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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the November issue of Creativity Calling!

Change is in the air—can you feel it? For many people, change brings fear—an emotion that prevents them from living full and productive lives. More than ever, now is the time for us to be fearless, for the world needs our contributions, talents and greatness. I've so often seen lofty barricades transformed into stepping-stones beginning with a positive, thankful outlook!

Eric Hoffer said, "In times of drastic change, it is the 'learners' who inherit the earth, while the 'learned' find themselves beautifully equipped to live in a world that no longer exists."

This month, our creativity coaches are here to remind us that it is within our power to release our fears, to shift our perceptions and to replace fears with the new and wonderful.

Please take some time to check out the CCA website at: www.creativitycoachingassociation.com You'll find several new coaches have joined the team and each one has the desire to help you succeed in your creative work. You will also see a new section: "2009 Creativity Conference" that includes a 2008 conference photo album, a fun video, coach comments and information on next year's CCA live event. We are thankful for your readership and covet your feedback and suggestions!

In gratitude,
Beverly Down

Beverly Down, President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association

Your Little Red Wagon

When I was small, I had a little red wagon, thaLittle girl in a rede wagont I would pile my dollies, dress-up clothes and all my treasures into and happily pull it down the street behind me. I loved my little wagon and all the things that were in it. Maybe you had a little red wagon, too.

As adults, we seem to replace that wagon and its treasures with a very large heavy sack stuffed with the brickbats of our fears, doubts, and failures. We hoist that sack on our back and sadly drag around feelings like "I'm not sure I'm really creative" / "I have failed" / "That piece didn't' turn out the way I wanted it to; therefore I'm no good"/ "What's the use?" It is a heavy load, to be sure. It's no wonder doing anything—trying new things, taking a risk, starting a creative project, finishing a piece, finding the joy in what we are doing—is just too hard and so we don't do it. That horrible sack, overflowing with all the things that we think are wrong with us and/or our creative work, cripples us and breaks our creative backs.

Think about putting that sack down and standing up and smiling at the sun. Reclaim that little red wagon and pile it with your treasures again. Load into that wagon your sense of wonder of the world around you, the richness of your life experience, and a celebration of your unique talents. Pile that wagon full to overflowing with anything that gives you hope and brings you joy. No matter how much you put in that wagon, it will be light and easy to pull. You will be able to take it everywhere with you on your most important journey, nurturing your creative self.

Lynn Wyvill is a Certified Creativity Coach specializing in helping people express their creativity through the spoken word and their businesses. You can contact Lynn at lynn@grantstreetcom.com

Befriend your Audience
by Dave Store

Fear of how others will respond to our work is one of the most common reasons we stop Man jumping in the airourselves from creating. Often our audience (imagined or real) becomes the Enemy in our mind—an enemy that will hurt us somehow if we're presumptuous enough to even try and create.

When we think of our audience as the enemy, they'll feel it on some level and respond accordingly. They'll give you just the sort of negative treatment you were expecting.

But this realization puts enormous power in your hands. Just as you can "make" your audience your enemy by presuming them to be that, you can just as easily win them over from the very start by thinking, feeling and acting as if they are truly your friends.

Famously, Will Rogers said, "I never yet met a man that I didn't like." Turn that around and you've got an amazingly powerful point: Will Rogers was universally beloved because he started off thinking, feeling and treating everyone like a friend.

It's actually very hard to think badly about someone who genuinely treats you like a friend.

  • Before you sit down to a new project, spend a few minutes actually imaging an audience you truly like waiting expectantly for the piece you're about to start. Know that they genuinely like you and are dieing to see what you produce.

  • When you get any sort of negative feedback, think of it as being a genuine attempt by the critiquer to help you, which it quite probably is.

  • When you're ready to market your work, start with a similar attitude: There are people out there who are going to love what you've done. You simply have to find them and get your piece into their hands. And if you get rejected, that just means you haven't found that audience yet.
Since you are the one who's starting off the relationship with your audience, you get to set the tone. Treat your audience as friends, and they will gratefully return the favor.

As a creativity coach, Dave Storer focuses on helping writers and other creators establish effective and satisfying creative practices. His site is www.thecreativitycatalyst.com.

Don't forget the "the"!

Practicing Play:
Imagination as a Tool for Overcoming Blocks

by Catherine Mellinger

A lion in the grass We have all been blocked, and we have all felt the pressure to unblock ourselves. The harder we try, the more the weight seems to bear down on us, and the more distant we feel from our deep source of inspiration. How can we possibly re-connect?

By playing! Playing lies on the surface of feeling, and in the sheer act of play itself, a visceral feeling of joy emerges, which momentarily takes us away from the underlying weight of being blocked and makes us enjoy the immediate world around us. We re-connect by giving ourselves permission to disconnect and simply play.

How can we play? Here are a few suggestions that any artist, of any discipline can use...

Finger Paint! Get your hands dirty and don't worry what the paint becomes, simply enjoy the paint itself; the feeling of it on your hands, its smoothness across the page.

Make Noise! Re-invent sounds and tones. Blow bubbles into a glass of milk or water, or holler out sounds that come to you without thinking. Laugh out loud for no reason other than to hear yourself laughing.

Clown Around! Sing to your favourite CD without worrying what you sound like. Sing in the mirror and watch yourself act out the rock star, the diva, the swooner. Dance freely, ridiculously, like no one is watching. Put on a costume or silly outfit.

Don't Look! Go out for a walk, bring a camera, and take photos without looking. Shoot from your feet, your belly, your chest, or above your head. See the world from different angles, and enjoy the images that present themselves.

Kid Around! If you are a mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandfather, grandmother, spend time with the little ones. No one knows better how to play! Enter into their world, and let them direct you.

The possibilities are endless! What if it all feels silly? Let it. That is the point! Feel silly while letting the depths of your soul take deep breathes of fresh joyous air. You may just breathe in the breath your soul needs for the ideas you feel blocked from to re-emerge. You may even find in the play itself, a new inspiration.

Catherine Mellinger is a mixed media artist, facilitator, curator and creativity coach currently living and playing in Toronto, Canada. She can be reached by e-mail: mellangearts@yahoo.com.

New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes Begins October 23, 2008

Life is not about finding yourself...
Life is about Creating yourself. " ~ E.W. Wilcox

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.

Tap into Our Database of Creativity CoachesCCA logo

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 over 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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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the October 2008 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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