How Can Creatives Complete Tasks?

How Can Creatives Complete Tasks?

Another morning, another idea… or five. But what about that money making idea that you had last week that you know would be big and you are 75% done? That’s just not as exciting anymore… THIS ONE will be it!! THIS ONE will make me big!! Each time that I’m writing or creating, I have the tendency to have 5 or more ideas while I’m working on my main project of the day. I can be all over the place. And if I’m working with someone, I can bring them on my wild ride of ideas and get them a bit overwhelmed. Who else relates? In an attempt to regulate my own creativity and imagination I will share with you a list of things that I attempt to do to keep focused (the key word is attempt): Create a running idea list and outline when needed. I am unable to stop my mind from running while I’m doing anything. This list came about while working on a project that I’m actually getting paid for, and I had to continually open up new google docs to write titles and outlines for blog posts (note: I’m sure there is a better way to manage my blog posts but this is my current, inefficient way). To do this I keep a notebook (or three) with me at all times!! Lists, ideas, business ventures… it all goes in there, in a semi-organized fashion. Next, I create first-draft titles and outlines when necessary. I can add my unforgettable quotes, outlines, web resources, or next steps within the document. Finally, I go back to it...
Three Ways to Sabotage Your Webinar

Three Ways to Sabotage Your Webinar

There is a huge trend in self-improvement education with webinars that offer detailed and expert information for free, but then offer paid consulting or paid further education opportunities. Creating a webinar is an amazing way to build your trio of expert knowledge (Trio post is in progress). This is an opportunity for all experts in their field to share vital information that only comes with experience in the profession, and this demand for expert knowledge webinars continues to grow. 3 ways you are sabotaging your Webinar: You brag… too much, anyways. I viewed a free webinar recently about how to build an effective platform in order to grow your business in weeks. The beginning started out well: The presenter mentioned that they were giving away this information, but it was not required to purchase the consultation package. However, slide after slide was not filled with vital usable content. The 20 minutes that I watched was jam-packed with the business’s success stories. After the 10th success story and almost nothing written on my notes, I closed the video. I couldn’t handle the presenter bragging so much. Don’t get me wrong, it could have been possible for him to brag AND give me some useful information, but he didn’t. Unfortunately, I didn’t even get to the end to see the package and services they were offering which might have been useful if the webinar was better organized. That said, you can and should highlight your or your business’s accomplishments, but leave that at the beginning and one example for each point that you are making. 2. You’re too creative. The information...
My Mission Statement

My Mission Statement

“Anything that You Can Place into Your Imagination Can Harden into a Reality.” by Dr. Wayne Dyer  Successful people have a mission statement.  They “know in [their] heart what [they] are here for, what [they] came to do.” Listen more on the Quote of the Day Show. I have finally defined what it is I’m on earth for.  You can read about it here.  This is an ongoing process, but I can state confidently that: I am here to support people in achieving their dreams. I’m here to teach and streamline curriculum and teaching processes, and I am here to show other people God’s love through Christ.   If you haven’t created a Mission statement for your life, I suggest that you do that.  Dan Miller has a process that you can go through here.  If you don’t know who you are and what you are doing here, you won’t go anywhere that you want to go.   As a high school English teacher, I have heard many students claim that they are going to be millionaires.  When I ask them how, most of the time they have no clue.  They may rap, sing, or do some other creative venture, but they generally are lacking follow-through and purpose.  Now I don’t blame them.  It is understandable that teenagers think this way, but it is way worse when I hear adults either being completely defeated by the world OR still imagining success without taking any steps to achieve it. How to Achieve Success In Dr. Dryer’s clip, he describes Maslow’s Self-Actualization.  He says that “there are certain people who come into this world that...
Narrowing My Focus

Narrowing My Focus

As I have mentioned many times, I have gone through this process over the past year of realizing that I am capable of doing and achieving so much more than I am right now.  I feel like I am Indiana Jones right before he takes the first step across the Leap of Faith. I don’t know what is going to be there when I take that step, but I trust that it is what I must do. I have all the abilities (mostly because I have convinced myself of it, and I have proven it to myself), but I just need to take that first step and do what I haven’t done in the past: follow through. So now I have realized the value that I can bring to the world. Now I realize that I have so many more skills than I even know what to do with and that could fit into one job category.  Here I go to list them: I am a helper, a teacher, a coach, an encourager, a writer, and an editor.  My passion is writing curriculum. I love breaking down large pieces of complicated information into easy to follow steps that anyone can follow: from the people who think they can’t to the people who already think they know how.  I love creating activities and lessons that teach these concepts in a fun and creative way.  I can create the whole picture and the small activities. I love coaching people through this process and helping them to make them a better presenter and teacher. I also love teaching.  I realize after each...
Strategies for Classroom Management-For the Most Challenging Classrooms (Part 1)

Strategies for Classroom Management-For the Most Challenging Classrooms (Part 1)

I have worked in alternative high school settings in Southern California for 8 years.  I have seen it all.  I know what works and what does not work.  Control does not work; psychology does.   Part One will discuss What Not To Do and Part Two will discuss What To Do     I was a Teacher’s Assistant in one of the most challenging alternative schools in San Diego County while I was going to college.  During that time, I was able to learn an immense about classroom management as I saw substitute teacher after substitute teacher fall flat on their face, cry, and leave defeated after a classroom of rebellious students, mostly gang members, ate them alive.  I saw the manipulation tactics in full force.  The students switching names, seats, convincing the teacher of made up rules, and overall just taking over the classroom (the kind of classes the Substitute had taught in the inner cities, I’m sure). I have seen students cause teachers to cry and then the students play the victim and blame the sub.  In my experience, I have had a student throw a desk across the room in frustration.  I have kicked students out daily. I have been called every name in the book in front of the whole class and have had a few of them get so close to my face that I could feel their breath.    I have also lost control over my own behaviors that the class was unable to resume. I have tried my hardest to regain some normalcy or control but failed daily.  I have tried everything for...