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17 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Triggering your creative juices

    • 3. Balance

    • 4. Criticism and praise

    • 5. A game

    • 6. Practice and more practice

    • 7. Creativity and flow

    • 8. Play is essential

    • 9. Another game

    • 10. Creating your team

    • 11. Finding mentors

    • 12. Mindfulness

    • 13. Burnout

    • 14. What to do if you are blocked

    • 15. Commitment

    • 16. Bonus extra quotes

    • 17. Conclusion

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In this course, you will get many exercises that you can try that may lead you to greater creativity.  Each section has exercises you can try.  Small changes lead to big results in your overall life. High creativity levels leads to easy problem solving skills.  Good skills leads to better ideas for work, for your everyday life and for setting up a creative hobby. Your life will change.   Easy and fun changes will change your outlook on how you see the world around you and have fun at the same time.

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Doris Charest

Contemporary Fine Art Specialist and Instructor


Doris Charest - Biography


BED University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

BFA University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

MED University of Alberta, AB

Mixed media is Doris' favorite favorite form of painting . She loves exploring with textures, shapes, and a more contemporary look. Nature and the world around her inspires Doris. Her love of texture won her the Allessandra Bisselli Award and a First Place in a Still Life show with the Federation of Canadian Artists in Vancouver. Look for Doris Charest's work in the American Magazine: Sommerset Studio (Summer, 2007) and British Magazine: Leisure Painter. Both feature a three pages of Doris' artwork. She won the Sylvie Brabant award in 2011 for her work in the art community. In 2013 she won First Place for he... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Welcome to creativity for women, Part two. This is where we expand your horizons and expand your creative style. It's gonna be really fun. Be prepared, toe work hard and have fun at the same time. We're going to learn about how to be patient and about failure. Remember this. There are two benefits of failure. First, you do fail. You learn that what doesn't work? The failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach. So we're going to learn about that new approach and we're going to do it together, step by step. So join me and creativity for women Part two and we'll see you soon in the next section. Bye for now. 2. Triggering your creative juices: working your skill play is the key to learning your skill. Having fun is essential now. This is completely true. If you're not having any fun doing your special project, it's probably not the rate project. Give yourself time to learn your skill. Remember that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill. But if you're new to the scale, I found that it takes several weeks to find out if you really like the activity first. So try playing around with different aspects of your skill and see what you like. For example, my experience with bookmaking, which means you take different kinds of papers, put them together and trying create a nice book with a theme and a nice cover. Let me to realize that it was not for me, but that was four books later. I actually worked hard at learning the skill and finding out how it was done, and then they decided that I really want to do this as a project. Is this something that would keep my interest for years and years, and the answer was no. So that was the end of that project. I moved on to different things. If you decide that this is not for you. Whatever you've chosen, go next and go on to the next one. Pick Plan B. Sometimes plan B is a good one. Is there something related to your topic that intrigued you? Try that out. If you liked writing the novella but found it did not say enough, try a novel or if it was too much try a poetry if you like singing pop but Onley country pop go with that you get. The idea is it's still not working. Create a challenge. For example, I will try the project in a different way for five days. Or you can take a field trip. Look at what others are doing on the same topic. If you can't go out, do it. Elektronik Lee. Take a cruise or a trip via Google. Search all the information. You can study it than tweak your project. Think about this. You are the Onley one you can depend on to make this work. You alone with your goals are the only one that can achieve thumb. You're the only one that can do this because you're the only one with the goals. Try to create a trigger point, something that will trigger your want to really work on this project. Every day you practice your creative activity. You think Onley about what you're doing. So while you're painting or dancing, don't think about the laundry that needs to be done. I don't think about the lawn that needs to be mourned, said the timer. If you find it hard, start with five minutes. So every day you work for five minutes, and then you add a couple minutes in a couple of minutes more until you can work a long time, sometimes hours without stopping. You may need to do this with your Children to or your husband. You may need to say I'm working at my creative spot for 10 minutes. I don't want to be interrupted and then slowly add time. And they get used to the idea that Mom goes to that creative spot and she's working and we can't disturber and slowly add minutes until there are used to it. I used to tell my kids, You can Onley disturbed me if it's a life and death matter, if you're having a fight and you need somebody to stop the fight or somebody to just talk about it to. You have to wait until I'm done my time at my creative spot. They were used to me, and they used to allow me that time to create. You also need to set up rituals. Rituals help people get into the right frame of mind. A friend of mine likes to light a candle before writing. It's her signal to start writing as a painter. I like to warm up with small cloud paintings, thes air just five by sevens, and they take just minutes. Rituals don't need to be anything complex are even hard. You just need to listen, maybe to your favorite song. Or maybe you need to sharpen your pencils or do a small dance. Whatever it takes to get you in the mood. Years are some suggestions. Some artists keep a journal in order to put down all their creative ideas, and some artists start with the Journal at their creative spot before they actually start doing the activity. A journal is a way to talk and a way to get to know yourself. And if you need a friend that listens really, really well, a journal is very good at that. It's a great tool for listening. Somebody that listens to you and doesn't talk back. Write down all the little things in your day that you are thinking. What are your plans? What are your dreams, or even how your other life affects your creative side? Here's a quote I love. An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea by Edward the Bonal Quantity or Productively, which works well. There are a lot of studies on that topic when it comes down to it. Great creators are productive. They come out with a lot of ideas, pick the best ones and work on them. Quantity works best to get out the ideas, so don't be afraid to write lots and lots of ideas down. Here's your exercise picker ritual that would suit your art practice or you're writing practice or your dance practice or any kind of practice added to your daily routine. No, you may need to try a few different rituals until you're happy with one that works. Just pick something that is a trigger to get you into the mood to creating. Do this now and we'll see you in the next section 3. Balance: setting boundaries. This is, ah, hard section for everyone. This is also called self care. Your family, your friends or even yourself will get in the way one night. You may decide that you might just watch TV instead. Then you do the same the next night and so on and so on. This is getting in the way of you Set a boundary. You work four nights and watch TV for one. For example, your family might decide they want your attention. Just when you're starting to work on your project, tell them that you are busy until X time. Remember about setting a time limit. This works really well and then you will help them unless it is a life and death issue. This repeats a little bit of the last section, but with more emphasis. Sometimes going to the movies would be much more fun than working. But this is where you decide how important your project is. You need to create a balance. You can't give up all the fun parts. The tendencies to do on Lee, the creative activity once you get hooked, but you need to balance your life. Your family's important. Your friends are important, and they will help you with your creative sign, too. So you need to pay attention to them. Sometimes, too. It's addictive. The pleasure one gets from doing what one loves is self rewarding, and it's really hard to give up. But you need to create a balance as much as it is easy to let go your creative part and hard to get back on it. You just need to create a balance. That's all there is to it. Everyday life is informing your creative practice. That means it helps your creative practice. So we need to feed our creative mind with life. So life is important. Everybody around you is important. Just try and make sure it's a balance. Here's your exercise. This is Ah, hard one. Make a list of all the delays that might occur beside each item list how you will deal with the problem. Remember, you may have to persist in the beginning, so if somebody wears you down, how do you get back to it? It will take time for the people around you to realize you are serious. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 4. Criticism and praise: be brave now. This is important for a creative person. Fear of failure is the top problem for creatives. Everyone's afraid of feeling. So what happens? People freeze. You will fail. Don't forget that that is a given. Were not perfect, that everything we do, some ideas just fall flat, and we discover that they were not so great. After all. This happens to absolutely everyone. The key is to keep going. If you are afraid to tell people about your idea, don't. If that idea fails, nobody will know. The key is just don't be afraid to start again like keep on going. Not stopping is the key to any creative work. Sometimes that failure is just a practice session for something better. Passion for your creative work is the Onley cure for fear. Love your project. There are also demons in your hat, and I put this in a different color just because it's how it feels. Those demons in your hat and you ask yourself, Will people laugh at me? What will they say? That's often a big fear. But keep in mind there will be critics everywhere. There's always a critic. There's plenty of them. There's more of them than are people that say good things. Remember, it's easier to criticize than to do. You are a do ER, and that makes you stronger. Remember, you are unique person, and whatever you do, it will be different simply because you are unique. Nobody else has that combination of experiences that you do. Are you waiting for praise? Forget it. Many an idea was lost because the need of a family are a friend or a group approval. No, you don't want to wait for approval. If your idea is important, it stays with you on Lee, you can act on it and only you can make it come alive and on Lee. You can kill it to keep that in mind. Comments will come and go. And believe me, there are plenty of thumb. Everybody feels an authority on what you do. You won't get praised when you succeed, and then and only then, while those naysayers change their mind, a new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or young. It can be stopped to death by quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow by Charles Brower. Here's your exercise. Think of what you can do when you fail. You have to have a plan. Don't fall into a nonworking mode. Let's say your idea fell flat. Now what? What do you do? The best thing to do is to take it apart and restructure it. Ask yourself what you need to change. To make it work. Console yourself with your favorite ice cream. But then keep going. Do not stop. But first plan what you're going to do. Okay, I like this idea. It's going well and then it stalls and sometimes it just completely stops. So what do you do? Make a plan? The only way for you not to stop is to make a plan for it. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 5. A game: This is the last game. Think of as many solutions to this problem as you can combined two marbles, a straw and a piece of cardboard and a washer to create a tool, something useful. So do this part now and we'll see you in the next section. And I forgot to say, Have fun doing this. 6. Practice and more practice: staying power. This is the resolve to keep working on your project. Not long after you've started dealt will sit in those negative comments from the past will come back. Make sure you leave those behind those air The little doubts in your head that seem to come back from those people that told you that you couldn't do things. If you really love what you're doing, you need to stay in the moment. Do not let those thoughts come into your mind. Stay in the present. When you are creating, think Onley about the activity you're doing. Stay there, Concentrate on what you're doing. Fake it until you make. Are you filled with doubt while who isn't really? That's just something that people don't realize Everybody has don't from my readings and my research with my master's degree, I found that if people start to think that they can succeeded in activity, they will so fake it until you make say yes, I conduce this and then you do. You're going to get people discouraging you all over the place. That is a given, often people that discourage you. It's because of their own bad experiences and their own fears. It's not about you, it's about them. They don't really want to look at your talent and see how talented you are. So keep up the perseverance and your love of creating what the others do is they don't see that part, that desire, that love of making that whatever you're doing, that dance, that novel, that painting, they think about their own failures and the things that they didn't persevere with. Practice your skill. You will be resting in the beginning, and things won't be as graceful. If you're a dancer or a writer or even a painter, don't give up skills. Take time. Keep going. Try again and again. If one thing doesn't work ultra the bit. See what you can do and to make it different so that it does work. Try and you angle. Try to get practice. Practice, practice. I've said this in other sections before, but it can never be said too often. What if you want to change your idea? Keep in mind that nothing is written in stone. Tweaking. Your idea is a normal thing to do as you gather more information on your topic. As you practice your skill, you're going to change your mind, you're going to maybe do things a little differently. So remember that change. What needs changing? Take small steps. The nugget of your idea will stay with you, but you'll work in a more practical or more viable manner. Keep that in mind. So if writing a certain weight doesn't suit you, change it. If doing. Ah, country dance, as opposed to an expressive dance doesn't work for you. Change it. No perfectionism allow. That is the key point. This causes most projects to fail. Your first attempts are drafts that are meant to be tweet. Keep that in mind. This is an important piece of advice. Remember this coat? He takes courage to do what you want. Other people have a lot of plans for you. Joseph Campbell. That is very true in my life. Here's your exercise. Make a list of your doubt beside each doubt. Make sure you find something that you can counter act it with. Make sure that you write down positive comments. I'm afraid that I won't be able to paint a portrait. People are heart. So instead, beside that, you say I'm going to paint a portrait. This portrait is going to be easy. Make a list of comments others might make and then counter to see what you can reply to each one. This is practicing you for not stopping. Now do this part now and we'll see you in the next section. 7. Creativity and flow: be patient in our times. Instant reward is everywhere You playing games, you get instant results. Creative endeavors, however, take time. There are no instant rewards. Your only reward is completing your task that you set your dividing your project into steps helps. This makes the project seen less daunting. Small parts could be completed in shorter amounts of time. And if you do two out of six parts, you are halfway there. Keep that in mind. This is what I do all the time. Today I will paint the back row tomorrow, the middle ground and then the foreground When I do landscapes. Remember that an idea is a mix of lots of smaller ideas put together along the way. Do not commit to one idea. Only allow the idea to evolve into something better. I said something like this earlier, but I'm reminding you again you can rearrange the idea. Put in other information. Adapted. Modify it, Reverse the idea. Reduce it, lengthen it. You can change that idea any which way you want and don't forget to practice. Sometimes we forget that some skills need work. Ideas and solutions come easily with practice. If you spend a regular time with your project. It will happen. Be deliberate practice within tempt. Don't sit there and practice while you're thinking about your grocery list, or thinking about how you should really be cleaning the bathroom. Stay in the moment and think Onley about your project. Nikolai and I can't pronounce His last name is an expert on creative flow. Then that's what happens when you're creating, and all of a sudden a whole hour has gone by. And he stresses that experience and expertise are key elements. So the more you know about your subject, the easier it's going to be. And the more creative you're going to be, the more the flow will happen, he says. If your practice is going well, it should never be easy. This is a sign that you are learning more. If you review the four stages of learning, you'll see how this happens. He also says you need to seek the next level of challenge if you're getting bored. So your project went well and you've decided to do a 2nd 1 in a different way, but then you don't feel the urge to do it. Sir, that's OK. Change the project ask yourself this. What is working with my project? What is not working? Can I change or refine anything? So any time you sit down with your project, this is what you ask yourself. Remember the two benefits of failure? First, If you do fail, you learn what doesn't work. And second, the failure gives you an opportunity to try a new approach. By Robert Van Joke. This is a quote that I like a lot, and I remember this whenever things are not going well for me and look for deeper meaning, go beyond the basics stretched on idea as far as it will go continuous change as an altering Your idea is part of the creative path. Ask questions that will make you 12 further into the idea and make you not just make a simple, easy project, but something that's really refined and worth the effort. For example, I love painting, but I was getting bored with my subject. I added a new element. Graphite powder. This was while hard to control and very unpredictable for me. I tried out different ways to integrate it into my practice, and later he came up with a solution. I was happy with, but it took quite a few months. I must admit he was a hard one. It's one of the hardest challenges I faced in painting and this is the result. I put the graphite on the paper. I splashed it with water. And in that mess what happened is I saw a landscape. So I started to refine and redo the the graphite in different ways until I came out with this. Keep this in mind. Imagine your project is like a hike. The hike. It's 40 k long, 40 kilometers at mile 25. You start feeling tired. You stop. Don't. You're not finished. You have another 15 kilometers to go. So do it. Get it done. Get up that hill. Here's your exercise plan for cheap. Write down what you will do if your project stalls. Make a plan. A plan, A plan B Plan C plan D. Plan E. Go as far as you need to. It doesn't matter. You may not need these plans. B C D e. But at least in your head, you know you're not going to stop Do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 8. Play is essential : When in doubt, play playing is Theobald City to relax and imagine, borrow your Children's toys and have fun. Quite often you get stuck and it's on Lee by relaxing that you'll find a solution to your problem. Go to the beach playing the sand. Go in the sandbox with your kids or somebody else's kids. Imagine a new world to live in. Go for a run, go do some exercise, go play ball, do something different, and then your ideas will clear and you'll have the solution to your problem. Go play street hockey with the kids, cook something new and novel. Listen to new music and create a death skin a large paper, spread it on the floor and draw setting up to play visualized new ways of doing an activity . For example, how can you play street hockey without a stick? That's just one way of relaxing out of this world. Ideas like playing street hockey with pool noodles. Playing like this with ideas is something that helps people relax and that's fun. And it doesn't have to make sense, either. You can imagine really out there solutions the next step. Relax, Give yourself are full two hours, for example, to play around with different ideas, allow your mind to wander, go for a walk and start thinking about those ideas. Envision or imagine if it might work or what would happen. Yet that's really fun. I often like to play that game. Follow through on your idea and check out if it really works well, sometimes they're really out there. They don't really work, but it was fun trying to imagine them. Are you still blocked? Allowed time for your subconscious to come up with solutions. Do something mindless. Clean out the closet, Do a puzzle. Weed the garden, Go play hopscotch with the kids. I feel like I'm repeating myself, but I'm just giving you more ideas. If one unblocking strategy doesn't work, try another. Are you still stuck? Even after all those strategies, you're still stuck. So maybe your picture is too large. Maybe you need to set different parameters to the problem. Zoom in a bit. Instead of the large picture. Make the picture smaller. For example. I wanted to do a group portrait. I wasn't enjoying the moment, so instead of doing a group portrait, I decided to narrow it down to the main person, and I really enjoyed making that single portrait. I just been like doing the whole group of them. Here's your exercise. Take your problem and find a way to look at it differently. For example, your cooking and you, herb, you have never seen it before. You look at it carefully, smell it, crush it, chop it, add oil to it. Tasted alone or with other things. Examine your problem in as many different ways as possible. Doesn't change your outlook on it. Take any problem you're trying to solve and do this. It works really well. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 9. Another game: Let's play a game. Think of as many solutions to this problem as you can. Combine a bag of sand with three tubes of toothpaste. What can you come up with That is useful. Do this step now and we'll see you in the next section. Don't forget to have fun. 10. Creating your team: finding piers. Piers are like minded people you need to hang around with. They're people that like painting. If you like painting that like writing if you like. Rating that like that's if you like. That's finding a group of singers, painters, writers, helps library. Sometimes have writing groups. Painters have painting Gilles. Singers have choirs they can join. Look in your local area to see if you can find a group. Some groups may not suit you. I've come across that situation before. Don't join. Find another one. Keep looking until you find one, or you can create your own group. You can create your own team. All you have to do is choose people you like and asked them to form a group. If you could meet maybe once a week, once a month, once every other month. Whatever you decide. If you start the group, you can choose the rules. The negative side is you have to do the work. You don't need people that discourage you. When you're forming your own group, you can really choose people that are like you and like minded. So keep that in mind. Your team can be your friends. Your family and like minded people. There are people who may have skills that can help you like a good I've on honest commenter , a motivator, those air, all kinds of people that could be in your group. Now, this group can be just a group you consult once in a while or a group where you meet regularly. You can choose your team, is whom you decide will support you in your creative project. In your endeavour, this could be one person, because two people are group or more people than that who believe in you and believe in your creative project. Some people take time to assemble this team. You may not meet the people you need for this right away. Your needs may also change, so your group may change, and sometimes that may mean changing your support. So maybe with a group you first form, you find that maybe after a while you outgrow some of the people. Just change your group. That's all there is to it. That part is hard because sometimes that group becomes your friends as well. So this is something you really have to think about. Also start thinking about people who might be right for this team. Now make your list. Now think carefully about why they would be good on this team. They don't need to be your best friends. They are people that are supportive and that can help you. Make sure the people are right for you. Here is your exercise. Take time to find the group. If you cannot find a group, you can create your own look around and find people that, like the same things you do. Invite them to a meeting. Groups Kansteiner art with two people, they do not need to be big. So do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 11. Finding mentors: Here's another idea for you. You can find a mentor, a mender, someone that you can model your practice on, or someone who can give you advice on how to a GMAT your project. How to get it better. Whatever you admire about this person away, they can help. This person does not have to live near you with the Internet. You can Skype or email each other. All you have to do is ask. Now what if they say no? Well, they were planning a Now you go for Plan B, try someone else. Follow a blawg of someone you like. Emulate their style. Maybe you don't even have to tell them they're your mentor. Use a master artist that's dead as a mentor. Read about their lives and emulated. Find somebody that you really admire and follow their style. That's all there is to it. The question is not what you look at, but what you see by Henry David Total. I love this quote, and it's really all about being creative. When you look at something, there's more there than you think. Here is your exercise. Choose a mentor and follow them. What attracts you about them make a left. Find out why you really like this person. Is that their style? Is it how they work? What do you like? And why do you want their help? This is something they will ask you if you asked them to be your mentor. So you need to get the answers down now. So do this part and we'll see you in the next section. 12. Mindfulness: the way you see things, creativity is a way of looking at the world. When there's a problem, you can often solve the problem by looking at the things around you differently. Finding solutions whether seems to be none. For example, making a perfect hole in clay use a straw. This is just like a minor thing that I just talked my students. Sometimes there are easy solutions to big problems. They were looking to make a hole in their clay in order to hang a piece up on the wall. Every time they made a hole in the clay with another tool, they ended up damaging their peace. What they did is salvage their piece by just taking a straw and making a perfect hole with it. Looking with focus is called being mindful, and I'm going to talk more about that. That's what I called earlier as being in the moment mindfulness. The prime factor for mindfulness is seeing what's around. You examine how the environment around you is made noticed a structure of the objects, the way the sentences composed, a sound of an accent, how emotion is made in dance. You get the picture. It's the way of looking at the world with exactitude, and it's being in the moment. I'm going to repeat this often, and I have already repeated it. But it's very important. Pay attention to changes. Look at experiences or problems from a different angle. Rather than putting experiences or people in pre existing categories invent new categories , relax the part of being mindful that's the hardest is to relax. When you are relaxed, you can turn a negative experience into a positive one. For example, spilling the milk on the floor becomes an excuse toe wash the floor that was already dirty and needed it anyway. See, hear and taste better. Part of mindfulness is sensing. Take the time to eat your lunch slowly. Really taste your food. Smell the smells that it gives off. Listen to the details in the news program. See the texture on the tree in your yard. Slow life down and try something new. Visit a new restaurant, a gallery, a music shop, a dance recital. Look for changes in your local shops. Notice the price or the inventory changes. Look at the culture different from your old How is it different? How is it the same where I live. There are a lot of new immigrants. This is very interesting. Ah, lot of the way they dress is different, but at the same time, the same. Remember, there are no errors, errors or just a way of finding out what doesn't work. Now go to the next step. This is a mindfulness key point. You really just look at the good side of life errors air. Just a way to try something. New errors are just the way to incorporate some accident into the picture, and that leads to new ideas. Mindfulness exercise. Imagine solving your problem from the perspective of somebody else. Imagine the problem from the perspective of a waitress, a shop owner or an actor. This is your exercise. Do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 13. Burnout: burnout. Burnell catches you by surprise sometimes, or it comes after a long period of hard work. Signs of burnout include inability to focus at something that you once found easy, but now it's feels really hard. You no longer look forward to your creative space. Are dawdling when you should be working. If you start feeling any of these symptoms, recharging is what you need to do to recharge you. Take yourself on an artist state. This has become a term commonly used, but it was coined by Julia Cameron. You take yourself to your favorite art gallery, your favorite bookstore, a garage sale, a museum, a music production anywhere that will re inspire you. Take time to enjoy the day. Treat yourself. Add your favorite coffee or ice cream change. That's another way to outdo burnout introduced. Change into your routine. Listen to a different radio station. Go to a different grocery store. All this will make you notice more and be more mindful and be more creative. This is your exercise. This at least 10 activities you could do if you burn out. Remember that with even the slightest chance that you're feeling those burnout qualities stop tape the list on your wall in your creative space. Have it ready for the time. You may need a little tender loving care. Do this step now and we'll see you in the next section. 14. What to do if you are blocked: procrastination. Sometimes procrastination is linked to burn out. It's one of the first steps. So no matter what anyone says, we all procrastinate. The trick is to find out why we're doing this often. Delaying getting to work means you are no longer interested in your project or you're stuck on a technical detail or you are burned out. You are at a difficult part or you are afraid of what to do next. Because that might cause the project to fail. The last item is always in your hand. Don't forget that part of procrastination is fear. What do you fear right now? Take a walk and think about this seriously. Whenever you feel yourself procrastinating, stop and think sometimes just realizing that you are afraid of the next step. That is enough to get past the moment. Doing nothing is also a choice. Doing nothing means you will not progress. Write down or draw our dance Terrible stuff. Get it out when it is out. You will then do wonderful work again. This is a great thing to remember. You need to work through those problems. Ask yourself, What am I not seeing here? What am I missing What steps can I take to overcome this baby steps? Or best, you want to make small changes, get used to them and then change again. This is your exercise. Take your project divided into 6 to 10 sections. Some sections will be very small. For example, if you're a writer, pick a name for your main character. What are they like? Do they have black hair? Blond hair, blue eyes? What do they look like? Number each section and then get one section done. Cross it off. That feels great. And you've done something you haven't procrastinated. So this is a great exercise. Now I'm just going to repeat it. Take your project divided into sections. Label each section picker section. Do it. Do this. Now then your procrastination problem is over. Congratulations. See you in the next section. 15. Commitment: goals. Goals for me are important. I need to see if I have made progress or not making that lift that from the other section and then crossing off different things really works for me. I also lift goals for the year and then divide them into months and then break that down into weeks. If you are new to goals, you may want to make a list of several long term goals than break them down into parts. Having broken down goals makes you less afraid of the big picture. Sometimes the big idea seems impossible, but by the time it's broken down into weekly tasks, it's not so bad. It's really doable. For example, in a year you may decide you want to write the first draft of 500 pages. Break this down to weekly tasks and you have around 10 pages a week. Or you may want to create 25 paintings in a year. Now that's only one painting every two weeks. That's more doable, and it's less scary than the big picture. Committing is the key. Now decide what you want to do and decide that you conduce this. You will do this project This may mean giving up your favorite TV show for a short time or getting up early or staying up late. But the key is to commit to your project on Lee. You can do this, so do it right down what you want to do. Specifically, make it measurable. I will write five pages per day, or I will draw 10 drawings per week or I will learn to songs per week. You get the idea. Set a time limit for every activity. If you don't have a lot of time, maybe you want to learn one song per month. That's enough. Just set a goal. Give yourself a reward when you get to your goal. This could be an outing like your favorite walk. Or you could invite a friend over because you haven't seen them because you've been working so hard or you could go gallery hopping or go to a show. You know what you like. So pick something you like. You may not have to do the rewards step After a time. It may be self fulfilling. Just getting it done will be enough. But every once in a while I must say, I do need a reward, but just creating will be enough sometimes, However, if the reward trains you to commit, at least in the beginning, do it now. Backbone backbone is something you'll need to do. It's called Stick to the program. When you are working, Do not quit. Keep moving forward. Stay on task. All those words mean that you do not stop. Stopping is not an option. Get your get up and go and get going. Do that now. Here's your exercise. Divide a sheet into three sections. Year legals Monthly goals Week. Legals Once you have your week. Lingle's pick Week number one, divided into daily tasks is that manageable? These air the steps to the big picture. You can do this one task at a time, so write down your goals, break him up and make him easy to do. Do this now and we'll see you in the next section. 16. Bonus extra quotes: I hope you enjoyed this class. I'm going to just go through a very short presentation that I once gave. It's called fear of art. We all have fear of the young gold. What one does with that Fear will make all the difference in the world. By Lillian Russell Common fears Our fear of not starting, not knowing how to begin. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of failure, fear of putting yourself out there. Fear of the unknown fear of what others will say, fear of success or that success will allay Neate your peers or a fear that others will be better than them. Lesson that fear developed those skills Failures can be overcome by conviction. Basic skills. Learning by doing is important in art. Great creators are highly expert and have extensive knowledge in their fields and know what works and what doesn't. After skill building comes creative problem solving safe environment, creative learning tools, fun friends and Klay. Collaboration is important creativity and flow. Bravery. Ideas begin to flow developing personal connections. Find out what's meaningful to you. Art is about you. Mastery of the medium and creative problem solving skills. Go hand and hand self efficacy, which means you're independent influences, actions that form thought patterns and emotions that enable people to pursue goals, rebound from setbacks and exercise some control over events that affect their lives. Expose yourself to your deepest fear. After that, Fear has no power. Much of what is learnt in an art room is by observation thinking outside the box the creative moment. The big idea the big picture are used to describe creativity and flow flow is a term coined by Shivan. It's Lee to describe the state of relaxation that allows creative ideas to release mastery of the medium and creative process, mastery of the medium and creative problem solving go hand and have, in the end, no fear. This is a little handout that I created when I finished my master's degree. 17. Conclusion: thank you for taking my course. You can use this course to get you through any kind of project you want. But remember, give yourself time to master your skill. Remember that it takes a minimum of 10,000 hours to master most skills Now. First you need the skills to do that endeavor, and then you need time to do that. Endeavor. Be brave. Do not stop. Keep going. This is your mantra. Keep repeating this to yourself. Be brave. Do not stop. Keep going. Be brave. Do not stop. Keep going. Creativity comes with practice and more practice. When you have a dream, you need to hold on to it and not let go. I heard this many years back and never forgot it, but it's been an inspiration to me. I keep repeating that in my mantra, remember that creative practice needs just that practice. Tell yourself this every day, kicky Smith and artists said. Just do the work, and if the world needs your work, it will come and get you. And if it doesn't do your work anyway, you can have fantasies about having control over the world. But I know I can barely control my kitchen sink. This is the grace I'm given. I think those are very wise words. Motivation. What is dragging your commitment? Here's what you do. Write down what your life will be like once you have completed your project. Learned your dance, written your first chapter or the whole novel. Write it down and pin it in a spot where you see it every day. Look at it every day. Every child is an artist. The problem is staying an artist when you grow up by Pablo Picasso This is so true. One more time. I'm hearing I'm still stuck. What is causing block on Lee? You can answer that question. So repeat the steps above and then start again. Here's your check list for if your project is not working. Are you doing this project out of love or because you feel you should should? Is out. Love is the only way. Is it the way you're approaching the project, or is the structure wrong? Take a different angle. Maybe you're using the wrong materials, trying new materials, a new costume, different spices, watercolor instead of acrylic. You get the idea. Keep in mind what I said earlier rewards work. There is only one of you in all time. This expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and it will be lost by Martha Graham. Much of the information is from my own art experience and as well my experience with teaching how to be creative. All the information in this course is done from my master's degree or from research on the Internet or in the reference list that I have at the end. All images on photos are my own. So have a look through my references. There's quite a few of them, and it will give you lots of many hours of happy reading. So again, thank you for taking my course and look for my next course raising a creative child. See you soon.