creatives aim high?

Our theme for our Monday Motivator 2019 Week 18 is “Creatives Aim High?” (that question mark is important: see below). But first, this week’s creative intentions.

Monday Motivator Week 18: Facebook Group

Aim high but map slow

In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week.

What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and Maximizer (who promotes).

Here are my creative intentions for this week.

MAKER (Producing): Copyright Bill of Rights is turning into a longer guidebook, jointly authored with Boni Wagner Stafford.

MANAGER (Processing): is seeking an illustrator to join the team.

MAXIMIZER (Positioning): is working on autumn conferences.

Monday Motivator Week 18: What About You?

That’s what I’ll be up to. What about you? What will you be producing (Maker), processing (Manager) or promoting (Maximizer) this week? Do pop over to our Go Creative! in Business Facebook group, where we support and motivate each other. It’s completely free, there’s no selling or self-promotion, and you can leave anytime if it isn’t the right fit for you.

So you’ve nothing to lose and it may be just the creative boost you need.

Theme of the Week: Creatives Aim High?

Our group is about to get a little more active with a Theme of the Week, and the invitation to post on a particular topic. Our theme this week is “Creatives Aim High?”

There’s a lot of information around now about creativity and the creative process…. but so much of it is highly mechanistic. Plans, time management, schemes, schedules, endless things to do.

But you’re not a machine. You’re a unique individual making what you are making within a unique confluence of conditions.

What’s going on in your outer world, as transmitted through your outer senses: sight, taste, touch, smell, hearing. And what’s going on in your inner world, as transmitted through your inner senses of perception, insight, intuition, memory and imagination.

Those conditions, inner and outer, operate at three levels: the conscious, the unconscious, and that liminal place in between, the subconscious.

And they keep changing in a never-ending flux.

Pretty complex stuff, that can sometimes feel overwhelming, even chaotic. Any overly-simplistic or rigid creative method that fails to take account of creativity’s paradox and mystery and uniqueness fails you.

I hope to sift out the ones that don’t … and I hope you’ll help, by joining our group and sharing anything of particular help in relation to our theme each week.

Monday Motivator Theme Week 18: Creatives Aim High?

The creative aims high. Robert Browning said: “The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: Try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate!”

Browning was talking about the aim for writers and what he said applies to women too, obviously, as well as other creatives.

It’s important to note, though, that aiming high refers to your life’s work, your purpose, your passion, your raison d’être as a creative entrepreneur. It’s not a recipe to cram as much as you can into each day, to over-reach yourself continually, or run around like a busy fool, trying to do everything.

We all tend to underestimate what we can do over the long term and aim a bit too low in our life’s ambition.

And overestimate what we can do in the short term and aim a bit too high with the day or week’s work.

And this leaves us with a feeling of always falling short, never quite getting there, running behind the ball.

The idea then is to reverse this. When it comes to your life’s ambition, aim high. Aim to be Shakespeare, or his equivalent in your field.

But when it comes to this week, today, aim low.

Creatives Aim High Longterm but Low Short Term

The Go Creative mapping method is based on the idea is that you set your bar high for the long term but then you map back from there, into a day that has all the time you need.

High aims, ambitious intentions, take time to deliver. Looking out across the years, give yourself plenty of time. Estimate what it will take, then add a year.

Then you dividing that long-term aim into what you will do to make it happen across each year. By further dividing into quarters, months, weeks, and days, you come all the way back to now, the time you have available for your creative work today.

And on that daily basis, you aim low.  Again, give yourself plenty of time

So when we come to setting our intentions in the Facebook group, or wherever, we keep them modest and achievable and identifiable, time wise.

And we are realistic about the time. Kind to ourselves, time wise. So that we can enjoy ourselves and play with our work within the allocated time.

Only when we’re playing do we do our best creative work


The theory that underlies this group and the Creativist Club is outlined in my upcoming Go Creative in Business! book series.

You can pre-order Book One here: Three Pathways To Profit for Creative Entrepreneurs: Practice, Process, Positioning.