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“It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes.” – Sherlock Holmes Holmes had his ritual for digging into difficult problems caused by the London criminal element. Sit in one’s thinking chair, pull out the pipe, load it up, smoke, and tell Watson to shut up. At least those were the exterior elements of his approach to contemplation. Inside, no doubt, it was a combination of: questioning, envisioning various possibilities, questioning some more, remembering other solutions, and testing the results with his gut. He knew his process and he knew…

Step back and look at your creative space. Open your eyes and take a fresh look. See it from new angles. Look past what you already know (it’s cluttered) and look for fresh information. What do you need in your creative space this new year to move you deeper and forward in your work? How have you changed and how has your space not changed?  What needs to be done to bring this into congruence? Take a peek at other people’s workspaces at: All sorts of creative spaces Workspaces without computers Artist studios Home offices

This time of the year we are flooded with the notion of gifts and gift giving. That makes it a perfect time to do an inquiry.  An inquiry is a question that a coaching client kicks around for awhile to learn more about themselves and their work. Kick the questions:  Why is my work a gift? or How is my work a gift? When you are loaded, take 10 minutes to bullet point, Mind Map, sketch, or in some other way record your answers.

Thirty years of subpersonality theory and therapy has taught us one thing: you have got to know your various sides if you really want to flourish. This is even more true for the big kahunas that keep us blocked. The biggest of the kahunas is the Inner Critic. Inner Critic Speaking “Don’t”, “can’t”, “That’s just not you,” “you are not good enough”, “Who do you think you are?”, “Whoa, you’re thinking too big, get small,” etc., etc., etc. Sound familiar?  Can you add more of your own?  The Inner Critic, a side of your mind is right there with you…

Geoff Colvin helps build the case that practice, practice, practice is the ticket rather than the media view that people accomplish masterful things through some sort of magic, not the hard realities of practice. Movies and television convey a sense that talent is a gift and all someone with talent has to do is show up. Think of the depiction of Mozart in the movies. He walks in and shows up old try hard, practice hard, Salieri. It must be a gift from heaven that Mozart had. How else could it be explained that Mozart was so good so young?…

On the Journey to Unstuckness, it is necessary to bring a few partners along, sort of our own Wizard of Oz ensemble of inner characters. One character we must have at our side is a personification of forgiveness. We need to forgive our own lack of living up to our potential. As a Creative we harbor ideas, tons of ideas, ideas frequently to be turned from brain matter into real matter of a book, a painting, a blog entry, etc. Unrealized projects and unrealized potential come up in our night dreaming and our daydreaming, sometimes crying “Why did you forsake…

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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…

November 2009 NEW Support Group THE STUCK CREATIVE Self Coaching to Get That Book, Painting, Screenplay, Idea, Invention or Any Other Project Moving Afraid to start on a project? Got a project shoved away in the drawer and you can’t pick it up again? Don’t have a project but know you want to do more with your life? Learn the secrets of getting started and staying going from the emerging field of Creativity Coaching. Creativity Coaching can help anyone—aspiring writers, painters, magicians, quilters, to hobbyist photographers—you name it, anyone who takes on special projects and wants to get the darn…