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Creativity is not a feel-good, optional quality to cultivate, but our greatest untapped resource that is truly needed in this radically shifting time. I have seen how powerful creative acts can be for personal experience and growth. The skills we use as artists and creators are valuable and ever more in demand. The idea that creativity is a “soft” or unnecessary skill is not true.

You are weird

All of you who read my blog posts and who signed up on my website to eliminate a limiting belief are “weird,” according to best-selling author and popular blogger Seth Godin. Why would he apply that term to you? Seth uses the term “weird” to describe anyone who is not “normal,” in other words, people who express their uniqueness and who don’t try to fit in with what “most people” are doing.

The other day, someone mentioned that throughout their life, they’ve used their multipotentialite pursuits as a way of growing their confidence. In other words, by diving into new things and acquiring new skills, they’ve learned to believe in themselves more as a person. I’ve never thought about it that way, but it makes sense. It’s pretty damn hard to develop your confidence if you’re not pursuing your passions.

The first way of knowing you’re in your brilliance zone is that you feel deeply connected to the service you provide for others.  While it may appear to be “business as usual” - you know, in the core of your being, the power of the work you do.  And, you do it with gratitude for the opportunity to serve, while also experiencing tremendous JOY as you do so.

We don’t resist doing something new or different — in other words, we don’t resist change. We resist doing what we think is wrong. When you really get this distinction, you will understand something about human behavior that most psychologists and professionals in the training business still don’t understand... One example: “Yelling is the only way to get people to listen and do what you want.” That’s the belief that engenders the yelling. Given this belief, if you want to get someone to do something and they aren’t doing it, you have to yell to get results.

Profit Alchemy is a 9 month program of “inner and outer transformation that creates the foundation for long term profitability…one that is in deep alignment with who you are and what you are here to do.” Molly Gordon says, “The more you grow and develop personally, the more you achieve the emotional, physical, and spiritual well being you want, the more successful you will be at building a business where the person you have always wanted to be can do work you have always wanted to do. And that’s very cool, indeed.”

“It can’t be done” is never the truth. What people really are saying when they utter these words is: “I don’t how how to do it.”  Or, “it can’t be done the way we’ve always tried in the past.”  Or, “it can’t be done according to the only way I can think of doing it.” Here’s why “it can’t be done” is never an accurate statement, no matter what you are referring to... But doing something that has never been done before, that most people think is impossible isn’t that easy.  It takes guts.  It requires us to ignore the naysayers and not fear failure.  Unfortunately most of us are all too willing to accept “it can’t be done” both from others and from ourselves. Steve Jobs didn’t accept it.  Ever.

Are you bothered by a psychological problem that you aren’t even trying to get rid of because you think it’s “human nature” and can’t be eliminated? If so, you aren’t alone... There are a number of psychological traits that are so common that most people consider them to be inherent in human beings. In fact, however, they are not inherent in human nature at all.

How many times have you attended a personal growth workshop, or listened to a self-help audio course, or viewed a set of DVDs designed to change your life? And how many times did you get a high when you completed the program … that dissipated shortly, leaving you almost where you were before you started? Why don’t these courses that usually offer such valuable information produce lasting change?

It is a perpetual question – how do we maintain balance in life? And so many of us search and look and read multiple self help books or blogs, and yet to no avail. So here’s a new way of looking at "balance." Instead of the typical 50-50 work-life balance we always talk about, the Balance Model under cognitive psychology theories has a different interpretation to what is a balanced, healthy, happy life.

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