Positive Thinking

The Mirror of Creativity

The Mirror of Creativity

Although Alexander Papaderos was not the kindergarten teacher of Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, Fulghum tells the story Papaderos shared with him at a two week seminar on Greek Culture that illustrates the mirror of creativity.

Papaderos pulled a small circular mirror from his pocket when asked by one of the seminar attendees, “what is the meaning of life?”

He proceeded to explain that when he was a small boy ...

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Cognitive Reboot to Cure Creative Block

Get Past Creative Block With A Cognitive Reboot

Creative block feels like the death knell to your artistic and other creative pursuits and projects, especially if you work under deadlines.

While many things can contribute to a creative block, including feeling tired, overwhelmed, underwhelmed, ill, unorganized, or misunderstood. But one reason we rarely stop to consider is our own self-talk.

According to Psychology professor Robert Boice, who does cognitive work with writers experiencing block, wrong thinking, or negative self-talk, is a primary cause of that ...

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Go Jump Off A Cliff – Life is a Risk

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Every time we make a decision, not only do we stand to lose something, we stand to gain as well. Our job is to take the steps to ensure that we gain much more than we lose.

Living a better life means that we need to learn what risks are acceptable to live the life that we truly desire. Not leaving the house ...

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Avoiding the Avoidance of Life’s Messes

OK, so I struggled with the title for this one. But think about it.

Are you avoiding life’s messes? Because believe me, LIFE IS MESSY no matter what, but a life “lived out loud” or as I like to say “above the line” is even messier. Why? Because it means that you take more risks, you sacrifice comfort (and I say that loosely) for achievement and true satisfaction.

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.”
― Will ...

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How Dare You Settle For Less?

Why oh why is it so easy to settle for less?

Because feeling unfulfilled is better than fulfillment?

Ummmm, since when? Need I say more?

Because no one will criticize you?

Who are you kidding? Those who will criticize will criticize anyway. Who cares!

Most of the time, we think people are far more critical than they actually are. Granted, there are always the dumb-head nog-nogs (that’s the word my sweetheart uses when he is trying to mind his language!) that just won’t be anything ...

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The Secret to Countering Negative Self-Talk

I don’t know that creative people have the entire market cornered on self-deprecation but we artistic types can tend to be very hard on ourselves.

Someone is knocking at the door of your mind and most likely your heart. You know it’s that little voice inside your head. Not the one with wings. It’s the one with horns.

You don’t answer and yet, you already know what the little devil is saying.

I can’t do this.
I’m not ready.
I’m not good enough.

It only ...

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