What to do with resistance

What can you do about resistance (aka creative block, procrastination, avoidance, dread)?  What have you already tried?   You’ve tried the Nike solution. Just do it! It’s a favorite of many motivational types and self help programs. The pep talk, loud cheering, even shaming lecture are variants of Just Do It.   How did that go? If it […]

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Energy of desire

We have so many different kinds of desire, and I don’t mean just the different kinds of things or experiences we desire.   Some of our desires energize us, fuel our idea machine, our daydreams, our searches and conversations and most tellingly our actions. They even seem to somehow strengthen our hearts and minds, our bodies […]

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Anchors

Recently I read something self-helpy about the anchors that hold us down, stuck in a kind of life we don’t want. Yes, true, nod-worthy.   Yet I rely in certain anchors in my life that help me live or move toward the kind of life I do want. So do my clients. Coaching can be one […]

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Influence and self-coaching

Whatever form of self-coaching you choose, being intentional and strategic about the influences that surround you will gradually but surly carry you further in the direction you mean to go. Choice and attention to outside influences can even be its own form of self-coaching. What direction do you want to go in, or what do […]

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Ways of coaching yourself

Coaching yourself is not the same experience or tool as working with another person who is your coach. It is different but also valuable. If you learn to be a good coach for yourself you always have coaching available to you, and your relationship with yourself shifts as well, maturing and deepening.   A common and […]

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The dubious beauty of goals

Most of the Western world takes the value, the critical nature, of goals as an article of faith. It defines much of our culture and identity.   What is the American dream but a goal–measurable, definite, easily judged.   What is the purpose of a year, a decade, a season, a semester if not setting and achieving […]

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The jar of rocks

A day is a big wide-mouthed jar. It holds as many rocks as you can get into it, then it’s done. Fill it with thousands of grains of sand or hundreds of gravel bits and pebbles. Lots of activity but no room for big hunky rocks-the projects you yearn to work on, to finish; the […]

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Can you work anywhere?

An obvious booster of creative work is to make more time to do it. Being able to work only in a specific place or time or condition can be a drag on creative productivity or momentum or the ability to make use of the errant butterfly of inspiration. What kind of art you make makes […]

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Two myths about discipline

Creativity and discipline are naturally at odds, are they not? Not, actually. The regularly productive creative person who is least likely to suffer from long fallow periods, guilt, incomplete projects, scattered attention, roller coaster energy levels and frequent major creative frustrations is the one who has enough structure to her creative work or regular life […]

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Creative sanctuary

Environment has a lot to do with who we become, what we do, how we behave and what we feel.   Clients often tell me that it shouldn’t matter so much. They should be able to overcome work cultures, physical environments, or peer influences that drag them down or don’t support or inspire their best work […]

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