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An anatomy lesson on how to make positive change in your life

In my experience, following through on making meaningful change in our lives is one of the hardest things to pull off, even though change can be so critical to our well-being. Watching relationships fall apart; feeling powerless; finding yourself again in the same painful place you already swore you would avoid — these kinds of challenges…

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Meditation for beginners? I’m possibly interested

Do you meditate? I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t; it sure can seem mysterious, boring, or intimidating. What if it instead felt warm, nourishing, and powerful? Like you actually achieved something? I’d like to introduce you to the idea of contemplative meditation — but don’t be alarmed, it’s not difficult or complicated. To contemplate in a meditative…

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Feel the pain and do it anyway

  Developing creativity means walking through the flames of uncertainty. But if you get so far, rest assured, you are fortunate. Those flames are opening your eyes, mind, heart, and will, so you can do your best work. Your best work needs a vessel, and it is preparing you to be that vessel. Learn how…

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Lighten Up. Play The Fool

  You’re going to do stupid stuff from time to time. You’ll make mistakes and you’ll go down dead paths for years on end. Don’t sweat it. Whatever you do, wherever you go, you do it and you go there for some reason. Discover that reason, and let yourself be the fool. You could be…

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How To Improve Your Creative Abilities (and Help Save The World)

In her book The Creativity Challenge, KH Kim presents her research about plummeting creativity levels in America and the long term impact this will have. Educational policy since the 1980s is part of the problem, since more standardized testing means less creative thinking, and more recently, Trump’s stance on immigration is part of the problem…

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The Sun Wins Through — Eventually!

    This is a video showing a series of artworks by Jeff that is really one painting going through its metamorphosis from unfinished to finished. You can see a bunch of pictures are layered over; anyone of them might have worked as a finished piece. But Jeff was going for a particular expression and…

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The one essential condition for success with any new project

If you are doing anything creative — and that includes leadership, entrepreneurship, and change-making when you’re doing something challenging and impactful — setting up for success can make the difference between impact or flop.  Every creative endeavor needs the right conditions for success.  A writer needs pen and paper, a computer, maybe a printer.  And a quiet place…

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Five Simple Lessons to Boost Your creative leadership

We define creativity as the ability to generate something valuable without a blueprint or instructions. IBM’s landmark study of 1500 CEOs across the globe in 2010 identified “creativity” as the single most important leadership competency for enterprises seeking a path through the extraordinary complexity of the world today. What did they mean by this? Today’s…

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Not your normal approach to meditation; Part three

This is the third exercise in a series of meditations designed to help develop your inner practices.  This one is about gratitude. I have seen gratitude exercises offered in lots of places; it’s not a new idea. However, try doing it every single morning right when you wake up.  Same time, every day.   Think…

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