What Are You Working On?

It's the big question on everyone's lips these days, especially at this time of year: What are you working on? What's your newest project? What's cooking in the studio? What shows do you have coming up? What's the buzz, tell me what's happening!

I'm sure you've heard it, too.

For me, those questions illustrate what I consider the REAL "most wonderful time of the year", when we're all thinking about clearing the slate, starting fresh and planning for success. Why not? With one year ending and another beginning, it's the perfect set up for setting things up.

Here's the thing, I don't buy into all that cynical negative hogwash about how no one ever achieves their New Year's resolutions so why bother. Ugh, what utter lame-osity. I mean, talk about making it easy on yourself so you can just sit back and give up! I mean, why bother striving for your dreams if you're never going to reach them anyway?? Ugh!... What an utter crock! 

That is NOT how WE roll. No thank you. Here at The Creative Revolution, we are ALL about making dreams into reality, creating capital with our talents and making a real living with those talents. Right?? Right!!

For sure, working on our dreams takes some real doing. It's a process of taking action, making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, repeat, repeat, repeat. Right?? Right.

So when you think about what you're working on, think about it this way: It's all about taking action.

What are you taking action on right now? What projects are on your plate? Are you a plate spinning juggler like me? Or do you prefer working on one project at a time?

No matter your method, your goal just needs to be taking action. Every day. Just like Elvis sings in his hit song, "every day I write the book".

As an exercise in leading by example, I'm showing you right here what I've already got cooking in the first two quarters of 2016:

Business Consulting
1) Launching and expanding The Guild, my monthly membership program to help support and promote multitalented Artists (like YOU!) and their creative work
2) Publishing my first business book, all about MONEY
3) Heading into Year Two of my successful HobNob Artists Networking group with our Speaker Series 2016 (kicking off on 1/26 with Artist Carl Lopes at Cotuit Center for the Arts)
4) Building out the front and back ends of The Emporium online shoppe to better serve my customers

Choreography/Dance
1) Opening a new show in February and one in June
2) Repeating shows in February, March, May and August (multiple dates)
3) Teaching dance classes first quarter
4) Producing/Directing the first Cape Cod Dance Expo at Cotuit Center for the Arts in October 2016 (all my dancers, message me if you're interested in participating!)

Teaching
1) Dance classes, as above
2) Local/community college adjunct classes
3) Local workshops

Learning (just as important as the rest!)
1) Community Leadership Institute, Six Month Leadership Program
2) Holistic Fashionista Academy, Six Month Sales/Marketing Program
3) Harper Dance Center, adult ballet class

That's the short list.

Like I say all the time, unless you're making your own plans, someone else will make them for you. You might not like the results!

Make your own plan, set your own goals, write them down, review them often and steer your own course. You're the Captain of your OWN destiny. Starve or thrive?... YOU decide.
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Need plate spinning help? I've got your back. Book your complimentary appointment with me today.


© 2016 Pamela C Wills, Int’l

Revolution Ringleader Pamela C Wills is a choreographer and writer with a passion for business who teaches multitalented creatives how to turn their talents into cash. Her Get Your Big Break! program dives into three strategies to level up your creative success. Want to make money in the arts? Don’t just dabble in your art, download your FREE report, "Turn Your Talents into Cash: 10 Simple Steps" at www.PamelaCWills.com and start calling YOUR shots today!

A Study in Positivity

A blue sky signifies a positive outlook.
Up, up and away feels like a fresh new start.
Clouds clear out, leaving bright blue and sunshine behind.
Waking up to a clear blue sky is the epitome of happy.
Spread sunshine all over the place
And put on a happy face!


Use this study for your morning meditation, your best antidote for the mean reds or give it as a gift to someone else who needs it more.
 

Creative Juice

bigstock-Woman-hand-releasing-butterfli-26637047 copyWe all know someone who is incredibly creative, a Martha Stewart wannabe. The woman who can cook like a French chef, decorate like a top designer, throw a party like a rock star or scrapbook like nobody’s business. The woman we all want to be but think we’re not creative enough to emulate. As someone who is surrounded by creative people on a regular basis, I can tell you that creativity is inside all of us; it’s not as mysterious and difficult to tap as we think. In fact, I assert that all you need to do is discover your outlet and add a little juice.

What do I mean by juice? Well…hang on. First, we need to talk about your outlet. Actually, before that we really need to talk about creativity.

What is creativity, anyway? Wikipedia defines it as such:

Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art, a novel, a joke, etc.) that has some kind of value.

Lots of wiggle room in that definition. Who defines “value” anyway?

Newsflash: YOU do.

So, if you’re the one defining value, then your definition of practicing creativity might include:

  • Reading your kids a story (character voices optional)
  • Cooking dinner or baking cookies
  • Teaching a classroom full of kids
  • Wrapping a gift or writing a report
  • Getting a toddler to eat vegetables
  • Decorating the tree or the table
  • Shooting a video of your dog eating an ice cream cone for widespread (hopefully viral) distribution on YouTube…

You get the picture. Whenever you create something or make something new, you are practicing your creativity.bigstock-Blond-Woman-With-Date-Book-409088

At this time of year, many of us practice creativity with our budgets. We’ve all experienced “getting creative” with our cash flow in order to buy the maximum amount of gifts while avoiding massive debt. The result is irrelevant to this discussion — it’s the practice, the “creative process”.

Do we all create? Absolutely.

Our processes? All different.

Our results? All different.

None of that matters. The point is, we all make stuff and we all make stuff happen.

So what do we all have in common? Let me hear you say it: Creativity!

bigstock-abstract-floral-pastel-toned-b-18912914 copyBy practicing creativity, making stuff and making stuff happen, we learn new things, hone our skills, create things of value, reinforce positive energy, improve productivity and boost self-esteem. Each of us provides a terrific example of successful, productive creativity.

Now that we’ve discussed the what, how about the how? How do you find your own creative outlet?

For me, my creative outlets have been clear since I was a kid: Writing and choreographing. I write stuff and I make up dances (True Confession: I used to combine them by writing musicals for my dolls and/or friends to perform, complete with a soundtrack played on my portable record player…). For you, it might be making jewelry, organizing volunteers, keeping a garden, making your own greeting cards, compiling playlists, tinkering with old cars, clearing out clutter, playing all-star basketball, writing a blog… This list could stretch for miles.

The point is, creating = producing something new. New things bring us energy. When we’re the ones doing the creating, we feel strong and confident that we are able to make something out of nothing, that we are able to achieve something, that we have learned and applied new skills.

Here is my challenge: Find your outlet. Try something new. Let your heart guide you. Don’t judge yourself. DO NOT entertain negative Self-talk that says, “You can’t do THAT!” or “Why rush into things? It can wait…” Just start, just do it. What have you always wanted to learn, achieve or even just attempt?

Sit with that for a minute… Feel your Self accept the answers you come up with. When you’re ready, we can talk about the juice…

Creative juice = imagination or ideas.

(No worries, this is really the easy part, I promise!)

In order to get your creative juices flowing, all you have to do is look around. That’s right. Just pay attention to the world around you.

Look at paintings and sculptures in a gallery or online. Watch professional athletes improvise during a match. See a live performance at a theater. Read books and blogs. Watch commercials. Watch YouTube. Listen to kids talk about anything at all — kids have TONS of juice.

And THAT, my friends, is all it takes. Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1) Discover your outlet. 2) Get some juice. 3) Make stuff or make stuff happen. 4) Send me an email and tell me all about it!

(**Previously published in SoulWoman Sanctuary eMagazine, December 2012)

This is so simple, yet life changing...

This week, I'm extending an incredible opportunity to you from my business mentor, Ali Brown.  She was featured on the ABC show, "Secret Millionaire" last year and has won many awards for her work.  I can also tell you that she is a seriously fun and down to earth gal.  How do I know?  I've been taking her Elevate "class" since its inception in January 2012 and gotten to know her through our course work and our private Facebook group.  Aside from this rare access to a young, female business tycoon with lots of experience and the generosity to share it with others, I've also gotten to know scores of other successful entrepreneurial ladies (and some men, too), all of us willing to help and support each other. There is no doubt in my mind that there is nothing else that can match Elevate for quality and more if you're looking for guidance with your business, or even the glimmer of an idea for a business.

You're hearing a lot of talk about this "big world of opportunity" available to entrepreneurs everywhere, and especially for women (and super cool guys!).

But the truth is... very few mentors are diving in deeper and telling you what's REALLY important for growing a money making business you love.

My own mentor, Ali Brown has built a business into the millions, but when she started years ago, her first big goal was to just make a full time living with a little venture of her own. And from there, she kept setting higher and higher goals, finding her way one step at a time.

If you're ready to find your next level, or you're getting a bit lost along the way, I recommend you check out Ali's new THRIVE video series at

http://tinyurl.com/cyd4sal [Open in new window]

I agree with Ali that we're still seeing too many business owners "running on the hamster wheel" and not tapping into a few *simple and proven systems* that can help them make dramatic profits and live an extraordinary life.

She just released Video 2 of her new THRIVE video series, and I wanted to share it with you, because it includes:

* How to take a single topic you love, and turn it into a DOZEN+ income streams

* The 8 traits of the *most successful* entrepreneurs (see how many you have)

* 3 simple keys to a thriving and purposeful business (this is so simple, let life changing)

* Why, for women entrepreneurs especially, our STRATEGIES and ACTIONS are not matching up with the possibilities right in front of us (and how to fix this)

* And more.

You can access VIDEO 2 and the entire THRIVE series here:

http://tinyurl.com/cyd4sal [Open in new window]

No matter what level you're currently aiming for as an entrepreneur, get ready for some FRESH ideas and strategies from Ali that you can implement IMMEDIATELY. I can tell you first-hand as someone in her Elevate training program, that Ali's strategies can truly change the way you work!

***Ali has been my mentor for over a year now and I have made huge strides with her Elevate program.  I believe in this program so much that I am offering extra bonuses when you sign up for Elevate through me:

- 50% off any service of mine booked in 2012 or 2013

- PLUS - and this is HUGE! -- 30 minutes of complimentary, one-on-one coaching by me personally each month that you are in Ali's Elevate program for the next 12 months

P.S. You should see some of the comments these videos are getting. Ali has really struck a chord with her message. You can see what I mean once you log in here:

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---------------------------------------------------------- About Pamela

As your Confidence Coach, I strive to help you grow your courage, build your confidence and tap your innate charisma.  You need to work with me If you:

- don't know how to use your own voice anymore - used to feel like you could do anything - wonder why no one listens to you - feel invisible most of the time - don't have a plan for your future - can't even imagine your way into next week - wonder when your goals disappeared like that - feel all bottled up like wine with a dry cork - wish you could just run away some days - hate living in an emotional battlefield or wasteland - can't remember the last time you felt good about yourself - don't know when someone last complimented you on anything - feel as if flirting was something you did in another lifetime - don't remember how to have fun - This list goes on and on, doesn't it?...

I know what it's like and how to help because the same thing happened to me.  Now that I have successfully gained courage, built confidence and tapped my own charisma, I can also guide YOU through the steps it takes to succeed and SIZZLE.  Book your SPARK Session with me today.  Email me directly at Pamela@ElasticityCoaching.com or visit my website at www.PamelaWills.com.  Let's talk.

Come Hear the Music Play!

Check this amazing review of the show I choreographed this summer, very exciting! Thank you, Marilyn Rowland for writing this very thorough, thoughtful and wonderful review!

Look Ahead

Yesterday afternoon during our walk on one of Cape Cod's many gorgeous beaches, my even more gorgeous daughter offered to help me with my blog.  She is filled to the brim with all kinds of ideas, so I took the bait. Her solution?  The photo I've included below.  She thought the words might be helpful to my readers, because she is one of them.  She has been practicing looking ahead since we left a very difficult situation in Germany and moved to Cape Cod to be with family almost five years ago.  As a result, she has also become much more confident and much more optimistic.

It is pretty cool to see daily proof of how positive thoughts and actions change a person's life for the better.

Thought for the week:

Which way are you looking?

Do you need to make a change?

When will you make that change?

What's it going to take to push you ahead?

Whatever it is, whatever it takes, DO IT.  Your life will thank you for it.

Creative Juice

We all know someone who is incredibly creative, a Martha Stewart wannabe. The woman who can cook like a French chef, decorate and dress like a top designer, throw a party like a rock star or scrapbook like nobody's business. Or the mom who makes veggies and PB&J look like adorable mini animals. Or the auntie who sews fantastical Halloween costumes for her sister's kids every year. Or the grandfather who builds and paints a wooden Santa and Rudolf to hang up and fly over the rooftop for Christmas. Or the grandmother who knits the most gorgeous sweaters and blankets ever. As someone who is surrounded by creative people on a regular basis, I can tell you that creativity is inside all of us; it's not as mysterious and difficult as you might think. In fact, I will assert right here, right now that all you need to do is find your outlet and add a little juice.

Juice? you exclaim, What do you mean, juice??

Back up a moment, first we need to talk about your outlet. And come to think of it, before that we really need to talk about creativity.

What is creativity, anyway? Wikipedia defines it such:

Creativity refers to the phenomenon whereby a person creates something new (a product, a solution, a work of art, a novel, a joke, etc.) that has some kind of value.

Lots of wiggle room in that definition, don't you think? I mean, who defines "value" anyway?

Newsflash: YOU do.

So, if you're the one defining value, then your definition of practicing creativity might include:

Cooking dinner. Reading your kids a story (character voices optional). Baking cookies. Writing a report at work. Writing an email. Teaching a classroom full of kids. Wrapping a gift. Getting a toddler to eat vegetables. Decorating the tree or the table. Shooting a video of your dog eating an ice cream cone for widespread (hopefully viral) distribution on YouTube.

You get the picture.

Whenever you create something or make something new, you are practicing your creativity.

At this time of year, many of us practice creativity with our budgets, right?? We've all experienced "getting creative" with our cash flow in order to buy the maximum amount of gifts while avoiding massive debt. The result is irrelevant to this discussion -- it's the practice, or the "creative process".

Here's another example: Two of my friends are named Tony and another Tony is my grandfather. All of them are super creative, talented, smart guys.

1) Papa Tony has filled up his 91 year long life with creative project after creative project. He has owned and operated several small businesses. He has taught himself how to be a great photographer. He has taught himself how to use countless electronic items, including the computer. Right now, he is spearheading his own initiative to have our hometown of Mansfield, MA erect a monument to the Italian business people like himself who helped build the town and made it strong. Plus, he has taught himself how to bake -- and let me tell you, his blueberry pie is fantabulous!

2) Friend Tony C. is an incredible scenic designer who has worked all over the country, including NYC, Boston and Washington, DC. His work is so meticulous and so inspired that he has been tapped to help design and direct the renovation project of a landmark theater. His work ethic is solid and his energy is completely contagious. And you should see him dance!!!

3) Friend Tony S. has been a successful business consultant for many years, using laser-sharp strategies to help people and organizations improve their processes and results. I can't even list all the projects he has worked on because he is so prolific. He has worked all over the globe in both the military and private sectors. This guy gets more done before breakfast than most of us do in a week.

So what do all of these Tonys have in common? Let me hear you say it: Creativity.

Do they all create? Absolutely.

Their processes? All different.

Their results? All different.

The point is, they are all making stuff and making stuff happen. By practicing creativity, making stuff and making stuff happen, they are learning new things, sharpening their skills, creating things of value, reinforcing positive energy, improving their productivity and boosting their self-esteem. Each of them provides us with a terrific example of successful, productive creativity.

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Now that we've discussed the what, how about the how? How do you find your own creative outlet?

For me, my own creative outlets have always been clear since I was a kid: Writing and dancing. I write stuff and I make up dances. Then I teach people how to do my stuff. (I've added the teaching bit as an adult.) And right now, I am learning to re-create myself as a RUNNER! =)

For you, it might be making jewelry, or organizing volunteers, or pulling weeds in the garden, or making your own greeting cards, or compiling playlists, or tinkering with old cars, or clearing out clutter, or playing all-star basketball, or writing a blog... This list could stretch for miles.

The point is, creating = producing something new. New things bring us energy. When we are the ones doing the creating, we feel strong and confident that we are able to make something out of nothing, that we are able to achieve something, that we have learned and applied new skills.

Here is my challenge for you: Find your outlet. Try something new. Let your heart guide you. Don't judge yourself. DO NOT listent to Negative Self-Talk Nellie (she will say, You can't do THAT!) or to Lizard Brain Liz (she'll yawn and suggest you wait a few days before starting). Just start, just do it. What have you always wanted to learn or achieve or even just attempt?

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NOW we can talk about the juice.

Creative juice = imagination or ideas.

Is this the hard part? I can hear you asking... But I say NO! This is actually the easy part.

In order to get your creative juices flowing, all you have to do is look around. Pay attention to the world around you. Look at paintings and sculptures in a gallery or online. Watch professional athletes improvise during a game or a match. See a live performance at a theater. Read books and magazines and blogs. Watch commercials. Watch YouTube. Listen to kids talk about anything at all -- kids have TONS of juice.

Your mission, should you choose to accept:

1) Find your outlet. 2) Get some juice. 3) Make stuff or make stuff happen. 4) Send me an email and tell me all about it!

What's the point of all this? I know you are wondering. Well, if you've read this far, you already know the answer: Change is gonna do you good.

=) Change Coach Pam

10 Easy Ways to Flex Your Change Muscle TODAY

Here are a few ideas to help move and shake you out of that comfortably numb state we all slide into now and then... Try a few! 1) Get up on the opposite side of the bed

2) Brush your teeth with the other hand

3) Wear a different color than usual (shirt, earrings, lipstick, socks, even pj’s!)

4) Take a different route to work

5) Try a bite of something you’ve never eaten before

6) Look up a new word in the dictionary and use it in conversation as often as possible during the day

7) Have a salad for dinner if you normally eat meat and potatoes -- or the reverse if you normally have a salad

8) Read instead of watching TV

9) Take a walk or do some other physical activity for 20 to 30 minutes WITHOUT music or TV or reading materials to distract you -- give your mind some space to just BE

10) Call a friend -- don’t use email or Facebook, call!

Do at least three of these things TODAY and see how you feel... pay attention, you might just come up with your next big idea!

The BONUS 3

1) Write a poem

2) Move your furniture around

3) Create a mind map (a free-form diagram) of something that’s on your mind or a project you want to complete

Good luck and have fun!