Drawing Solutions: How Visuals Will Change Your Life
Up your Creative Genius: Tune in here for innovative ideas to keep you relevant and expansive. Discover how visuals will increase your team's alignment, help you brainstorm and strategize, and become a living accelerator for your vision of success.
I went to the Wisdom 2.0 conference and I was blown out of the water by Arianna Huffington. Her opening line was, "Business people all over the world are coming out. Not as being gay, that's so yesterday, but as being meditators." LOL! But it's true isn't it? People who never talked about spirituality are bringing up the idea of past lives, or amazing spiritual experiences they are having. This conference was about spirituality in business. Google, FB, Twitter, Medium are starting meditation groups in their high tech start-ups, beginning meetings by taking a moment to become present.
I love this, because, why not? Why not start everything with a moment of inner calm? Open an inner ear to guidance and reflection? In all of the news that HuffPost offers, did you know that the religion, GPS4Soul and the Third Metric columns have the highest reader ratio? It just happened in January. We toppled over into soul awareness. Please join me in celebrating, no matter your faith. #awesome. #wearewakingupandtalkingaboutit
This past week I saw so many cool speakers and one of them I have to give a big shout out about.
His name is Kevin Carroll and his company is Katalyst. His story will break your heart and then heal it up again and inspire you to stay motivated into your greatness. Follow him, find him, hire him - Nike did for 7 years and he is on his own now speaking around the world. His message is about the power of play. "You can find out more about a person in 1 hour of play than in a year of conversation." How true it is.
BIg shout out to all of the people from the TCI Learning Lab program who I drew for this past weekend - all of you are so committed to innovation. Thank you so much for changing the face of education at the community college level. You're amazing.
Tomorrow I will be illustrating for the Disrupt Education think tank at Pepperdine, so stay tuned to see what they are up to. Orchestrated by none other than Frank Fitzpatrick - check him out.
PORTLANDIA Club Inc! For those of you women who enjoy networking, I am giving a short talk over lunch this Thursday, March 6th. If you need a tune up, why not get one over lunch? That's a cheap and lively consultation plus you get to meet awesome Portland women.
I need a few more classes in Portland to run Vision to Reality groups now that Open Meadows is closing (boo!) So if you have a line in to a great high school,please contact me.
CREATIVE GENIUS U
We are coming out with some really fun things this year. Learning Videos. Box Kits. Creative Genius Tools you are going to love! Stay tuned!
MINDY FELDBAUM & DEB BRAGG
This team makes it happen. They are orchestrating the most incredible convenings with educators or influencers across the nation. Big shout out to theCollaboratory and University of Illinois. Thank you!
People daydream close to 50% of our waking hours. Next time you are in daydreaming limbo, take one thing you are working on, one goal and consciously daydream about it. Daydreaming something positive fills you with serotonin and oxytocin and will build your will power to keep going and feel more supported by others in achieving your dreams. In a recent Scientific American article, Scott Barry Kaufman shares the benefits of mind wandering: "We mind wander, by choice or accident, because it produces tangible reward when measured against goals and aspirations that are personally meaningful."
2. DRAW IN YOUR MEETINGS TO REDUCE MEETING TIME BY 28%
You'll be happy to learn that in a Wharton School of Business study they found that people who drew or used visuals to illustrate the concepts being discussed spent 28% less time in meetings everyday. When you doodle your ideas, people "get them" quicker. When all of your meeting mavericks doodle, the meeting gets super exciting very quickly and we speed through the meeting agenda and on to other things. Looking for ways to cut down meeting time?! Utilize that whiteboard people!
3. FREE READ EVERYDAY
Remember how excited you got when you finished your work in the classroom and the teacher told you that now was FREE READING TIME? Awesome. There are the most amazing books out there in the world.
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UNITY OF PORTLAND
In this short talk, I share about how a visual helped me to validate my own integrity when I was seriously doubting it. Forward this link onto someone who needs to make change and isn't sure where to start.
1. BIOHACK YOUR DIET In this day of paleo, full fat, fast food, or gluten free veganomix, YOU have to decide what's right for you to eat. period. The days of "Doctor's Orders" are long gone. To find out the latest biohacking techniques check out the top rated iTunes podcast BulletproofExec.
2. GET FIT Mental & physical fitness is key if you want to live your best life. Pretend this is your last window to optimize you, and make the most of it! Walk, run, bike, do something to get yourself back into your body. Include in that new you, Lumosity or some brain games. Research shows you better use it or you'll lose it. Garbage in, garbage out applies here!
3. DAYDREAM OFTEN 48% of our time is spent daydreaming. Use your daydreaming wisely! Derail those wasted thoughts of worry or fear. Fantasize that perfect you and perfect life to align your passion with your reality. #youarewhatyouthinkyouare
4. ASK FOR HELP If your big fat ego thinks you're the brilliance behind this scenario, think again. If you aren't meditating yet, there's no time like this lifetime to get started ;-0 True help comes when you tap into your innate and ever present Inner Guidance.
5. DISRUPT YOURSELF No matter how fantastic your life is, the S curve applies. Appreciate this moment AND change something in your daily routine so you can meet tomorrow's challenges with flexibility and openness.
Here's some upcoming events to help you Up Your Creative Genius...
RADIANT LONGEVITY SUMMIT
FREE ONLINE SUMMIT WITH AMAZING SPEAKERS
This is a must listen event that takes place Jan 17-23rd I'll be interviewed on the 23rd, so please tune in. Here's your free link to sign up!
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS TO MAKE A CHANGE, PLEASE INVITE THEM TO THESE UPCOMING EVENTS:
RADIANT LONGEVITY INTERNATIONAL SUMMIT: ANCIENT WISDOM FOR CREATING VIBRANT HEALTH IN THE SECOND HALF OF LIFE
FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE
My colleague, Stacy Romillah, has been a passionate voice for health and wellness for over 20 years. She has brought together over a dozen guest speakers from the fields of nutrition, yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, psychology and spirit, to share their wisdom and expertise for your inspiration and benefit.Stacy will be interviewing each of us one-on-one, and my interview will air on January 22nd. You can sign up for free athttp://www.radiantlongevityplan.com/summit/#
Potential Within Us AllWhat the brothers who founded IDEO suggest in their great new book, is that we take a mental vacation to help our ideas come together more quickly. This is why when you are with teams working on strategy, if you approach the problem or new futures from a side door, you'll get better results. Daydreaming is one of those regularly utilized side doors.
When you daydream about something you long for, be it a creative project, a challenge, or an idea, your brain goes into underdrive, building that dream world in your subconscious with the help of your imagination.
"A daydream, in this sense, is just a means of eavesdropping on those novel thoughts generated by the unconscious. We think we’re wasting time, but, actually, an intellectual fountain really is spurting," writes Jonah Lehrer in a New Yorker article on the merits of daydreaming. According to a recent study led by the Harvard psychologists Daniel Gilbert and Matthew A. Killingsworth, people let their minds wander forty-seven per cent of the time they are awake. Daydreaming gives us an ability to merge ideas from the subconscious world and bring forth solutions. Often cool and unexpected solutions.
THIS YEAR WHY NOT GOAL SET FROM THIS OBLIQUE VIEW? Try this: When you go out, carry a blank journal and pencil with you. Then, ask the universe for a sequence of signs, tips, clues about your next step. As things happen during your day that stand out as unusual, jot them down or draw a picture of that experience or thought. What I mean by stand out is that you might be turning over a problem or idea, when suddenly you hear a song that seems to respond to what you were thinking. Or someone says something unusual and your brain highlights it as "huh, that's weird." Or you see a bumpersticker on a car that seems meaningful to you. The situation feels like what is sometimes called a "waking dream" or synchronistic experience.
At the end of your day, look at your list or pictures of odd things and add them up. Make meaning out of them.If they don't make sense right away, go do something else for while, and come back to it later. Eventually it will become clear and you'll be able to take steps towards achieving those things. What I love about daydreaming a new direction or change is I can count on myself doing it almost 50% of the time and when I daydream about the things I want more of, those positive things, it pulls me into a better frame of mind and opens the door to more possibilities.
With the change of the year, comes the opportunity to turn up the heat on your relationship with the daydreaming you. If you want to learn more about what I am talking about, I'll be on Channel 2, KATU, AM Northwest on January 3rd, or please join me for one of the services at the Portland Unity Church on January 12th.
After the morning services, I'll be facilitating a New Year, New You workshop from 1-3. It's a new year, time to GET YOUR GOALS GAME ON.
Love to your and yours, have a happy and safe holiday week!
ST MARYS PDX
DRAW YOUR FUTURE
Staff are amazing at this high school and I can't wait to run some vision to reality workshops with the students at this school. The students and teachers are open, creative, excited about learning. I can't wait to tell you what they teach me about visual goal setting.
if you haven't heard of Dave Asprey yet, wait about a minute and you will. His products, webcasts are an amazing way to find out more about how you can be in peak performance mode 24-7.
VISION TO REALITY SHOOT
This team makes it happen. My neighbor,Brian Butterfield is an amazing, new filmmaker. I hired him and his crew, Mike Poor, and Drew MacKenzieNoice to help me create some training videos. I loved their ideas an enthusiasm.
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!