Do you wish that you could more easily access that place of flow in your teaching? Or maybe you have brilliant ideas, but you don’t know how to bring them to life? If so, you are in the right place.
Are you Ready? These steps will transform your approach to the creative process!
Find a quiet place, grab your journal, or a piece of paper and a pen.
Let’s get creative!
Step 1: Get Clear On Your Vision
Set an intention. If you do not have a clear vision for what you want to create, have no fear, my dear. This process will help your vision come into focus.
Journaling is a beautiful way to allow your vision to reveal itself. You may start by writing your gratitude and things that are currently working for you. This can be teaching related, or just anything that you are grateful for in your life. Acknowledging what is going well for us can often help us see what we want more of and may also help us see other areas that need our love and attention.
Whether you have a million thoughts or just a feeling, start by writing it down.
“Our intention creates our reality.” -Wayne Dyer
Step 2: Turn Inward
Once you have set your intention it is time to create some inner stillness. Turning inward is often called meditation. Meditation can be done in a variety of ways. When we meditate we move beyond our mind and tap into the creative fountain within us.
Don’t let this scare you. Meditation doesn’t always look like a yogi sitting in lotus position like a statue. In fact, finding inner peace and stillness does not necessarily involve sitting still. You can choose to get into your hoop and flow with your body. Creating a moving meditation. Who knows you may just come up with some awesome new hoop tricks!
Creativity doesn’t come from our mind. Creativity comes from deep within us. So if your intention is joy, you may want to close your eyes and feel the feeling of joy in every inch of your body.
Fully embody what it feels like to experience joy. You may even turn up the corners of your mouth and find your beautiful smile.
Some other ideas for meditation to help get you into the creative zone are:
- Put on some music that uplifts you
- Read something inspiring
- Go for a walk
- Do some yoga
However, you choose to meditate, do so with loving attention to whatever comes up, without judgment.
Here is a guided meditation you can use to help spark your creativity.
“All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind.” -Eckhart Tolle
Step 3: Keep an Open Heart and an Open Mind
We are never done learning and growing in any area of life, no matter how long we have been teaching. To think that we know everything there is to know, would be a great disservice to ourselves and those who seek to learn from us.
Learn from other teachers. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals, so you can learn, grow, and encourage each other. You may even find that collaborating with others is a great way to help your creativity flow.
Don’t be afraid to fail.
What is a failure anyway? What if we could shift our perspective of failure?
Failure can be a good thing. Failure just means things didn’t go as we expected (or as society tells it should have gone). It definitely does not mean that we ourselves are failures.
Want to know the secret to transform failure into success?
Let go of expectation. Let go of the way things are “supposed to look”. Let go of how things “should” be done. When things don’t go as planned, it helps to pause and see what did work, and what we can learn from our experience.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Step 4: Take the Next Step
Now that we have our vision and our ideas, we want to help them come to fruition.
What are some actionable steps you can take to move towards your vision? Jot down some steps and a reasonable date of completion for each task.
Life happens. You can tweak your dates as needed, but try your best to follow your schedule.
If it is a really big project, break it down into bite size pieces and create dates for the smaller pieces.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We often feel like we need to do everything ourselves. Opening ourselves up to assist, is also a great way to tap into the receptive and creative mode.
Keep yourself accountable. If you are not strong in this area, find an accountability buddy, or connect with other hoopers on the Hoop Love Coach Facebook Page.
All this said, be gentle with yourself. Make choices and take actions from a place of love.
“The future depends on what you do today.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Step 5: Allow yourself to Shine
You are an amazing, beautiful creator! You are special and you have unique gifts to share with the world. We are often directly or indirectly told we should dim our light. Today let’s begin the process of shifting this limiting belief. Allow your authentic self to shine in everything you do. Share your gifts with the world!
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Find your creative edge. Play there. Fear often holds us back. Instead of giving up when fear approaches, try sitting with your fear.
Thank your fear. Our emotions are always sending us messages. See what is behind the fear. Sometimes talking with someone or writing in your journal can help us gain perspective. Many times something that felt so big in our minds is often much smaller when we truly take the time to see it for what it is.
Shining a light on our fear takes away its power. When we notice our fear with gentle loving attention, we are able to figure out if we need to take some action or back away from something.
Sometimes our fear just needs to be seen and heard, so it can dissolve and we can move forward.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone.” – Marianne Williamson
Have fun! Whenever you feel overwhelmed, go back to your intention, your vision. Remember the reason you set off on this path. The end goal is important but, so is the process. Celebrate along the way!
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” -Albert Einstein
This is truly a powerful process. You can go through these 5 steps in all of the areas of your life (Relationships, Physical Wellness, Finance, etc.). Do not worry, you cannot get it wrong. Your goals may change over time. This process can be repeated as many times as you like. It will help you to refine, re-focus, and remember what is truly important to you.
Thank you so much for continuing to tap into your creativity and share your gifts with the world!
Listen to the guided meditation here to help spark your creativity and truly allow your light to shine!
Sending you Love and Light.
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