What I can do for YOU!

Here are some things that I can help you with should you choose to work with me:

  1. I can help you to make time for creative work.
  2. I can provide you with accountability at each step of your creative process.
  3. I can help you to explore ways to overcome the obstacles to your creative success.
  4. I can help you to work through any anxiety associated with your creative process.
  5. I can help you to prepare yourself emotionally for success.
  6. I can help you learn to manifest your highest creative potential.
  7. I can provide emotional support as you navigate your creative ventures.
  8. I can provide you with effective anxiety management techniques.
  9. I can provide you with tools that will help you to handle criticism in a constructive way.
  10. I can help you to learn techniques that enable you to tap into the riches of your unconscious mind.

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Beginner’s Mind

How do you feel about trying something new?

Does it excite you?

Terrify you?

Sharpen your attention?

Make you want to run and hide?

Most people experience some anxiety when they do something for the first time. Especially, if it is creative in nature or untested.

Think about something that you would like to try doing that you have never done before.   Write  down some of your positive expectations in short easy to read sentences. Then write down some of your negative expectations. Keep reframing your negative expectations, into positive ones, until you start to feel more and more optimistic. For example, if I expected to do a poor job, I could write, ‘whatever happens, I will learn something from each mistake’.

Once you have discovered more positive expectations than negative ones, you are ready to plan your big adventure.  Make sure that you have the necessary equipment before you begin, as well as the time and presence of mind to fully enjoy a dive into unknown territory.  If you need moral support, find a friend that would like to try the same activity and do it together. Or tell your friends about what you will be doing and enjoy their encouraging remarks.  Positive responses from friends and family will empower you to take risks.

Life would be very dull indeed, if we did not have the courage to do something different from time to time. Those who try new things, gain new skills and develop the confidence one needs to be successful.

Now you are ready to ‘Jump right in’! Bon Voyage Mes Amis!

Saturday October 11, 2014

This will be my fourth attempt to write my first blog on my new Creativity Coaching website. The first two were lost in cyberspace because I am getting to know the publishing software, and apparently there is a ‘learning curve’.

My first attempt occurred on September 25th, the next on October 7th, and the third about ten minutes ago earlier on October 11th. My second attempt was my favorite. It was memorable because I was in a really relaxed and happy mood, and I was sitting outside on a beautiful warm but breezy day. I was sitting on a bench, in a public rose garden, surrounded by beautiful smells and sights, listening to the breeze and the muted sounds of children at play.

Do your physical surroundings influence your creative work?

For many artists that I’ve spoken to and worked with, the layout of their studio, as well whether or not they listen to music and what type they listen to, is an important part of their ‘getting in the mood’ to paint. Getting ‘primed’ to allow your creative energy to flow, can be an important part of the creative process. Learning what kind of atmosphere helps you to let go of your worldly cares, and to be attuned to your mind and heart can go a long way to helping you to stay on track and get things done vs. become anxious and paralyzed that ‘ things are just not happening’.

I understand that an Artist can not always have the perfect environment in which to work due to constraints caused by limited time and money. This is a real problem, but it can be transcended with a little bit of creative problem solving. If you have these kinds of constraints, ask yourself ‘ Is there anything I can do given my situation that might help me to relax and focus just a little bit better?

Some ideas for those who don’t have perfect workplaces are; To do a bit of Yoga or relaxation exercises before settling down to work, To take a walk and focus on your breathing or the physical surroundings to renew your sense of calm, To drink some tea or coffee or any beverage that either relaxes or energizes your mind, To make a list of things that you will do later so that you don’t have to think of them when you’re trying to work, and to just sit quietly with your eyes closed focusing on your breathing and maybe then start thinking about what colors you might want to work with or what subject matter you want to paint.

I hope that some of these simple tips will help you to remember that there are always things that you can do to encourage and nurture your own creativity. If you are an artist this is not only helpful but down right essential!

Best wishes, Steevie

Notes from Your Coach

with Dr. Steevie Jane Parks