Drawing Solutions: How Visuals Will Change Your Life
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Okay I admit, we went on vacation. Whenever I go on vacation and I realize some of you are back at work, I feel a twinge of guilt until I remember that you were on vacation when I was working last year.
I wonder what would happen if we all went on vacation at the same time, like for a full week? Everyone would know it was coming and we’d all stock up on weird food like canned Spam and Stagg chili like some of us do when there is a threat of natural disaster. Then shazam! Staycation would begin – you’d sleep late, share day old newspapers, play ball in the street with your kids or build snow people…and do good things for those you love.
We'd call it a GiveLovecation. You’d listen to your partner, spouse or kid just because you loved them. AND you’d finally listen without giving advice.
You’d hold the door. Or you’d randomly pick up trash because you loved your neighborhood so much. You’d cook dinner for someone single, with or without kids. Afterwards, you’d play video games with them and let them beat you. You’d make sure everyone had enough food and if they didn’t, you’d feed them. You’d wash your teenage neighbor’s car - just because. You’d let your dog lick the plates (just this once – ewwwww!) then you’d walk them as far as they wanted to walk – off leash.
We are coming up on that big holidaze of stuff. This year in addition to, or instead of,giving things, if you and your family already have enough stuff, why not start your own GiveLoveCation. Give love to each other – really give love without the... “See, I listen to you sometimes…” Give love to your neighbors and your friends. Give love to those who you suspect might really need a little extra love. You and I both know that most people don’t need that tacky, smelly candle, they just rather be loved.
Go love ‘em up. Thank you all for everything you are doing in the world to make it a better place. I. LOVE. YOU.
2014 EVENTS - Oh yes, it's almost here.
Friday, January 3 – AM NORTHWEST New Year, New You segment. I'll be interviewed on daytime TV KATU-TV (ABC)
Portland Unity Church – New Year, New You Workshop January 12th I’ll be doing the services in the AM and then in the afternoon from 1:00-3:00, I will be leading avision to realityworkshop. Want to start your year off with all big bang? Come join me for $35 to DRAW YOUR DREAMS INTO REALITY for 2014 and beyond. PS. You don't need to know how to draw.
CAN YOU ENVISION IT?
WORKING WITH TEENS
Lisa DeKrey fromTastefully Simplesuggested to me a LONGTIMEAGO that I should write a book on goal setting for teens. I'll be running some vision to reality focus groups in the PNW with teens to find out what they really need in preparation. If you are connected to a school that might be interested in being a part of this project, please have email me.
RADIANT LONGEVITY INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT
ANCIENT WISDOM FOR CREATING VIBRANT HEALTH IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
This is going to be an awesome line-up of interviews and I've been asked to be part of it. If you want to listen in to these amazing interviews, check out Stacy Romillah I'll be keeping you posted on this as the weeks go by. Save January 23rd for sure ;-)
This guy makes so much happen behind the scenes for me. Whether he is pitching my book, or getting me onto some radio or TV show, my Public Relations aficionado, David Carriere, is #awesome. If you are thinking about publishing a book and need a helping hand on the PR end, check him out.
Finding a way to give thanks in the right way for you.
Gratitude is one of the illuminators of the universe. It keeps your heart open, brightens yours (and someone else's) day, and helps your brain, in it's cataloguing of all that you say, see, hear and do, better understand what you are thankful for. In Rick Hanson's lovely and helpful book Hardwiring Happiness, Rick writes extensively about how you can help your brain switch from its "Oh no, NOW we're in trouble!" default mechanism, to the "Okay now we get to handle this new creative challenge!" (sound of trumpets) mindset when facing challenges. One of the ways he suggests to help yourself hardwire more happiness into your neural network, is to notice when you are having a good experience or feeling, and truly let yourself "have it" - soak it in for 20-30 seconds. The experience of having "goodness" will help you, when you come up against the tough stuff, remember and recall that you are capable, confident, loved, beautiful…and all the other things you and I tend to forget when we feel stressed OUT.
One habit I have been practicing is tobe grateful FIRST, then get on with ideating how to solve the predicament I find myself in. Try it. When they cut you off in the parking lot, say OUT LOUD (and work your way up to saying it without sarcasm) "Thank you!" Or, when your partner forgets to…(fill in the blank), before you get all steamy(and not in a good way), say "thank you!"
Honestly, you and I, we have no idea why certain things happen in the order that they do, so why get mad about it and continue to resist what IS happening?
Let it go. Give it up to the universe. Throw your hands in the air and give thanks. You and I - we are still alive! We still have a beating heart to give thanks with! Find the way that is right for you to give thanks to those around you, in this moment.
Happy Thanks Giving to you and yours - whoever and wherever you are. I give thanks to those of you whom I met at a conference, on the airplane, in the grocery store, on the street, on the phone, on twitter, FB or maybe I accidentally didn't see you at all, belated thanks for being here and thanks for being you. You make the world diverse, interesting, loving and challenging. All good. Take care in this holiday season…and
PNODN Meeting Mercer Island Awesome session with the PN ODN group. Beautiful drawings and visions of the future. Get on board, go and draw yours again. RIGHT NOW!
Have you tried Bulletproof Coffeeyet? Check out what Dave Asprey and the Bulletproof team are up to. I know I said I would never go gluten free. Too late. DONE! Upgraded me. I feel #amazing
STEVE KILLIAN & TEAM
Point B has the great fortune to have Steve Killian on their team. I have gotten to work with him a couple of times in his F7 planning process. Super rockin' Thanks to everyone who helped to make the Lake2Bay II meeting amazing!
This week I met hundreds of you ready to accelerate making change in your life. #awesomeyou! Some of you lamented that you had been in the same organization for many years, or repeating similar patterns and wanted to shift to doing something new, but...
Today, close your eyes and pretend you are walking down that hallway in the daytime soap,Dark Shadows. In the hallway are a series of closed doors. Each door has a sign labeled with one of those things you have always wanted to do, or said you were going to do, but...for some reason didn't. Behind each door is that adventure - YOU in that new life or change you want to make.
SPOOK YOURSELF! Leaving all fear in the hallway, imagine yourself OPENING ONE OF THOSE DOORS and walking into that dream room with your imagination. What's it like in there? What are you like in there? What's super cool things are happening? Dream this dream as fully as you can. THEN MAKE SOME NOTES ON A PIECE OF PAPER, draw a picture of what you remember - all the good stuff and feelings and creativity and fun in there!
THEN GO TRY ONE OF THOSE THINGS you saw yourself doing IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD! Change will only occur when you scare yourself out of a rut.
Such a great offsite. Interesting people, wonderful insights, great maps and questions from all of you. #seeyounextyear!
SHIFTING TO NEW
WE CAN HELP
Want to help your people make the shift to the new with that IT implementation, culture shift or strategy? A picture speaks 1000 words. Let us draw you a picture to help with that rollout. Shoot us an email!
I have been in dozens of different rooms this fall, filled with people who are working hard to make change. Yet no matter how hard they try to push things through, get that process, those programs, that strategy, those people whipped into shape, they still feel like they are slowly sinking in quicksand. Why not start experimenting with new ways to trick yourself and your brain to get what you want more quickly?
CHANGE WON'T EVER HAPPEN SOON ENOUGH FOR THOSE WHO ARE READY NOW
What we know is that the world is filled with resistance to change. Status quo is comfy. no doubt about it, and in some cases resistance is a good thing. Resistance slows us down to consider whether what we are about to do is really going to create expansive change. Think of some of the ridiculous ideas you have tried or items you have purchased with your hard earned denaro that you wish someone had talked you out of. But there are some cases in which resistance prevents us from making scientific discoveries that can alter the life experience of others who need it.
This week a Rhode Island-based research team won a $1 million prize at the BrainTech Israel Conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday morning for breakthrough research and innovation in neurotechnology. Out of 10 finalists, the prize went to the Brain-Gate research team, headed by Dr. John Donoghue. BrainGate, which is based at Brown University, helps disabled people around the globe by creating robotic and prosthetic arms controlled by implanted neural sensors.
When this idea first came out, people didn't think it possible, given that each of our brains react so differently to stimuli. These doctors are currently recruiting people to advance science through placing an implant in the part of the brain which controls movement. They are linking thinking to actual movement of prosthetics. In their acceptance speech for the award, one of the doctors said, "We are strangers to ourselves," when referring to our lack of knowledge about how the brain truly works. Uh, yep.
SO WHY NOT RUN YOUR OWN SCIENTIFIC EXPERIMENT ON YOURSELF?
Change agent and SPHR coach, Andrea Ballard ran an ad hoc experiment in one of my Vision to Reality sessions last week. She was wearing a biofeedback dot on her hand during the session. Later, she shared the results from her experiment:
"During your presentation, if I was talking in a small group or with a partner or listening to you speaking, I ranged orange/brown on the color scale - which was nervous/unsettled. I think it's because my brain was processing so much info. When I was drawing (and typically I think of drawing as something that makes me anxious - i.e., "I'm not good at this") my dot turned dark green or blue indicating calm/tranquil EVERY SINGLE TIME."
Research shows that drawing increases our levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that play a role in increasing happiness and relaxation.
Ever lose track of time working on a creative project? This is because our concept of time exists in the left hemisphere of our brain. The creative process exists mainly in our right hemisphere. If we focus our attention to the right hemisphere, we give our analytical left side some much needed time to rest. AND we drop our resistance to and relax into new ideas.
Try this experiment: Next time you or your team are feeling stressed or resistant to change, try drawing a picture of what you are currently experiencing and then doodle how you'd like this whole situation to be going. Shift your perspective and shift your reality.
VISION TO REALITY
NHRMA 2013 CONFERENCE
Amazing drawings from participants in my session at the recent NHRMA conference in Tacoma.
A SIMPLE DRAWING
CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING
You don't need to know how to draw to make change in your world. Download a template for free and get started today.
Here's a great example from one of the participants!
DRAWING SOLUTIONS: HOW VISUAL GOAL SETTING WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE
If you haven't gotten your copy of Drawing Solutionsor one for a friend who needs to make a change, why not stop by Broadway Books at 1714 NE Broadway in Portland and pick one up? Support your local INDIE BOOKSTORE!
Why does or doesn't drawing pictures of the things you want more of, help you manifest them in your life, AND how can you accelerate that process? This is my ultimate quest: make change easier. I downloaded Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's new book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention and he is examining what creativity is and how you can enhance it in yourself and your workplace. In the early part of his book he talks about memes and how they influence and alter a domain (like music, science, art) and subsequently shift culture. He writes, "Creativity is any act, idea, or product that changes an existing domain, or that transforms an existing domain into a new one. And the definition of a creative person is: someone whose thoughts or actions change a domain, or establish a new domain. It is important to remember, however, that a domain cannot be changed without the explicit or implicit consent of a field responsible for it." His theory is that new ideas change and alter the environment in which they are created, but only if they are adopted by that domain's field.
I became fascinated with this idea when applying his theory to the Vision to Reality maps you and I have been drawing to help us make change. In my most recent TEDxRainier salon talk, an audience member asked, "You talk about the things that do change, but what about the ones that you want to happen, that don't?" I started thinking... what if your brain is one of these "domains" that Mihaly is describing? If your brain isn't tricked into adopting that new reality you want, it won't embed itself into the culture. On a recent map I drew after I had landed in Portland, in my desired new reality side, there were "new partners" & "keynotes in EU, China or exotica" (aka exotic places). I also wrote and drew a "new studio person", because I left my secret weapon, Scott Ward, in Seattle. ;-( and he's pretty busy now with his new store, so I have to face the fact that I need someone local.
Let's talk about the results, just two weeks later. Speaking in exotic places? New Zealand emailed (CHECK!) and Francine Read here in Oregon has out of the blue started beating the bushes for local and national speaking work. Someone turned me on to OYF, an awesome interactive training company here, so looks like I'll be meetings some potential new partners. (CHECK!)
That brings us to the studio artist. I have complete interference here. So this meme is not yet being adopted by the culture of my brain.
DO YOU have things you say you want in your life or your work, that you haven't firmly adopted? I thought so. SO..What NOW?
Unpack that meme. On a new piece of paper, look at this one element. Look at what's happening now (in words and pictures on the left side of your paper) what's challenging, what's going well with your progress with it. Then ask yourself, "How do I want this to be different 3 months from today, best case scenario?" Draw and write it out on the right side of that paper. Then close your eyes and ask, "What's the boldest step I can take to get myself from here to there?" See what you learn. Send me YOUR RESULTS!
"Today many American corporations spend a great deal of money and time trying to increase the originality of their employees, hoping thereby to get a competitive edge in the marketplace. But such programs make no difference unless management also learns to recognize the valuable ideas among the many novel ones, and then finds ways of implementing them." - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Uh yah. I'm guessing the same goes for your work world. HAPPY AUTUMN!
DRAW YOUR AVATAR
Tired of same old introductions? Ask that group of people to draw their avatar and add a super power or stupor power (something that in a facilitated session puts them into a stupor) as their opening check in. #superfun
Just a big shout out to Andre Golard & TEAM! The TEDx events are a fantastic way to find out about new ideas and people like Andre put in dedicated hours to make these rock. #thanksvolunteers!
SHOUT OUT CORNER
THANKS FOR COMING
Without an audience...it would be one hand clapping Thanks for coming toTEDxRainier Salon
HOW WHO YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL STILL SHAPES YOU TODAY
Really? Could it be true? On my recent vacation, I was the sag wagon following Julie on her way back from Sturgis on her Harley Davidson. Yes, you read that correctly. Sturgis = a Harley Meetup x 700,000 or so HOG obsessed people. In the long hours of trailing her back home, I heard an NPR interview where they were discussing the research that shows who you are today can be traced back to who you were in high school and what you experienced there.
FORmost adults, the adolescent years "occupy a privileged place in our memories, which to some degree is even quantifiable: Give a grown adult a series of random prompts and cues, and odds are he or she will recall a disproportionate number of memories from adolescence. This phenomenon even has a name—the “reminiscence bump”—and it’s been found over and over in large population samples, with most studies suggesting that memories from the ages of 15 to 25 are most vividly retained."
Why? Partly because in our development, we experience super high doses of dopamine (the feel good hormone) when good stuff happens; success in sports or scholastics or during those imbibing and bonding moments with friends. These experiences imprint on your brain, forever highlighted in NEON LIGHT, like a supernova in the vast constellation of experiences filed in your memory bank. On the flip side, those hormones also imprint those cutting, cruel comments as well. Which is why there are things you never seem to be able to forget (or get over). Bummer. (Do some NLP for this!)*
"High school is when you learn how to master social relationships—and to understand how, basically, to ‘play the game.' Or don’t," writes Gabriella Conti, economist and first writer in a research paper published last October by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study showed a compelling correlation between high-school popularity—measured by how many “friendship nominations” each kid received from their peers—and future earnings. Evidently if you were a tall, popular boy in high school you stood a better chance of making more money than your shorter peers. However, if you were a beauty queen, who was pampered and things were given to, in today's world you often are less likely to be able to assert your own ideas. This type often ends up getting married versus going into another form of work, then having kids and spending a great deal of time as a soccer Mom. (I'd be interested in knowing if they go back to school or into the workforce after their kids are grown and out of the house.)
Another weird high school factoid: our favorite music to listen to? Oh yah, songs from that era. Forever Motown am I;-)
Listening to the program, I reflected on what I do for work today and how unbelievably accurate this high school = you theory is for me. In high school, I was the pep commissioner! (big surprise) Every week I had to make posters for the athletic teams with my high school pals Lisa Aoto and Nancy Shigetomi - "Go Mustangs" and"Buck the Fulldogs" with super groovy fonts.
WHAT DO I DO FOR A LIVING TODAY? Highly paid pep commissioner - aka "Corporate Change Agent", "Gamestormer" and poster maker or "Strategic Illustrator" and Graphic Storyteller.
Super true that no matter where you go, there you are. Thanks for that old take on the new me, NPR!
Who were you in high school and how is that reflected in who you are and what you do today?
*Looks like you can't blame it on Mom & Dad anymore!
I was fortunate to be able to illustrate for this amazing group of women. World Pulseis like FB for women around the world. They are changing lives everyday. I turned around and gave part of my fee immediately back to them. FUND THEM.
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NIKE CHANGE TEAM ROCKING THE CHALK
This team at Nike brought me out to help them learn how to graphic record. They were #awesome! Special thanks to Kristen Hartwigsen for making it all happen.
Imagination is the vehicle in which we find rest, we dream, we explore, in which we create. It's the place of longing and belonging.
In doing research for my most recent talk at TEDxSacramento, "Imagination Changes Everything", I came across some great tips on how to keep your imagination vibrant. It goes without saying that you have to exercise your imagination along with everything else to keep in shape, so here are two simple ways to help you stretch those imagination muscles:
TIP 1:Notice something in your environment.* Pretend that thing, that feeling, that weird experience you are having, is a piece of art. Study it as if it is a specimen, or a still life. What do you notice? How does it feel? What questions do you have? What patterns do you see?
*HINT: Do NOT do this when your spouse or partner needs you to listen to them, trust me, that is the one time you many not want to try this imagination expander ;-0
TIP 2: Play the "What If" game. Ask yourself..."What if I got a GOOGLE car? What if I were that bike racer in the Tour de France? What if I were able to wake up in a new body, or be anyone, anywhere?" Play around with this fantasy and see what you learn about what you secretly want or think you'd like to do. ThenQUICKLY, write down what you learned about yourself! DO IT!
Some of my biggest risk taking and self expanding moments came playing this game. #meanit
It's summer. Try something new. Expand yourself into parts of YOU that you didn't know you had. Every moment is an opportunity to play around in that fascinating imagination of yours. You do it all the time anyway, when you needlessly worry, why not COMMIT to something fun in those imaginary worlds? You will be pleasantly surprised at the results when you do. Imagination changes everything.
OH MY GOSH! I loved this PR firm. If you need stuff done, call them. R2C Group, they are in Portland and the ROW. (Rest of World) #awesome