coaches, have elements of creativity deeply rooted in our being and I believe that there are ways we can tap into that resource!
02/05/2017 08:29 PM
7 Steps to Maxing Your Creativity
Following is a quick list of 7 items that you can turn into habits to become highly creative regardless of which area of your life you want to be creative in. Creativity is the act of taking your imaginative ideas and making them real (Note: imaginative does not need to mean completely new and never thought of before!).
12/28/2016 08:02 AM
Learning To Think, Be Creative And Write At the University?
Creativity Writing Class at Stanford focusing on Science Fiction considered. As a non-religious person, I've written some Science Fiction that blends religious beliefs of my characters and the society at large into the fray of the plot and genre. I find this a nice way to teach the reader to think in 'what ifs' and question their belief system. A strong devout religious person will surely come to their same conclusion, perhaps someone on the fence might be reached and to a non-believer, well heck I am just writing to the choir so to speak.
12/22/2016 02:11 PM
Boost Your Creativity With a Walk in the Woods
Clearing your mind of as much conscious thought as possible for short periods can dramatically improve your cognitive processes and problem-solving abilities. When you let go of the things that seem top of mind along with all of the external stimuli that floods your brain with noise, then your sub-conscious mind is free to get to work solving problems and clarifying your perspectives. Freeing your mind of the clutter also relaxes your body and helps to reduce stress.
12/14/2016 02:22 PM
Message From Universe: The Best Things in Life Are FREE
Best things in life are FREE, especially when you do smart business. Work on being creative, original and let others follow your dreams. Many want to be a part of something, be wanted, be special to say the least. They all crave for it. Why not offer it then? If you want to succeed, you need to be bold and be willing to fail miserably. Nothing will come easy but this is the reason why just a very few do succeed. Be one of them
12/05/2016 03:59 PM
7 Steps to Cultivate Your Creativity
Being creative can be harder than you think! But it's a skill that you can easily learn with a bit of practice and a few simple steps. Boost your creativity with some of the following exercises and see how many new ideas you can cultivate in no time.
11/16/2016 08:07 AM
How To Inject Imagination In Your Daily Life
The ability to imagine is not limited to geniuses. You and I both of it. This article shows you how.
11/15/2016 02:26 PM
Message From the Universe: Time to Built That Bridge
Never give up, even when times are getting increasingly difficult. We all have a job to do, and despite the complexity of that task, you still need to move forward and get the job done. We all face adversities in life, and for many people out there, these adversities seems to be as tall as mountain K2. For others, they seem to manage their adversities and figure out a way to climb that mountain and come out successful. Yes, I know how life can be unfair at times, but what other choice do you have? Let life beat you down to your knees and keep you there permanently or get up on your two feet and fight back? The choice is yours.
10/28/2016 08:15 AM
What Aspects Make a Founder Ideal?
There is nothing to beat generating your own revenue to fund your business. But there are other options that could cover your fund requirements. Some are listed below.
09/07/2016 11:01 AM
Get Lost: The Secret To Thinking Outside The Box
The essence of being happily human is to be creative. Few things in life are more fulfilling than transforming something old or non-existent into something new, better, faster, less expensive, more lucrative, joyful, efficient, effective, etc. And the secret to creative power is to get lost in what you're "creating.
08/08/2016 09:12 AM
The Spirituality in Creativity
You are creative. You really are. And your creativity has even more impact when you're in sync with your purpose... and then whatever you create will be spiritual, because, simply, you've infused yourself - your soul - into what you've created.
08/03/2016 10:51 AM
Message From Your Universe: Fake It Till You Make It!
Call it bluffing, faking, make belief, whatever you want. It doesn't really matter. As long as you believe it will happen, that's what counts the most. If you think you are poor, you will stay poor and nothing good will come out of it. If you think you are rich, but yet, haven't reached wealth yet, you will be on your way to reaching wealth. I am not saying to go and spend money that you do not have, but prepare for money to come and bless you with wealth and abundance. It is based on your thoughts and belief. You need to start changing the way you perceive life and especially yourself. The rest is based on your actions to make things happen.
07/14/2016 02:41 PM
The Difference Between Creativity and Innovation
I think creativity is indeed thinking up new concepts/things. Innovation is making this new concept/thing practical in a novel way. Creativity is dreaming up a new invention and innovation is making it real in ones own unique way.
07/14/2016 09:36 AM
Creative Thinking
Have you ever been faced with a problem and not been able to get out of it because there wasn't one of the usual exits you'd see. Many times in situations like these you need to think outside the box, you need to be creative. You may have exhausted one part of the problem and failed to come up with a solution, but if you flip the problem around you might just find a way out. It's only a matter of being creative.
07/07/2016 09:51 AM
Beauty From You to Me - Acknowledge That Beauty Is in Everyone and in Everything
Beauty discovered or uncovered, is everywhere, if you seek, you'll find. Whether in an amazing song, dance, or in the eyes of a newborn child, you can find beauty everywhere. Enjoy the view that your life has to offer you! A gorgeous sunrise, an emerald-green beach, an amazing garden or even in a fantastic poem or rhyme, it's all subjective and strictly up to you to discover what you find exciting and beautiful! The beauty that YOU resonate to me is worthy of my praise and appreciation. In appreciation for your ability to transfer a hug, smile, or compliment exemplifying your inner beauty is amazing! New discovery, at any time, or in any place is refreshing. Isn't it appreciable to enjoy your home after you have spent a long time cooking or cleaning? Beauty can also be found in the people that we meet everyday; like a pioneer seeking adventure. Enjoy a witty conversation with a new friend. Isn't it invigorating when you discover their inner beauty and engage their personality; distinct and all their own? Finding new things to learn is good for the soul! There is beauty from you, that I receive daily, thank you!
06/29/2016 11:10 AM
Listen to Your Daydreams, Authorize Them to Ignite a Blaze of Creation or Innovation
Many discoveries and inventions were first processed, by inventors or creators, during the times that they allowed themselves to daydream. To daydream may seem unnecessary, though, it's the mind that decides when, if,and why it needs to send you and me messages that are out-of-the-ordinary or whimsical by category. Can you imagine wanting to eat meat on-the-go without bread? The people, or person who invented bread gave humanity one of the most important innovative creations, by mankind; even recognized as a staple food, in the bible, which declares the significance and life-altering importance of this dreamed invention. Daydreams have also been responsible for great poetry, books, painting's and for so many creative things! I cannot even begin to imagine life without the innate ability to daydream a creation into existence. Landing on the moon was also a daydream,or a dream, no less, and of course, we are all glad to see how well that turned out. Before too long, our dreams of landing us on Mars, will be a reality! Make your daydreams a reality and be prepared to see how your creative mind can design what you have always aspired to live, or to manifest.
06/27/2016 12:22 PM
Avoid These Challenges To Creativity And Let Yourself Shine
Imagination is the ability making something brand-new or to develop new ideas. Developing more creativity can benefit your career, relationships, and pastimes. Kids like to be innovative, however lots of adults have less motivation to be creative. There are likewise many obstacles to creativity.
06/15/2016 07:51 AM
Lessons From the Untethered Soul
What I have learned from reading the untethered soul and understanding Perceptual Control Theory is -"Letting go of the inner judge and shifting your thinking to what I like to call the balcony view immediately relieves stress." Are you ready to shift your away from the voice in your head and live an untethered life?
06/01/2016 02:27 PM
Relaxation As Part of the Creative Process
The environment and the mind are constantly emitting impulses or providing stimuli to the body via the nervous system, which consists of the electrical circuits that run throughout the body. The mind is constantly providing orders to various body parts to get them to do its bidding while the environment is a gigantic theater of sensory input without end. This makes the body a conduit for the flows going into the mind from the environment and back out to the environment and from the environment coming into the mind and back out from the mind to the environment. All of this flowing and non-stop sensory input keeps the body in a state of enervation, which causes damage, slowing, overloading, and burn out. Enervation is simply when the body feels drained of energy or experiences exhaustion from too much stimulation (overloaded circuits). For artists, relaxation is the only method of reversing the effects of enervation and is therefore a vital practice to achieve creative longevity. True relaxation means refraining from artificial forms of stimulation and sensory input to experience one's self and one's environment in a natural state.
06/01/2016 01:47 PM
Three Steps to Take Today to Get Your Work Off Your Hard Drive
Take inspired action today to get your messages into the world where they can change consciousness. These three steps to get your work off your hard drive and into the world will help you generate action towards self-expression.
06/01/2016 07:56 AM
Catharsis and the Creative Process
Creativity is the most intense path to catharsis. The mind must connect to the emotions and form an idea into a physical shape such as a book or painting. The mind and the emotions must unite into a single line of intention that fills the work of art completely with a singular creative purpose. Whether it's a new recipe, clothing design, or symphony, the creation must receive and retain the full intention of your concentrated effort. The result of any act of creation should always be the physical form of aesthetic desire, which is the drive to see something become real that only exists in your imagination. As we fill an aesthetic product with our desire to make it real, it forms a vacuum within us that is steadily filled with more ideas of a similar quality to the original. The filling of this creative vacuum in human terms is felt as a surge of inspiration or illumination in spiritual circles. Others report it as a spiritual awakening, the seeing of transcendental visions, or catharsis.
05/24/2016 01:35 PM
Fear of Risk Can Be a Creativity Cruncher
Growth as an individual, as a professional - be it in the sciences, the arts, in business or in areas of social service - requires varying degrees of thoughtful risk-taking. You do need to take chances at times and venture into fields of work, study and communication that you have not yet tried. Resting on past successes means that you are now simply relying upon as well as regurgitating past achievements. Doing so habitually, will stultify any potential you have for further development. We all have this exciting potential for growth.
05/18/2016 02:54 PM
Are You Tapping Into Your Creative Side?
One of the best ways to ensure that a plan you designed will work is to allow your creativity to flow. One of the best ways to ensure that your mind is open to new ideas is to allow your creativity to flow. And, one of the best ways to ensure that your creating a strategy that is innovative and fresh is to allow your creativity to flow.
05/03/2016 02:29 PM
5 Creative Ideas for Enhancing Flip Charts
Whether you are a trainer, educator, facilitator or manager, flipcharts (flip charts) are an inexpensive and effective tool to help you make ideas visual, display information and exchange ideas in a training session or meeting. While there are various other tools that can also accomplish these goals, flip charts continue to be one of the easiest and versatile ways to communicate information in a classroom or office. This article shares five ideas for creatively enhancing flip charts.
04/26/2016 04:54 PM
How Dreams Can Enhance Your Creative Abilities
Dreams can bring new creative ideas into one's conscious awareness and working with dreams as part one's daily mindfulness practice also expands one's thinking to allow greater creativity overall. This story tells of one specific dream experience that opened the doors to greater creativity.
04/22/2016 10:08 AM
Dissatisfaction Breeds Creativity
The famous Bob Proctor asserts 'Dissatisfaction is a creative state'. Do you agree?
04/19/2016 03:56 PM
The Keys To Everything You Could Imagine
There is a place that you could go to and find roads into who you were, what you wanted, and even took you on journeys you never could even imagine. Today it is quiet, dusty, and lonely. The shelves are full of maps for success, details of a land of dreams, and pages of hope and belief in the past, present, and future. However, its doors open rarely, and its jewels shine only from the sunlight through a dusty window. The rays of laughter, creativity, and even silliness lie silent and languish in abandonment and loneliness.
04/13/2016 09:22 AM
How Art Can Heal You
Art to many people are the paintings, sculpture or masterpieces created by others and it is quite possible that you have never once considered or even thought about exploring the idea of creating it for yourself or let alone earning an income from this hobby! Here you will find that it is more than a pretty painting or that it can only be done by the gifted experts. Everyone has an artistic side in some way or another and I am about to show you how to tap into this part of yourself and be enriched with good vibrations so enjoy and be inspired to heal with your own creations.
04/06/2016 03:04 PM
Tell Your Story: 10 Best Exercises to Get Started, Find the Right Story & Share It in Your Marketing
Discover 10 Exercises to Hone in on the Right Story to Tell in Your Marketing. Stand out with this communication twist.
04/05/2016 02:20 PM
Space: Perception And Effect
Think about the word 'space' and our perception varies from person to person. As humans we desire for space. It shapes our personality and makes us unique. Not to forget the fact that we live in a country that is infused with a diverse culture and therefore it is inevitable that each cultural value will eventually shape our beliefs.
04/01/2016 11:18 AM
Mental Blocks, Do You Recognize These 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking?
We all have mental blocks to our creativity. What's yours?

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