Five Tips to Get You Unstuck, Unblocked, Newly Focused, and Taking Positive Risks in Order to Create Your Soulful Life
You are a creative person. After all, you run a business, or work a career, and have one precious life. You have the ability to make positive changes in order to re-create your life and to make new connections between ideas, which is the key dynamic of the creative process. Yet, sometimes our creativity stalls, plays tricks on us, or appears to have vanished completely and we lose our courage to move ahead. It is at these moments that we need to reconnect with our inspirational powers to stimulate our ability to hold onto our Soulful Life Vision and take the calculated and strategic risks to create what we want. The following tips are meant to arouse your natural creative gifts so that you can surmount the challenges on your quest for the life that you deserve and desire:
1) Keep a daily excitement list about why you are committed to your goals. What fascinates you and intrigues you now? Why is it compelling to you personally? How does it matter to your family and friends or the larger world?
2) Visualize your Soulful Life and make a collage of images that support your vision (cut pictures out of magazines or collect relevant items) and then post this collage where you can ponder it regularly. Let the visual images help you to be as specific as possible in identifying the essence of what you want to manifest.
3) Take a field trip relating to your dreams to explore a particular facet of it. One of my clients was fascinated by gorillas, for some unknown reason, and I advised her to go to the zoo for a day, even without a clue about what she was looking for. While sitting with the gorillas, they reminded her of the power of nonverbal communication—the missing ingredient in the training program that she was developing.
4) Go to a toy store and buy a toy that reminds you of how you feel when you are confident and empowered. Spend some time playing with the toy and write down all the metaphors that you discover. A stuffed giant caterpillar once guided me to organize a project into interlocking, but flexible sections, similar to the body of a caterpillar. This metaphor pulled all the pieces together and was invaluable.
5) Send your inner critic on vacation and learn to suspend all negative judgments in your thinking. Give yourself the freedom to make mistakes and take positive risks that will help you to grow. Stop procrastinating or expecting perfection. If you were fearless about your life, what “out on a limb strategies” would you try next? Trial and error will bring you to creative success!
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Gail McMeekin, LICSW, President of Creative Success, LLC, is a nationally known executive, career, and creativity coach as well as a licensed psychotherapist and writer located on Cape Cod. She has over 30 years of experience helping people to vision and achieve their personal, professional, and creative goals. She coaches clients on how to leverage their creative ideas into heart-felt, prosperous businesses and fulfilling lives. She wrote the best-selling books: The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor and The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women, both with Conari Press.
She recently received her certifications as a SoulCollage® Facilitator and as a Scientific Hand Analyst, so she can help clients uncover their true Life Purpose! Her beautiful deck of Creativity Courage Cards was recently featured in Artist Magazine. Gail has been profiled on television and radio as well as in major publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, Redbook, Shape, Woman’s Day, Health, The Boston Globe, and The Sunday New York Times.