The Artist’s Way & Choosing Thoughts That Un-block Creativity – Are You Ready?

Whether you are exploring your creativity together with others in an artist’s way workshop or working solo, your creativity and the flow depends upon your thoughts. Did you know that researchers now know that the average person thinks up to 70,000 thoughts per day? That works out to a thought about every 1.1 seconds. Would you believe that there are that many thoughts going on inside your head? If you’ve ever felt blocked or stuck with your creative process, you’ve experienced negative thoughts. What if you were in charge of guiding those thoughts in the direction of your goals, dreams and creative process? With this much thinking taking place, it behooves us to focus that energy on meaningful goals or outcomes. Whether you are an individual or business manager wanting to improve your own productivity, having a dream, outcome or goal is what contributes order and purpose into thought processes. Your thoughts lead to a sense of discouragement or a sense of well-being. Your thoughts lead to action. Your actions create habits. Your habits determine your life. Some concept board artist work freelance for movie studios that need quick boards to guide directors for live action movies.

Even though I’m old enough to be a grandmother, I’ve only recently learned the significance between my thinking and my outcomes. The concept of thoughts becoming things is new to me and so so helpful! I now feel so thrilled to be able to support others to see that we get whatever we focus upon most. Phew!

Coaches love to ask questions, so whether I’m supporting students in the artist’s way workshops or on the phone, I submit questions to ponder. See if you find these helpful:

1. What is it that you most think about?
2. Are you liking the results of your thoughts?
3. Are you living the life you really want to be living?

I am a person who did not like setting goals. I didn’t understand why it mattered and I felt frustrated about how to do it. Now I recommend that you give it a try. If you consider your goal as a blank sheet of paper on which you want to write something special, or a blank canvass on which something beautiful will be created, you can reduce the scope of goal setting to something very manageable.

If all those thoughts you are thinking are going to be thought anyway, you may as well provide some guidance for the thinking, no? Doesn’t it make sense to experiment with putting your focus on the thoughts that would bring you what you want-or some improvement in what you now are doing?

Even if you don’t agree that your life is not going the way you want because of the way you are thinking, are you willing to experiment with your creativity and start thinking different thoughts? This may take some resolve and courage and why not strengthen those resolve and courage muscles especially if you’re not leading the life you want right now? For un-blocking or getting un-stuck, consider this:

1. Make a list of the awesome things you’ve done.
2. Find 3 people to appreciate and acknowledge and do it.
3. Make a commitment to put focus and thoughts on one thing that is positive or “right”.

If it’s true that our lives are products of our thoughts, we can begin making small thought changes any time we choose. Consider it a creative experiment to un-block creative flow.

Think of a time you made a difference for someone else. Think of a small gesture you can do right now to improve the room you’re in or the counter top or the desk. Think a thought of ‘how to make this right’ then do it.

Below is a short list of some of the feedback I get from students when I make these suggestions:

  • I can’t control what I think.
  • These thoughts just pop into my head.
  • I’m ot in charge of my thinking
  • It’s just the way I am.
  • I can’t help how I think.
  • They’re just thoughts; they don’t matter.

The exciting truth is that we can control what we think and I’ve recently learned that. We can put the focus on what we want, not on what is wrong. Whether you’re an artist wanting to un-block, or feel less stuck, or a person who would not call yourself an artist, but you’re feeling stuck, you can play with this thought process concept and create change. It’s actually a skill worth cultivating. You’ll find out that it can make a significant difference in the quality of your day. Every decision you make comes from the viewpoint of what you think you are and the value you place upon yourself. If you’re willing to play with this creative experiment, you can change your belief of what is possible and recognize that the limitations you have encountered in the past are all part of a belief system you can change. Yes you can!

You’ll find immediate access to your free Special Report (12 Tested Tips on taking action to expand your creativity NOW) at [] This special report and the series of articles, Zapping Blocks to Creativity are offered by Leslie Gebhart, M.A., Professional Certified Coach who supports you to connect with your creativity no matter what your work or leisure schedule. In addition to coaching in support of creativity, she adds facilitating the book study of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way as a highlight of her work week. [] Feel free to paste this article into your own material so long as you also maintain the author contact information as is herein. Hope you found it useful! Make it a terrific day. 🙂

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