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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends

Welcome to the January issue of Creativity Calling!

Where do you stand at the beginning of 2009? Are you embracing the slogan, "A New Year, A New You?" Or instead, are you waiting cautiously for society, for the media to speak, and then you will follow accordingly?

Within each of us is the inner desire, the urge to more fully express ourselves. Ask yourself now, "What is it that I most want to create? What really matters to me?" Then resolve that 2009 is the year÷your year÷to put your creative ideas into action!

This month our CCA coaches share practical and inspiring tips for moving forward in the directions we truly want to travel. I personally believe even taking small steps can place us on the path to some of our greatest successes. Do consider hiring a creativity coach this year to help you get excited about your goals, to help you plan your projects and stay focused on them. You deserve it, and beyond that, our world needs your creative talent!

Please let us know if you have special topics you would like to see addressed in future newsletters. We love your feedback.

All the best,
Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association

Five Ways to Start Fresh in 2009

Starby Steve Harper

The New Year is here and with it, the pressure to reinvent and rejuvenate ourselves. But who needs more pressure? The truth is÷a few simple adjustments can go a long way. Here are five easy ways to ease into change in 2009.

1) Create a vision statement: Pull out a piece of paper and begin with "I am" then construct a few sentences putting a positive spin on how you show up in the world. How are you focused, generous, loving, and productive? What new qualities would you like to have? Your finished statement can be anywhere from 3 sentences to a full page. Read it often throughout 2009.

2) Archive last year's records: This is an ideal time to store (or shred) documents you no longer need from the past 12 months. Let go of that old cable bill or the letter from your alumni association about the reunion that passed. For the stuff you need find a closet or drawer where you can keep a few items, while making space for this year's important documents.

3) Start a log of this year's activities: This might be the perfect time to start keeping track of important actions for your business or creativity. For example: establish a record of client calls made or query letters sent. Use a legal pad or a computer program to document those activities and see what you learn.

4) Begin a new morning ritual: How you roll out of bed can set the tone for the entire day. What's first? Coffee? Meditation? Try reading from a special book each day, listening to a particular song or rolling over with a new affirmation on your lips. Create a new routine and see where it takes you.

5) Treat yourself well: Self-care can be a difficult thing to maintain. This year, use your date book, a calendar or your computer to schedule a regular time to go to a movie, take a walk, or anything else that feels good to you. The more you commit to treating yourself well, the more productive you're likely to be.

~Steve Harper is a creativity coach as well as an actor, writer and teacher. He is dedicated to helping people show up fully in their creative gifts. http://yourcreativelife.net/

Connecting with your goals!

by Ron JacobsonWoman making snow angels

New Years. Resolutions. Disappointments. Good intentions are planned from the start. But then things change. Life happens.

So why is it that the best laid plans go astray? When our intentions are to follow through with our resolutions. To really keep our nose to the grindstone and succeed. If one could answer that question, we could probably do anything in life we wanted.

Let's break this down. Goals written are good. Goals completed are good. Goals forgotten are not good. We need to connect with our goals. To attach them to something that has a deeper meaning. That way our subconscious will keep working and processing information and keeping our brain working on anything that pertains to these goals.

While setting a certain time deadline to complete a goal is very ambitious; it sometimes causes a person to feel bad when they're not able to attain that goal. It would be more advantageous to keep a goal alive and changing than to let it die because you didn't meet a deadline. Yes, things change; and goals need to be adapted. Connected if you wish.

Connected I keep saying. What does that mean? It means to keep your goals close to your heart. To envision them completed. To find out everything you can about your goal and what it will take to complete it. Many times it takes knowledge. Sometimes it just takes physical stamina and other times it takes a combination of the two that might take as long to figure out as achieving the goal itself. But then, the journey is only another part of achieving your goals.

So while New Years Resolutions are thrown around this time of year; remember that most of the resolutions don't even make it to the end of January. So write down your goals. Review your goals daily. Plan what it will take to complete the goals. Break down each goal into easy to manage pieces. And by doing these things, YOU WILL be connected with your goals.

Take a good look at yourself and CONNECT WITH YOUR GOALS!

"It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end." ~ Ursala K. LeGuin

~~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 is a creativity coach and has completed his CCA certification this month. To reach Ron: www.jacobsonstudio.com

Avoid creative burnout by making a "to-don't" list Bird Flying

by Liz Massey

It's natural to assess one's life at the end of the calendar year and set creative goals as the New Year dawns. Goal setting is good! However, one of the big dangers associated with goal setting is that we may just try to slap our new goal/resolution/intention on top of our already busy lives. This can set the stage for creative burnout÷the result of doing too much, too fast, without the harmonizing forces of relaxation and contemplation. If the time investment needed to achieve one's creative goals isn't considered, goal setting can become yet another way to beat ourselves up.

With this in mind, I'd like to suggest one very important action to take before finalizing your list of 2009 goals: draft a "to-don't" list. A to-don't list is filled with actions that you are currently doing that do not serve your highest aspirations. It is the other side of the Pareto or 80/20 Principle÷this list contains the 80 percent of activities that you must let go of in order to concentrate on the magic 20 percent of activities that truly matter. The rule of thumb when formulating the list is that for every new item you add to your "to-do" list, you should consider moving one item (or possibly two or three) to the "to-don't" list.

The to-don't list is not intended to be a list of necessary but unappealing tasks you'd rather ignore, an excuse to ignore friends and loved ones, or a crutch for engaging in compulsive or unhealthy behavior. Nor will it work if you treat it as such.

Items on the to-don't list do not necessarily disappear into oblivion÷you may simply need to brainstorm creative ways to reduce their impact on your time. For example, if sitting in rush-hour traffic is one of your new "to-don'ts," could you reduce the need to do so by asking your boss if you can telecommute, or take public transit and use the ride time to journal or sketch?

Drafting a to-don't list and keeping it current helps you stay clear on what your priorities are. By daring to list what you are willing to set aside, your to-do lists will become documents that are about to-doing, not to-shoulding or to-wishing.

~Liz Massey is a professional editor and creativity coach whose coaching practice, Creative Liberty, is located in the Phoenix metropolitan area. For more information, see her business profile.

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New CCA Creativity Coaching Classes
Start in 2009!

" 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.

Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the January 2009 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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