So far I have spotted 9 instincts in all creatives. Ok, maybe Freud would not consider instincts but they sure do look and feel like something deeply wired within us that comes alive for us. You have experienced them all at some point and in this video (part 1) and the next, I teach you how to tap into that powerful energy to get more productive and creative. You got them within, now is the time to learn how to use them. Part 1 – Intro and a Good Look at What the Creative Instincts Can Do and the Character…

For several decades, performance professionals, therapists, and trainers have used a model of change to help people move from one habit or performance level to new, more powerful habits and strengths. Here you will be introduced to this model specially shaped for creatives who find themselves stuck and unable to get projects started and done. Come travel through the five stages of change. Get unstuck. [Watch here or at Vimeo.] INTRODUCTION to the Stages of Change for the Stuck CreativeFor several decades, performance professionals, therapists, and trainers have used a model of change to help people move from one habit…

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen. – Robert Bresson Wikipedia tells us: Robert Bresson  25 September 1901 – 18 December 1999) “was a French film director. Known for his ascetic approach, Bresson contributed notably to the art of cinema; his non-professional actors, ellipses, and sparse use of scoring have led his works to be regarded as preeminent examples of minimalist film. Bresson is among the most highly regarded French filmmakers of all time.”

We need to regularly learn how to stand alone, use our own inner creative resources, in our own way.    Set aside time to be simple, free, and above all, you.   Turn away and release, in this pause, the advice of others and discover your own counsel. Go away from your books, your charts, recordings, and diagrams. Close your eyes. Stop looking. Withdraw from teachers, colleagues, mentors and advisors, friends, and enemies. Stop listening. Close your ears.  Put down your gadgets and tools. Open your hands.  Stay in place and stop traveling to learn. Don’t move.  Stop demanding your…

Why Saying Is Believing — The Science Of Self-Talk : Shots – Health News : NPR From the self-affirmations of Stuart Smalley on SaturdayNight Live to countless videos on YouTube, saying nice things to your reflection in the mirror is a self-help trope that’s been around for decades, and seems most often aimed at women. The practice, we’re told, can help us like ourselves and our bodies more, and even make us more successful — allow us to chase our dreams! Impressed, but skeptical, I took this self-talk idea to one of the country’s leading researchers on body image to…

The motivational phrases beloved of sportspeople might seem trite, but for players from Katie Boulter and Andy Murray to Arthur Ashe, they’re surprisingly important “These are simple refocusing strategies,” says Professor Ian Maynard, a sports psychologist at Sheffield Hallam University. “Most athletes constantly worry about winning or losing, but all they can control is performance. These triggers are designed to bring them back into themselves rather than worrying about the enormity of the situation.” Jens Voigt, the retired German cyclist famed for his endurance, trademarked his inspirational slogan. “Shut up legs” has appeared on countless handlebars since. If Murray progresses…

I’m working on boiling down the current thought about self-talk, how it hinders us and how it can launch us. Once I have that in shape I will provide a workbook, video, or some sort of system customized to stuck creatives and you will hear about it here. Why self-talk?  Self-talk has been a persistent part of sports psychology, optimal psychology, brain hacking, pain reduction, etc. for decades and probably ever since humans could talk. We do it all the time so we are experts at it. The problem is we need to clean-up and plan out our repetitive thinking….

We need to take inspiration and philosophical thinking where ever we can find them. Truth, insight, and wisdom sometimes can only be illustrated in fiction and art. Throw in some fun and you have a little-known movie from 2014, called Chef. We get treated to a chef perfecting his craft and stretching for more. But sometimes the world is not ready for the stretch and nor are we. Chance, good friends, and following our calling is reparative if we are flexible and can handle being lost, deeply lost from time to time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this little film,…

It seems like it should be within reason to switch some of our daily free time to daily creative work. Our other time is clearly spoken for; work, people, animals, cars, bills, bodily needs, all these things occupy our non-free time. But free time is not as free as we think of it. Our free time, every bit of it,  is already occupied with the world of our habits.Whatever we do now within our free time is something we selected to do a long time ago and it has been well practiced. It could be a few hours of television…

To get anywhere we start with two skills: showing up to the daily work session staying in that work session for your targeted time Getting good at these two skills takes time, much more time than we ever think it will. And if we do, there is a third required skill comes after that. If we can keep at it, we get to our daily work session and we stay in it. But it’s not enough. We need another skill that’s hard to attain: The skill of doing quality work in each work session My focus here is not on…

  We’ve made it thru a tremendous amount of work. We have beat back all the temptations not to do our work or to continue our work and we have arrived, at the finish line at last. The finish line can be any big project, finally completed. Ah, the joys of having done it. Time to celebrate. Time to catch our breath after this big accomplishment. Time to let in the little inner demon who tricks us never to do anything big again. Standing around every significant finish line is our inner demon who says: -“Quit now and you go…