creativity

How to find your creative flow (lessons from NYC)

How to find your creative flow

 

I see so many new Health Coaches get stuck on being creative – coming up with ways to market their purposeful packages, getting creative with naming their packages and programs, coming up with website and sales page copy that sells or creating blog posts that knock their readers socks off.

I’ve witnessed an idea that perhaps some people are ‘born’ more creative than others. I happen to think it is not that way at all.

 

 

My experience has been that we can choose to CREATE our state at any stage – speaking as someone who has been through design school and being an art director for years (when I was, honestly, naturally better at subjects like maths).

In other words, it is not something we are born with – but something we can choose.

The key to choosing creating your creative state is to start taking note of what fuels you - know what energises you and gets you in a state of creative flow.

I am currently staying with my friend here in NYC.  Over our morning lemon water catch up earlier, we reflected on how we were both setting ourselves up for a massively creative day.

She had cleared her schedule of any distractions, and was staying home to work on her bed - the quietest place possible, so that she could really focus and get creative.

Luckily for me, her wanting me out of the house to do this worked out perfectly, as I, too, had set the intent to have a massively creative day, in my own way.

I was heading out the door to my favourite hotel lobby in midtown NYC, which has loud old-school music, funky industrial interiors, other driven people creating away and a fantastic set up for co-working (in fact, I’m currently sitting in that lobby, and this is about the 10th blog post I’ve churned out so far).

So, there is actually no right or wrong way to create our state. It’s about getting to know yourself well.

The beauty of being an entrepreneur is that we can choose our ideal conditions and set ourselves up for greater enjoyment, creativity and outcomes by honouring the path to creating our creative state.

 



Challenge for the week:  Start to carry a notebook and take notice of how your state appears in different scenarios.

Get clear on where and when you feel most tuned in to your creativity.


Take note of what fuels you

As I said above, take note of what fuels you, such as the space you like to create in:  My friend loves quite, distractionless surroundings, while I love to be immersed in a vibrant environment.

Do you have a ritual that gets you in the ‘zone’? Do you set an intention for how you want your creative time to flow?
 

Identify how you like to work

Do you like to work in 20 minute chunks or 3 hour chunks? Are you more likely to feel inspired to work in the early morning? Or late at night?

 

The world needs your impact as a coach – and it’s up to you to find the way that best works for you to take massive action with great joy.

I’d love to hear what you find fuels you personally for massive creative action. What things are you already doing to create your creative state? Perhaps you have an idea that others can be inspired by, or that will shine some clarity on what might work for them. Leave a comment below so we can all learn from each other!  

Amanda xx 

 
 
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Never before shared pics of my past…

Never before seen pics of my past

 

I stumbled across some old photos today that made me seriously do a double take at what was my reality only a few years back.
 
In 2012 I was working in one of Australia’s top ad agencies.
 
I was at the prime of my career – winning multiple international advertising awards for my work and in a role many would do anything to get into.
 
On the outside I had a ‘fabulous’ career as an Advertising Creative and for all intents and purposes was living ‘the dream’.
 

 

Yet it was one particular photo that really made me stop and think.

 

 

This photo was actually taken for one of my last ‘award winning’ campaigns I did with my 'creative partner' Ben – and it speaks volumes to me in 3 funny ways.

  1. Check out those tears – they may have been force fabricated for the shoot, but something had to bring them on that day and how I felt trapped in the corporate world may just have been my secret trigger… (I may never reveal if that was the true trigger, but there were def days back then when I would cry at the thought of going to work, or cry at not knowing how to escape the environment I no longer wanted to spend my days in)

  2. Until this shoot I never EVER would have put myself infront of the camera… As a ‘creative’ the whole idea is that you stay behind the scenes making things look pretty. But hey, here I am, in the photos myself… Kinda funny considering I now spend my days creating campaigns with my own mug right up front. This speaks volumes to me of how far I’ve come and the barriers I’ve broken through to be willing to be more VISIBLE in my work and life.

  3. Truth be told though - I LOVED working on this campaign where we had the advertising industries 'top-dogs' photographed in tears. You can take me out of an advertising agency but I'll never lose my LOVE for creativity and getting a message out where it is needed most. And today I get to consciously choose exactly which messages I put my time and energy into.

Stepping into a career as a Health Coach has been such a huge journey that when I look back on these photos I can hardly believe this was my life.

 

It was a really great life no doubt about it (the photo above with my good friend Rebecca as we celebrate our campaign for 'Jeans for Genes Day' - a typical Friday afternoon long-lunch on the sunny balcony overlooking Sydney harbour) – but I was yearning for something different – and the leap of faith it took to say YES to my dreams was one of the hardest and yet most rewarding decisions I have ever made.

Did everyone around me understand why I left? NO...
Was the transition easy? NO WAY...
Would it I do it over again – WITHOUT ANY DOUBT IN THE WORLD!

 
The early days of starting a Health Coaching business are by far the trickiest due to everything being brand new, and that is why I LOVE so much being able to support new health coaches – making the transition to their dream life as easy and fun as possible.
 
Because there is nothing more rewarding than having that huge dream and then actually turning it into your everyday reality!

If you have a dream for a career as a Health Coach like I did, then it is completely possible for you too.

In my interview today with Abigail Devries (who recently left her own job in an ad agency) we chat about her transition into becoming a Health Coach and her own journey on the UPswing Mastermind program so far.

 

 

Sit back and enjoy!