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 Creativity Calling

The Newsletter of the Creativity Coaching Association

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the February issue of Creativity Calling!

With more sunshine the promise of Spring is in the air, although where I live in upstate New York, mounds of six-foot plus snow banks are what's being illuminated! What a winter we've had...whew!

I know this month's newsletter articles will inspire you. The contributing coaches' highlight the importance of respecting and appreciating ourselves as well as the role we play in helping others to grow.

Barbara talks about the creative person's psyche while urging us to consider how important we are in each other's success. Susan outlines timeless journaling tools to create an irresistible, enjoyable practice; she reveals tips to help a person get started and stay engaged all year long. Then Kris infuses us with hope as she encourages us to honor our creative ideas and give prominence to visualization. Sounds good to me! I love having things to look forward to.

Speaking of looking forward, here are some important dates to mark on your calendar, two free Creativity Coaching Association teletalks:

  • March 1, 2011 (5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET) A special CCA information call with several of our leading creativity coaches. You'll hear all about the CCA and what it has to offer you.
  • March 8, 2011 (5:00 pm PT /8:00 pm ET) Join me and CCA creativity coach, Sandy Nelson, known by many as the "Play Wizard". I will be interviewing Sandy on 3 simple steps you can take to immediately bring more joy, lightness and creativity into your life!

Each call is 60 minutes long, providing education, inspiration and fun! I'll be sending out a flyer shortly with all the details including phone numbers for accessing both telecalls.

We're grateful for your readership and love your feedback and suggestions. Please feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends, family and colleagues. Enjoy!

Beverly Down

Beverly Down , President & CEO, Creativity Coaching Association

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Crowd of people cheeringOn the Shoulders of Thousands

 By Barbara Millman Cole

Often, as creative people, we find ourselves feeling alone.  Not knowing if what we are trying to create will matter.  Though we fear how it may be viewed when shared, we hope others are touched by our creations, made to think, or find something they can relate to in our work. We persevere because creative endeavors, no matter what their scale, make a difference. Connections are what keep us going; our many connections with those around us, and they, through those connections, are who help us fulfill our dreams.

President, John F. Kennedy said, "Victory finds a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan."to modestly summarize his success in avoiding war through a creative diplomatic solution after the Bay of Pigs incident, when he found himself surrounded by approving statesmen.  He knew he had not done it alone; he owed his success to thousands.

Many have modified Kennedy's quote to its more popular version, "Success has a thousand fathers, but failure is an orphan." My interpretation is it takes thousands to create a successful, fruitful human life and we are mistaken if we think end results just happen.

As creative thinkers, we draw upon our own histories, people who have helped shape who we are and by extension our thinking and beliefs. Though each of us may feel terribly alone in our pursuit, we persevere. Were Kennedy not to think creatively and not to act because he feared drawing critical comment, our country would have found itself at war.  Were we not to think creatively and not to act because of our fear of criticism, the world would find itself short a few creative thinkers. 

All great works are accomplished on the shoulders of thousands. We don't get to where we are without touching and being touched by throngs of people along the way.  Recognizing them and their contributions help us utilize what they bring to us in more effective ways.  Being aware of this human scaffolding stretching back generations opens us to bountiful results.  Surf the crowd!

~ Barbara Millman Cole is an award winning writer of Short Literary Fiction who helps people delve deep to discover their true meaning. Understand why you create so you can know what to create. She can be reached at bmillmancole@sbcglobal.net. ©2011 All rights reserved.

Journal and a pen
Ten Top Tips for Journaling

By Susan Borkin

If you promised yourself that this year you would really start journaling, but haven't quite gotten to it, here are ten tips to get you started and keep you going all year!

1. Kitchen Timer
Try setting a kitchen timer for 10 minutes and tell yourself all you need to do is write until the buzzer goes off. You can writer longer if you want to, but this is a surefire way to get started.

2. Establish a Regular Place to Write
Whether it's a comfortable chair in your living room, the desk in your home office, or even your local Starbucks, try writing in the same place for a few weeks to begin creating a habit.

3. Use Tools You Love
Make sure you are using a journal and pen you love. Buy the very best tools you can afford. You don't want to skimp on your journaling equipment.

4. Settle In
Before you start to journal, get comfortable. Close your eyes and let your breathing slow and deepen. Relax and quietly check in with yourself.  When you are ready, begin writing.

5. No Rules Writing
When you sit down to journal, suspend all writing rules you have ever learned. Don't worry about syntax, grammar, or spelling.  Just write!

6. No Editing Allowed
Journaling is one type of writing that doesn't require editing. Put your pen to paper or your fingers on the keyboard and go for it.

7. Perfect is a Myth
There is absolutely no wrong, right, or perfect way to journal. Experiment and see what works best for you. You may even find your journaling practice changes over time.

8. Write for You
Although your journal can become a great place to mine for ideas for articles or books, try to write for yourself, not an audience.

9. Giggling & Tears
When you journal, feelings are bound to come up. Let them. Laughing and crying are both part of the process.

10. Enjoy!
Journal writing doesn't need to feel like something else to cross off your "To Do" list. Once established as a part of your daily routine, you may find you actually look forward to and enjoy it!

Susan Borkin, M.A. is a licensed psychotherapist, writing coach, and author of two popular books on journaling. She is a member of the experts' panel of the International Association for Journal Writing. Visit her on-line at www.susanborkin.com.

Collecting and Sowing our Creative Ideas

By Kris Reichart-Anderson

My garden is doing well. I have beets, spinach, parsley and cilantro in abundance. Later this week, I'll put in some onions and lettuce. In West Texas where I live this is the norm. For most of you reading this though, this is the time of brown and fallow earth or snow-covered ground.

I once read that there will always be hope as long as seed catalogs arrive in winter. Seed catalogs are always such a feast for the eyes. Photographs or drawings of fresh vegetables, fruit and flowers tempt us with a yearning to plant and watch things grow. Seed catalogs hold page after page of ...possibility...of potential.

We, as creative people have that possibility, that potential to create our ideas and watch them grow. Indeed, it's our responsibility to develop the seeds of our creative ideas.  What would a seed catalog of your ideas look like; the classic scribbles on the back of an envelope with a borrowed pen, rubber banded index cards in the bottom of a purse, or better yet, a sketchbook, a journal or a computer file?

What would you put in your idea/seed catalog? Would it be those notes that don't yet have a song, the concept that could be a story, maybe a design of a sculpture you don't yet have the skill to create? We have the responsibility to ourselves, to our art to take care of these tiny seeds, to save them for ourselves.

Some of our ideas won't make any sense to anyone but ourselves. Some will be just silly like those pumpkins the size of small cars. Will our ideas all germinate like the seeds that we order from a catalog? No, of course not. But when we find ourselves in a fallow time, a time of barrenness, if we have a seed catalog of our own ideas to develop then we have ... the potential...the possibility for our ideas to grow and blossom.

~ Kris Reichart-Anderson is a certified creativity coach living in West Texas. Visit Kris at her blog, http://leapingnet.blogspot.com/ or her website http://theleapingnet.com/Home_Page.html 

Creativity Coaching Certification Program for 2011

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.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed 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

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Hope You Enjoyed Our Newsletter!

This is the end of the February 2010 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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