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How to Beat the Biggest Enemy of Creativity

teacher avatar Ken Wells, Best-Selling Instructor, Self-Realization Coach

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Why Should I Take This Class?

    • 2. How to Beat The Biggest Enemy of Creativity

    • 3. How to Complete the Class Project

    • 4. How to Leave a Review for This Class

    • 5. Conclusion and Next Steps

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About This Class

We've all been there...we start out with the best intentions to start that project and then we put it off...

We tell ourselves, we'll do it this weekend or that we'll get it done tomorrow...

...often times, tomorrow never comes...

And this is true whether you're a writer, entrepreneur, graphic designer, painter, illustrator or you're working on a personal project.

Simply put, this short class is perfect for you if you struggle with procrastination.

What will I learn?

  • What The Biggest Road Block to Creativity Is
  • 3 Proven Strategies For Overcoming Procrastination & Getting Started Quickly
  • What Stops Us from Getting Started and How We Can Avoid Those Common Traps
  • The 80/20 Rule as it Relates to Creativity...And It's Not What You Think
  • How to Avoid The Biggest Creative Challenge You'll Face

These are easy to use methods that will help you overcome procrastination and allow you to get more done in short order.

So, go ahead and enroll now so you can stop procrastinating and start creating!

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Ken Wells

Best-Selling Instructor, Self-Realization Coach


Ken Wells is an internationally sought after speaker, teacher and coach.  He is the author of 20+ courses and coaching programs on topics such as meditation, personal transformation, online course creation & marketing mindfulness and spirituality.  

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40,400+ students in 168 countries are currently enrolled in his programs.

I teach forward thinking, open-minded individuals how to reshape their perception of themselves. 

This is so they can clearly identify and effectively reach their true goals while finding more meaning, joy and freedom along the way.

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1. Why Should I Take This Class?: we've all been there. We start out with the best intentions to start that project and then we put it off. We tell ourselves, will do it this weekend or that will get it done tomorrow. And oftentimes tomorrow never comes. And this is true whether you're a writer and entrepreneur, graphic designer, painter, illustrator or you're working on a personal project. Simply put, this short class is perfect for you. If you struggle with procrastination, you're gonna learn what the biggest roadblock to creativity is. Three proven strategies for overcoming procrastination and getting started quickly. You're also gonna learn what stops us from getting started in the first place and how you can avoid these common traps. You're gonna learn the 80 20 rule as it relates to creativity. And it's not what you think. You're also gonna learn how to avoid the biggest creative challenge that you're likely to face now. These methods are easy to use and they will help you to overcome procrastination and allow you to get more done in short order. So go ahead and roll now so you can stop procrastinating and start creating 2. How to Beat The Biggest Enemy of Creativity: So now I want to talk about how to overcome probably the biggest enemy of creativity, and that's procrastination, and we've all experienced it. You know, we tell ourselves we're gonna sit down this weekend and right or create a picture or come up with a new idea for a blawg post or whatever it ISS. And then the weekend comes and goes, and we still find that we haven't completed anything. But why do we procrastinate? You know, it really boils down. We we can come up with all sorts of shallow excuses like I don't have enough time or whatever it is. But the reality is, it always really comes down to fear its fear of rejection, fear of not living up to our own expectations or other people's fear of not being good enough. Part of the problem is our perception of the creative process, because what happens is when we sit down to actually create usually the first about 20% 15 to 20% of the time in the beginning, it feed, it can feel strained. It can feel like we're struggling to get started, like the creative juices aren't flying. But if we continue forward through that, we find that it gets easier and easier. You're the cobwebs. Start to get shook off, and you're able to really start to connect with that creative part within yourself and really start to express it naturally. And ideas an inspiration start to flow out easily. So part of problem is, is that when we go to create something, we focus our attention on that 1st 20% and we tend to forget about that other 80%. So it becomes increasingly difficult to get started because we're focused on that rough, slow thinking through molasses feeling that you have when you first sit down to create. So the biggest creative challenge that we have, whether you're an artist, whether you're an entrepreneur or whatever it is, is just getting started. It's getting that initial mo mentum going. So how do we resolve this? Well, let me give you a few key strategies to help get you over that hump. The first piece is awareness you have to be aware of when you're actually procrastinating, because the thing is is that procrastination hides in his mast by shallow excuses like I'm going to get started this weekend. or I'm gonna get started right after I do this task. Whatever that task, maybe you have to really be honest with yourself and really be present with yourself to know when you're actually doing it and not allow yourself to get talked into the excuses that we like to convince ourselves off. The other thing you want to really pay attention to is distractions. So if you sit down, let's say again, you're a writer and you sit down to write and you find that a couple minutes into writing your now on Facebook, spending 90 minutes scrolling through your newsfeed, you have to be really honest with yourself and realize that that's really just a subtle form of procrastination. There's plenty of things that Irvine for your attention, so eliminating distractions is a huge piece of the puzzle is, Well, the next strategy is to set micro goals or smaller commitments. I mean, you can get a lot done in 15 minutes, but the truth is, once you get started, you'll easily start creating for an hour to so you don't want to sit down with the intent that you're gonna work for one or two hours or you're gonna work the entire weekend on your project because if you set out with that intention, you may never get started. So instead, set small commitments. Like I'm gonna see if If you're a let's say you're a online video creator. Don't sit down with the idea of creating half your course or half year, you know, 10 videos for your YouTube channel. Sit down with just the idea that you're just gonna you're gonna create one short video that's 90 minutes long or excuse me 90 seconds long or that you're just going to sit down and just outline one video. That's only 90 seconds long. If you're a writer, you might sit down and commit to writing one page. So if you're finding the smaller commitments even too difficult to maintain, then set a micro commitment. So what's a micro commitment, and why do we care about it? Ah, micro commitment is simply like, if you're a writer, for example, you might sit down and commit to writing a single sentence. The reason why this is effective is because a big part of the battle, the hardest part is just getting started, you know, all related to working out when someone puts in their mind that they're gonna work out every single day after work for two hours. Then when the end of that work day is approaching and they start thinking about going to the gym and picturing working out for two hours, there's no way it's very unlikely that that's gonna actually happen. But if they instead make a commitment of, I'm gonna do three push ups every day. And if they want to get super small, say, I'm gonna do one push up. What happens is they go, OK, why can't I know? I can commit toe one push up, and then when they get down to do the one push up there early there, they're already set up. And it's much easier to do that 2nd 1 in that 3rd 1 in that 4th 1 And pretty soon they've worked out for an hour to, because after they do the push ups and they get that momentum going and they feel good about themselves, then they go, Hey, I'll just go over here. I'm gonna do some sit ups now, and it just starts the ball rolling. Everyone else Well, I should say a lot of other people. They try to do that in reverse. They set the's huge goals and then they never get started on him. So go micro, if you need to. And then the final strategy is just be creative every day it's far more effective to again . I'll use the writing example. It's far more effective to write a page a day than it is to sit down and try to knock out half your book in a weekend or in a week, right? A. Commit to writing a single page every single day and be creative every day. It'll build your confidence in your own creative abilities, and they'll start building Maurin more reference points that you get over that initial hump go back to the 80 80 20 thing that I just mentioned earlier. So again, tea kind of further expand on that, uh, I use for my own example, even creating these videos, I find myself sometimes procrastinating or you know, d'Alene. So when I first sit down and I first record the first draft or write the outline, even it is muddled. It feels slow. I have all sorts of, you know, anxious feelings inside. But as soon as I just get going a little bit with it, something clicks. And I just like Ramadi. Remember that I know how to do this, and then it just flows out of me. And I can just bang out three or four or five videos in short order. Well, the same thing is true for you and your creative process, because what happens is that 20% at 15 to 20% right when you start tricks us into believing that the entire process is gonna be like that. And so if you can create every single day and you can go through that process every day, the amount of time it takes you to a warm up is gonna get shorter and shorter and shorter to the point where you will look forward to creating because you're gonna get to that place that 80% place where your free flowing, your inspired and the juices or just the creative juices are going for you much quicker. Okay, so now that you have some strategies on how to overcome the biggest, the biggest enemy to creativity, let's move on to the next video 3. How to Complete the Class Project: Now that you've gone to the lessons, it's time to put what you've learned into action. So go ahead and practice what you've learned. And then to complete the project for this class, simply scroll down to here where it says, Start your project, Go ahead and add a title to your project and then in this space here simply include a comment, a question you have or a challenge that you'd like additional help with. And this could be a simple as a description of your experience. Then, once you've got this filled out, simply go down to this button. Click Create project and you're done. Now I invite you to go ahead, and you also have the opportunity to share your project as well on social media by clicking these buttons here or sharing the link to your project. So go ahead and take a moment and complete your class project now and then join me in the next video 4. How to Leave a Review for This Class : a lot of people don't know how to leave a review on skill share. So I wanted to just give you a quick video showing you how you can leave a review and help me continue to improve this class and future classes moving forward. So when you're on your course dashboard here, um, all you do is you go down to this little button here Ah, with the three dots, and then you scroll down to leave a review, and you can put a yes or no thumbs up or thumbs down, and you can include private feedbag, public feedback. What I would encourage you to do is, if you do decide to put a thumbs down for any reason, please leave a public review with some sort of statement of why you chose that so that I I can actually have feedback on how to improve. Um, And if you choose to instead put a thumbs up for the course, I would also encourage you to leave some comments so that I know what I'm doing, right. So again, thank you for your time and join me in the next video 5. Conclusion and Next Steps: congratulations on finishing the class. Thank you so much for enrolling and taking the time to go through the lessons. To really get the most out of this class, I invite you to review and practice this material multiple times. I'm not sure if you're aware, but we only retain about 7 to 10% of information that were presented with one time to really get the most benefit. It's advisable to review the material and practise the exercises at least 10 to 15 times to really get it now. You can also revisit the project area and continue to keep us updated on your progress by posting comments with your experiences, questions and challenges that you'd like additional help with. So what are the next steps from here? If you find this class to be really helpful, I invite you to go ahead and enroll in my other classes and give those a shot as well. Now, if you really enjoyed your experience, I also encourage you to go ahead and share this class with other friends, family members or colleagues that you feel would benefit also. And finally, if you'd like to be notified of free Webinars and resource is that will help you on your own journey of personal and spiritual growth. You can do that by going to my website in joining our email list for the Academy of Self Mastery. And some of the things I would invite you to notice is that the webinars that you're given access to for free the recordings of those air actually used commercially. So you're literally getting paid content for free when you choose to join our email list. So again, thank you so much for your time and for enrolling in the class. And I will see you next time.