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Creative Living: Monday Motivator

Monday Motivator: What Are You Creating This Week?

Download your weekly Go Creative Maps here Scroll down to find your weekly creative work map, together with creative rest and creative play maps too. This week I’m on the finishing stretch for How To Create Anything which is going to my new editor at the end of the month. I’ll also be creating some fun time in my favorite American city, San Francisco. The conference is now over and it’s time for a day or two’s relaxation. (Here’s a post about why I just love this city) I’m hooking up with Roving Jay too. She’s in LA these months and has travelled up to SF so…

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Ever failed? Yeah, me too. Everyone who’s ever created anything meaningful will tell you that failure is totally part of the process. Our aim as creativists is not to eradicate failure but to harness it, to use it to fuel the next step of our inexorable, non-negotiable, not-gonna-let-this-derail-me progress towards creating what we truly want. This means treating failure as a mirror, a feedback system. In this week’s Go Creative! Show I’ll be talking about two recent fails of mine, one everyday, one that felt rather epic. And exploring how they differ — and should be treated differently. All failure is…

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Be More Creative With Bruce Springsteen: On Keeping Creative Faith

“We’re all honorary citizens of that primal forest, and our burdens and weaknesses always remain. They are an ineradicable part of ourselves; they are our humanity. But when we bring light, the day becomes ours and their power to determine our future is diminished. This is the way it works. The trick is, you can only brighten the forest from beneath the canopy of its trees . . . from within. To bring the light, you must first make your way through the bramble-filled darkness. Safe travels!” Excerpt From: Born to Run

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The Difference Between New Year’s Resolutions and Creative Intentions

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results,” said Einstein. Or Ben Franklin or Rita Mae Brown or a few other people depending on what Internet quote site you favor. Whoever said it was right and they were probably talking about new year’s resolutions. One wide ranging study has found that almost 90% of people break New Year’s resolutions within days or weeks. Yet research also consistently shows that those who do make resolutions are more successful in creating what they want than those who don’t. Taken together, those two statistics add up to a frightening picture of terrible creative skills….

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Your Monday Motivator: Kicking Off A Creative Intention Series

So, we’re more than halfway through January. How are those new year resolutions coming along? If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I’m not a big fan of relying on will-based discipline to creating what you want to create in your life. It doesn’t work too well for most of us, especially creative types. According to market researchers Opinion Research Corp., 92% of us go about our daily lives failing to create what we most want. Whether our desire is physical (as, in their study, 38% of the desires); emotional (31%), financial (34%) or, interestingly the biggest…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Trees

Here at night / you can see trees twinkling but / not the stars. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time,…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Fog

From the fog / white-ribboned in and out push / of the waves. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Shadows

Children flit / In and out of sun and shade / Smiles flashing. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in…

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Haiku of the Week Features: Frozen Leaf

On the path / a single leaf lies frozen / and broken. Now Your Turn: Capture a moment of creative presence: Write a 3-7-3 or a 5-7-5 haiku. Here’s how. Use the 13 or 17 syllables to give a short summation of a moment: what you saw, heard, touched, tasted or smelled. Turn the moment in time into an image. Don’t tell us what happened, show us. Don’t tell us how you felt. Trust the images, the sense perception, to hold the emotion. A good haiku conveys a mood, without mentioning the person or mood. Every place, every moment in time,…

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Creating Happy Holidays Part 3: “Giving & Receiving”. From Creating Money, Creating Meaning

We each receive certain gifts when we come into this life – talents, interests and attributes – that we offer to others. In return, we may receive love, acknowledgement, appreciation, validation, money or other rewards. Receiving in these ways allows us to replenish the life force we have “spent” which in turn enables us to continue giving. If we look deeply at our relationships with others through the giving/receiving lens, we find they can all be categorized as: a. A relationship where you mostly give. b. A relationship where you mostly receive. c. A two-way flow relationship. Creative giving will…

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