How? Somehow. Possibility reminder for visionaries.

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Magic happens when you swap How? for Somehow

Try it!

It kick-starts your inner steeliness and sends your mind off in creative new directions.

There’s still a time and a place for pondering the Hows, but when there seems to be no clear way to go, try simply declaring;

Somehow.

And see what happens…

Danielle Raine Creativity Coach

PS If you’d like more on the power of believing in possibility, I highly recommend The Magic of Believing by Claude M Bristol. 

This was one of the first books that helped me truly understand the creative power of our marvellous human minds. 

There really is a powerful magic at play when we believe…

 

PPS I wrote a blog post all about the power of creative faith – you can read it here. 

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Be Kind & Prosper teal throw cushion (inspired by The Diamond Cutter)

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This design was inspired by the book, The Diamond Cutter; The Buddha on Managing Your Business and Your Life by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally. 

The book explores the principles of an ancient Tibetan text (also called The Diamond Cutter), as well as Geshe Michael Roach’s sparkling career in the diamond industry. 

It’s a rare and fascinating insight into both. 

The core principle of the book is the prosperity law of giving and reciprocity, ie in order to receive anything, we must first give it. 

This is a valuable practice for life and happily it’s also a good basis for a sustainable, soulful business. 

Kindness creates good karma. 

Being compassionate, generous and kind with your customers is always good for business. 

I designed this work as a reminder that Love and Business can go together beautifully. 

And the ever-popular teal / Tiffany Blue brings an uplifting colour pop to any neutral scheme.  

Be kind & prosper! 

Danielle Raine Creativity Coach

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Reduce worry and overwhelm; have a Scarlett O Hara Moment…

Flashback to 2010…

Today’s post is inspired by an idea from my early blogging days – when my focus was how to stay serene (or at last sane) if you were an undomestic goddess with a home to keep.

It’s a tip from my first blog, Make Peace With Housework:

The idea of having a ‘Scarlett O’Hara Moment’.

When I originally wrote about this, it was a suggestion to help reduce feelings of frustration and overwhelm for sufferers of housework blues.

I offered it as a psychological trick to help my readers keep calm and carry on. (Even though that’s now an overused cliché, I still believe it’s a powerful strategy for resilience, inner strength and success.)

If you’d like to read the original post, you can find that in the Make Peace With Housework blog archive.

But over the years, I’ve found it such a useful tool, that I’m updating it for general use and sharing it here too…

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What is a Scarlett O’Hara Moment?

Inspired by one of my favourite fictional heroines, a Scarlett O’Hara Moment is the simple decision to postpone worry.

In the classic film, Gone With The Wind, Scarlett has a habit of scheduling difficult decisions…

“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy.

I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

~ Scarlett O’Hara

Now, this may seem childish or irresponsible at first, or it might even sound like denial – and it’s true that there are times when it’s not possible or appropriate.

But there are other times, lots of times during everyday dramas, when it could actually be a genius coping mechanism.

Because for all its childish simplicity – it works!

Psychologists now know that when we’re stressed or overwhelmed – we don’t think clearly, we don’t make the best decisions.

So whenever possible, Scarlett’s strategy is a perfect solution.

Those times in the midst of drama – when our emotions are high and our head is spinning – sometimes the best decision is to not make any decisions. Yet.

We can take a deep breath – and choose a Scarlett O’Hara moment:

the simple choice to think about it tomorrow.

And there’s so much relief in this.

(I speak from experience – it’s a strategy I’ve used often since I first wrote about it in 2010.)

This tactic gives you some mental breathing space which can really help you recover your balance and calm.

It takes the pressure off, even if only temporarily.

Intending to worry about it another day is far easier than trying to write it off completely.

Because you’re not trying to deny or suppress your frustration, you’re just filing it for future attention.

You’re scheduling it for a Less-Frazzled Later – a time when you’re better able to manage it with clarity and reason.

• • • 

There’s also a hidden benefit to this tactic…

When we stop pushing so frantically for a solution, many problems have a habit of ‘mysteriously’ sorting themselves out.

So, sometimes, when you’ve regained your calm, you realise that there was no need to worry after all.

By having a Scarlett O’Hara Moment, you saved yourself all that needless anxiety and stress.

But even if the issue does need addressing the next day, you can approach it with more balanced emotions, you can make a clearer assessment and ultimately better decisions.

I’ll admit, there will be times when this isn’t as easy as it sounds – but it does get easier with practice, I promise.

And even if you only manage this trick on every other attempt – you will reduce your angst by half.

As an incentive, remind yourself that it’s a practice that not only helps to soothe you in the moment – it will also bring more peace, calm and serenity to your life and relationships.

Because by postponing decisions and reactions for a Less-frazzled Later, you’ll enjoy the happy ripple effects of better choices, responses and solutions.

So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or stuck in a worry-loop, take a tip from Scarlett:

If you can, make the decision to simply not worry about it, for now.

Take a deep breath, and decide to think about it tomorrow.

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The Rudder Board – my remedy for choice overwhelm and decision fatigue

The day we moved house last year, my husband asked me a simple question:

“Which cupboard shall we keep plates in?”

Seems like an easy enough question.

But I couldn’t answer him.

I just couldn’t get my brain to click into decision-making mode.

After the hundreds of choices and decisions I’d made in recent months, packing up our home of 15 years, handling the complex legal issues with the house sale – my brain had had enough of decisions and was refusing to make any more, at least for the time being.

Standing in our new kitchen, surrounded by boxes of pans and piles of plates, my whole family looking to me for answers, all I could do was admit:

“I’ve run out of decision-making juice.

I need to not make any more decisions for a while.”

Luckily my family understand my struggles with decision-making.

Or at least they’ve got used to it – ever since I told them about an article I read a few years ago, revealing that scientists had discovered humans only have so much decision-making capacity each day.

This is why!” I’d shared excitedly.

“This is why I sometimes can’t decide what to do!”

I’m always delighted when science backs me up in something I’d known but couldn’t quite explain.

So when I also read about the idea of the ‘mental load of mothers’, I heaved another happy sigh of relief.

(It seems, some lifestyles – CEOs, presidents, mothers of small/multiple children – are particularly taxing on our limited decision-making resources.)

These insights helped me so much.

Because in recent years, I’d noticed that my decision-making powers (or lack of) were getting in the way of the life I wanted to live.

I’d started to think I was just a dithering Libran who was weak-willed, unfocused, indecisive.

But discovering the effects of decision-overload on our human brains helped me to understand and forgive my so-called failings.

It helped me learn to recognise when my brain was simply tired of making decisions.

And it helped to share with my family that Decision Fatigue was a legitimate phenomenon – so they’d understand why some days a question like, Where do you want the plates? was more than I could cope with.

 

 

But even with an understanding family, life calls for many, many decisions, some large, but mostly small and seemingly inconsequential.

Yet all decisions have their effects.

All our daily choices build up over time to create the life we live.

And modern life is only getting more complex – in my Positive Psychology studies, I learned about ‘the anxiety of choice’ and its detrimental effects on our health and happiness.

For me, as a lifelong creative (who has learned to tap into inspiration on a daily basis) – one of the areas where I felt the most angst around choice and indecision was in my creative life.

I noticed that I wasted increasing amounts of precious creative time wondering which project to focus on.

I’d be full of ideas, yet when it came to time to take action on them, I’d flit from one project to another, making little progress with anything.

If I was working on one thing, I’d feel like I should be working on something else.

If I was working on that, I’d wonder if the first thing was right after all.

An acute case of Should I be doing something else? Syndrome – a common problem for many multi-passionate creatives.

I’ve known all my life that Librans have a tendency to struggle with indecision, but it was becoming more than a character trait, it was becoming a major obstacle to my career success.

It was also affecting my self-esteem – nobody wants to see themselves as flaky and indecisive, unable to finish anything.

It reached a point where I feared that my Libran indecisiveness, the mental load of motherhood and natural decision-making limits would block me from achieving anything worthwhile.

How was I going to write the books that were calling me to be written?

How could I create the dream career that my soul was craving?

How could I choose which actions were the ‘right ones’ to create the life I wanted to live, a life that felt meaningful, creative, productive and happy?

Choice overwhelm and decision fatigue left me feeling confused, dejected and lost.

Rudderless.

 

Luckily, I also have a more positive tendency to puzzle over problems until I find or create a solution.

Eventually, an idea began to form in my mind….

“What if I had a clear guide that I could refer to when my decision-making fuel was running low…?”

“What if I had a kind of map, to steer my life by – that I could check in with, whenever I got overwhelmed with decisions or forgot what really mattered…?”

“What if there was a tool I could use daily to remind me of my Bigger Picture goals, values and ambitions, so I don’t get lost and distracted by the minutiae of life…?”

And these What Ifs gradually grew into the kind of touchstone I was craving.

I created a process and one-page check-in tool I call The Rudder Board.

 

Introducing… The Rudder Board

It’s a kind of life map, that helps me tune back into my course and direction – helping me see clearly where I want to go.

A reference tool that helps me reconnect to my goals, making it easier to choose what to focus on and how to spend my time.

A device that preserves my precious decision-making fuel by helping me feel clear, focused and decisive in my life and work on a daily basis.

And I LOVE having this rudder!

It feels like a pocket North Star.

And I found my Rudder Board so helpful that I began sharing the process with my clients, who also loved the new clarity, focus and peace of mind it helped them find.

Our Rudder Boards helped us;

• feel clear on what matters, which makes decision-making easier 

• include our purpose in our agenda, so we feel on track in our daily lives

• prioritise the creative work we love and feel called to offer the world

• be crystal clear on the ‘right actions’, ie what we want to be spending our precious life units on

I used to share The Rudder Board process as part of my larger coaching packages, but I feel this is such a useful tool that I wanted to make it available as a quick-&-easy mini ecourse.

Because I know that I’m not alone in my choice overwhelm or Should I Be Doing Something Else…? Syndrome.

And I know that more and more heart-centred creatives are feeling called to a life of purpose and contribution – if only they could get clear and stay clear on what that is.

So I’ve wrapped up my process into a 5-day ecourse that walks you step-by-simple-step to creating your Rudder Board.

In less than a week, you could have your own clarity-&-focus touchstone that will help you avoid getting lost in dilemmas or wasting your precious decision-making fuel.

Because if, like me, you’re also prone to confusion, indecision, too many ideas or choice overwhelm…

… it feels so good to know that you’re doing what you should be doing. 

 

Your Rudder Board will help you tap back into that clarity and focus more quickly, more easily and more often.

So you can spend more time creating the work you’re here to create – and enjoying the process.

There are more details below if you’d like me to guide you in creating your own Rudder Board clarity tool.

And if you’ve also felt lost and overwhelmed with choices, I hope these insights will help you find clearer, calmer waters in both your creativity and life.

Because happy creatives are good for the planet. 🙂

 

To being clear, focused and productive – and all the lovely life-enhancing ripple effects that follow,

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My unusual remedy for creative overwhelm

If you’ve been with me for a while, hopefully I’ve helped you access the source of your inspiration and unleash your innate creativity.

So if you’re now on great terms with your muse, you may be familiar with a new level of creative challenge…

Creative overwhelm.

Also known as:

• Too many ideas

• A struggle to focus or choose projects

• Shiny Object Syndrome

These are real, and often unacknowledged obstacles on the creative path.

And they can sap the joy and fulfilment from the creative life. (The reasons we signed up in the first place.)

I know that for many a blocked creative, Too Many Ideas seems like a nice problem to have.

But still, it can be a problem.

Especially if you get so overwhelmed with ideas and projects that you never finish anything.

Or you don’t know what to focus on and end up wasting your precious creative time spinning in confusion.

Or you flit from project to project and making little progress with anything.

And since I’ve spent the last 5 years learning how to access and tap into inspiration – virtually on demand – it’s a challenge I am very familiar with.

But happily, I have recently found a surprising solution in an ancient philosophy…

 

Introducing… The Magic of Numbers

There’s an ancient art and science that explores the rhythms and cycles at play in our lives linked to the ‘energies’ of numbers.

This school of thought believes that we’re influenced by these energies and cycles depending on our own unique numbers, based on our date of birth.

It’s a little like the realm of astrology and horoscopes, but instead of identifying with star-signs, we discover and align with 9-step cycles.

We can use this cycle-system on a daily, monthly or yearly basis – or even over a whole lifetime.

Welcome to the fascinating world of numerology…

Numerology – the study of numbers and their meanings – is currently enjoying a renaissance, possibly because our Life Path Numbers can offer insights into our purpose and ideal careers.

But what I love about numerology is how it helps me to structure and pace my creative goals and dreams.

Because I have a tendency to have Lots Of Ideas and to want to create them All At Once.

I’ve learned this is not the most practical, productive or effective approach.

This is where my magic numbers come to the rescue…

When we know our numbers, we can identify what mode or energetic ‘season’ we’re in.

It’s little like understanding the rhythms of nature, where the creative process is aligned with natural forces, ie the best time to prepare the soil, when to sow our seeds, how long to wait and when to reap the fruits of our labour.

If, like me, you have lots of ideas or projects at varying stages of development, it can be really helpful to have a similar kind of insight and framework for your creative process.

I find that the 9-step cycle of numerology, with its different phases and ‘vibes’, is a perfect antidote to creative chaos and overwhelm.

It helps me plan and pace my projects, helping me choose what aspect to focus on and how to schedule my efforts effectively.

It provides an essential structural balance to my over-inspired tendencies.

It helps me to harness the energy and flow of my wild creative spirit in a way that leads to productivity, progress and the inner calm and confidence that those vital aspects bring.

Here are some of the benefits I enjoy by adopting numerology principles into my creative process and workflow…

The benefits of aligning my creative flow

with a balanced and productive cycle structure

• I can plan projects and goals in alignment with the right energies or seasonal themes – knowing when it’s time to move forward,  speed up, slow down or reassess.

• I enjoy balance and a manageable pace with opportunities to rest, recharge and recover.

• I can joyfully go for it with gusto when I know it’s ‘harvest time’!

• I get to experience deeper meaning, clarity, and a sense of purpose in my creative life.

• Understanding my process and rhythms brings peace and inner calm.

• There is a spirit-calming comfort in knowing that certain struggles are short term – that ‘this too shall pass’.

• I find it much easier to have faith in happier times and the inevitable upswing when I can see where I am in the creative cycle.

(And since faith and resilience are creative superpowers – this makes a huge difference to my work, and my quality of life.)

So if you ever struggle with having too many ideas, I highly recommend looking into numerology as a tool to tame any wild and overwhelming creative tendencies.

After all, if there are energies are at play in our lives – and there are undoubtedly some seasonal rhythms at work – wouldn’t you like to know what they are?

Then you can learn to ride the flows, instead of swimming against the current.

Or you could even just use the 9-step cycle as a way of pacing your creative projects and planning a manageable, productive schedule.

If you’d like to know more, I began my discovery of numerology with these books:

 

i see your dream job sue frederick    redesign your life using numerology felicia bender

 

 

Admittedly, it may seem a little complicated at first, but once you get used the language, it’s a fun and fascinating philosophy.

At least, it is for me – but I’ve always enjoyed maths and numbers. (As a teenager, I used to do extra maths exam papers for fun – I just loved numbers!)

But if you don’t share my love of maths and the joy of numbers, there are lots of resources online that can help you work out your own magic numbers.

Or if you’d like it done for you, I’ve created a new offering that reveals your personal numbers and cycles with a creative twist…

It’s a bespoke guide to show how you can best use your numbers to plan and structure your creative life and work.

More details below if you’d like to know more.

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So, there you have it – my unusual remedy to creative overwhelm.

I’d love to know if this strikes a chord with you!

Are you curious about the role of your magic numbers in your creative life?

If so, I hope I’ve given you something to think about and maybe a new solution to explore.

Because there’s more to being a happy, successful creative than just endlessly creating new things.

We need to find a way to work with our energies, rhythms and flows, as well as those of the wider world.

We need some kind of stabilising structure that helps us stay balanced, productive and inspired – not to mention happy and well.

Numerology provides that structure for me – and I love the peace and calm it brings.

So, if it sounds like the kind of balance you’ve been looking for, I hope you’ll explore your own magic numbers…

And let me know how you get on. 🙂

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Teaching writers to fish…

“It was as if Danielle was sitting next to me as I tried to write.”

 

These words from one of my lovely clients have given me an idea…

What if I could teach writers how to fish?!

Sort of.

Inspired by the saying: teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

What if I could teach writers a series of self-coaching skills?

Because as wonderful as coaching and 1:1 support can be, I believe the best coaches empower their clients to enjoy a new level of confidence and independence when the coaching is over.

No-one has their coach by their side all day, every day – when they are facing the dilemmas and quandaries and wobbles of life.

One reason I love email coaching is that it addresses this need to a degree – you can email your issues anytime, or as they occur, and sometimes articulating the question is all you need for the time being.

But I’m interested in helping writers coach themselves through the inevitable creative challenges, at all hours of the day or night.

Skills that will support them for many happy writing years ahead.

So I’m planning to distil my studies and training into a series of Self-Coaching Tips for the most common writing issues.

Have you met any of these creativity-zapping gremlins along your writing path…?

   • Procrastination.

   • Lack of time.

   • Self-doubt.

   • Confusion.

   • Inner critic.

   • Fear of others’ opinions.

I have a whole toolkit of magical and powerful techniques to reduce or eliminate these (often unnecessary) creative blocks.

Ways to help writers tap into their own resources and inner support skills when they need them most.

But I first I need your help.

So, if you’re a writer, and these self-coaching skills would be valuable to you – how would you prefer to learn them?

Email series?

Weekly articles?

Video?

Audio?

In-person?

Alongside a coaching programme?

I’d love to know!

If you’d like to help me shape this offering, please email me and/or leave a comment below with your thoughts and any other feedback you’d like to share.

As a thank you, I’ll send you a free copy of my book. Just let me know where to send it.

The creative path can be a bumpy one, yet the rewards are FABULOUS – and good for you!

I also believe that happy creatives are good for the planet.

So thank you for helping me change the world by spreading the creative magic and getting more writers writing.

And enjoying the journey.

 

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My Ode to Workflowy + 5 Tips for the Over-Inspired Creative

A few years ago I began exploring one of my favourite topics:

the nature of inspiration, creativity and ideas.

And since energy flows where attention goes, the more I delved deeply into this topic, the more I learned – and happily, the more I began to experience more inspiration, creativity and wonderful new ideas.

Lots of ideas.

Dozens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of new ideas – many of which I thought were interesting or at least original / had potential.

New insights, ahas and flashes of inspiration became a daily, sometimes even hourly occurrence.

 

Inspiration often strikes during yoga…

 

I called the source of these ideas My Muse – and we became really good friends.

Which was nice!

Because many of those inspired nudges or gems of creative insight helped me in all aspects of my life – my work, my home life, relationships, health, finances, spiritual practice, they even improved my cooking. (Being a foodie – I loved that result.)

But after a few years of this ready-access to inspiration, a pattern formed that had an uncomfortable side-effect…

Idea overwhelm.

I’ve always been a note-taker, so I’m in the habit of jotting down all my ideas before they evaporate or move on or do whatever it is ideas do if they are ignored or neglected.

This habit has meant I have a mountain of notes; both physical papers and notebooks, as well as digital notes and files.

As a writer, this is great!

I have a wealth of prompts and half-formed ideas to work with.

I am never, ever faced with a blank page.

 

 

But as someone who loves and craves order, my ever-growing Notes Mountain started to become a source of angst.

Every month, I’d include ‘Notes Org’ on my To Do list – and I would manage to corral some of my flights of fancy into a productive format, but so many still remained as the raw, unedited scribblings that I’d captured in the white-heat of inspiration.

And these multiplying notes kept calling for my attention – so much so that when asked what I’d do if I had all the money in the world, my answer would be:

retreat somewhere beautiful
to sort out my gazillion notes!

 

{Somewhere like this would do…}

{Somewhere like this would do…} 

Because I know there are some good ideas in there. (My muse has excellent quality control.)

I know there are several books and courses that I could share with the world… if only I could get my notes into some kind of manageable order.

So I recently decided that it was time to get to grips with my Notes Mountain.

I affirmed that I was going to devote a block of time, every day, just to make a start, just to begin to sort and organise and shape and see what I’ve got.

After all, what use is a ever-ready access to inspiration and a wealth of great ideas if we don’t do anything with them?

And so I began…

 

 

But it wasn’t long before I was stopped in my tracks by the spirit-sapping prospect of;

• 3966 Evernotes
• 533 mind maps
• 540 Scrivener documents
• 226 Wunderlists

And that was just the digital collection. I had yet to unpack my boxes of notebooks and papers.

This is what happens when you learn to woo your muse!

So, faced with the overwhelming prospect of too many notes to know where to begin, I called for reinforcements.

I eventually remembered that I could call out for inspiration on how to tackle my overload of inspiration!

And magically – it worked.

As it always seems to when you’re on good terms with your muse.

(One of the benefits of having your muse virtually on demand is that you can get help with pretty much anything you need. It’s a nice way to live. 🙂 )

My prayer was answered within a matter of minutes as I ’stumbled across’ a new app called…

Workflowy – an organisational tool to ‘organise your brain’.

My Inner Organiser heaved a sigh of relief as I discovered what Workflowy can do, and how it works.

Its main feature is that it works the way your brain works.

Genius!

But the feature that soothed my over-inspired heart was this one:

Infinitely zoom-in-and-outable.

I could finally see how to get all my scraps of notes into ‘project buckets’, and then oversee them in a way that I could shuffle and organise to my heart’s content.

At the same time, my notes would build up in such an ordered way that they would naturally combine into coherent collections that I can manage and turn into finished projects.

Oh, the sweet relief!

I felt like the creative cavalry had arrived.

And so now, armed with my new friend Workflowy, I am on a mission to take all those gems of insights so generously presented to me by my marvellous muse – and turn them into something useful.

 

 

I’m going to transform my Notes Mountain into…

Books.

eCourses.

Blog posts.

Client workbooks.

Inspiring social media posts.

Maybe even a range of gifts, clothing and stationery for creatives.

All of these are now possible, and I believe, effortlessly inevitable, thanks to the simple genius of Workflowy.

(Thanks also due of course to my lovely muse who helped me find it.)

So, if you too are blessed with an overabundance of creative ideas,

I highly recommend taking a look at Workflowy

to see if it can help you marshall your many musings

into a more productive and happy format.

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Who knows what great works could come out of those neglected scribblings!

And since I know that I’m not alone in being inundated with more ideas than I know what to do with, I’ve also developed a few more supportive strategies that I’d love to share.

(Like any new convert, I want to share the sheer joy and soul-soothing relief of getting a mountain of treasured ideas into a manageable and productive order.)

Allow me to introduce;

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5 Overwhelm-blasting Tips for the Over-Inspired Creative

Adopt Tidy Habits

Admittedly, this one wasn’t always easy for me, not being naturally tidy.

Like many creatives, the rush of inspiration and the flash-floods of creativity don’t always lend themselves to tidiness and order.

But please benefit from my cautionary tale; without adopting a habit of tidiness in your creations, you may not complete as many, if any, of the finished pieces that you’re capable of.

You may also enter the realm of overwhelm, which is neither productive not fun.

So, the next time you’re tempted to ‘sort it later’ (i.e. never), I hope I can tempt you towards tidy habits with the prospect of a calm, happy life and a body of work to be proud of.

 

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Tidy Tortoise Time

The creative process can often be likened to a fiery furnace of activity or a torrent of inspired ideas – fast-paced action, a frenzied capturing of genius insights before they escape.

And this lovely flow-state is one of the delights and joys of a creative life. (It’s also good for our health!)

But I’ve learned that alongside the rapture of channelling our inner genius, there’s a place for a slower, more mundane and orderly focus.

A time to calmly, quietly and steadily plough through the results of any creative mania and put things in their place.

And because I have a habit of giving names to things, I like to call this Tidy Tortoise Time.

It may be tempting to neglect this less glamorous aspect of the creative process, but it has charms all of its own.

Benefits like…

• the peace of things being in order

• the clarity that comes from knowing what you’ve got to work with

• the confidence-boosting feeling of being on top of everything, in charge and in control

• the satisfaction of seeing your flights of fancy make their steady progress towards that creative Holy Grail: finished work.

So, if these benefits appeal to you – I invite you to play with the idea of introducing some Tidy Tortoise Time into your creative schedule.

Your Inner Organiser will thank you.

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Ask Your Muse

We can ask for inspiration for dealing with our deluge of inspiration!

Your muse – the source of your creative ideas and genius insights – is ever-present, happy to help and full of ideas that can assist you with the actual creative process itself.

Just ask!

Then be on the lookout for any new ideas or resources that ‘mysteriously’ catch your eye or your attention.

And if you’d like to ensure a steady stream of assistance in the future – don’t forget to thank your muse when the helpful blessings appear.

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Upgrade Your Tools

If your current tools, apps, devices, etc aren’t inspiring you to keep on top of your output or devote time to some all-important order – maybe it’s time for some new ones.

For the sake of your creative work – and your peace of mind – schedule some time to explore what new tools are available.

Brilliant, inspiring and innovative resources and solutions are added to the world on a daily basis.

So, have a look around to see if there’s anything that would be an answered prayer for you.

And don’t forget – you can ask your muse to guide you.

Or if she’s resting, you can always ask google…

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Envision Your Dream Remedy

As a creative, you’re well-placed to harness the considerable power of your imagination.

So, ask yourself – what could possibly help?

What tools would be the perfect remedy for you and your mountain of ideas?

And feel free to get creative!

Imagine what kind of resources would make it easy and fun for you to take some of those projects to fruition?

Einstein said that imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions. He also said that it’s more powerful than knowledge.

So, why not make use of this creative power tool to support you in your creative work?

After all, solutions like Workflowy are born when people say things like,”Imagine a task management app that works like the human brain…”

Envision the kind of solution that would make light work of your version of my Notes Mountain.

Then enjoy the magic of seeing your imagined solution finding its way into your life…

(Don’t you just love how the creative process works?!)

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So, there you have it; my own contribution for the over-inspired creative.

I hope you find it helpful.

And a HUGE thank you to the wonderful team at Workflowy who have brought peace, joy and order to my creative heart.

And, as always, here’s to the Marvellous Muse – as well as the Tidy Tortoise, and all the other wonderful characters who support our creative lives.

Wishing you a creative, inspired and orderly week,

 

 

PS If you’d like to discover or strengthen your relationship with your own muse – I share everything I’ve learned about that here.

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Creativity & writing tips for bloggers

Writing does look easy!

But ask any writer – however much they love to write, it can be a bumpy journey.

And if you’re a blogger with a post (or 10) to write, the struggles can sometimes make you forget the Joy of Blogging.

So, in my role as Ambassador for Joy, Flow & Ease in the creative process, I’ve collated a few of my favourite creativity coaching techniques – especially for my fellow bloggers.

Enjoy!

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Make notes

Keep a notebook or file of ideas.

Whenever ideas occur to you, write them down as soon as possible,

Inspiration often strikes at unusual times, so to make sure you don’t lose these gems, acquire the habit of making notes.

Use whatever you have to! (Napkins are a notorious favourite of millionaires… ;-))

If it’s inconvenient or feels like a chore, be motivated by how easy it will make your writing process.

I find the Notes app on my phone is usually the most convenient and close-to-hand, as well as a physical notebook and pencil at home. I then transfer my notes to the relevant homes in Evernote.

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Sow the seed
Give your blog post some calm, relaxed attention, as early as possible.

Just begin pondering it a few days before you plan to begin writing.

Jot the title or a few words down on the blank page a few days before you need to start, and pin it to your board or wall.

In the days before you plan to begin, write the blog title or idea on a sticky note and put it where you’ll see it before you go to sleep.

You could also keep a note on the dashboard of your car – driving is a great time to ponder new ideas.

(Just make sure you pull over safely if you need to write things down!)

If you’re heading out for a run/walk/workout etc – write down the blog title and keep it in your pocket.

Physical exercise can be very inspiring, so make you have your notebook ready for the downloads.

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GETTING STARTED

When you’re ready to sit down and begin writing…

Explore your notes

Hopefully, you’ve already got some notes and ideas to begin with. Just explore these to see which ones naturally grow and evolve. If any feel difficult or confusing, move onto the next.

Build on your notes, adding any new thoughts and developing your favourite ideas.

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Create a mind map

Mapping out key points or the intended structure of the blog can help you stay on track and keep your writing clear.

However, if you feel inspired to go off in another direction, go with it. If ever the words come pouring – don’t stop them!

Then afterwards, you can assess whether the new material is relevant, or perhaps for a different post.

Use your mind map to check back in to see if the new ideas fit with the original intention.

If they don’t add to the clarity or flow of the blog you’re working on, file them for later use. (You may have just written the next blog post instead!)

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First draft first

To get words onto a blank page – just focus on producing a first draft.

Aim to simply get the words out of your head onto the page – in any order.

Don’t worry about structure – that will emerge as you review your notes and ideas.

You can polish and edit and refine once the core material is in place.

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WRITER TIP:

Writing is essentially a two-part process of downloading ideas, then refining them.

It can feel like a struggle to do both tasks at once, but there are different techniques of switching between the two modes.

Writers vary – some like to do nothing but composition for a long time, then edit days later.

Others like to switch back and forth between the two modes as they go along.

Experiment with which method feels right for you.

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KEEP GOING

If you feel stuck or run out of ideas…

Use prompts

You can often bypass your resistance by using sentence prompts such as:

I want to write about…

Or:

If I knew what to write, I’d write about…

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Move

Try changing your location, working in a different environment. If possible, choose somewhere inspiring, beautiful of refreshing.

Moving your body also helps to boost your creativity.

Can you take a break for a short walk or a few yoga poses?

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Lights & sounds

To stay calm and inspired as you write, play some music designed to enhance the creative process. (Spotify is great for these kind of playlists.)

If you love candles, keep one on your desk and light it as a symbolic gesture that you are ready for some focused creative work.

It can also serve as a meditative focal point when you need to think through an idea or phrase. (Gazing out of the window is also great for this.)

 

Take a breath

If you feel yourself getting frustrated with your writing, just take a few moments to close your eyes and breathe deeply.

When you focus back on your work, you’ll have a clearer head and feel less of that creativity-sapping frustration.

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Tidy up

Whenever you hit a block or feel confused about what you’re writing, a great trick is to stop for a few minutes and have a short tidy-up.

Clear the papers on your desk or tidy your workspace.

Doing a mundane task that you can do on auto-pilot gives your mind a chance to rest and percolate ideas.

And creating physical order can lead to clarity, helping you find more order in your writing.

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Use your sleeping mind

If you can, review your notes/draft before you go to sleep, with the intention that your subconscious mind will take over and work on it.

You’ll be amazed by the new ideas that ‘mysteriously’ pop into your head the next day.

You may even wake up with the perfect phrase or structure – so make sure you have a notebook by your bed.

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GETTING FINISHED

You’ve written your first draft, you’ve edited and polished – but it’s still not quite finished.

Here’s what to do to get that blog post ready for the world…

Leave & return

When you leave a piece of writing and return to it later, it’s much easier to see any muddled sections or clunky passages.

After working so closely and intently, we get word blind and don’t see inconsistencies or glaring errors.

So, your writing will always be better for a rest.

When possible, plan to finish at least the day before the deadline so you can sleep on it.

(This also trains you to not leave things to last-minute which is stressful and saps the joy from the creative process.

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Know when to stop

This is tricky! We naturally want to keep tinkering.

But there comes a point when we need to let the work go and do its work in the world.

Practice tuning into your intuition for help with this. Is that inner voice urging you to make some vital improvements? Or are you just resisting the decision to stop?

This is a difficult skill for all creatives, so go easy on yourself and be prepared to practice and gradually get to used to knowing what’s right for you.

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Get a second opinion

Ask someone else to take a look at your writing. They’ll spot things you’ve missed.

They may also have some suggestions that inspire you to make the post even better.

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Rescue your darlings

As you edit your posts, get in the habit of keeping any of the good writing that you cut.

It may not have been right for that particular blog post, but it could find a home elsewhere.

It may even spark a whole new post of its own. (I’ve written a blog post about this idea if you’d like to explore more.)

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Hopefully these tips will support and inspire you with your next blog post, as well as make it ever-easier to create further posts in future.

(Because relaxed, calm and happy bloggers make for better blogs. 😉 )

 

Happy blogging!

Danielle Raine Creativity Coach

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The All-Year Resolution: Intention vs Force

The All-Year Resolution: Intention vs Force

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It’s New Year time again.

I love the energy and optimism of this time of year. We’re so hopeful for the future, we’re determined to improve things, to live better, to be better, to finally do those things we’ve been saying we will do.

It’s the perfect time to resolve to actually make it happen this year.

And yet…

New Year Resolutions don’t have a great success rate.

Instead of an inspiring opportunity to harness the wonderful New Year energy, they’re more often associated with forced denial, failed attempts and fractured self-esteem.

But I don’t believe the New Year resolve is to blame for the high incidence of abandoned hopes and dreams. I believe there’s another culprit that can be an insidious saboteur of the human spirit:

The All-Or-Nothing mindset.

When our New Year Resolutions fail, often it’s not because we’re weak-willed, or ‘just not meant to do it’, but simply because we’re humans, not machines – when making powerful changes, it may take many, many attempts and re-attempts before these new practices become established.

What would happen to our success rate, if we removed the pressure to enforce our New Year changes without fail every day, from January 1st?

 

What if we accepted that it may take time to adjust to these changes, it may take weeks, perhaps months for new habits to form?

After all, humans have limited supplies of will-power, we have finite reserves of discipline. There’s only so much force and steely-willed determination we can summon before we become exhausted, disillusioned or unpleasant to be around.

Is this really the best way to craft our dream life?

If our New Year changes are meant to increase our success and happiness, how does being miserable and set up for failure support that goal?

And isn’t the quality of life en route to our goals just as precious and important as the (fleeting) moments at the Finish Line?

Whilst it’s true that 100% commitment can work brilliantly for some, (at least for a while), for the rest of us, there’s a more spirit-friendly alternative to the strait-jacket of All-or-Nothing Resolutions…

 

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The Power of Intention.

Intention is powerful.

Intention is a fuel that will never run out. No matter how many times we may lose our way, if we hold fast to our intention to get to where we want to be, the odds are good that we will get there. Eventually.

There may be detours, but if our intention is strong, we will soon recover our path.

There may be failures, but if we ditch the pesky and unhelpful All-Or-Nothing Mindset, we’ll find it so much easier to simply try again.

Intentions don’t require deadlines; they allow you time to just begin playing with these ideas, they allow you space to gradually incorporate these changes into your life.

Intentions are lighter and less demanding than the Must Do mentality, meaning you’re far more likely to shrug off any slips or blips and have another go.

So if a day or two or more goes by, and you’ve missed or forgotten your new practices – your intention is still there, as strong as ever, ready to shore up your resolve.

You can tap back into your intention, revisit your reasons for making these changes, and begin again.

This approach to creating anything will carry you much further toward your vision than any number of failed All-or-Nothing attempts.

New Year ‘Intentions’ are undoubtedly a less dramatic, less aggressive route to ‘getting results’, but for many of us, they can be so much more enjoyable, not to mention easier to stick with. And when the journey is easy and fun, that way success lies.


So this New Year, instead of giving up on resolutions altogether, perhaps try the gentler, subtler tactic of The All Year Resolution.

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Simply intend to create the fabulous New You that’s calling you.

No unrealistic deadlines. No forcing of will. Just an intention to devote this new year to working towards your vision.

And when you’re not chasing a fixed result by fixed time, there’s no failure. You’re just making changes, gathering feedback, adjusting and re-adjusting.

Less urgency = Less stress. (A significant health bonus even before you start.)

Even if it takes all year, you’ll still be closer to your vision than if you go all-out for a few miserable weeks in January, then abandon it for another year – or even worse, never attempt those life-enhancing changes at all.

And imagine how lovely life could be this time next year, if you make your resolutions an all-year focus.

 

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So this year, why not play with the idea of The All-Year Resolution. It’s a kinder, more sustainable route to the improvement, success and happiness that you’d love to create in the year ahead.

As an added incentive, the more your reaffirm your intention to do something, the more you’ll find it ‘mysteriously’ popping into your head, or occurring at the perfect place or time. (This is the muse’s handiwork. 😉 )

It becomes ever-easier to live and act in line with your intended goals.

So I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the promise and potential of a fresh and sparkling New Year, with a yearlong intention to make the most of it.

No struggle. No force. Just a resolve to evolve.

Allow the phenomenal power of intention to fuel your hopes and dreams, and make this new year the magical success it’s waiting to be.

 

Wishing you health, wealth, peace and joy – in the New Year and beyond,

 

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Resilience – A Creative Superpower

Resilience – A Creative Superpower

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#33 in my Tonics for Your Creative Spirit email series: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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A little (big) magical something for you this week!

I’ve got another dose of soul-soothing creative goodness, and for one lucky winner, I’ve also got a copy of the book where I found it.

And that’s especially good news because this week’s featured read is…

Big Magic Elizabeth GilbertBig Magic

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Now, even though Big Magic promises inspiration and comfort for anyone on the creative path, I actually resisted it for a while, for many of the reasons Liz explores in the book.

(It’s always heartening to learn you’re not alone in your worries…)

For example, I’m currently writing a book about the creative process, and so I was a little nervous in case I found that my ideas had already ‘been done’.

This is apparently a very valid fear, and actually happened to Liz herself, when her book idea was created by another author before she could write it.

Also, since I’m still shaping and forming some of the theories for my book, I worried about being influenced, both consciously and unconsciously.

(We creatives can be unwitting magpies, merrily adopting any shiny gems we discover along our path.)

However, despite my resistance (or maybe because of it…), those book angels were covering all their bases and I actually ended up with 2 copies for my birthday.

Naturally my first reaction was to give the extra copy to one of my lovely blog readers, so, I have a beautiful hardback copy of Big Magic to give away. (Details below.)

But first, this week’s words of wisdom from the creative trenches;

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Of the many snippets of wisdom that I jotted down from Big Magic, this is the one I love the most.

In these words, Liz sums up an idea that has been gradually dawning on me over the last few years, particularly this last year as my study of the creative process has deepened.

It’s the idea of resilience. Or, as success coach Lisa Nicholls joyfully calls it; bounce-backability.

Admittedly, it’s not the most glamorous aspect of the creative process.

It doesn’t have the sense of mystery and miracles that accompanies Inspiration.

It doesn’t have the sparkling buzz of Creation, when the work pours forth effortlessly in a rapture of creative bliss.

It doesn’t even have the smart and savvy air of confidence that Productivity delivers.

It’s much more subtle. It’s quiet and unassuming.

It’s barely even noticeable during much of the process, yet it’s the quality that will make a crucial difference when you come up against the inevitable creative challenges.

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When everything’s going wrong, when it feels too hard, when you’ve had enough and you want to give up – it’s Resilience that whispers, Let’s try again.

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It’s a tenacity, an imperceptible core of strength, that enables you to redouble your efforts in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

It may be born of resolve or will, or it could be sparked by an innate purpose.

It can appear as sheer bloody-minded determination. Or it can simply be a calm refusal of defeat.

(It’s summed up perfectly in the clichéd-yet-profound wisdom of Keep Calm & Carry On.)

But for all its low-key subtlety, there is a quiet fierceness to resilience – and it’s a true creative superpower.

In one of my favourite films, Tristan & Isolde, there’s a scene featuring King Marke, (played by the rather lovely Rufus Sewell).

The scene shows King Marke returning to his medieval village which has been attacked and destroyed in his absence.

His people turn to him, asking him what they should do. He surveys the smouldering remains, sighs sadly and offers one word in response. “Rebuild.”

That’s resilience.

And cultivating that inner steeliness, as Liz Gilbert so beautifully describes in her book, is very often the real work of creativity.

So I hope this idea of resilience will inspire you to hang in there, whenever you’re feeling bruised by the creative process.

Because mastering, instilling, even faking resilience strengthens your creative courage – making you an unstoppable force in the direction of your creative dreams.

And that way, magic lies.

Danielle

PS Also in my birthday book haul was Rising Strong by Brene Brown which also focuses on the superpower of resilience – so stay tuned for more on this important topic.

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Creativity Lessons from Life : The Power of Whim & Fancy

 

This week, I’d like to share with you a lesson I learned from my recent month of non-stop decorating. 

(We’re finally selling our house, after buying it as a 2-year renovation project. In 2002. So much for the best laid plans…)

Although I had a huge amount of work to do over the last month, I was actually a very happy bunny because I had complete and utter freedom with my timetable. 

This really suits how I love to work; Planning, organising and creating a comprehensive To Do list – then doing whatever I feel like, without pressure or urgency. 

And boy, did I get stuff done!

(Here’s a little evidence of my labours….

 

 
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I was a Decorating Dynamo! 

Armed with my vision of the end result, I harnessed what I’ve come to call; 

The Power of Whim & Fancy.

I noticed that I was far more productive, efficient and happy, when I did whichever tasks felt the most appealing or inspiring.

The work just flowed. Things went my way. People and events ‘mysteriously’ lined up to meet my plans. 

Even though I was busy, the work felt effortless. So I was able to do far more than if I’d forced myself to stick to an uninspiring schedule, which can be so draining and depressing.  

 

So, here’s my tip for happier productivity; 

If you have a major project that you’d like to get moving on, and you also want to actually enjoy the process: 

Can you harness The Power of Whim & Fancy? 

Can you create a degree of freedom to do whichever tasks appeal the most? 

Can you spend some time on general planning and organising and envisioning, but without setting concrete deadlines and schedules? 

This leaves room for you to tune into whatever you feel inspired to do, helping you enjoy the work and build momentum, making you far more likely to complete more and more of the required tasks. 

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(I believe the carrot is far more powerful than the stick. 😉 )

So, if you have a project in mind that you long to do but can’t seem to get moving with, I invite you to play with the fun and freedom of just going with the flow, indulging in whims and following whatever task takes your fancy. 

I realise this kind of freedom is not always an option. But the more you explore this approach, the more you’ll see areas where you are free to tap into your natural tendencies – which makes any task so much more enjoyable. 

 

So there you have it – my tip from the decorating trenches. 

I hope you find this helpful, and if you’re tempted to try it, I’d love to hear your results. 

Wishing you a lovely week of whatever takes your whim and fancy. 

Danielle Raine Creativity Coach

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PS Speaking of fanciful whims, I’m planning another writing retreat to work on my next book. (Bliss!) 

But if you’d like some help in finding your own creative bliss, my 1-2-3-Go! Creative Support Service is still available for a short time, before I disappear to my creative cave. 

I’d love to support you in finding more flow and fulfilment in the creative projects that are close to your heart. 

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Creative Faith: How to Dodge that Pesky Demon of Doubt.

Creative Faith: How to Dodge that Pesky Demon of Doubt.

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#29 in my Tonics For Your Creative Spirit email series: Sharon Salzberg

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Have you ever been surprised? 

I’m going to guess you answered yes, maybe even that question was a little out of the blue.

So you know things can happen that you weren’t expecting, or could never have imagined in your wildest dreams.

In fact, how often does anything ever go exactly according plan?

This is the nature of life; unpredictable.

And unexpected twists and turns are also a feature of the creative process. In fact, they’re sometimes part of the fun.

This is the realm of serendipity, strokes of luck and flashes of inspiration.

So the uncertain and unpredictable nature of creativity can be a good thing; leading to happy accidents and pleasant surprises.

And yet….

Most of us creatives are more familiar with the darker side of uncertainty; The Pesky Demon of Doubt

We let fear of the unknown stop us in our creative tracks, scuppering our goals and dreams.

Or we cling to the idea that we must know how things will happen before we allow ourselves to believe that they will.

Admittedly, it’s much easier to believe in something if we can see a clear and smooth path to a successful outcome.

But what if we can’t see a sure way, or we have no guarantee that things will work out as expected and make our precious efforts worthwhile?

This is where faith comes in.

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Faith is the powerful force that leads us to act in spite of uncertainty.

It’s the key difference between those who keep striving towards their goals and dreams, and those who give up – or never even begin.

Many of the world’s great creations, achievements, advances and successes only occurred because someone took a leap of faith.

Whole belief systems have been built on the idea and power of faith – trusting and believing when there is no certainty or proof.

It’s powerful stuff. Strong enough to move mountains.

But… It’s not easy!

At least in creative terms, building and trusting faith can often be the hardest part of the creative process.

To invest time, energy, passion, heart and soul into a project – with no guarantee that it will be worth it – that’s the risk of any new venture.

There always comes a point where you just have to trust.

And since this can be incredibly difficult, it can be a real stumbling block for many brilliant and talented creatives.

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So, given that faith is an inescapable part of the creative mix… are there any ways to make ‘keeping the faith’ a little bit easier? 

 

Happily, I believe there are…

 

How to Keep The Faith during the creative process

 

I’ve been exploring the idea of faith for the last couple of years. (I’m convinced it’s the secret to great and wonderful things.)

And in my mission to support you in your Great Work, I’d like to share my findings so far…

I’ve put together my top 5 favourites ways to make keeping the faith easier in a short ebook that you can access for free – just complete your details in the form below.

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Because I believe that when we strengthen our faith-muscles, an exciting world of possibility opens up to us.

And I also believe that happy, confident, expressed creatives are a bright hope for the future of our planet.

When we do the work that calls our heart and soul, everybody wins.

And strong faith-muscles are a powerful ally on any creative path.

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Faith Sharon Salzberg

PS If you’re as fascinated as I am by this whole concept of faith, I highly recommend this beautiful book by Sharon Salzberg, which is the source of this week’s quote.

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