The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the October issue of Creativity Calling!
I love October. This year my joy was full as I spent the early portion of the month in the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The peaking fall colors were absolutely spectacular.
As wonderful as our shared world is, all of us have dark, scary and unexamined places in our lives where fears reside. This month, our CCA coaches shed some light on our creativity saboteurs. Kay and Diane call out to unmask the inner tricksters who wreak havoc in our creative processes. Melissa helps us focus on needed strategies to overcome inner anxieties and confidently push forward.
The CCA is here to assist you in reaching your dreams and goals. Our website highlights in-depth profiles of over 70 professional creativity coaches. Any one of them would love to support and guide you in unmasking and managing the tricksters in your life. The CCA's new e-book is also a great tool for moving one through creative obstacles. We can all benefit from following the step-by-step strategies these coaches share—strategies they used to help clients achieve creative success.
My challenge? Let's reach beyond our fears and claim our unique creativity. Believe. Seek. Move. Your contribution, and mine, is needed...right now!
Finally, hearty congratulations to Consuelo for accomplishing her creativity coaching certification.
As always, don't hesitate to contact us with topics you'd like to see featured in future newsletters. We love your input and suggestions!
All the very best,
Trick or Treat?
by Kay Hunt
Beverly Down, President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
I tried. I really tried not to write the obvious story about things in disguise. Surely, there is something more original, more imaginative, more...well, creative. Nonetheless, here I sit, surrendering to this idea that won't go away. (I'd swear I just heard my Creative Muse chuckling sympathetically from her perch on my shoulder!)
Let me get right to the point. Imagine the following scenario:
You are on a creative roll. You have an idea or project that excites you so much you can practically feel your circuits sizzling. Maybe it's the best you've felt in a long time. At last, a clear and worthy vision.
Then, a day or a week or a month into it, you suddenly find yourself wanting to do nothing but eat or sleep or read. Or maybe there are lots of other pressing issues in your life that simply can't wait another second. Or suddenly and inexplicably, your mind has gone blank and you feel totally disinterested in the whole thing.
If you don’t resonate with this description, congratulations. For many of us, however, these behaviors seem all too familiar. Personally, I am well acquainted with experiencing a sudden disinterest in my vision or idea...no more sizzle, no more pizzazz, no nothing. Unfortunately for me, I have always concluded that I felt this way because I had picked the “wrong” thing (again)—the wrong project, the wrong creative path, the wrong career, etc. And, just before abandoning ship (again), I would berate myself for having such a hard time knowing what I wanted—not a helpful reaction.
So, let us unmask these imposters once and for all. Don't let them fool you. Underneath the masks, they all are very clever and persistent disguises for Fear and they will do their darndest to lead you away from your dreams, your best creativity and your growing edges.
When they come knocking on your door, hoping to trick you, treat yourself to renewed commitment to your chosen goals and creative expressions. You and your creative Muse will have the last laugh!
~Kay Hunt, creativity coach, artist, author and co-collaborator for Permission to Play Now. Kay can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-633-9111.
Marketing Your Autumn Harvest for the New Year
by Melissa Rosatti
In New England, we talk about the peak colors of fall foliage, the yellows, golds, and reds swirl in the autumn breeze and make their way to the ground. Yet, there is another peak for us to consider. It is the peak of our marketing performance for the current year.
October's harvest moon is the perfect time for market planning for the New Year. Here are several key areas of your 2009 strategy to review.
Testimonials or Reviews: As you read them, highlight comments that speak to your competency, creativity, and the results you achieved. Based on these comments, what do you need to do more of in 2010?
Attraction: What opportunities "showed up"? Identify one or two turning points from the current year. Which opportunities will take your work to the next level in 2010? Which ones are interesting, but in reality are distractions?
Best Conversations: Who are the people in your circles that challenge and inspire you? Reflect on something you've changed in your life that was the result of a good conversation. How do you want to expand your network in 2010?
Money: As the economy continues to be a rough ride, how are you growing in your relationship with money? What is money nurturing in your life? Where does the relationship need attention? As a measure of success, what is important to you in 2010?
Technology: How did you use social media applications such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, among others? What's changed in your life as a result of using or not using technology as a marketing and/or productivity tool?
Gratitude: No one becomes successful alone. Make a list of people who deserve a note or a phone call of thanks for being in your life in 2009. Make a list of people whom you will be in a position to help or support in 2010.
Enjoy your harvest. Before we know it, the holidays will come and go. Step forward into the New Year by pausing for a moment in the autumn sun.
~Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC, is a graduate of the Coaches Training Institute and accredited with the International Coach Federation. She coaches writers and artists. www.melissascoachingstudio.com
Behind the Masks
by Diane Germanowski
October! For centuries it has been considered the end of the growing season and a time to harvest the bounty. A month for gathering and turning inward. A time of renewed creativity. A time of...Halloween with its monsters, vampires, ghosts, and even Nazi officers whom cause us extra shivers. We fear the bumps in the night. We are scared. Our heart pounds and race, our hands become clenched and clammy, and our stomach tightens. And then we peek and look behind the masks. There we see our children, our family, our friends, our neighbors. What a wonderful and unexpected surprise! We are safe and we relax and enjoy the tricks and treats of Halloween.
Isn't that scenario repeated within our seasonal, autumnal turning inward where we dig into our creative ground, looking to reap what has been stirring over the summer? Sometimes this, too, can be scary, reaching deep into our deepest mantle, into our dreams and our nightmares, where meaning and creativity reside. Are we up to it? Can we do it? Can we tell what we know has been told before? Can we perform the piece created and performed by geniuses? Can we portray our time with as much depth and intensity as the giants before?
Our heart races, our hands become clenched and clammy, our stomachs tighten. Should we attempt this? Can we meet this challenge? Our hearts and minds are fearful, UNTIL, we lift the veil and see...our story, our dance, our painting. We know we have created something totally new and unique, created by someone special. We reached deep into the scary places, removed the masks, faced the fears, and found the passion, the meaning, the creativity.
Dare to look behind the mask and see the possibilities. Happy Halloween!
~Diane Germanowski is a multi faceted artist and certified creativity coach who focuses on reawakening, refreshing,and recharging her clients' creative lives. Diane's web site is www.creativityandmeaning.com or you can contact her at email@example.com
Creativity Coaching Certification Program
" 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.
New CCA Creativity Coaching Success Stories E-book is here!
Forward by Gail McMeekin, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.
Author of The Power of Positive Choices and Boost Your Creativity, Productivity, and Profits in 21 Steps
Congratulations to Consuelo Meux, CCA's newest Certified Coach!
As I reflect on my list of goals for 2009, the one I am most proud of and excited about is completing my Creativity Coaching Certification. My background is such an eclectic mix of talents and interests that, at first glance, it doesn't seem to have a cohesive pattern. I'm a former pianist and organist who used to design and sew my clothes. My degrees are in business and organization development, my published books in business and safety concerns. I'm a former Peace Corps Volunteer and if I could do anything I wanted to right now I'd be traveling the world helping to build businesses in developing nations while enjoying 5 star restaurants before going to a concert wearing fine jewelry.
I believe everyone is creative even when that creativity is denied or hidden. The creative spirit allows companies to find the right person to hire for a job. Creativity is what lets someone else design a new green- responsive business office while another person is creating a lesson plan that increases knowledge at any level.
As a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems I surprise people when I tell them I'm now the Baby Boomer Creativity Coach. For me it brings a sense of peace. After years of working hard to build other people's business dreams I now intend to use my years of experience to assist baby boomers to find their creative core through business or other creative expressions. I'm particularly interested in working with boomer women who want to step into their true purpose even if that means taking a whole new direction in life.
I do book coaching for business leaders through the Leader to Author Program, most people desire to write a book but few turn that desire to reality. I am the Founder and President of the National Association of Christian Women in Business, which will have its official launch in January 2010!
~Consuelo Meux, Ph.D. is the Baby Boomer Creativity Coach. She specializes in Leader to Author Book Coaching and Business and Executive Coaching. You may visit her website at http://www.consuelomeux.com
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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!
This is the end of the October 2009 issue. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
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