Creativity

Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Productive

by Scott Jeffrey

Why do you want to be more productive?

This is a big question we often never ask. And how you answer it will determine how likely you are to make better use of your time.

If your answer is just to be able to “get more done,” you have a problem.

Let me explain…

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Reignite Your Creativity with a Purple Crayon

by Scott Jeffrey

Time feels like it’s compressing and moving faster, doesn’t it?

With age tends to come more responsibilities. Life becomes a delicate web of complexity.

With greater complexity, more things can go awry—and they often do.

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Three Unassuming Qualities of Creative Genius

by Scott Jeffrey

They enchant us, surprise us and delight us. We don’t understand them, yet we marvel at their extraordinary creations and discoveries. They are the world’s creative geniuses.

Their names reverberate through time: Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Shakespeare, Galileo, da Vinci, Donatello, Dante, Mozart, Blake, Beethoven, Tesla, Freud, Jung, Einstein, to name a few.

They come from every background, culture, nationality, occupation, religion, and age. Finding commonalities in the genius’s personalities is challenging; creative genius is as diverse as the work it produces.

Creative genius reveals itself in all forms of art, invention, scientific breakthrough, philosophy, psychology, business, medicine, engineering, and athleticism.

Every field of endeavor has its pioneers and gifted souls who transform how we think, feel, and live our lives.

If brilliance is so elusive, how can we learn from these creative souls and artistic minds? And how can we apply their “secrets” to our lives to unleash the creative genius within?

Here are three key lessons of how creative masters create their work.

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How to Design a Creative Morning Routine That Consistently Triggers Higher Productivity

by Scott Jeffrey

OVERVIEW: A comprehensive, science-backed guide on how to establish a morning routine to catapult productivity, increase creativity, and create great work with consistency.

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Have you had those mornings where your work seems to flow naturally?

Where you’re on fire with creative ideas?

Where you gain a sense of accomplishment when you’re done?

If you want to experience productive mornings like this consistently, read on.

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How to Adopt a Beginner’s Mind to Accelerate Learning and Increase Creativity

by Scott Jeffrey

OVERVIEW: This guide illustrates how to access a powerful psychological mindset called “beginner’s mind” to elevate your creative work and enhance your ability to learn.

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How often do you get stuck in a pattern of doing the same things day after day?

Do you frequently think the same thoughts? Maybe you ruminate on the same old story lines?

Are haunted by indecision on the same problems? Do you hit up against the same resistance to getting something done?

Consumed by various cognitive biases and limiting belief systems, your range of possibilities can quickly shrink to a restrictive few.

In this state, you have virtually no creativity to access. Even though you may not realize it, your world gets relatively small.

Why is this phenomenon common and what can you do to break this pattern?

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The Artist and Her Critic

by Scott Jeffrey

There was once a great Artist. 

In her youth, she brought her artistry to everything she did: dancing, drawing, singing, and writing.

She didn’t draw a line between creating and playing. Playing was an integral part of whatever she was creating.

Her heart was filled with light. She felt alive with passion, curiosity, and inspiration. Her enthusiasm permeated everything she did.

Then one day she met the Critic.

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Cultivating a Contemplative Lifestyle

by Scott Jeffrey

I’ve repeatedly commented on our culture’s unyielding drive for busyness, how technology tends to suck away time instead of create more of it, and the worldwide suffering caused by digital addiction.

I’ve also offered strategies for combating the distractions of modern life like how to use time blocks, take offline days and mental vacations, and adopt a results mindset at work.

Following this instruction, I believe we can learn to live more contemplative, and therefore, creative lives of greater meaning and fulfillment. I believe anyone committed to living a more peaceful life can do so even if our society doesn’t support this inner calling.

A Contemplative Lifestyle offers the space for stillness, quietude, and reflection, as we learn to stay quiet and listen deeply within ourselves. Dimming the noise of the modern world, we begin to find ourselves, to realize the nature of our consciousness; we remain unconscious to our true nature as long as our minds are overrun by perpetual busyness.

The more stillness enters our lives, the more we’ll begin to appreciate the natural world. We’ll value going for walks in the woods more than using our new gadgets and technologies. When we have a greater reverence for nature, technology can become a useful servant instead of it becoming our master.

Once we come to value a contemplative space, over time, we resolve to find ways to realize it. A Contemplative Lifestyle becomes an imperative that we honor at all costs, for ignoring this calling leads to despair and spiritual angst.

This unique lifestyle takes years to cultivate, requiring a series of habits, disciplines, and protocols uncommon in our day. Each day, we can take small steps, making minor distinctions and adopting new perspectives that move us in the direction of this more peaceful way of being.

With earnest effort, a contemplative lifestyle can be achieved in our modern day. And the inner rewards are ineffable.


Fear versus Caution

by Scott Jeffrey

Is fear crippling your business?

Fear is a primal emotion associated with a low level of consciousness. Some people think fear is an important part of our survival. It’s not. Caution is what’s important. Caution and fear are not the same. We survive in spite of fear, not because of it.

Fear shuts down our executive function—our ability to think and make decisions. Fear causes paralysis, kills creativity, and limits our growth.

People who operate from fear are unhappy. Businesses that operate from fear may survive, but they never thrive.

Caution means that you’re aware of potential pitfalls and take precautions when necessary. It keeps us alert.

Caution doesn’t tangle us up in a web of emotions like fear does. It doesn’t hinder our ability to stay relaxed and focused.

We can be cautious and still think and act with reason and accountability.

Fear can be pervasive within any person or business. When fear becomes our default position to act, think, talk, and make decisions, we are debilitated.

Caution is used only when needed, like after a fruitful brainstorm where many ideas are created.

Caution helps Black Hat your ideas, searching for the potential pitfalls you missed in the idea generation stage of the creative process.

In fear, creative ideas are rarely discovered.

Let go of fear and utilize caution when appropriate. The benefits you’ll reap are beyond measure.

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