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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends

Welcome to the October issue of Creativity Calling!

Many thanks to photographer and creativity coach, Ron Jacobson, of North Dakota for sharing his local autumn photos for this month's newsletter. Fall colors are beautiful!

CCA receives a steady stream of emails asking, "What kind of people are drawn to becoming creativity coaches?"

Ron is a great example. An artist who was already successful in his creative work, he saw an opportunity for increase through additional training—but not just any training. Training that would benefit him and others. He shares how his training as a creativity coach gives him the necessary tools and structure to effectively share and serve as a guide for others in a win-win situation.

Quinn McDonald's article answers other frequently asked questions, including "What is the difference between a creativity coach and a life coach?" Since Quinn is both a certified life coach and a CCA certified creativity coach, we're hopeful you'll find her perspective helpful.

I've also slipped in another favorite poem entitled " Risks " that zeroes in on the reasons we want to move forward with our creative expression. Most of us fear change on some level, which is kind of crazy given the fact that change is the only constant in life.

Please continue to write us with your questions and areas of interest -- we love your input!

All the best,

Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association

Rekindling Your Creative Vision:
Sometimes it takes just a small spark!

By Ron Jacobson

Fall 1 by Ron JacobsonWe are all creative; it's born in us. Sometimes through the process of being schooled, working at a job or just growing older; we let that process slip away. What was once a reflex as a youngster, has now dwindled down to a trickle—if you're lucky.

But that doesn't have to be the case. Fall is one of the best times of the year to rekindle your creativity. Your creative vision can be sparked by the very essence of what's happening around you. Colors changing, hues mixing together like never before; and the cool, crisp air makes you want to breath deep and relax your inner being. How about these ideas for getting your creativity jump started...

* Visual Artists (which I am one of); look at the changing world around you. Capture detail, color harmony and inspiration in what's happening around you. Look close, look far; check out different times of the day for inspiring light. Compose and frame your work whether it is a photograph, a painting, a sculpture or woodworking.

* Writers. As much as the changing color palettes can inspire a visual artist ; words can be used to describe the feelings and changes happening during fall as well. Relax in a special area, or take a walk that allows you to cleanse yourself of the daily grind. In this quiet you will find rejuvenation and words to ignite your creativity.

* Performing Artists. If you spend time speaking, acting or singing in front of others, try the solitude that nature and fall can bring. Watch as the natural world gets ready for a rest and change. Soak in this energy and let your mind wander to your performances—allowing yourself to not only perform, but to add your own creativity to your artistry.

These are just a few of the possibilities for creativity in the fall. Use your vision creativity to frame, to compose, to see elements hidden and bring them out. Use your hearing creativity to listen and record sounds and put them into words. Use your touch creativity to feel textures that can be shared in your art, whether visual or written. And most importantly, use your inner creativity to see your 'big' picture.

Go out and celebrate creativity and celebrate your art!

Ron Jacobson has been a Professional Photographer since his late teens, and currently has two studios that he manages together with his wife Toni. He has added creativity coaching and is working towards CCA certification. To reach Ron: www.jacobsonstudio.com, www.ronjacobsonartist.com or his coaching at www.ronjacobsoncreativecoach.com

Author Unknown Fall 2 by Ron Jacobson

To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams, before the crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken,
Because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing,
has nothing and is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply
Cannot learn, feel, change, grow, and live.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave: he has
forfeited freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.

Life Coach, Creativity Coach—Choosing The Best Help

Fall 3 by Ron Jacobsonby Quinn McDonald

You need some help, your life is overwhelming. Who do you choose to help—a life coach or a creativity coach? It's a good question, and the answer depends on what kind of assistance you need.

Life coaching is a broad field that offers help in two areas:

  • Through organizational coaching by working within a business
  • Through private coaching by helping people set and meet goals, offering support within their family and career environment

Life coaches and creativity coaches often focus on a small segment of a broad field. Choosing a niche helps a coach use special life experiences and learned classroom skills to work with a specific audience to develop the skills and referral base that builds a successful coaching practice for both coach and client.

Creativity coaching is a niche that focuses on the goals and problems specific to people who create. Writers, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, weavers—anyone who creates something from their own thoughts—are clients with special frustrations and blocks. Most people have heard of a creative block, but fewer are familiar with the artist who starts too much and finishes too little or the conflict of making meaning versus making sales.

Creative people have financial problems, lack of family support, inability to choose goals—all the problems a life coach is familiar with. The creative person needs the same kind of support, goal-setting and clarification and acknowledgment that a life coach offers. But life-coaching skills are not complete on their own in the creative arena.

A creativity coach's own creative life helps him or her recognize the need to make meaning. Without a deep understanding of the problems of creative struggle, experimentation and failure, a coach will not gain clarity about the problems involved in the choosing and decision making process. Unlike life coaching, asking powerful questions and allowing the clients to explore actions and goals aren't enough to coach creative people. Creativity coaches have to be aware of a state of exploration and flow, the intuitive process of choosing and creating, and the discovery of the tension surrounding the meaning of success, either financial or recognition.

Life coaches, like creativity coaches, can offer valuable help in exploring motives and decision-making processes. But the coach who experiences the rich and powerful world of creativity shares the bond of everyday creativity with a client.

Quinn McDonald is a life coach and certified creativity coach. She is also a writer and artist. She can be reached through her website, http://QuinnCreative.com

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Twenty years from now you will be more dissapointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " --Mark Twain

Are you:
  • just starting out in exploring your creative desires?
  • a working artist who is stuck on a creative project?
  • looking for something new to juice up your creative work?
  • going into midlife and feeling that now is finally the time to do the art you always wanted to do?
  • already a known artist but interested in taking your success to the next level?

For any of these situations, why not hire a creativity coach? Check out our database of nearly 50 coaches who are ready to work with you and propel you forward. CCA-member coaches specialize in nearly 100 different specialties.

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New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes

"We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time" --T.S.Eliot

If you've been thinking about becoming a creativity coach, or adding creativity coaching to your existing life coaching, consulting, or therapy practice, we invite you to explore CCA's Certification Program. Our program includes a variety of basic and advanced coaching courses that can be done online or through telecourses in a reasonable period of time. The knowledge and skills you will develop in this program will serve your own work and open up opportunities for you to professionally coach others.

For details, please visit our Certification Program web page for a full explanation of the courses offered and requirements.

Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the October 2007 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.

Note: If you are a life coach, executive coach, literary agent, therapist or any other profession involved with creative people, and you are interested in joining the Creativity Coaching Association, please drop me a note at join@creativitycoachingassociation.com for information.

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