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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Space to Believe


The Space to Believe


Each of us has our own set of beliefs about the world; why we exist, what makes up a good breakfast, what’s the correct way to greet a stranger or say hello to a dog you don’t know yet.

The great news is that there is plenty of room to form (and test) your own beliefs.  You can try a belief on for a day or a lifetime to see if it fits you.  The place we get into trouble is when we try to force our beliefs onto other people.  Sharing your beliefs is one thing, trying to make people believe what you do is another.

This week revisit some beliefs that you have formed – beliefs about yourself, about your family, your loved ones, your co-workers or team.

What do you think about them?
How are they working for you?


Shaking up your own beliefs is difficult. The basal ganglia likes the routine of patterns and when you disrupt that, YIKES, it shoots a little alarm into your system.

Yet beliefs can change over time, so making space to revisit the beliefs you hold about yourself will help you shift into the new you that is evolving in this moment.

You are an evolutionary being, so when things start to feel stagnant, rather than telling yourself the story that it’s time to “buckle down” and stick with whatever you think you’re supposed to do, try something new.

Try uncoupling yourself from the Should of your dilemma and take a walk with your What if? self. The What if? self utilizes your imagination to formulate new theories, or experiment with new parts of you and new beliefs. Listen to the subtle nuanced ideas the What If? self serves up.

Try on some new beliefs about yourself – like maybe you are perfect just the way you are.  Or how about the belief that everything will be okay, no matter which way it turns out.

Beliefs shape our world and what you believe is entirely up to you.

Experiment.
I love this picture I was sent of a group's current and future state. They agreed that all they need to do is travel that road, with kindnesslove and respect and they'll be fine.

What does your vision to reality map look like?

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Friday, June 19, 2015

3 Secrets to Reach Your Goals Faster

3 Secrets to Help You Reach Your Goals Faster 


If you haven't caught our recent tweets with links to secret goal setting, follow us!

What I love about having Emer on my team is that she is a goal setting shortcut sleuth. Here's just a few secrets she recently found:

1. Imagination Focuses Your Brain Better to Hit the Target

New research published in Psychological Science shows that people who imagined a visual target before having to pick it out of a group of distracting items were faster at finding the target than those who did an actual practice run beforehand. 

How can you apply this finding to your own goals? When you draw a picture of yourself achieving a goal and roll the tape of it in your imagination, seeing yourself walking through all the things you IMAGINE it will take to get there, you encode your neural pathways with the most direct route to achieve it.

Don't take my word for it!  Try it! 
Before you are getting ready to do something, do that old tried and true "visualize success" technique!

2.  Be grateful and your goal achievement level goes up.

Students asked to keep a gratitude journal were found to have a higher satisfaction level, ability to engage better socially with peers, and better overall performance. Leaders who expressed gratitude to staff had better working relationships and fostered a culture of support and appreciation.  Try keeping a gratitude journal. Write down 3 things you are grateful for before you fall asleep at night.  Research shows that after only two weeks of writing your gratitudes, you'll begin to see a change.

3.  Believe you'll achieve it, and you will.

Belief plays a huge role in your ability to achieve success. Not belief that something could happen, but belief that you can make it happen.
Albert Bandura proposed that individuals’  expectations are a major factor in determining goal setting, activity choice, willingness to expend effort, and persistence.

What do you truly believe about that goal you have drawn on your paper?  Unpack it to make sure your belief in your own capability is solid.

If you are wanting to make a change of some kind then now is the time to get focused on you and that dream you have been thinking about.  If you need a reboot, check out our FB page or twitter feed. We're offering you consistent tips to help you step into that reality you have been dreaming about.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Collaboration Schools You

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This month we caught up with Gina Johnson Morris, a multi-talented creative genius! Among other things, Gina is one of the women behind the downtown women's boutique Radish Underground, manager of PNCA BridgeLab, a dancer, choreographer and co-creator of a hit viral video. We visited her in her store to chat about life, creativity and reconciling art & income.

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Life schools you. Friends school you.
In turn, you school others. 


This week one of my longtime collaborators Nancy Cranbourne from One Big Yes Productions came to town.  We wanted to create a new something. Was it a workshop? A performance? We weren't sure exactly what we were going to create, but the whole experience was deep and rich and tough and educating.

It schooled me in the value of long-term friendship and collaboration clearly. It wasn't just about creating new work. As we talked about audience and outcomes, we dug in and asked each other the hard questions.This collaboration has been notorious for taking a deep dive into the underbelly to pull out what women in the world need right now.  Since we are women, that means we have to crack open our hearts to let the yuck pour out and the love pour in.

When you collaborate to create anything, you have to leave your ego at the door, unload your expectations, call up and throw out your old beliefs.  When ideas start to spark, one person throws something out in the air while the other yells, "Yes, yes, that's it! or "No, no something like this..."

It's loud and raucous and there's lots of good coffee and great food and a mile wide of respect and openness.  Eventually the pile of possibiities starts to form into a heart which beats and builds.

And the process schools you as you school each other.  At some point in all that schooling you realize wow, what a beatiful thing life is.  What an amazing school we live in and everyone's part so unique, so cool.

This week our Creative Genius PDX is just that. Cool. Gina Johnson Morris has some beautiful things to say in this episode of Creative Genius Portland about finding your passion, stepping into your dreams, and expanding your vision to include others.  Enjoy her brilliance and articulateness and let it shine a light on #creativegeniusYOU.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

The C in Collaboration

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No matter what the world wants you to be, remember to just be YOU!

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The C in Collaboration

How Collaboration Fuels Creative Genius

This week I had the great opportunity to be the MC at a spiritual conference in Minneapolis. Talk about awesome! My goal as MC was to weave the thread between speakers, video and creative arts and create a golden tapestry for the audience. I envisioned this image and worked towards it in the weeks leading up to the conference. I had about 5 minutes at the front end and a few minutes in between creative artists to tell a couple of stories and let the audience get to know me.

For the conference, they offered an MC coach to support the evening and help you hone your stories in advance. Being an MC can be a little tricky, you have to be able to break your story into bite size pieces, should the stage crew be ready before you are done and you need to say something like, "More on that when I come back."

A highlight for me was collaborating with the coach. Like myself, she was a former actor, and so she had such great ideas from where to simplify a story, to a couple of ideas on where to add humor in a set up or segue moment. It was fun and helpful. It required some last minute adjustments on my part, but I loved that part too. We had developed an instant rapport and level of trust fueled by her prefacing a suggestion with, "Now this is entirely up to you, but you could also..."

The evening was amazing. Afterwards I profusely thanked my coach and the team behind me. She and the backstage crew were so supportive and helpful.

Here are some thoughts on what makes for great collaboration & please send us your tips too:

C (see) your collaborator.  
Take them in, acknowledge their skills and experience, and offer up your skills and talents to step up to a new level of performance.

Establish a level of trust.
Give them room to expand the idea(s), give others a chance to share the responsibilities, and continue to offer information or expertise when your intuition guides you to.

Be grateful and courteous. 
I could have done that MC job without help, but I was so much better with it! I did my best to share the light of success with my collaborators through call outs, thanks and that tried and true handwritten note. Because without them, I would have been fine, but I'm not sure I would have felt like the experience was truly amazing.

This to me is the secret of building a high performing team. It's what makes for great new ideas and a polished product. It brings out the creative genius in you and I. In our shared vision of giving the best to our customers, we step up our game in unison and deliver excellence.

Here's to more great collaborations!  Wahoo! Now you say it!
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