Creative Habit's Podcast | Exploring Habits for Tapping Into Creative Consciousness
By Wyatt Christman
Experiments, challenges, and habits. Habits keep you connecting to creating on a regular basis. Experiments allow you to dive into the unknown while challenges push the boundaries of what you already do. You need all three to fully engage your creative potential and beyond. There is a practical side and a woo-woo side and the grey area in between is where you find magic. The podcast explores creative mastery by delving into the practical and woo-woo through interviews, books, blogs, epiphanies and more...Go tocreativehabitspodcast.com to sign up for any of the short 5-7 day challenges...
A lot of articles talk about willpower being a limited resource. Meaning those things you use willpower on early in the day mean you have less willpower later on.
There are some experiments showing that it's more like a muscle and developing one area of "willpower" actually contributes to development in others.
This is great news for those who have trouble creating on a regular basis...procrastination anyone? :-)
Let's face it any time you see an online course that's any good and could help you with your goals or targets - plus has multiple bonus items or features - there is a natural pull towards it even if you already have online courses yet unfinished.
There is a term for this...it's called learning procrastination and it's a really easy trap to fall into...after all when you are learning you feel good because it's pulling you towards your goals. Yet what too often happens is the online course although exciting at first, is just added to the list of unfinished courses. Although this is hard to admit to and a lot of time and money gets wasted in the process...there are three strategies that will not only help you with learning procrastination but will also get you to finish existing online courses sooner.
Check it out and then let me know what strategies you use to overcome your online learning addiction in hopes of helping others in an ongoing battle...
Note: there are usually affiliate links in my descriptions, this keeps the channel ad free while also keeping your subconscious cleaner...there is no extra cost to you when buying through the link...and all recommended links are courses or tools that I am using or have used and find useful. Thank you!!
Resiliency is key to moving through obstacles that come up while you create...an easy exercise shared, also talking about erasing notes and a special technique for keeping books when you significant other doesn't want you to... The complete show notes with hand written PDF are at: creativehabitspodcast.com/resiliency
Ok so I am not really a bank robber nor do I play one on TV but these "thought experiments" are something to try this week to help boost your creative potential. Links mentioned: https://wjcpottery.com/ Hijacking Habits with Charles Duhigg
There are so many cool people developing, building, creating. Our current technology allows for a lot more interactivity. Which means we can and should be building a tribe to co-create experiences that allow us to reach and be inspired towards greatness. http://creativehabitspodcast.com/expertsecrets Note: there may be affiliate links mentioned here and in the podcast to get an item at no extra cost to you while helping to support the podcast, thanks!
You are making a meal for friends. Wouldn't you rather choose the best ingredients rather than whatever you come across? It's the same with the creating anything, what you consume each day are your ingredients for what you create...
Even if you don't believe in the Mandela Effect, Flat Earth Theory or haven't even heard of Movement Therapy, all of these are something which can help your creative consciousness. Show Notes Coming Soon.
Everything creative has a cycle and podcasting is no exception! After a long bit the podcast is back. This "season" will last until approximately May. This episode gives you what you should expect from the return season.
One of the ways Darren Hardy defines the Compound Effect: “It’s the principle of reaping huge rewards from a series of small, smart choices. Success is earned in the moment to moment decisions that in themselves make no visible difference whatsoever, but the accumulated compounding effect is profound.” Basically it’s leveraging small actions over a long period of time. The small almost insignificant actions compound or add up to a large outcome over time. The key element is here is time. Listen to the podcast episode and check out the show notes here for two critical tools to leveraging the Compound Effect.
The creative tipping point is that point you reach when what you create is stellar. Before you reach the creative tipping point you are in various stages of not quite liking what you create (aka sucking). You move past the creative tipping point when you reach a groove and are creating at a stellar level. It's also the point at which, if you have been doing some "marketing" along the way you finally get external validation via significant traffic or attention. The real kicker? You don't know how long it will take to get to the creative tipping point. It's different for everyone and you have to deal with an internal element which uses 4 types of kryptonite to work against you... Show notes here.
Kyle Cease now does his talks without knowing what he is going to say. He co-creates with his audience. The idea of that is powerful when connected to anything you are creating (especially when caught up in the idea of perfection). Note: this isn't an interview with Kyle Cease. Also in this short episode is the idea of cultivating silence and not doing anything as an often ignored creative muscle. Show Notes here links to Kyle Cease talking about falling in love with not knowing and link to understanding the heart's intelligence and energy via Heart Math Institute.
This is the first of multiple challenges set for this year. Hope you enjoy it! Sign up on the website creativehabitspodcast.com and get an email series guiding you through, a Facebook group to share what you created, and the Creative Habits Podcast YouTube playlist with videos to help you through. Know that about page video you keep wanting to create for your website? This is the challenge to get it done! Video is one of the best ways to connect with an online audience. The great news is the tools are easier than ever to use! The real challenge? Setting down and making the videos in the first place. By the end of the challenge you will have a habit and framework to create videos on an ongoing basis. http://www.creativehabitspodcast.com/30-day-video-challenge/
Everything is a Remix is a series done by Kirby Ferguson looking at how popular music and movies are remixed. How does this work when looking at your own creative output? How can you use content curation to feed your subconscious to come up with more ideas? This and more are gone over within this episode. Show notes here with suggested content curation tools and more.
In this weeks podcast episode I bring together ideas from past guests and solidify towards some primary creative habits. These are habits that "should" be in place regardless of what medium you are working with. Although I do recognize creativity is wide open, just as with exercise or sports there are basic moves or primal movements that are key to keeping strong. Excuse the coffee induced moments of excitement. Show notes here.
Scott Markowitz has, "edited thousands of TV commercials, corporate videos, news pressers, explainer videos, and hundreds of TV episodes." In this podcast episode Scott talks about What lights to get on a budget and how to soften them like professional lights How to use an older iPhone to get audio and the trick to syncing it up with your video afterwards Reviewing Fair Use Guide to Being Comfortable on Camera and more! Check out the show notes at http://www.creativehabitspodcast.com/scottm/
Is video really the last part of the storytelling process or should you also be using it to help you flesh out your initial story? In this episode I look at a couple of techniques to help you do the latter. Check out the show notes here.
This weeks podcast episode has to do with storytelling as the foundation to connect you and what you create to an audience. There are a couple of Kickstarter examples used to showcase how some are compelling others to fund their project. There is something tangible that happens when you delve into your story and figure out why you crafted something. Sharing that brings people into that story and then when the purchase they become interwoven into it. Click to the show notes for links to various mentions in the show alongside a couple of books you might find interesting to help you craft your own story. Enjoy!
Now that 2017 is here there are a lot of people thinking of fresh perspectives, new goals and so on. I suggest in this podcast episode that instead you take a look at your own creative cycles instead both on a macro and micro level. Also in this podcast episode is a look at changing up and making Creative Habits Podcast a little more interactive! One of my first tests in doing this is by getting questions from the audience. I am going to send out the upcoming guest schedule via email to those who are interested. That way if you see someone interesting and want to ask a question for that show, just come to this website and record it with the fly-out on the right. I am hoping this will be a fun way to get some questions from the audience. Note also that when you sign up I won't be sending you anything but the schedule. Here is the link to sign up. Also talked about a new tool coming out helping with finding targeted audiences and then figuring out which are responsive. Here is a link to show notes with video.
Mark Hochwender has been practicing psychotherapy and Naturopathy for 30+ years with particular focus on constraints of deep conditioning. Recently Mark has written a book called Hijacked by Fear which helps others understand and overcome fear coming from a series of experience filters built up over time. By releasing these filters most are able to overcome self imposed conditioning which they may or may not recognize as fear. In this podcast Mark gives us a window into some of what the book is about, why he has written it and what people can look forward to when they have been released. Show notes here.
Podcasts are podcasts and songs are songs but what if you combined the two together? This episode is a first attempt at doing just that by combining quotes and music together. Half of the music is by Martijn de Boer (Relativity Press): http://ccmixter.org/people/NiGiD and the other half from my friend Mathew. Podcast show notes here.
Gary Genetti has over 36 years in designing and making glass art. Recently he has expanded his skills to include glass fusing and kiln forming. Alongside his daughter, Gary started an upcycle glass project called Junkyard Glass making beautiful products from recycled car windows (an example is here on Amazon). In this podcast episode Gary talks about the power of maker spaces to heal veterans, guide in new directions for youth, and provide a strong backbone for an artistic revival. From his years glass blowing to maker space and other projects Gary continues to push boundaries and offer fresh perspectives on what can be done through art and the creative process. Show Notes Here with Pull Quotes
Hans Hageman is currently a copywriter and teacher living in NY however there is a north star he follows which transcends his many careers. Going to his website you will find a message of hope that combines cooperation and community with a hint of pirate rebellion, "You are here because you don’t believe that a government or a large corporation has your best interests at heart. You believe there is still opportunity to build something. While you build, you will not ignore others who have the desire and work ethic but just need a hand up." Show notes are here.
Darieth Chisolm is a former NBC News Anchor, entrepreneur, author, speaker and business coach. She has an online video podcast show which is called Hustle & Heart TV full of some amazing interviews. Although there are no new episodes of Hustle and Heart TV, as you will hear on the podcast Darieth may start a audio only podcast in the very near future. Darieth has a new book out called Hustle helping those who read it get unstuck, bust through fears and unleash their passion on the world. Listen to the episode for some ideas on using hustle and heart as two sides of the same coin, how to get unstuck when writing your next book, and moving beyond perfection and more. Full how notes here along with a link to schedule a free clarity session from Darieth.
Dawn Casey-Rowe runs the website CaféCasey.com and is the author of Don't Sniff the Glue: A Teacher's Misadventures in Education Reform, Gross and Awesome Bug Book - An Interactive Guide, T-Rex tries to annoy Mom, and Paronella Park. In this podcast episode she talks about how she juggles and combines ideas from being an author, teacher and parent. Show notes here.
Tim Weedon talks about connecting to youth and music through the Modern Soul Academy a program he started and ran for almost 10 years. Now in DC he continues his work helping youth not only connect to music but also technology.
This week is a review of some past guests where I uncover over 10 creative hacks. Some are similar with a different perspective however all of them are worthwhile. Like a particular idea? Listen to each full episode for more. Show notes with links to full episodes here.
Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggers by Michael A Banks was written in 2008 however the collective strategies shared by these bloggers are still relevant today for any kind of content. Quotes shared and then deconstructed with ideas for implementing. Show notes here.
There is a state of being where focus on a task makes everything else fall away. That is the state of flow and it's often elusive however in The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance, Steven Kotler deconstructs flow and along the way provides us a roadmap for getting into the flow state more consistently. The episode covers some interesting quotes and ideas however there is so much more in the book. Show notes here.
Emily Ann Peterson is a singer, song-writer, teaching artist, creative entrepreneur and podcaster (Bare Naked Bravery). Not long ago Emily experienced a hand tremor that disrupted her ability to play cello. She describes how she pivoted to make the most of the change. She also describes co-creating with yoga classes, creative personality, marketing and more. Show notes with quotes, images, video and more right here.
Melinda Hammond reveals the benefits of living in a caravan while traveling the Australian outback. This is especially true with writing and the connection to landscapes and characters in those spaces. Plus you get to hear about her new course teaching kids and young adults the craft of story writing.
Danielle Krysa is The Jealous Curator and host of the podcast Art for Your Ear. Krysa has a new book coming out in October called Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk. Here in this episode of The Creative Habits Podcast she shares some tools for combating your inner critic so that weight is lifted off your shoulders allowing you more freedom to create! Show notes here.
Sharon Jackson is a writer and owns the website path42 where she helps others recognize that, "life is not a narrow path but a sprawling landscape waiting to be discovered." That discovery is a process and there is help along the way. Help is what Sharon Jackson provides through free courses that help you be successful and more: http://www.path42.ninja/free-goodies/ View the show notes here for links and quotes from this episode.
Code of the Extraordinary Mind Written by Vishen Lakihani Founder of Mindvalley. Liberate your life from culture bound rules and transcend to a creative life. There is a dark side to personal and cultural habits that limit what's possible. The book covers ideas for identifying those limitations and then tools to overcome them. Show Notes Here.
Matt Peet mainly shoot events such as weddings talks about the craft and provides tips on using video. He has some great ideas for how to approach a video project without using a story board. He is usually moving fast with wedding photography and will sometimes do same day productions. Matt Peet's company is called Re-Peet Productions found here. Show notes here.
Mary-Jo Dionne has been a copy writer for years for some top agencies along with being a performer (see a clip here), speaker and podcaster. She provides some practical tools for navigating the creative life among insights that could transform the way you celebrate "making it". Show notes are here.
Angus Nelson (a speaker at the Podcast Movement in Chicago!) announces his new book, provides thoughts on writing, the creative process, future of work and more. Angus Nelson provides a corporate perspective with a bit of heart. Show notes here.
Selling art online is essential for either getting started or evening out events, craft shows and holidays. Before you go dishing out cash for a new website though, consider getting onto Amazon Handmade instead. Listen to the show for more on why the handmade section on Amazon is essential for most artists.
Warrior Mind is a book by Dick Morgan. Although the main focus of the book is upon the martial arts, there is a lot of it that translates well to being an artist (think the War of Art by Steven Pressfield now a proven classic). This episode provides a few quotes from the book to ponder and actually apply this to your day to day. Show notes here. Bonus! Steven Pressfield who wrote the War of Art has a new book out and you can get the ebook version here for free. This is directly from Pressfield and I don't know how long this will be up.
This week’s podcast is with Megan Gray whose website is DaysWithTheGrays.com. Megan is a photographer, painter and homeschooling mother living in NJ. She and her family have chosen to be car free! It is interesting how that choice has improved her ability to lessen distractions and stay focused on her painting and family. Show notes are here.
Madeline Holler writes on parenting with articles that have appeared on Babble, Salon, NY Times, Mom.me and others. Babble is where she started. She continues to write in around parenting although is now collaborating towards a screen play with a friend of hers who is a fiction writer. She took a moment to talk about her creative habits as a journalist/writer and mom. Show notes are here.
Alix Macey is a broadcaster, voice-over artist and writer with a
website at AlixBMacey.com.
She has written two funny, incredibly quirky children’s magical fantasy adventure books. She took
some time out to talk from England about her creative habits and
her journey into writing after formerly working for the BBC.
Although there are a few highlights and quotes in the summary post
I recommend giving the whole show a listen as there are many fun
and interesting tidbits included that are harder to summarize.
Some parts of the show might not have as clean an audio as I
would have liked, I apologize in advance.
Kevin Tobosa runs a media company and has a background working in the corporate setting. For the last three years he worked as a creative director for a health care organization. He describes it as creative work on demand where he lead brainstorming and ideation sessions throughout the organization. Kevin worked with physicians, hospital management, and marketing to lead sessions and come up with creative solutions to various obstacles.
Show notes here.
Michael Adams is the co-founder of Gredio a web application for small food companies and owns Green Mountain Mustard available to 100 retailers across New England. He also has a personal blog atMicAdams.com. Michael also has a new ebook coming out called the Ultimate Guide to Co-Packaging. Enjoy and if you like what you hear, please leave a review in iTunes. Thanks!
View show notes here.
Four in the morning rolls around as a magic hour when Tania turns on some Mudvayne and writes. It is a time when she finds focus without family distractions and kids. The lyrics and beat of the music gets the brain going although for more power writing she goes “with creative zen or brain entrainment for the heavy hitting stuff.” Her writing contains a bit of character which she is not shy about letting out. Read the show notes here:
Anthony Lombardi and Laura Grosso are husband and wife painters living in Rome, Italy. They took a moment to talk about their creative habits. Go to here for highlights and links from the show. Enjoy and if you like what you hear, please leave a review in iTunes!
Suresh Thakoor takes a few moments to talk about side hustle, Nelson Mandella, and good versus bad procrastination. Check out the show notes here:
Michaela Cristallo is a designer, writer and found of For the Creators website (links to free ebook and creative manifesto!). She works in an artist warehouse with 6 other artists which means she is always around other creatives. She has her own space with workbench where she does sewing and fabric work. She took a moment to share her creative habits and how she has come to inspire other artists.
Mark has a new children’s board book called Monkey Suit. He talks about what it’s like working with Kickstarter and Etsy as an artist.
Orienting your mind and habits towards practice rather than outcome is a lifelong endeavor well worth pursuing. Listen to the podcast for ideas, quotes, and core concepts from the book. Enjoy!
Elizabeth Bryan is an author, artist, and speaker. She is the co-author of bestselling “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings” She is also author of “Soul Models: Transformative Stories of Courage and Compassion That Will Transform Your Life,” check out the books website for more. She took a few moments before heading into her studio in LA to talk about her creative habits. Listen and read the show notes for some inspirational quotes from the podcast.
You ever hear someone describe the 10,000 hour rule and get really motivated to just start kicking it with talent? It's probably one of the most demotivating "rules" there are out there. Thing is there is also the 20 hour rule from Josh Kaufman and the Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle and a bit of luck from Kirby Ferguson that combined together may provide the best antidote. Listen to this weeks podcast, check out the quotes and links at CreativeHabitsPodcast.com
Justin Romack is a blind Copywriter. His journey is an interesting one. He wasn’t always blind and in fact his blindness broke enough for him to see the birth of his son. Pretty amazing moment to be sure and there are many more! Listen to the podcast to get the full story and learn about an exciting new project he is starting to help other blind entrepreneur’s break from the stats. Did you know there is a 70%-80% unemployment and underemployment rate for the blind community? Crazy but Justin is working to fix that. Listen to the show and catch some of the quotes and take aways in the show notes here.
First of all it's impossible to say exactly where great ideas come from. It's really an ongoing exploration and question explored on the Creative Habits Podcast. There is no real answer however there are a series of ideas that help get you closer to your own practice of innovation. The core question is,
What regular things can you do to get great ideas?
Let's face it everyone would love great ideas all the time. Having a great idea fuels the creation of just about everything in the world. Listen to this episode for more and view the blog post here
Tucker lives in Canada where he is the Experience Designer for a large company. He is also a musician and podcaster at The Spark and the Art podcast. Tucker shares some ideas on collaboration, getting ideas out of your head and more at CreativeHabitsPodcast.com
This weeks podcast is with John Suchocki a university professor and textbook author who shares creating an engaging multimedia learning experience.
Part of John's ability to create engaging videos is interaction with his audience of students and instructors. That feedback loop provides a solid road map for his content.
There is a similar feedback loop that's helpful for any artistic journey. It's one of co-creating with your audience. It's also part of the artistic challenge.
Bobbi Klein is on the Creative Habits Podcast this week. She is the Chief Unconventionalist of Splendore a creative agency focusing on commercial photography, writing projects, and design. She also has her own website that is 100% unconventional. She loves connecting with other people and is motivated by looking at life from different angles. Her creative habits thrive on interaction and being unconventional.
View more show notes here.
Christian Marie Herron is a strategic story teller and business coach. She engages in a process built on direct understanding and intuition to reveal stories that uncover the essential core to a person and their business. This opens them up to the strength of what they have. These authentic stories create a strong connection to each audience and propel her clients drive forward in life and business. The complete show has core lessons from a master strategic story teller. Show notes and some take-aways are below, be sure to listen to the whole show to reveal full ideas.
View the full show notes here.
Marshall Wagner is a Seattle area painter whose work has been featured in local Seattle area restaurants and coffee shops. More recently, he is the featured artist at the Sunlight Cafe in Seattle. Marshall talks about large lizards, cats, and the creative process. His website is TheMarshallArtist.com
View show notes here.
Sarah Bak has been a professional potter selling at various shows throughout the Seattle area, on Etsy and more recently featured in the new handmade section on Amazon. She shares her journey including a revival of a 100 mug challenge! She did the challenge while a potters apprentice years ago only this time instead of taking months she did it in a week. Learn more about her experience and recommendations for going pro. View quotes and show notes here.
There is an elusive aspect to mastery of any craft however Robert Greene in his book Mastery counter balances the myth of genetics with a real look at how great historical figures have navigated towards mastery. In this podcast there are various quotes and a look at key components to achieving mastery while also maintaining good creative habits.
This week on the Creative Habits Podcast we have Alan Steinberg who is a therapist/counselor and potter. Alan delves deep into the convergence of art and self, how art really gets at the heart of who we are at the core. Alan provides a look into some of his inspirations which include a vision quest, a merging of self with nature, and more. A longer podcast Alan shares some heart wrenching stories while providing a window into how to overcome creative blocks. Read more show notes here.
Ed Potyrala is a painter from New Jersey sharing insights into what it means to have a dialogue with his painting. Ed believes in having a strong foundation of drawing to paint. In terms of creative habits he says, “You have to draw and paint from 50-100 old masters. What happens is it all comes together and depending on your particular character you develop your own style. Style is something you don’t find, your style kind of finds you. It’s based on who you are, your family, your teachers that you have had, the books you have read, the experiences you have had, the artists from the past who have inspired you and of course nature.”
This weeks podcast with Dr. Dream is a rare treat. Dr. Dream is a holistic healing practitioner and international speaker. Among the many creative endeavors he does a regular radio show with Laura Eisenhower called Awake in the Dream Radio. There are three shows a week designed “with topics and guests that raise your frequency and expand your consciousness…” Most of the ideas are well beyond mainstream thinking however Dr. Dream has a way of grounding many of the ideas with practical insights anyone can use within their life no matter where they are in their journey.
Show notes: http://creativehabitspodcast.com/dr-dream/
Hakim Bellamy is the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM, an Actor, Journalist, and Dad. He took time out to talk about his creative habits alongside some of the work he has been doing. This includes teaching kids at detention centers to think differently through poetry. Hakim is working to develop a model project that is part of PREA, Prison Rape Elimination Act. At the heart Hakim looks to transform through poetry, community interaction, and other creative elements. Check out the show notes and listen as Hakim gives wisdom through an economy of words that connect.
"When it comes to writing you figure out what works for you and all the books, lectures, or anything else they are good tools but they don’t matter unless you know what works for you and what doesn’t"
Listen to the full show and check out the show notes: http://creativehabitspodcast.com/anthony-st-clair-travel-fantasy-author/