The Hermit of Creative Independence

The Hermit of Creative Independence

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, …

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From the Radio: Use your first name, not “I” in self-talk

From the Radio: Use your first name, not “I” in self-talk

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. …

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From the News: Self-Talk is a required tool in pro-sports

From the News: Self-Talk is a required tool in pro-sports

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. …

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Self-Talk: 2 Books to Get Started

Self-Talk: 2 Books to Get Started

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 …

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Chef (a movie) is an Enjoyable View of the Power of Movement

Chef (a movie) is an Enjoyable View of the Power of Movement

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 …

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How Not to Cheat on Work Session Quality

How Not to Cheat on Work Session Quality

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 …

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The Finish Line Trap – It feels so good to quit

The Finish Line Trap – It feels so good to quit

  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 …

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Don’t Ask Your Inner Rejector Questions

Don’t Ask Your Inner Rejector Questions

Of course, it is alright to ask questions like: What project do I want to do? What creative field do I want to explore? Who should I approach to learn more? How can I apply this or that to my life? What do I feel like doing? When should I get started? Those questions and …

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Longfellow’s Sound Beacon

Longfellow’s Sound Beacon

The ringing sound of metal striking metal is distinctive. We hear, joined: the solid strength that is the anvil; the strength of motion delivered by the hammer the strength of resistance in metal between hammer and anvil; and, the determined alchemist, the blacksmith. The ring of the metals is simple, real, necessarily constant, and earthy.  …

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Walter Mitty, a Hero for Stuck Creatives

Walter Mitty, a Hero for Stuck Creatives

  If you know the James Thurber short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, you know fantasy is a major pastime for the story’s main character. Elaborate fantasies that keep Mitty in a drab life of little. Ben Stiller’s recent movie treatment, however, starts with this fruitless fantasizing but leads us to the power …

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