Self-Coach Yourself to Creativity

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Emotions play a big role in creativity. Keeping a positive mindset helps to unlock creative energies. While some tension always exists with creative endeavors, too much stress becomes unproductive. Understanding why you are feeling stressed is the first step to self-coaching yourself to creativity.

There are times in my life where¬† I’ve felt a great deal of tension (and not the productive kind). To dig into why I was feeling stressed, I stepped up my curiosity. I began asking myself what I want that I do not currently have. As renowned coaches Janeen Whalen and Newell Eaton taught me, coaching puts a “container” around the chaos in order to help process what is happening.

What I soon realized was that my values were not being honored to the degree I wished them to be. Values are each of our “imprints” on the world. The more congruent our values are with the situation we are in, the more energy we have. When we lose energy, it is typically because we are operating outside of our values.

So how do you identify your values? One technique I’ve used is to draw a timeline of my life. Here’s how:

Step 1: Draw a timeline of your life including childhood, teens, 20’s, 30’s and so on

Step 2: Fill in your time line by adding key peaks and valleys – the positive, and not so positive, experiences that shape who you are

Step 3: Now, detail the people, places, emotions, and things that stand out about these experiences.

Step 4: Once you’ve filled in your time line, take a step back and ask yourself what was important about each experience. Why was this important? These learnings shed light on your values.

With this learning in hand, consider your situation and identify what’s working and what’s not working. Now, you’re ready to create your vision for the future. From there you will be better equipped to make the choices and take the actions towards aligning closer to your values. This alignment with your values will build energy to unleash creative potential.

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