By Suzie Cheel & Des Walsh
Each day we have a choice to keep moving forward by putting one foot in front of the other until we reach our desired destination.
Not always easy!
What do you do to keep moving forward?
Have you ever found yourself staring at the screen, mindlessly sipping coffee, hoping that the caffeine will jump start a creative idea? Perhaps you’ve fallen victim to “the creativity crisis.” Or perhaps you just need a little slap upside the head.
Consider this your friendly nudge (my mom told me slapping isn’t nice).
Chris BroganÂs Blog Topics
If youÂd like a dash of community with your writing prompts, Chris BroganÂs blog topics is your place. For $97.00, youÂll get 45 weeks of email newsletter updates with 10 or more blog topic ideas, writing advice, and more.
Mindmapping (Biggerplate or MindMeister)
Sometimes what you really need is to write things down and organize your thoughts. IÂve found that a creative block can happen like a logjam, where you have too many different ideas. Using a mindmap tool can break the logjam by getting some of the ideas out of your brain and into a repository. Both of these tools also offer access to community mindmaps…maybe someone elseÂs mindmap will spark an idea for you!
If your primary issue is being ÂblockedÂ in general, the free Unstuck App comes to the rescue with a step by step action plan for moving forward. It doesnÂt matter if your block is creative, emotional, work-related, or otherwise, this beautifully designed app will nudge you out of inertia.
Tour the Louvre Online
Step outside of your routine online, and visit a place that contains the creative juices of generations. Schedule 30 minutes with yourself, and wander around virtually, exploring the museum with no crowds moving you along. Sometimes getting away from your same-old industry blogs will get you thinking in a new direction.
This is a very simple creative writing app that does one thing effectively–it offers hundreds of prompts and opening lines to jog your creative brain. Extra goodies are kept very minimal; there is a sharing tool, writing reminders, and habit tracking feature to discover your best days and times to write. If you have trouble staring at a blank page, this one might give you that little nudge you need. ItÂs $3.99 in the iTunes store.
What are your secret weapons for getting out of a creative block?
In case you haven’t seen it yet, we’ve got some wonderful contributors for Round 2 of the official fundraiser for Liz Strauss. This round of auctions expire at midnight on June 26th, so get your bids in now.
Remember, if you want to donate directly to Liz rather than bid, you can donate through Paypal here.
This weekÂs auction contributors include: (click link after the name to see the specific item)
Derek Halpern http://bit.ly/17mRT76
Brian Clark http://bit.ly/11ZDjxu
Scott Stratten http://bit.ly/12KkXTh
Ted Murphy http://bit.ly/12VtGDj
Ric Dragon http://bit.ly/15k2fO9
Steve Farber http://bit.ly/10xuAUV
Les Mckeown http://bit.ly/17YbiL8
Michael Port http://bit.ly/17YboSQ
Barry Moltz http://bit.ly/11LOHZM
Brian Solis http://bit.ly/12VtnIM
Dave Taylor http://bit.ly/14iPEfa
Jim Kukral http://bit.ly/11Of2ax
Danny Iny http://bit.ly/1atc02k
Mo Krochmal http://bit.ly/1915Wja
AJ Leon http://bit.ly/142STa8
Molly Cantrell Kraig http://bit.ly/14iX4PE
Diane Brogan http://bit.ly/11yrxqJ
Karen Hanrahan http://bit.ly/19RTXnC
Gayle McCain http://bit.ly/16KnmMN
Please help us spread the word about the fundraiser using the hashtag #LizFund on Twitter.
Liz has touched us all with her deep insights and love for community. She passionately believes in its power to “not let us fail”.
Let’s put that power of community, and those words, into action for our dear friend.
Terry Starbucker & The SOBCon Team
This is a sand spire we found at the beach, you make it by dripping wet sand steadily from one’s fingertips, so the spire builds up.
A spire reaches for the sky. When we cultivate our aspirations we are reaching upward or beyond. We aspire to be better, to achieve more.
Aspirations are usually achieved by patient steady application, like the building of a sand spire.
What will you aspire to today in your life and business?
I am always fascinated when I see structures like this on the beach. It reminds me of how innate our desire is to be creative, even with the simplest found objects from nature.
What stimulates your creativity?