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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Wired Differently

All of our minds are wired differently, which means we also have a different tolerance for the opposite states of chaos (unpredictability) and imposed external order (predictability). Finding that balance point (your own), I feel, is the key to success. Some people need a great amount of order to feel safe and activate their conscious…

Genetics

Do you see yourself as a victim of your genes or do you prefer to work on becoming the master of your mind? Do you take responsibility for your life and have the capacity to see the gifts and growth opportunities your current challenges have to offer? Or do you prefer to ditch responsibility and…

Communication

In all relationships good communication is important. Unfortunately, good communication is often lacking when it is needed most. So what is the trick to good communication? Some may say that it is having the confidence and the ability to articulate your position. I think good communication stems from two things: a deep understanding of the…

The Why

I have been writing one to two newsletters a month for many years, but with all of the current upheaval in most people’s lives I feel a need to change that format. I think most of us don’t have the time to read long-winded pieces, but we do need something to hold onto to help…