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Keys to Maintaining Creative Flow and Banish Burnout

Whether you are trying to write a book, create a new product, teach history to your homeschooled children (not your subject), or just grasp a new perspective on some other aspect of your life, you probably become stagnant from time to time or may even experience creative burnout.

It’s NOT time to give up!  The real secret to conquering creative burnout and keeping your edge is to prevent your imagination from stagnating in the first place. Before you become sluggish in the imaginative arena, try one or more of these creativity boosters daily and soon you’ll find that you are moving closer to the mountaintop!

1. Keep a journal.  Write two or three pages every morning.  It doesn’t matter what you write about.  Carry it with you during the day, just in case another fleeting thought comes by so you can capture it.

2. Add “change” to your routine.  Move your desk across the room.  Drive a different street.  Read someone else’s magazines (but ask first).  Add some physical activity to an otherwise inactive day, maybe a round of hoops with your son.

3. Study a new technique every week. Change brainstorming techniques the way some people ought to change their toothbrushes – often.

4. Chill.  Ever get an idea while driving?  Taking a walk in the park?  While singing in the shower?  The subconscious does a lot of work while you’re relaxing.  Again, have that journal or recorder ready to jot down ideas!

5. Paint, draw, play music.  Skills that force you to think creatively – but to do things alien to your routine – can jumpstart a slumbering mind.  Build a birdhouse or work on origami or calligraphy with your child.

6. Practice problem solving.  Musical people often learn languages faster.  People who do crossword puzzles live longer and stay sharper.  The mind, it turns out, is a muscle.  Let’s keep it exercised!  Try out Sudoku or even that algebra problem that has stumped your teen.

7. Read. Walt Disney called Reader’s Digest a “gymnasium for training the mind,” probably because of the variety of genres that may be explored in each issue.  Live books, historical fiction and science books are wonderful for unlocking the brain to strive for new and higher potential.

Caution! Beware of Dream Killers

Ever dream of having your own business, inventing a widget, learning to fly, or taking that missions trip …..?

Most of us at some point in life have had a dream, wanted to try something new, or wanted to go on the adventure of a lifetime, only to have that dream to be squashed at inception by mostly well meaning loved ones or friends.  How many people do you know that encourage you in your dreams?  I find it hard to find the true encouragers, but there are a ew of them out there!

You open your mouth and let someone in on this dream just to hear that it would never work, it has already been tried before and it failed, it would be too costly, ………. the negative reasoning goes on and on until you decide not share your dreams anymore, even talk yourself out of doing it because it is too risky, not safe, or just a crazy idea.  Just think about it – you can only imagine what a success it might have been, but you’ll never know how it would have turned out because you never followed through to the end.  It may have just turned into a brand new beginning!

Consider David, a pure at heart example of what to believe in!  He knew what he knew, stood on that, removed himself from the naysayers, found favor in the sight of another, made a plan and followed through, come what may! (many times over)  Look what his strong faith and convictions took him through!  Let us learn from his example!

Hang on to that entrepreneurial spirit by being careful of who you hang around with, keep trying it again!  Stick with what you know!

A New Way – Use every day as a learning experience to test your wings and take the failures, and use them as a springboard to find your success!  Remove yourself from the dream killers, surround yourself with positive influences, and find/follow your dreams!

 

Obstacles in Our Path

Just had to share this with all!  —

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.  Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.  Many loudly blamed the  King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.  Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.  After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.  After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.  The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.  The peasant learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”    –    Unknown

This is such a great point to ponder in our daily life and a reflection of our condition!  It relates to our personal/spiritual life, family life, work life, and business life!  Just think of all the opportunities that may pass us by every day – we must grasp each moment and live it to the fullest in the best attitude possible!  I would like my kids to learn this now, so will be finding ways to incorporate this lesson in their daily routines!

Family Fun in Magical Myrtle Beach

I finally took a day off from the 9-to-5 grind for some family fun at Myrtle Beach. No, we didn’t actually go to the “beach” for a beach day. Instead, we opted for an inexspensive family brunch at Spring House Family Resturaunt before we went on a “magical” shopping spree at Barefoot Landing. There, we looked for a few things to help Jonathan with his study of magic.

Jonathan took a fancy to learning card tricks several months ago and has become quite good at slight-of-hand card and coin magic. He seems to draw a crowd wherever he goes and has become bolder in talking to strangers and showing them his amazing feats!

He found some cool card decks and Tim found some good instructional DVDs to help him learn more about style and presentation! Kendra thinks she’s ready for a magic set of her own now!

We then moved on to Broadway at the Beach and another neat magic shop. Tim even found a couple of tricks he wants to work on. We all enjoyed talking with the shop owner and sharing tricks!

When we found there was not quite enough time for a trip through the museum before supper, Jonathan and I decided to climb a THREE story rope challenge, all suited up for repelling. There were gators in the water below! And we had to walk the gangplank on the third level! Arggh, Matey! We were able to master the challenges with time to spare, and didn’t lose any limbs to the gators in the process either!

Tim and Kendra took to the safer path. They opted for the park rides; merry-go-round, ferris wheel, battle planes, and bumper cars! Smiles for all!

Then, we moved on to the FUDGE shop! MMM MMM!! And ended up buying the special; B4-G2F. “3” Maple/nut for me, “2” Dark Choc w/ pecans for Tim and “1” Cookies n Cream for Kendra. As for Jonathan, he wasn’t interested in fudge. He was busy wowing the employees of the Olive Oil shop across the walkway with his “card magic”!

Then, it was off for an EXCELLENT pizza and toasted raviolis for supper. We finished eating; and off to the Magician’s Ring Meeting with Jonathan.

What a neat group of people the magicians all were; getting together and sharing the same interests! Everyone at the meeting was able to learn about the first zebras to do the high trapeze act! What fun! One old time “carney” magician performed an entire routine for the group. Then several others, including Jonathan (with his “ambitious” card routine), performed short single acts.

It was a full day of fun! The kids slept the last leg of our drive home. Too bad I had to be at work in the morning, but it didn’t stifle our outing a bit!

Time to plan our next adventure together!

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