Welcome to the September issue of Creativity Calling!
Today I'm reflecting on how September is a pivotal month for me. Fall always feels like the beginning of a new year to me - more than January. Living in Northeast USA, September can embody a bittersweet farewell to carefree days of summer. Often I immediately immerse myself in necessary preparation for the months and winter that's ahead. Yes, September is a time for reflection, reassessment and planning for future goals and objectives...as well as adventures! For I absolutely love taking mini-trips around New England to drink in nature's spectacular color show!
How about you? Is there a particular season or transitional time that is especially reflective for you? Do you take the time to make a deeper connection and alignment with yourself?
This month, our CCA coaches have unearthed excellent information, offering us practical tools to access and use with our creative dreams and goals. Many creative folks use journaling as a tool for reflection, and Melissa shares how changing up the actual methodology of her journaling practice brought her added awareness and growth. Miranda suggests using reflective journaling to sharpen our sense of identity in order to create greater productivity and flow in our creative work. Then Brecia reminds us how one simple daily practice can be a powerful and beneficial start to one's day. A hearty congratulations to Rob Fortier for becoming the newest CCA Certified Creativity Coach! Rob gives his insights into how he successfully married his loves of art and business, as well as his decision to dedicate himself to helping other creatives do the same.
Plenty of great articles with plenty of inspiration and action steps to get you to where you want to go! And, of course, one step at a time IS a good credo to live by. See yourself flourishing; feel empowered to succeed. And enjoy yourself during the journey!
As always, we are grateful for your readership and love your feedback and suggestions. Feel free to forward our newsletter to your friends, family and colleagues.
All the best,
Beverly Down , President & CEO,
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Going on the Record
By Melissa Rosati
I love writing in my journal. Whether I'm clearing out cobwebs or imaging the future, my journal is a trusted friend. But like all friendships, I've noticed it has become too comfortable. There is a lot of "yay me" sprinkled with a few rationalizations about why a goal, which was not quite achieved, is still good enough for now. My trusted friend does not want to offend me with a solid kick in the pants.
Like most coaches, I learn a lot from working with amazing clients. Recently, the client topic was about setting goals. Upping the ante, I introduced stretch goals, defined as follows:
Does the goal give you butterflies in the stomach?
Does the goal represent an opportunity for you to stand on the shoulders of someone you admire, and to go farther?
Are you willing to fail forward?
Will you bring your best self to the goal? No quitting.
The client rose to the challenge and left session with butterflies of excitement. I was left with challenge of doing the same for myself.
The first place I look is my muscle memory. Our brains record and store all of our repeated actions. With this procedural memory, we become very good (or very bad) at something the more we repeat the action. I had become a muscular journal keeper. The path was so worn it created the illusion of meaning.
I changed my approach by voice journaling. Every morning, I open a voice notes file on the phone or on the computer and I record my journal as improvisation just like free writing. Every few days, before I make a new entry, I listen to the previous recordings. Doing this must be what the ice bucket challenge feels like. I dare you to try it!
Creating is risky. Switching up modalities of your creative practice makes a statement. It is going on record with what matters to you in your work.
Play it back and prosper.
~ Melissa A. Rosati, CPCC, is a CCA member based in New York City. You can contact her at www.melissascoachingstudio.com
Procrastinating? Grab Your Journal
By Miranda Hersey
When things are going well, we show up for creative practice and do our work, rain or shine. Sometimes we aren't in the mood and the muse has packed off to Paraguay, but we do our work anyway.
Unless, of course, we don't.
There are myriad reasons for procrastination, but one of the less explored causes lies in the relationship between identity and agency.
Identity is your sense of self-your knowledge of who you are. Agency is the belief that you're in control of your decisions and responsible for the outcomes. With agency, you know that you make a difference. Research by Tim Pychyl of Carleton University reveals that the greater one's sense of identity (not to be confused with overinflated ego or narcissism) the "greater one's ability to act to affect one's surroundings." The more solid your identity, the more likely you are to take action on what needs doing-which inversely correlates with procrastination. Simply put, knowing who you are benefits you in the purposeful pursuit of your goals.
In this framework, procrastination is related to development. While teenagers and young adults are expected to grapple with issues of identity, many of us ask "What do I want to be when I grow up?" and "Who am I?" well into adulthood, midlife, and beyond. If you suffer from procrastination in your creative work and other things that are important to you, consider focusing less on the next best time-management strategy or your search for a magical app that will finally make you do your work. Instead, spend time journaling on the following topics-writing longhand, which many people find connective:
- Where do you want to be in 10 years? 20? 30?
- Take an online values assessment; write about the results.
- What aspects of your character do you like most? Which do you want to change?
- Inventory your current roles. What's missing? What needs to go?
- Write your obituary. How do you want to be remembered?
As Dr. Pychyl observes, "We all have to 'grow up' a bit to decrease our procrastination."
~ Miranda Hersey is a writer, creativity coach, and host of the blog Studio Mothers. As a business owner and the mother of five, Miranda is passionate about helping others live deeply satisfying, creative lives. She recently relocated to Bainbridge Island, Washington, and is happily overrun with people, books, and animals.
Soap, a Smile and a Mirror:
Tools for Trust, Talk and Transition
By Brecia Kralovic-Logan
September can be a traditional time of transition as summer slips into Fall. Transition can make us feel as though someone has pulled out a plug and our energy is swirling down the drain. We may feel floaty, fussy and unfocused. This can be a time when we feel awash in a wave of worry or drowning in self-doubt. What can we do during transition times to help us navigate the uncertainty? How can a bar of soap, a mirror and a smile help?
Since transition is a natural and necessary part of growth, we can choose to trust the process.
Paying close attention to our inner self-talk during times of transition is one way that we can support our creative unfolding. Positive and affirming self-talk becomes a power tool for helping us to trust that we are moving in the direction of our dreams.
So what about the soap and the mirror? Several years ago, when I awoke and stumbled into the bathroom, I found a love note written by my husband on the bathroom mirror with a bar of soap. I immediately felt myself smile and saw my grinning image in the mirror. My whole body seemed to fill with a sense of joy and contentment. I'd only been awake for minutes but my heart was already filled with love and I was poised for having a fabulous day. After that, writing affirmations, love messages and positive quotes on the bathroom mirror became a frequent practice. Whenever we wanted to change the message, we simply wiped it away and grabbed the bar of soap to create a new one.
You can adapt this practice to remind yourself to trust in the creative process. You might like to write the phrase "I Trust" on your mirror and then complete the affirmation with a new phrase each day.
You might use the following to complete the positive thought:
That I am in my perfect place and all is well.
The creative process is unfolding in my life just as it should.
I am safe, I am expanding, I am moving toward my dreams.
Leave your affirmation on the mirror each night so that it will be one of the first things that you see in the morning. Read the statement out loud. Let its message fill you with hope and peace, and smile at yourself in the mirror. Let your self-talk buoy your confidence, energy and focus and stay alert to the new opportunity that change brings your way.
~ Brecia Kralovic-Logan is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach and artist. She is the owner of pebble in the pond art studio in Santa Barbara, Ca. You can reach Brecia at email@example.com or via her website: www.breciacreative.com
Congratulations to Rob Fortier,
CCA's Newest Certified Creativity Coach!
Becoming the CEO of You, Inc.
By Rob Fortier
early 20 years ago, I moved to New York City with the intention of creating a thriving career as an actor on Broadway. Fresh out of college, I was full of enthusiasm and energy and ready to take on the world. A few years in, a medical issue forced me to take a break. During that time, I explored many other creative outlets and re-connected with my love of drawing. I started my own stationery company (which I ran for eight years). I started writing again, and co-authored and published two books with one of my stationery sales reps. I began teaching online classes and webinars for those involved in the greeting card and gift industries. I had the most amazing time marrying my love of artistic pursuits with the details of running a business.
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One day I realized that I wanted to do more than just share my accumulated business knowledge; I wanted to be able to coach other creatives so they could take their artistic pursuits further and become more successful then they ever imagined, no matter what creative field they were in. That's what lead me to discover the amazing Creativity Coaching Association.
Every creative person, whether they are an actor, musician, writer or a fine artist, is a CEO. They are in the business of creating and getting their art out into the world, whether for fun or as their livelihood. Running a business does not have to be contrary to living a happy, artistic life, and when creatives realize this, the limits on where they can take their careers virtually disappears. This mindset shift can lead to a prosperous life that is rich not only in money, but in friendships, celebrations, and memories. Art and business are not incompatible. You can run your art like a business and have the time of your life in the process!
~ Rob Fortier is a CCA Certified Creativity Coach and self-proclaimed Creative Talent Wrangler living in New York City. To learn more about Rob, please visit his website at www.RobFortier.com.
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