If you are a creative professional, you need to be creative and productive on demand. You need to be self-motivated, focussed, open to new relationships and activities, and above all "happily at work" all the time. Creative professionals chart their own paths, build their own audiences, forge their own careers, and all those things require being able "work". When you can't work you are not only miserable but usually poor and/or panicked as well.
This set of resources covers a series of skills and techniques that will help you keep your head clear, your creative mind buzzing along, and your new work flowing.
Understanding the Creative Mind
Most creative professionals eventually come to recognize that what makes them happy, and what makes them creative, and what can totally make them miserable, originates in something called the "unconscious mind".
For most people, the unconscious mind is an abstraction or a theoretical concept, but for creatives the unconscious mind is a living thing, a second "personality" with amazing capacities, and very strong opinions and feelings that really can't be ignored.
It is a strong unconscious mind that enables and compels artists to do art.
This set of videos covers several skills, tools, and methodologies for understanding the unconscious mind, communicating with it, and learning how it can help you achieve your personal and professional objectives.
- Video & Workbook: Resolving Creative & Motivational Blocks and Problems
This workbook and video give you a fast practical method for figuring out what your unconscious mind thinks and matching it up with what your conscious mind thinks. The truth is that your unconscious mind has to be bought into creative projects in order for them to be easy, fun, and brilliant. Your unconscious doesn't think in a linear fashion, and it doesn't often see just one path forward. It sees dozens or hundreds of options most of the time. It can take great leaps forward. It can also see problems and issues your conscious mind can't and will balk at moving forward at all on a path it doesn't like. The mind mapping techniques outlined in this workbook and video help you find paths forward that both your minds can agree on.
- Video & Workbook: How to Banish Stinkin Thinkin and Save Your Creative Career
Many creative pros are hamstrung by specific thought processes that make moving forward impossible. Often these thought processes are wholly irrational, inaccurate, and inherited from childhood or created by past traumas. When you learn how to banish these "stinking thoughts" you feel a great weight lifted from your shoulders and huge vistas of opportunity open before you. You let yourself out of the mental prison stinkin thinking has put you in. If you are highly self critical or a perfectionist, or simply find yourself stressed, fearful, or angry a lot of the time, you'll find this workshop has some helpful solutions.
- Video & Workbook: Creating Transformative Media Jung, Erickson, Lakoff, Bernays
The unconscious mind is what lets you create and it's also what makes audiences respond to your work. Great art talks to people on an unconscious level, and in fact one might say it is "unconscious to unconscious" communication. This video and workshop introduce you to the unconscious mind and to techniques created by world leading experts for speaking to it. These key concepts from Carl Jung, Milton Erickson, George Lakoff, and Edward Bernays will fundamentally change how you communicate with your unconscious mind and the unconscious minds of others.
- Video: Understanding Some Games People Play
Most human interaction is is driven by the unconscious mind. People re-live scripts learned in childhood, following paths laid out for them before they could talk. Many create drama because they desperately need attention from family, friends, and peers, even if it's negative. Many find themselves "triggered" not just by what people say but how they say it. They unconsciously trigger bad behavior in others by using the wrong tone of voice, phrasing their questions wrong, or buying into a game. This workshop delivers information, skills, and insight you will find interesting and immediately useful if you have a creative mind.
If you are looking for an interesting adventure into the unconscious mind, skills that will help you create more quickly and work more profitably, or need help understanding what's holding you back, you'll find these workshops interesting.
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