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.
Yesterday I got a LinkedIn request from someone I went to high school with. Hmmm. Aren't you curious about those moments when something or someone from your past reappears in your present as if you have stepped into the way back machine? Like an instant portal into that era, there you are swirling in memories of that old romance, your former business partner, or that geeky high school friend who you are certain is just waiting to photobomb your FB page.
Let's assume that everything happens for a reason. ;-) Things and people who step out of the past and into the present do so to show us something about ourselves in the here and now. Just like every other experience, you can choose to accept the friend request, answer the email, connect on linked in, return the call or card, or you can choose to simply reflect on it. This is where discernment becomes key.
It's not a given that you must provide a response, it's an offering to you. So you might wonder, is it the right time for me to resolve something, or offer a helping hand? Only you can know. I'm working on sugar. Now you might think these things are unrelated, but part of my past involved ingesting all kinds of sugary foods and (ahem) drink. As I clean up and make my body morebulletproof against today's environment, guess what? All those habits and people from my pastare reemerging! Wow. #awesome Why not treat these windows into your past as an opportunity to remember who you were and appreciate how different you are now? That's simple. Then step one layer down to ask, "Is there something from this period of my life that I need to let go of?" If the answer is maybe or yes, then draw a small picture or write a word that represents that time. Around it write some thoughts about who you were then, what you learned, and qualities you still carry from that past into the present. (like that sugar addiction ;-) Then refocus on who and what you dream of becoming. That thing you always wanted to do. The skill or quality you wanted to develop. The better health you are stepping into. A couple of years ago a woman tired of her job as a lawyer, came to me and in a vision to reality session, I drew a picture of the new life she wanted to step into; the long held dream she had of becoming an actress. Yep, she is that actress today. (and amazing at it!) Treat the past as a teacher. You don't have to go back and FB friend everyone you ever knew to gain the benefit of the lessons learned. You simply have to ask the memories that sift up from your past, "Why are you here now?" and then gently listen. You are the #creativethinker and master of your destiny in this equation. Fulfill that passionate dream you have by using those stones of the past to springboard you into the future you desire.
This is an awesome company that is putting people to work everyday. I led an interactive indoor road rally for their leadership team to help them examine their culture. If your team needs a culture refresh, contact me! True Blue The Leader in Blue Collar Staffing
Aleks Urbaniak is the owner of this amazing music production company in LA. He created the opening score for my Vision to Reality video that will release later this spring. Check out his beats. #rockin
This guy is quite the artist. Recently I got asked to draw some caricatures but I'm more of a real time illustrator. Look who I found online? Jess provided just in time awesomeness for my client. If you have a website and illustration work you think I should see, send me a link!
Recently I was talking to world class producer, Anne Archer Butcher about how she was able to manage all that was coming her way between her book launch and speaking tour of Inner Guidance: Your Divine Birthright (which is an awesome book, btw), her ongoing work with people like Donald Trump, and her family life. Here's what she said to me, "When I think I'm completely maxed out, I ask the universe to help me turn up the VOLUME."
WHAAAAT? Bio hacker that I am, I thought, this I gotta try. Let me clarify something. She didn't mean turn up the VOLUME on what I thought I should do, she was talking about turning up the VOLUME on asking for inner guidance AND then listening to the inner guidance you were getting and acting on it. As soon as I switched over to this different approach, I put myself into alignment with the law of economy. Suddenly, everything I did went more smoothly and I began seeing these amazing and unexpected results.
For example, I'd ask, "What new work should I be expanding into?" The phone would ring with a new client request that challenged me to mash together my skills in a different and unique way. Or when I asked, when should I exercise? Out of the blue a two hour window would open up and off I'd go on my bike.I didn't just use my day time to turn up my inner guidance volume, I used night time as well. Before I went to sleep, I'd ask to be taken to where I was needed to serve. Yep. Awesome. Took my dreams to a whole new level. Out went those old dreams where I regurgitated and processed my day, and in came dreams of insight, new people, new places. Skeptical? Bio hack your own dream time! Einstein did!
Why not turn up the VOLUME on your inner guidance (IG) and raise your IG quotient? How? Next time you are wondering which direction to go, tune in to that super power inner you that's linked to "for the good of the whole" and ask (your version of), "Here's what I want more of, life. What can I do right now that will help me step into that experience with grace and love?" Then listen for that quiet inner nudge. In my case, I find it's not that loud voice that's sometimes driven by my ego. It's the soft one ;-). Also I find that when I'm over obsessing about work, I have to say, "Make it so LOUD that I can't miss it!" Another person told me she asks to be shown that guidance in 3 different ways. Biohack that one!
Where might you want to turn up the VOLUME?
Expanding the Creative Genius YOU - Check In On a scale of 1-5 (1=never, 5=always) how often are you challenging yourself to learn more and be more of your true self? Physically (health, food, workouts) Mentally (focus, flexibility, learning new things, challenging old mindsets) Emotionally (ability to give and receive love, being kind) Spiritually (feel part of the bigger whole, ongoing spiritual exercise, tune in to IG)
If you are ranking under 3 on any of these, it's a perfect time to turn down the guilt and turn up your own activation volume. Then align yourself with IG to turn the volume up on the right actions for you.
Whatever part you are focusing on, above all, remember that you are loved. Turn the VOLUME WAY UP on self-love.
Speaking of love, I am so grateful for all of your kind notes, calls, tweets and FB posts. Thanks to all of you that sent me your stories this past month! You make my speaking SUPER EASY when I get to talk about YOU.
VISION TO REALITY, BABY!
PORTLANDIA CLUB, INC.
Awesome group who invited me to give a keynote on Drawing Solutions, Visual Goalsetting. If you need your team to get revitalized or realigned, this 45-90 minute key note is a perfect way to do it!
DON'T WASTE THIS LIFE
Now is the perfect time to make a change. If you need a kick start, watch my TEDx Draw Your Future If you need to Up Your Creative Genius in the health category department, I can't say enough about Bulletproof Coffee and awesome Dave Asprey. Check it out.
BIG MAJOR SHOUT OUT!
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DCS
Offsitarama: OMG these are the awesome people working for us in Portland. I had a blast illustrating for them. Here they are watching me draw and a piece of the drawing I was working on. Thanks Multnomah DCS!!!
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.