We start now with the first letter of our C.H,A.N.G.E curriculum.
C is for Creative Soulutions
In order to really drive my points home I need to use some examples. I'm personally most comfortable taking about business startups and entrepreneurship so we will use that as our first example. Also, I wrote the book on using your pain to fuel your art, and until this point I have been very much in the life coaching and mindset arena, it makes sense to also use that as a framework for sharing these tips with you.
The two examples are separated by green text for business and purple text for life. That way, you can skip to the section that you need advise on.
Now that's established let's get going shall we?
So when you are going through a big life change, it can play havoc with your emotions. When you are in the midst of all of the inner turmoil, and all the things going on around you on top of that, it can be hard to see what you need to do to move forward.
That's okay though, I got you!
I've got two posts I highly recommend if you are feeling stuck that will help if that's where you are at the moment, but for the purposes of this post I am going to assume that you've moved from stuck to seasonal, embarrassed the change that you know is inevitable, and now you are ready for the steps you need to change to have a smooth transition into whatever your new season looks like for you.
If you are there then the first thing you need to do is look at what you have in your hand and start exploring your box.
Hayls what does that even mean? I hear you say, so let me unpack it for ya!
Think about it this way.
Each of us has a certain number of talents, resources and circumstances we need to take in to account when we're thinking about making changes in our lives. If you had a box that was full of physical objects that represent all the areas of your life, and all your talents, what would be in your box?
The very first thing we all have available to us, is conventional wisdom. It is repeated so often for a reason ya know!
So then in your situation right now what does conventional wisdom say?
Will any of that work for you?( If not, it's cool we have some suggestions of things that could work)
For example, conventional wisdom says that if you are looking to start a new business, you need to make a business plan.
Does that sound like something you can do?
If not, why not?
Do you need to take a course maybe to learn the skills for this?
Or hire an expert?
Or are you just not the kind of person that WANTS a business plan?
For whatever reason. you may be the sort of person that doesn't want to write a business plan just yet. Maybe you don't know if it's worth it just yet, Maybe you are a pretty laid back person and you just want to see how it goes before you write a business plan, because that feels too official and you just don't need the pressure right now.
If this is you, then don't write off this conventional wisdom just yet, you need a creative solution. You're in the right place for that.
You see, there's no right way to do a business plan and it doesn't have to be super long and detailed.
Yes there is a traditional plan, with lots of pages and lots of information and all the plans for the next x number of years, but then there are plans that are just one page, and a whole lot less stressful.
On the flip side maybe you are super committed to this business, and the 5 year plan just isn't long enough in which case maybe you should try a longer business plan.
If the idea of a business plan is just a big fat no for you right now that's cool, maybe you could just write a write a paragraph on a page about what you intend to do and then list a few goals so you have at-least some idea of what you are aiming for.
That would be a creative solution, you won't feel so pressured but still have some direction and clarity about what you are doing and that can really help with anxiety.
Maybe that's the compromise for you. (I will be taking on new clients very soon so if you want to work with my directly, feel free to drop me an email or message me on whatever social platform suits you best)
If you are in this stage of life/business maybe these links will help. (of-course you can go without a plan all together, but there are very good reasons why this is not advised by even the most laid back of business advisers)
Moving on to that second example,
So for this one I am going to assume that your pretty broken up about something right now and that you are well aware of the thing you need to do for your personal development but you just don't know how to get rolling. I'm so sorry that thing happened/is happening to you!
Use Your Art.
Artiest are usually very visual and so here's a couple of techniques I've used in the past to use my own creativity to help propel me forward for a goal.
Yes I know you probably heard every blogger and their mother recommend making a vision board, but that's only because it really works. You get a little off track when you use that board with New Age concepts like the Law Of Attraction, (gonna address this later in the week) but as a general rule, seeing your vision right before your eyes, can really motivate you to get moving and show you what you need to do next. I've make mine over on Pinterest and I like to make physical crafty vision boards in my project life binder. Check out some tips for these here.
1. Make a Vision board.
So for this one I am gonna recommend a you-tuber that gets this concept across so much better than I can. I warn you though if you are easily offended by less savoury language, this is not going to be for you.
2. Brain Dump Method.
3. Music Is The MannaMake a playlist of songs based on the goal you are aiming for, it will help get you into the head space you need to do the work needed to move forward. Then if you feel brave enough, express these goals through dance, feeling it through your body can really help align you, so that every part of you is feeling the goal in the moment. Check out the playlist I made for you to show you how it's done.
4. Lists!I'm not talking typical written lists I'm talking doodle lists. Doodle the goals this builds off the dance thing, but instead of dancing out what you are aiming for, you draw it out. When you connect your art to goal, it becomes more tangible.
5. Art Journal.Okay so here I also recommend building a life management binder, with a clear focus on your goal, but there are lots of ways to journal these days. Here's a board I made on Pinterest on the topic. Also look out for my post on some of my favourite ways to journal and products I highly recommend for this later this week.
Right I think that's enough for one day, I will see you tomorrow!