How do you reinvent when crossroads look like a dead end? Stop sinking. Find new footing. ASPIRE.
Have you noticed that creativity gets a bad rap? Short shrift? My family was brass tacks about it. "You don't need creativity. You need a job."
Fast forward, crying on my Mom's blue couch looking out at Shell Creek, this crossroads was all quicksand. Mom had just passed away despite my best care. I'd already left behind everything in California.
After that terrible crossroads, who had I become? What was my purpose?
The phone rang. Thank good orderly direction, it was my old friend JR. Responding to my existential dilemma, she told me about The Artist's Way, Julia Cameron's 12-step course in discovering and recovering your creative self.
Hoping to find my footing, I dove into Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety. Week by week, morning pages and artist dates revealed my new surroundings and my blank canvas.
That tragic crossroads became the opportunity to reinvent my purpose and direction. Not only did I come to grips with what happened, I recaptured possibility that I'd left along the roadside.
Why creativity matters.
Change changes you, and so does stress. My purpose became clear: create or be consumed. Facilitate creativity and collective creative process so we can create our best future.
The Artist's Way was my first framework for sensing into the unknown: the first step of the creative process. I'm sharing it with you because it's a self-starter's way to answer the question: "what's most important to you right now?"
What derails creative mindset?
The creative process is our most powerful human superpower, but working on a future self or vision, feelings of unproductivity can become unbearable. Self-talk chimes in asking "why are you wasting time when you have real work to do?" Even the most drudge to-do list feels preferable.
What do you forfeit when you settle into the quicksand? Life force?
Creativity is the key to resilience.
What creativity really is.
Creativity is curiosity, the ability to discover new angles, connections, and solutions.
Creativity is communication between the senses and mind - body connection.
Creativity is conscious connection to source.
Creativity takes ideas to action.
Creativity is not the rearranging of the known. ~ Viola Spolin
Creating our desired future, we need to connect to source.
The creative process is as important for you and me as it is for groups, teams, communities, states, and countries.
What can your creativity do for you? What can the creative mindset approach do for you and your team?
Let's find out.