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Your Everyday Creativity

everyday creativity“But I’m not a creative person!” Does this sound like you? Do you believe that you are not creative because you are not artistic, musical, or prolific with words?  Creativity is far reaching and extends beyond imagination.  There is much joy in finding passion for anything that is pleasing to do.

Everyone has the ability to be creative because it is a God-given gift.  However, you may not recognize your particular form of creativity because it’s being measured against someone else’s creativity or accomplishments. Just stop that NOW! Instead consider how you might express your own brand of creativity in everyday ways.

You might be a person who expresses your creativity through your kindness.  I read in someone’s Facebook posts that they made up little small bags of essential items (travel toothbrush/toothpaste, mouthwash, soap, lotion, tissues, etc.) that they carry in their car to give away to homeless people. That’s a neat idea if you have a heart for helping others.  What about the gift of humor? Another person I know uses their improv comedy skills to create short sketch scenes to share with their friends to enjoy.

Perhaps volunteering is a form of creativity that brings you excitement when you are being of service to others. Or maybe you have learned to express your creativity by saying something kind to each person you interact with. Another person I know created a small artsy book of positive phrases that they give to people they meet.

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Maybe picking out fabrics and making clothing or blankets is fun for you, or knitting or crocheting for yourself, family and friends. What about planning activities or trips for friends?  Last year, I met a guy you planned a cruise for a group of friends, and it was so successful that he now has a million-dollar business planning cruises and group vacations.  I also met a graphic designer during a workshop who enjoyed reading enough that she began to write and design books under her own publishing company.  Today, she enjoys teaches people how they can do the same thing.

We all have many ways in which we can express our creativity, and expressing it is vital to our well-being and gives us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction with life. Creative expression will occur naturally when you open your heart to yourself and others, allowing the gift of creativity to flow through you from the spiritual source that is always available to you. New ideas are always waiting to be expressed through you – you just need to open to them and allow the time for them. When you do, you will experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from everyday creativity!

Enjoy (and Create)!

 

The Power of Ideas: 25 Quotes to Inspire You

 

theIf you’ve ever had an idea to elude you, join the club.  The most common problem for serial idea generators is either not writing down the idea or not acting on a written idea. Which person are you?

I used to vacillate between the two, but consistently write down ideas now.  I also recognize that it’s never to late to get into the habit of jotting down your ideas for future recall, so to help inspire you, following are 25 quotes extolling the”Power of Ideas.”  Feel free to share which one is your favorites or pass along a favorite “Idea” quote in the comments below.

  1. “If you are possessed by an idea, you find it expressed everywhere, you even smell it.” – Thomas Mann

  2. “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

  3. “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” – Mary Kay Ash

  4. “If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.” – Rollo May

  5. “An idea is salvation by imagination.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

  6. “An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.” – Buddha

  7. “All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” – Napoleon Hill

  8. “The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.”  – Dee Hock

  9. “You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere.” – Lee Iacocca

  10. “Every really new idea looks crazy at first.” – Alfred North Whitehead

  11. “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

  12. “Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.” – Ken Hakuta

  13. “You can kill a man, but you can’t kill an idea.” – Medgar Evers

  14. “The air is full of ideas. They are knocking you in the head all the time. You only have to know what you want, then forget it, and go about your business. Suddenly, the idea will come through. It was there all the time.”   – Henry Ford

  15. “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”  – Swami Vivekananda

  16. “The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.” – Linus Pauling

  17. “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.”  – Anais Nin

  18. “I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.” – Pablo Picasso

  19. “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”  – Eleanor Roosevelt

  20. “A half-baked idea is okay as long as it’s in the oven.”  – Author Unknown

  21. “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.” – Alfred Noble

  22. “My mind contains many good ideas, but it’s not always easy to squeeze one out.”  – Ashleigh Brilliant

  23.  “A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.” – Marilyn vos Savant

  24. “It is the essence of genius to make use of the simplest ideas.”  – Charles Peguy

  25. “Creative thinking inspires ideas.  Ideas inspire change.”  – Barbara Januskiewicz

 

Did You Know That Your Story Matters?

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For entrepreneurs and small business owners working to establish their professional network, visibility and influence, it is important to consider how you want to project your image and company brand as an expert or niche specialist.  You have probably heard or read repeatedly about creating your elevator pitch, networking, getting a mentor, doing local speaking gigs and putting yourself out there as an expert.  These are all great suggestions and ones that really should be followed.  However, taking the initiative to accomplish these things does not always come naturally.  So where do you really start?

Start with making sure you are relatable. Why?  Because people make connections with people, not obscure objects and things.  When you think of someone who inspires you, it was probably because you connected with them on some level.  And one way you probably connected was through a story that showed humanness, shared a similar experience, or piqued an emotion of empathy.   Have you ever had an experience where you did not quite care for someone but then you learned of a story in which they overcame some adversity, and then you saw the person in a different light and they actually became tolerable or you began to like them?  For me, I like to hear people’s stories.  I like to know what motivates, inspires and encourages them towards success because those stories serve as motivation for me to stay the course and never give up.

The good thing about considering this type of strategy is that we all have a story or aspects of a personal story that can be appropriately shared in a professional manner without over sharing.  Doing so with sincerity can help to build your influence while promoting and growing your business and personal and professional brands.  To provide some context for my point, consider reading this article by Rebecca Goldsmith of C-Level Stories who provides a six-step do-it-yourself process for preparing to share your story.

Remember, you are your first best brand ambassador.  No one can market you better than you can.  Get comfortable with your story of courage, conviction, hustle or failure.  It will be the the little things in your story that show character and humility and that will draw people closer to you.

What is Holding You Back From Success?

successOftentimes you may see yourself being successful in business, relationships, life but the reality of it is elusive and fleeting, at best.  It does not make sense to you because you see it and feel it but it just won’t kick into gear.  In many instances, this feeling is caused by an emotional block that stands in your way of moving forward and being progressive in your actions. You may be operating from a limiting belief about who you are and your capabilities.

I recently read a quote attributed to Michael Jordan that said “you have to expect things of yourself before you can do them” and if you are familiar with his story, this belief is what caused him to begin excelling in basketball in his junior high school year (along with his innate talent and skill). Everyone has talents, skills and abilities within them that can drive them towards being successful at the things they value the most because it generally comes from the heart center, which is why the feeling of success can be vexing; you know you have it in you. Unfortunately what happens to many people is they stay stuck where they are because they are comfortable, don’t know where to begin or what to do, or do not feel they deserve any better.

If you are in business, you have to get out of your own way sometimes to become the successful entrepreneur that you know you can be. Even though you have a great business concept and have set the operational framework in place to open your doors, there are still no guarantees, especially if you are emotionally stuck. Being stuck may cause you to not be teachable or coachable.  It may cause you not to seek out the help you need for small and big problems, like reaching your ideal clients and selling your product or service for their true value. An acquaintance of mine likes to use the phrase “you don’t know what you don’t know” and that is true, especially when followed by the phrase, “when you know better, you do better.”

If you are feeling stuck and have begun to doubt yourself, ask yourself, what is holding me back?  If you are really honest with yourself, you may find it’s that thing deep down inside that says you can’t do it, you’re not good enough, or you recall a parent telling you at age 12 you were not good enough and you are still hanging on for their approval. It’s all negative energy that holds you back and keeps you stagnant.  And the sad part is it occurs subconsciously so unless you keep digging, you just suppress the nagging, vexing emotion that aludes you from being the successful person that you know you are destined to become.

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At a business conference I recently attended, I learned about an emotional freedom technique (EFT) called tapping that was introduced as a tool to help conference guests to overcome limiting beliefs and fears so that they could focus their energy more on achieving business success.  It’s a different concept that is simple and easy that appears to be effective in channeling negative energy. by using your fingers and certain spots on your upper body.  I thought it was odd and strange but it actually seemed to work when I tried it out.  I found a video on YouTube that explains the basic concept and purpose of Tapping.  It appears to be consistent in what was taught at the conference as well as other research I have done on EFT (tapping).

My point in all of this is to share that It’s now time to move forward and unlock and realize your true potential as an entrepreneur and business owner.  The tool is in your hands (and fingers) so no more excuses.

Best wishes and Good Luck in your continued transformation towards success in all aspects of your life, especially in your business endeavors.

Limiting beliefs about your money and your business

money-bag-filled-with-moneyA little over eight days ago, I attended the last day’s event at Transform 2014 with Pamela Bruner and I want to share my takeaway about removing limiting beliefs about money.  If you are in business as a freelancer, entrepreneur, or small business owner, and feel you are not producing the income you desire, you MUST reconsider your beliefs about money. Sometimes we discount our services and products because we think potential clients won’t pay.  What that really means is that we don’t think we are worth it.  But if the product or service that you are offering can help them take their business to another level, change their quality of life, provide a unique experience, then your prices and fees are not about you making money but about them getting the transformation they need.  You have to see the value in what you provide and target the customers that understand your value and will pay your price.  Now keep in mind, you have to be realistic and consider the market price but I’m really referring to prices that undercut the market, which are hurting you overall.  Remember, quality over quantity.

In other instances, we don’t invest in ourselves because we see it as an unnecessary debt. But here’s the thing, if you don’t invest in yourself, there’s no guarantee of any return.  An investment is a risk but investing in yourself always pays off because it will never depreciate.  No one can take knowledge and sound information away from you.  It is there to make you a better person, to produce a better product and provide a valued service.  When you make that type of investment, then you can produce the income you desire for the other types of long-term (house) and consumable debt (credit cards).  Better yet, if you make enough money, you won’t have any debt at all!  Now that sounds fabulous!

So what are your limiting beliefs about money?  If you are a blogger, do you believe you can’t monetize your blog?  Don’t know which direction to start?  One investment that I chose to make in myself and my freelance business pursuits was joining a blog community at Problogger.com. Already I’ve learned some technical tricks and blog support information that I wasn’t aware of that I will be implementing soon.  I’ve also taken on a 31 day blogging challenge which is a powerful vehicle to help you hit the mark without unnecessarily stumbling.  Click on the icon to the right to learn more about the challenge, and begin to harness your true power as a successful blogger.

Remember, personal and professional transformation occurs with awareness and that starts from within.  Make sure you are not holding you back with limiting thoughts and beliefs about money and investing in yourself.