Allow me to introduce you to Jill Badonsky, whose material we will be covering in many of these blogs. This is how she is described on the back cover of her wonderful book, The Muse Is In:
“Jill Badonsky, M.Ed., is an internationally recognized workshop leader, keynote speaker, creativity-coaching pioneer, illustrator, and humidity. As the founder and director of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching, she consults with filmmakers, comedians, artists, writers, business leaders, and anyone who is experiencing procrastination and other blocks to positive changes.”
In her chapter on The Duhs, she identifies several obvious things we do to ourselves that can interfere with our creative vitality. Here they are, in their full glory!
- Beating yourself up doesn’t work as well as being fascinated by who you are and the things you do.
- You get more done when you start things than when you don’t.
- Comparison is lethal in the creative process.
- Give yourself permission.
- Thinking you will work for long blocks of time at the beginning of the process is a setup for failure.
- Do it Now
But wait! All is not lost! The first step is realizing what we do to block and stall our creative expression. The next step is learning to troubleshoot these behaviors so we don’t block and stall. So stay tuned for future blogs and some great tools to unleash our Inner Muse!
Here is Jill’s excellent website, where you can sign up for her newsletters and other great stuff. themuseisin.com