How You Play the Game

It doesn’t matter if you win or lose; it is how you play the game. Winning the game may seem important in the moment, but if you walk away knowing you compromised values that are really important to you, you will have lost something more important – your integrity. With this in mind, ask yourself:…

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Shift

It may look like you are merely moving your crayon around the paper aimlessly but doodling can help you shift effortlessly from the reactive (subconscious mind) to the problem-solving mind (where learning takes place). Harvard research has also shown that there can be a significant increase in comprehension and recall when an individual is allowed…

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Let Go!

When was the last time you scribbled? I mean really scribbled with abandonment. When was the last time you allowed yourself to cut loose and do something as childish as scribbling? Well, today may be the day you need to cut loose again. Scribbling can serve many purposes. It can be an aerobic activity that…

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Outcome

How do you respond when the outcome you envisioned is different than what you wanted? Does your need to be in control override your ability to see the humor and growth opportunity in the situation has created? Or are you able to laugh, look at the pattern you are tripping over and make a different…

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Head on Backwards

How easily do you freak out? What pushes your buttons? Are your every day challenges impacting you so much you feel like your head is on backwards? If you do, maybe it is time to take a break, go inward and figure out what isn’t working. I have come to the conclusion that when things…

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Creativity

Creativity sparks the mind, nourishes the soul, and can help you weave your whole self back together again. Whenever I feel lost, overwhelmed, disoriented, or confused, I try to do something creative because I know it will bring me back to myself and help me remember what is important faster than anything else. The creative…

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How

Whenever I begin a new journey or project I ask myself a series of questions to help me focus my mind and stay on course. Here are some of the questions I ask: What is my ultimate goal? Why is this important? Who will it impact? Where is it needed the most? When does it…

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Outside

I like going outside the lines, because for me creativity, innovation, and magic happen outside the lines. On the other hand, some people prefer staying inside the lines because it helps them to calm and center their system. We all have an innate tolerance for chaos (unpredictability) and imposed external order (predictability) though the proportions…

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Didn’t Come Back

I have noticed that my mind sometimes wanders when my system is overloaded and needs a break. It is as if my brain is saying, “That is enough! I am out of here! I need a mini vacation!” When this happens, even though my body is still in the room, my mind leaves the premises.…

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Panic

Procrastination can be a way of mobilizing internal panic, but why would anyone want to mobilize internal panic? Panic dumps adrenalin into the system, which can help focus your mind, and ultimately summon you into action. Think of first responders. Unfortunately, this approach places you in the non-thinking part of the mind, which makes it…

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