Habits for Rekindling the Lost Joy in Your Life

The world of business ownership is not all glamor and sunshine. Contrary to popular belief, owners of established and successful businesses do not always enjoy the kind of freedom and lifestyle that people may think. While it is true that working for yourself allows you more flexibility in a number of ways, that comes at […]

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Being in the Flow Versus Discipline

There is a fine balance between being inspired and exercising the discipline to maintain consistent habits. It’s easy to fall into a slump and do nothing, waiting for moments of inspiration to come on their own. On the other hand, it’s equally easy to fall into forced routines, where art begins to feel like a […]

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5 Habits for Staying Motivated When Money is Tight

One conundrum that every entrepreneur faces, sooner or later, is the constant battle between doing what we have to do, and doing what we want to do. It is important to do both every day, though not necessarily in equal amounts. We’re all artists. We have raw undeveloped talent inside of us. The development of […]

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The Key to Unlocking Creativity

I hear people say the phrase, “I’m not a creative person” all the time. The other variation I hear is “I don’t have a creative bone in my body” or “My sister got the creative genes in our family.” The misconception is that some people are born creative and some are not. The only difference […]

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Business Spotlight: carolyncrowndesigns

Over the years, I’ve met a number of creative artists who fall into one of two traps: I think of them as the pride trap and the cynicism trap. Avoiding both of these traps is akin to walking on a balance beam. It requires a combination of disciplines that many fail to put in place. […]

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Pain and Conscious Evolution

One question I have been asking myself, as I notice the pain in my upper back slowly beginning to subside: why is it that things have to become a crisis before they get my attention, and what will it take to interrupt this pattern? Most of the time, opportunity does not wait. The situation with […]

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The Key to Preventing Stall-Out

I’m a huge believer in doing things strategically. At the same time, I’ve come to recognize over the years that this tendency of mine is just as much a liability as it is an asset. I have learned that when I become obsessed with strategy, my tendency is to do nothing at all. I start […]

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Resist the Temptation to Re-Launch

As I close out the year, I reflect on the fact that my writing stalled out in 2016. This is not the first time this has happened. Since 2007, the year that I decided to make my writing the focus of my professional efforts, I have experienced several ups and downs with my writing practice. […]

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Who is Your Enemy? (Hint: It’s Not Your Competitor)

Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, wrote a compelling post back in 2014 that helped me to understand why I was having a hard time stayed motivated to write. Here was the problem: I hadn’t defined my enemy. There was a time when I used to believe that I could make it through […]

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