Words of Encouragement from A Creative in the Trenches

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TAG LINE: If I can do it, so can you!

They told me girls aren’t good at math:

I became a computer programmer

They said I couldn’t pass my project management certification, because I didn’t have enough experience:

I’ve been a PMP since 2004 and am now a successful program manager

The naysayers pontificated my dream of being an author was impossible. I’d never get through those impassible publishing gates:

My fifth novel comes out this summer (www.crrichards.com to check out my work)

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Am I super brilliant? Blessed by a fairy godmother? Have an “in” with publishers? I wish.

My Secret: I stay focused on my goal, work hard and maintain a super stubborn faith in my dream.

Don’t let the naysayers talk you out of achievement. I’m living proof they’re wrong. What are you waiting for? Go out and conquer!

 

The Key to Motivation is…

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If you’re leader, encourager or someone who got stuck driving a community event, then you understand the importance of motivating people. Admit it. You’ve had fantasies about giving Bill Pullman’s speech from Independence Day or delivering the rallying battle cry from Braveheart.

Everyone is different. What motivates one person may not work on another. People can be a challenge, but what about the biggest challenge of all? How do you motivate YOU?

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Passion – What makes your heart race? What consumes your thoughts and dreams?

Fear – Are you more afraid of NOT pursuing your dream than taking the risk you’ll fail?

Hope – The very act of DOING gives you hope for the future.

If you can relate to these three motivational triggers, then you my friend are living a “purpose driven” life.

 

How Do You Inspire Others?

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Did you know you’re being watched? Not in a creepy way. That’s not what I mean. You are being watched by a friend, co-worker, neighbor, stranger or little kiddo living in your house. They see how hard you work to achieve your dreams. Many may not understand the struggle or your “why I do this” drive. Some may tune in simply for the end result. All of them, however, are inspired by YOU.

Aren’t sure you’re an inspiration? Remember to do the following each day:

Show Your Passion (Share your excitement and then listen to someone else’s dreams)

Show Your Commitment (Be honest about your struggles, but do not give up!)

Show Your Courage (Challenges happen. Solve them. Don’t whine.)

Show Your Victory (Celebrate your accomplishments. Help others to understand they can achieve their goals too.)

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Inspiring others is one of the most important responsibilities creative folks and leadership driven people have. We are “seed planters” and encouragers. You never know what that little seed may grow up to be.

Have You Found Your Life’s Purpose?

We’ve all read feature articles about those lucky individuals who are “living their passion” and have “found their purpose in life.” They seem so happy.  Their confidence levels are off the charts.

Slumping off to the drudgery of your day job, you wonder if it’s truly possible to be as happy as they seem. Positive. Confident. Joyful. These folks can’t be for real. Deep down inside you both admire and resent them.

Let me tell you a secret.

Everyone has a life’s purpose. You just haven’t found yours yet.

Where do you start looking for purpose? Start with your passions:

  • Is there something (hobby or other) you love doing?
  • Is there a cause you feel strongly about?
  • Is there a career or activity you are fascinated by?

Remember: Your life’s purpose may not seem grandiose to you, but then again it really isn’t about you. It’s what you do for others. Never underestimate the importance of bringing someone else joy!

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Are You Feeding Your Creative Self What It Needs?

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Our modern world can be pretty brutal to creative types. Rarely do we find a benefactor who nurtures our souls and pocket books like the Medici Family did for De Vinci. We must be our own patron of the arts/ creative coach/ cheerleader. It can be draining for tender souls who just want to create beauty. Proper care and feeding of your creative self is essential.

Tips and Tricks to fuel your creative energy:

  • Reduce time spent in the negative. While it’s important to stay current on what’s happening in the world, spending too much time taking in negative news or social media rants will stimulate anger rather than positive creative energy
  • Experience someone else’s art. Visit a museum or see a play. Creativity inspires creativity
  • Nature is the ultimate energizer. Take a long walk in the countryside. Bike the mountains. Wade in a cool stream. Being in nature takes you out of your own head and feeds the creative soul
  • Spend time with yourself. Be still and quiet for a dedicated time each day. Meditation is an excellent way to recharge. Quiet time with a good cup of coffee works too
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We’ve come to the end of the “Love and Honor Your Creative Self” series. Remember: The best way to honor your creative self is to DO YOUR ART! The world needs what you have to offer.

 

 

Are You Using Your Creativity to Inspire?

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Creative Leadership isn’t just a buzz phrase. It’s a way of life. Finding innovative solutions to old problems. Defining new processes no one has even considered. You – creative person – could change the course of an organization for the better!

Yeah right. I’m not in upper management in my company or on the board of my special interest organization. They won’t listen to me.

As in any situation, there’s a right way and a wrong way to present an idea. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Not everyone can see what you see. You’d be surprised how many folks out there have let their imaginations dwindle due to lack of use. The “We’ve always done it this way” mentality is easier. It’s safer. Most people hate change. It scares the hell out of them.

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Here are some tips when presenting an idea to the skittish establishment:

  • Present your idea along with the benefits (what’s in it for them: time saved, money saved, etc.) to the company or organization
  • Show the research you’ve done to prove it is a feasible idea
  • Help them to see what you’re talking about by including Powerpoint presentations or other visual aids
  • Be patient if they aren’t immediately “wowed” by your idea. You must build trust first.
  • Stick with it! Large organizations don’t change quickly. It takes time to turn a huge ship.

Final thoughts: Coffee shop conversations are littered with “I just want to write books, play my music, do my art, etc.” I know I’ve said it too when I’m frustrated. However, we are more than our art. We have the power to inspire change and hope (desperately needed in these times). My challenge to you – Look around you in the day job or organization. Do you see any way you can help to inspire change? Is there an opportunity to encourage growth and bring a little positive light into the situation? If your answer’s “No”, then you are in the wrong job! Go find a place where you can make a difference. The world needs your gift.