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…

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…

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.  We are drawn out of our thoughts and analysis, right into the center of action, into the world of grit, sweat, work, focus, and the finite. We are badly in need of a beacon, reminding us that action, almost any action is what we frequently…

  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 of transforming imagination and trust the end of the movie Walter Mitty travels from being stuck to unstuck. Mitty is a hyper-organized, quiet employee, who works in photo receiving within the large storage library at declining Life magazine. His title, negative assets manager, can be…

https://vimeo.com/channels/thestuckcreative/149715323 This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this video has also been turned into text. So…you can read this video below or you may watch the video itself, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Hi this is Gary Goodwin founder of The Stuck Creative and welcome. Today we’re going to look at getting started on the creative journey. I wish I could report that getting started, starting on a project or even on an entire creative life is easy, that it involves one inspired leap into creativity. The Road is Tough But actually it is…

https://vimeo.com/channels/thestuckcreative/149640509 This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this video has also been turned into text. So…you can read this video below or you may watch the video itself, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Hi, this is Gary Goodwin, founder of The Stuck Creative. Welcome to Part 3: The Daily Appointment. Part 1 emphasized the why. Why do you want to work daily and the power that comes out of that. Part 2 laid out the secrets of how to set up, how to build your own daily appointment for work. The first caution comes…

https://youtu.be/5etfUttSIGo This is a Talking Typewriter Production – Which means this blog post has also been turned into a video. So…you can read this post below or you may watch the video version at YouTube, above. It’s the same stuff. It’s your choice. Welcome to part two of Working Daily for Creatives. Again if you were in part one, or if this is your first stop here on this whole idea of working daily, believe me I know what you’re thinking and you’re feeling. There is no way I can work daily. Well, there are ways to do that and…