Are you struggling to create content? The fear every creator faces...

Are you struggling to create content?
Do you use videos, blog posts, podcasts as a marketing strategy to grow your business?
Have you had the thought of "What to say next?" 

I understand you. It is the fear every CREATOR faces.

What comes next? Where will I get my next idea from?

Let's talk about inspiration...

 

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1. Identifying your objective

2. Finding the resources to achieve it

3. Eliminating Obstacles

4. Taking Action

Are you stuck? Awesome!

You want to make a change. You want to start something new. And as with all new beginnings, you make plans.  You set goals and create maps, and you think about your desires and where you want to go.  You start reflecting on the past, and what went wrong- or not the way you wanted it to go, what choices you made and why? Why didn’t you finish that book?  Why didn’t you lose the weight? Why didn’t you end that relationship? Why didn’t you start that business you always wanted to? How can you make things differently this year?

 

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There are usually two ways in answering these questions; you either fall head first and start doing everything in high speed because you really want the change, or you freeze because the thought of you not succeeding- again! – is paralysing. Either way, you will get exhausted very soon, give up and sink in to the old habits.

The good news are that there is a third choice.  You can tell yourself that you were stuck and now you are about to change and do things differently. Really tell yourself.  Speak to yourself. Sound is creator, whatever you say can be manifested.  So stand in front of a mirror and talk to yourself as if you are reassuring a good friend of your love for them.  Look at yourself in the eyes and say “Now I am changing.”  Do not say “I will change”, your mind does not understand the future tense.  If you say “I will”, subconsciously you believe that the change is in a distance. You are changing Now! and it is wonderful!

Once you have informed and reassured yourself that now you are changing, it is time to make the actual changes.

What is it that you want? If you feel stuck, if you do not know, that is ok.  A lot of us feel this way one time or another.  If you do not have the answer to a question, maybe you do not understand the question, maybe you need to change the question.  So let’s change the question in to

How do you want to feel?

Do you want to feel happy? ecstatic? joyful? energetic? fulfilled? loved? worshiped? desired? appreciated? wanted? valued? hugged? admired? virtuous? strong? high-minded? delicious? precious?

If the answer is yes, it is very easy to do.  The only thing you have to do is believe that you deserve to feel this way!

Authenticity is liberating!  

Allow yourself to do what feels right, without giving permission to confining convictions to dictate the way.

When you are feeling stuck, by the way the “stuck” feeling means that you are far from your Authentic Self, just accept it.  Do not tense, relax- accept it and it will flow right through you, away from you. Shitty things happen! Accept it and move on. Besides being “stuck” is just a thought, and thoughts are easy to change.

So when you are not feeling the way you want- happy, strong, precious, wanted, worthy- and you are feeling the way you do not want- stuck- look at yourself as a character in a movie or a play.  You write the movie of your life. You are the writer, the producer, the director and the star. Understand that this- being stuck- is just a scene, it is not the entire movie. Think of the next scene, where do you want your character-you- to go? to do? to feel like? What is your objective?

The objective is what the actors use to guide them through every scene.  They have the overall objective, what they want through the course of an entire movie or play, and the scene objective- for every scene. The scene objective needs to support the overall objective. So if your overall objective- what you want in life- is to be worthy, your scene objective could not be judging and criticising yourself.

When things do not go the way you want them to, you know that it is up to you to change them.  You write the script, you decide on the objectives. You have the power of creation.

Just remember, how do yo want to feel? Let that guide your choices.  The better you know yourself, the easier it will be to answer the question “How do I want to feel”. Overcome the fears, the confining convictions and the obstacles and you will be able to connect to you in a strong and fulfilling way.  When you establish the connection with you, you will be able to do it with any one you meet.  Connection gives purpose to our lives.  To be able to connect with yourself and with others, one must overcome the fear of “I am not good enough”, “I am not strong enough”, “I am not rich enough”, …

To be able to achieve connection, one must have a strong sense of worthiness.  This comes fron courage, compassion, vulnerability.  It begins with a thought.

You will never feel stuck again!

What do you do when things get stuck?

Leave your comment.  I would be delighted to hear from you.

Emotional Intelligence and how to use it for you and your team [Video]

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How can you manage your emotions, and those of your team, to successfully navigate today’s emotionally complex workplace?

As an artist, as a human being, I perceive the world through my emotions. There is no subjective reality, there is the reality we perceive and understand as individuals- based on our convictions and personal values. You and I can be watching the same "scene" and yet interpret it in a different way.

There are no good and bad emotions, there are only blocked and unblocked ones. What art does, is to help you unblock your emotions and show you the way to use them in a creative way so you can achieve what you want.

"Emotions are the fuel we use to achieve our goals."   The Los Angeles Method

During my, constant, research on emotions, I came across Kevin Ochsner, professor of psychology at Columbia University who teaches in the Leveraging Neuroscience to Power Organizational and Individual Performance program at Columbia Business School Executive Education. In the video below he explains how you can successfully navigate today’s emotionally complex workplace.

The information is so interesting, that I had to share it with you.



10 Rules of Success.


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Success is a subjective state. Success is translated in different ways for each one of us. No matter what you want to achieve in life, whether you want to become the CEO of a company, the loving father of 4, the great coach who offers amazing results and opens new ways for her clients, the next Oscar winner, these are the 10 rules you should consider.

1. Find your purpose.

Know where you are going. You need a point, a mark at the end of the road telling you "You have arrived". Visualise that point and bring it closer to you with every step you make. 

Most importantly know WHY you want to get there. Everything we do is for the way it will make us feel. You are not working hard to make money just to have the "paper" in your wallet or the "numbers" in your bank account. Money makes you feel a certain way; for some it offers security, for others freedom and so on. 

The emotions are the fuel we use to achieve our goals.
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2. Do not listen to the #littleman.

Understand that you are unique, special and one of a kind! You are precious! There is no one like you in the entire Universe. That is what makes you valuable to us. You are worthy and you deserve the best things in life. Do not allow anyone else to tell you otherwise. The first person who needs to believe that this is true, is you. Do not listen to the #littleman telling you you are not good enough, or not clever enough, or not rich enough. You are more than enough. If you believe that, everyone else around you will too. 

You educate people to treat you by showing them the way you treat yourself. Disrespect your self and everyone will disrespect you. Love yourself and everyone will love you.
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3. As you think, so shall you Be.

What you think of, expands. Your thoughts dictate the frequency in which you vibrate. Your thoughts are the "juice" you have within you. If we squeeze an orange, we will get orange juice. We can not get lemon juice no matter how hard we squeeze. If the orange is bitter, the juice will taste bitter too. What are you thoughts? If we squeezed you, would we get bitterness, anger, fear, resentment or would we get love, joy, happiness, gratitude?

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4. Make a Choice.

Marlon Brando used to say that everyone can be an actor. And that is true, we all have talent. Talent is not your problem for not going ahead. What separates an actor from a Star, is in the choices they make. Now, the higher the stakes, the riskier the choice, the greater the reward. Put yourself out there and take a stand, make a choice!

5. Commit.

As we say in the theatre, "Commit to the scene". Once you made your choice, commit in doing the work. Put your self in it. The key word here is "your", you! 

The more personal you are, the more universal you become.
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Work hard and put yourself in the work. Work on yourself. Find out where is your power. Like a Superhero in the making, discover what are you secret powers and use them. Align your gifts with the real reason you are here. Fill yourself with those gifts. In our workshops we talk about "standing in the light" and "making yourself seen, visible". Stand tall and be an inspiration to others. Become strong to be able to help others rise. Embrace being "full of yourself", you have so much to offer! 

Commit to that race and run it as hard as you can. Do not waste your time by comparing yourself to others. You only need to be competitive with the person you were yesterday. You can not control what others do, you can only be responsible for your actions. Commit to your decisions and move forward.

6. Believe.

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Have faith and trust in you. Believe in your greatness, in your success. If you do not believe in you first, no one else will follow. Believe in your talents! Believe you are here for a  purpose, for a reason and work hard to improve the skills you need, to accomplish that purpose, that goal. Make sure your beliefs are your own, not the confining convictions- the limiting beliefs you have downloaded along the way of becoming you. Believe as the perfect creature you arrived as in this world. A baby, a child does not second guess. They want food and they trust that the food will be delivered to them, and it does. A child in a playground wants to play- nothing will stop him; not the clothes he is wearing, the car he is driving, the degree he has or does not have. Children do because they believe.

7. Connect.

Knowing yourself, understanding your voice will help you connect with you. Once you know how to connect with you, you can connect with everyone else. Because then you understand that we are all one. You can not rise if the rest of us are on the ground. Finding and connecting to your Authentic Self reveals the greatness in you and in everyone else around you. 

The moment you connect with the others, you create a support network, assisting you towards the realisation of your goal and your success. 

8. Hustle.

Do not be outworked. You have the talents you need, you were born with those talents. Invest in learning the skills and do not let anyone outwork you. Once you find your true purpose, your voice, the song that you were meant to sing in this world, it will not even feel like work. You will want to be the last one leaving the room because being in the room will fulfil your values and needs and it will help you express your worthiness. 

Cherish and respect what you do.

9. Reach for the Stars!

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Do not settle for anything less. You are a precious and unique human being and you deserve the best things in life. Reach out with your hand and bring in the best of everything you can think of. 

There are no limits for you. The only limits that exist are the ones you put in your way. These are just thoughts you make, and thoughts can change.

10. Relax! It is going to be OK.

Be in the flow. In acting we have techniques and rules and steps you need to take to create the role you are portraying. But ultimately when you get up on stage, you need to let go of all the technical stuff and just be in the moment. React to what is happening in the scene, as your character. So if you have done the work, now you are ready to let go and trust the work you did will take you where you want to be.

Think of you a few years back. Think of a difficult situation you faced then. At that time everything seemed difficult and huge and heavy. How do they look like now, how do they feel? You are here to think about the past, so they must have turned out OK. 

Now travel in the future. And look back at yourself now. What would your future self tell the person you are now?

My future self would tell me "You did well, you did not have to worry so much, I made it and I am ok and happy. Thank you for everything you did for me to get me to where I am now. It all turned out well!"

 


Theodora is the creator and founder of the TVP Foundation which operates through two main venues: The International Theatre in English and The Los Angeles Method. You can read more about her work here.

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