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According to the organization for professional trainers, the American Society of Training and Development, we can’t do everything alone. The following stats reflect a person’s likelihood of completing a project: -If you hear an idea (or I suspect, think up an idea), you have a 10% chance of turning it into a project. -If you go the next step and decide when you will implement the idea, you have a 40% chance of doing the project. -If you go even further and develop a plan of how to do the project, your chances of completing the project go up to…

How you handle the inevitable distractions, dips, and dives of life determines if you can get unstuck and stay unstuck. Distractions are the little things we can live with and without. Watching one rerun of Seinfeld or House, M.D. is o.k. but if you make watching a weekend marathon a priority ahead of your creative projects, you’ve got problems. Do this once, o.k. Do this every time, goodbye creative life.  Watch out for your “soft addictions” as Judith Wright calls them. These socially acceptable distractions will get you. Come to turns with what distracts you, find out how to allow…

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We over estimate the need for large swaths of free time to work on our projects and we under estimate how much we can get done in small, but numerous chunks of time. We sit in inactivity, waiting for the promise of a week, a month, a year of free time to finally get us into a new project or back into something we have not touched for awhile. Give up waiting. Large swaths of unbroken time hasn’t been there for you in the past and it sure ain’t coming. Instead, get started with what you have: you have numerous chunks of…