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The new decade is advancing swiftly along and here we are Marching into month three already! If you haven’t taken any steps yet to develop, or even to investigate, your creativity, today is a good day to start. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. One of my favourite sayings goes: The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago; the next best time is now.

A huge breakthrough for me in developing my creative intelligence has been getting over that first step. As a business science graduate who started out in banking and finance, I had misguided, old ideas about creativity belonging to artists. I also had a lack of understanding – no let’s just call it what it is… ignorance – about how malleable and changeable my brain and my thinking really is. Dr Caroline Leaf’s work (in particular, her book 'Think, Learn, Succeed') created a seismic shift for me in this regard. When I finally ‘got it’ that at a neurological level, we...

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Waking up my creative thinking. Step one.

beginning courage Apr 16, 2019

What is it about the first step that can make a new endeavour so hard? Even unachievable.  The stony silence of the blank page. The indeterminable dread of the empty spreadsheet. The mysterious darkness beyond the lighted path. Your mind grappling with where to place your foot: How? When? Where? Should I? Can I?

I am experiencing this first-step fright as I undertake simultaneously to begin a journey to develop my creativity, whilst at the same time developing learning to help others do the same. Two wise people recently said to me, on two separate occasions, “Stop going on courses and trying to get more qualified, you banana*! <my addition*>  You have everything inside of you that you need. Just start.” (You know who you are @TanyaVanderWaal and @LisaLinfield.) It was just the kick in the pants I needed.  

So here goes.

I have this weird sense that my whole life has been a slow process of waking up. I love waking up. Let me clarify. I love waking up...

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