The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association
Welcome to the April issue of Creativity Calling
This month's issue delivers inspiring ideas, tips and tools for cultivating your creativity. Growing one's creativity requires vigilance but the satisfying results from our labor always outweigh the energy we've invested. When we change our minds we change our lives!
April's articles provided by Quinn, Dave, Lynn and Mary are brimming with ideas and solutions for helping your creative work to soar. Enjoy! These articles always
Speaking of inspiring, we have a wonderful program coming together for the 2nd CCA Creativity Conference being held in beautiful Lake George, New York (a world renown resort area). Do mark your calendars today for October 15 - 17, 2010 and plan to join us. The fall colors in the Adirondack Mountains of NY will be peaking and our conference's creative presentations, workshop offerings, networking, and leisure activities will be magical as well. The conference will be a transformational experience you will not want to miss! Watch for more details next month.
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
Create a great one!
Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association
Creative Seasons: Spring
By Quinn McDonald
Spring. It's a season we anticipate months before it arrives. When the nights are dark and the wind blows cold, we begin to search seed catalogs, planning. We imagine every detail of a garden. We stare at the spot where a crocus will push up through the snow. We hunt for the first leaf bud and wait eagerly for it to unfurl.
This hunt for hope is the same when we work through a dark season in our creative lives. Creativity has bright and dark days, stormy and calm times. Nature gives us some wonderful lessons to follow--when the going is rough, take a walk outside and see the lessons nature offers.
We change in order to grow. The first leaf might freeze on the branch, but it comes out anyway, when the sun warms it. Without effort, the tree can't flower, set fruit or scatter seed to become a forest. Our creative life, too, must push ahead without knowing exactly what the outcome will be--trusting that one idea is the first; others will follow.
Begin your spring work, keeping the vision and plan in view. Write and post the plan and actions and be constant and resolute. You, too, can enjoy the journey and the beauty and fruits of your labor.
Hope comes one step at a time. One crocus comes up. One robin hops across the lawn. Hope is fragile and needs encouragement. We nurture our creative selves one step at a time. Small ideas grow into experience.
Steady creative effort results in growth. The first leaf is a miracle, a thousand leaves is a shade tree. A creative life repeats small steps until they become a large achievement.
A creative life, like the signs of Spring, starts in the dark, with uncertainty and trust. We believe in creativity if we do not believe in ourselves. As creativity blossoms and thrives, we push ahead in our creative lives with more ideas and certainty. Creativity starts in any season, thrives in any climate. It just takes the first brave unfurling of a green idea.
~ Quinn McDonald
is a certified creativity coach who helps people through creative change and exploration. She is also a blogger who leads creativity workshops. You can read her blog at http://quinncreative.wordpress.com/
"I'm Going To Try"
By Lynn Wyvill
"Try" is a short word, but one that can do a lot of damage to our creativity. Kids say "Hey, let me try that" and jump right in to do whatever has captured their attention. They are fearless and enthusiastic. They aren't hung up about the outcome. They're excited about doing something new and having fun. Oh, to be a kid again!
But adults are a different story. When we say we'll try something, we usually utter the words with much angst and trepidation. Our shoulders slump; we sigh deeply. Our brow furrows. We shake our heads and argue with ourselves that maybe we shouldn't even make an attempt. The body language says, "This is doomed to failure." We give in and give up before we even begin. If we actually begin the creative work, we criticize ourselves every step of the way. Unlike children, we are fearful. We don't have fun, because we are so focused on the outcome and whether we're going to get it "right."
And it gets worse. When we look at our completed work, our critique can be very harsh. We tell ourselves, and anyone else who will listen, how disappointed we are that things didn't work out exactly how we had planned even though we "tried." Sometimes we even use the spirit-crushing word "fail." Why are we so hard on ourselves?
From my own creative experience, I know you can try too hard. It takes all the joy out of creative work. I still remember trying to draw a picture of a doll in school. I was afraid of messing it up so I did some preliminary sketches on scratch paper. When the teacher came by and said she liked the sketches better than my "good" drawing, the one I labored over, I was stunned. It was a valuable lesson. When I just play and don't worry about the outcome, the process is not only more fun, but the result is usually better. I need to remind myself of this periodically. It's amazing what can happen when we forget about "trying", and we focus on "doing" and being open to where our creativity will take us.
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 email@example.com
Use your Enthusiasms to Power through Creative Blocks
By Dave Storer
When you're blocked or you don't know quite where to go with a creative project, use one of your enthusiasms to break through.
Revisit something you love to do, use, make or indulge in. Maybe its your favorite book, or color, or material, or tool--a specific paint brush perhaps. Some specific thing that fills you with excitement and enthusiasm. It doesn't have to have any obvious connection to your current creative project. Just take it up, engage thoroughly with it, then at some point jump back into your project. Chances are you'll discover a breakthrough.
I've had great success with this idea. I think it works so well because enthusiasms are
pure love; they go way beyond reason, and creativity is all about getting out of your
intellectual "left brain" where your blocks live and into your "right brain" that more
subjective, emotional, place. So, try riding a personal enthusiasm past your blocks and
deeply into your creativity.
Here's how I've used this idea to great success in my creative life. Perhaps this was a strange thing to fall in love with, but there's no point in trying to analyze love. Way back in 1974, when I was 16 years old, this show came out on PBS called "The Ascent of Man" hosted by Jacob Bronowski. It was his personal view of the history of science. For some reason--that I have no interest in analyzing--I fell in love with it. I asked for the companion book for Christmas and had a great time reading it over the school break.
My enthusiasm for it has helped me at least three different times--writing an essay for
my college applications, breaking through a block on a term paper and then, just a few
days ago I was having trouble with this novel I'm working on. I decided to try getting
enthused about something and picked up "The Ascent of Man." It got me very excited
as it always does, helped me refocus on a very exciting goal for the novel and led to a
So, if you're stuck, or need inspiration, pick up an old enthusiasm--even if it doesn't
seem to relate at all to what you're doing--get into it and let it power you to a creative
~ Dave Storer is a certified creativity coach who focuses on helping writers and other creators establish effective and satisfying creative practices. You can reach Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website, www.thecreativitycatalyst.com- Don't forget the "the"!
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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.
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Living the Life of your Dreams
By Mary Beall Adler
Creativity Coaching for Peace: Art, Artisans, and Artisan Bagels
Following these 12 Steps changed my artisan bagel baking experience and brought me to creativity coaching. Do what you love to do. My passion is creativity coaching and training people with creative desires to be successful in their creative areas of interest by using visionary business skills.
Mary's 12 Steps to abundance, fulfillment and peace:
- Imagine your ideal scene; list and affirm your goals.
- Write your plan as a simple, clear visualization.
- Discover your vocation and purpose.
- See the full half of the glass, the benefits in adversity, and keep picturing success.
- Live and work in partnership with all.
- Avoid management by crisis with clear goals and transparency.
- Love change and learn to dance.
- Discover your core beliefs, and learn how to change them.
- Grow at your own pace, with an architecture of abundance.
- Give abundantly and reap the rewards: Put "The 10% Solution" to work in your life.
- Become more aware of the spiritual side of life, the power of prayer, meditation, and relaxation.
- Do what you love to do, and success will follow. You can transform your life and your world by doing what you love to do.
Briefly, I would like to share a few tips for the first step:
Imagine your ideal scene; list and affirm your goals.
- A powerful step to take to create success--in any way you want to define it--is to imagine your ideal scene: your life and your world as you want it to be five years from now. Put it in writing, save it, and review it occasionally.
- Within your ideal scene is a list of goals. List them on a separate sheet of paper, and put it with your ideal scene.
- Write each of your goals as an affirmation.
- Read your list of affirmations often.
- Your subconscious mind says yes to your dreams, goals, and affirmations, just as it says yes to every thought you have.
- Prepare yourself for some truly marvelous results!
Creativity coaching for peace is one of my marvelous results.
~ Mary Beall Adler
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