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5 Questions: About Fun!

Here is the next in my intermittent series of Five Questions blog posts.

Dancing in the sprinkler

Now this was fun!

When I say five questions about fun I don’t mean general fun. I mean using fun to reignite your creativity. There are many times when the creative process does not seem like fun at all. For example you’ve heard of writer’s block I suppose? What about all those times when actually completing a project of any kind means a hard slog of physical labor? And then there are the times when you just can’t come up with an idea or a method to realize your dream.

These are questions to help you rediscover the fun. Remember it’s supposed to be fun. You can write your answers, make a collage, or a sketch, or talk them over with a trusted friend. If you want to have a discussion on Facebook or leave comments here please do.

Question 1:

What was your best day ever when you were 10 years old? What was great about it? Visualize. Remember to smile while you think about.

Question 2:

Why did you want to do this (your current) project in the first place? What was going to be fun about it? Is it still worth doing?

You can turn this into a question about a future project as well. Why do you want to do this? Will it be fun? Even with challenges, is it still worth doing?

Question 3:

Think of your best friend from your childhood. What was the most fun thing about that person? What was the most fun thing you ever did together? Have you done anything like that lately?

Question 4:

When exactly did this stop being fun? What were you doing at the time? Were you hungry, lonely, tired, burnt out? Did someone else diminish or criticize your project?

Question 5:

Who (make it a fan of your work) can you talk to today to rediscover the fun? Or do you just need a break?

Have fun!

Break Through Thinking

Plant Cell Model detail

Plant Cell Model – chloroplasts and vacuole

I am super excited about a new personal insight into my own process.

I was listening to an Erika Kalmar training call, and she suggested this awesome self-reflective process, that I think could be helpful for anyone trying to turn their creativity into a practical action plan.

Erika outlined the steps.

  1. Write down your five most proud achievements in your life.
  2. Write down the main thing that you did to achieve it. What led to each success?
  3. What are the top three things/practices you do to achieve goals?
  4. How you can apply these to your current business?
  5. Then ask “What is your next goal?”

I actually had a list of seven personal and business achievements. And I saw a pattern immediately!

I realized that to create success in the past I usually:

  1. LEARN – read, study and research about the problem or issue. Learn how.
  2. PLAN – prepare well, make a list of steps, schedule, design – in the case of this blog, I planned my topics. For a successful production, planning the steps in the design work. Have a structure for a written piece.
  3. WORK – just do the work, and work hard.

I also realized that this system works when I follow these steps in order, rather than trying to take short cuts. Skipping ahead and failing to plan is just as disastrous for me as trying to learn on the go. Of course neither learning nor planning is at all useful without the follow through of doing the work. Plus it is important not to allow either of the first steps to become tools for procrastination.

It seems absurdly simple now that I see it written out –

LEARN

PLAN

WORK

But it has given me blueprint to proceed with my couple of businesses and the two writing projects and take them towards success.

What steps do you take to achieve successful outcomes to your projects?