Do Your Creative Work
Without Raging Self-Doubt, Criticism or Overwhelm
(even when you’re short on time, out of ideas, or lack the space or energy to create)
If you’re a creative entrepreneur, artist or writer wanting to confidently and consistently create, then you probably already know that having some kind of routine or creative habit could help.
When it comes to your housekeeping or productivity, you’ve probably already heard about the life-changing magic of healthy routines and habits.
And if you’ve got kids or a puppy, you already know how important routines are to foster a sense of safety and well-being.
And you may also already know that regular creative habits are what the creative pros use to leverage their time, energy and ideas, so that they can get to work without trying to psych themselves up or reinvent the wheel every day — or get derailed by procrastination.
You’ve probably heard the rallying cry and good advice to “do the work” and get over your resistance.
But even when the motivation to overcome creative resistance is strong, the path to doing it actually doing it is anything but.
Stick to creative habits and routines?
Awesome, but what does that actually look like, for me, and how do I even start?
Maybe scrolling through Instagram you saw a motivational quote about creativity, or were inspired by a project and decided to jump in. You joined a challenge to create something everyday, and maybe even posted your work on social media. But then you dropped it, out of boredom, frustration or busyness.
Could be you’ve read some great books about creativity, or tried writing morning pages. Maybe you’ve heard of productivity hacks, and so tried setting timers, started bullet journaling, or, bought another expensive planner or app to help you motivate and create.
If you’ve been really stuck, but also committed to break through your resistance, maybe you’ve even invested in therapy or coaching. Hoping that that this time you could stop procrastinating and finally do your art.
But the sad truth is, discipline and motivational hacks don’t really help with creative procrastination.
Especially if our work isn’t earning enough (or any) money or is actually costing money to pursue (classes, supplies, coaching, etc.)
Here’s why most would-be creatives abandon their work
Without a super clear, simple, step-by-step action plan, along with a process that addresses the emotional blocks to creativity, it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed and confused, which cause them to lose hope, along with all of their momentum.
They fall victim to the belief that difficult emotions shouldn’t be part of creative life and work. That somehow, it should all be so easy, or that the steps should be obvious.
If they could just find and perfect the right techniques, then this would cure the raging doubt they have about their abilities.
They believe the myth that they are somehow lacking talent, or just “don’t have what it takes” to do art, because they feel anxious about confronting the blank page, or are confused about what to do — and so of course procrastinating would be a logical outcome.
Here’s why this is so destructive
As an already busy creative entrepreneur, or someone with a day job and family trying to fit your creativity into your life, you can’t afford to waste your limited time, money, or energy nursing a dying dream.
I know that sounds dramatic, but there is an emotional price you pay every single time you say no to yourself, or say, someday, later, and abandon your creative work.
When this happens, we feel ashamed about how many times we’ve started and stopped. Sad or even angry (usually at ourselves) for once again putting our creative project on the back burner.
Every time you get lost in this destructive creative pattern, it’s harder to recover.
Therefore, having a consistent creative habits are something you need to get set up right, so that you have a reliable structure to support you through all of the ups and downs of the natural creative cycles.
Yeah, downs are a normal part of it, including feeling like shit because you’ve been comparing yourself to someone else on Instagram. Or scared, because you have no idea what you’re doing. Or confused and reaching for the remote, because you’re spending your time obsessing, and then checking out — and not creating.
Developing successful creative habits isn’t particularly hard or complicated but there are so many moving pieces and potential failure points along the way.
What type of habits to implement, how to structure your routines, what you’ll do, and how often. How you’ll stay accountable to your plan. These are just some of the surface details you’ll have to design along the way.
But what’s missing is failing to incorporate our emotional or mental patterns — key to the real reasons behind why we do or don’t take action — and largely invisible unless we know what to look for.
So even the most thoughtfully designed schedule of activities will be abandoned if we don’t know how to identify and manage difficult feelings, destructive thought patterns and self-defeating behaviors.
And for creative thinkers, it’s also crucial that we use our imagination, love of beauty, and esthetics when we approach our creative work. Very non-rational things that move us to create in the first place.
That’s why you can’t treat your creative work as just a routine.
They way you design your creative habits is an immensely valuable and fragile structure that, when done right, can support not just your creativity, but your overall sense of well being — in all areas of your life.
It’s time to respect it for what it is, a multi-dimensional project, and approach it accordingly.
Even though we may logically know that creative habits are a good thing to have, really, very few people will ever reap the rewards. Many others try applying the muscle of reason, and fizzle out.
The main reasons for this, as you’re likely aware by now, is that while there is plenty of inspiration encouraging us to “just do it” and get over our resistance, the exact methods of how to do this aren’t obvious.
But as long as you can avoid the pitfalls that derail your best intentions to show up and do your work, you’ll be able to create confidently and consistently, without all the ups and downs of emotional drama.
They key ingredient to all of this is having a creative practice that supports you — no matter what life is throwing at you.
With your permission, I’d love to show you how to create, maintain and even profit from having a creative practice.
Introducing Creative + Practice
Creative + Practice is the only program of its kind that guides you, step-by-step, through exactly how to create, maintain and even profit from creative habits that work for visual thinkers: designers, crafters, artists, writers, creative entrepreneurs.
If you’re ready to finally create confidently and consistently, without being sidelined by procrastination, resistance and fear, here’s how we’ll get you there.
Week 1: Prepping, Planning & Packing for Your 8 Week Creative + Practice Journey
If the idea of a regular practice seems daunting, I totally understand.
What I can promise you is that there is an easy, do-able, step-by-step method that really works to make it all practical, and possible.
- Mapping Your Creative + Practice 8 Week Plan
- So You Want to Create. Got ONE Minute?
- 5 Steps to Get the Most Out of This (or ANY) Workshop, Seminar, Training or Coaching Program
- Packing Your Creative + Practice Toolkit
- Use the Science of Habit Change to Begin, So You Keep Going
Week 2: Setting Out — The No Discipline Required Way to Take Inspired Creative Action
Now that you’ve got your roadmap and plan for creative practice, you’ll creating right away. No Discipline Required
To create requires courage, and a certain tolerance and fortitude with continuously dealing with the unknown.
If you get derailed from your new ideas and projects when confusion or busyness enters…it is most likely some form of fear in disguise.
The problem is, we’re not taught how to look for these disguises fear wears. instead, we assume that we’re lazy, or lack discipline or even so-called talent.
When you struggle with discipline or keeping to a new routine, it’s because you haven’t had an approach that helps you develop the real courage it takes to face the blank page, along with a system of gradually developing a healthy new habit (like creative practice).
In fact, when it comes to creativity and getting things done, there are lots of things that don’t work, or even work against our best intentions.
- If You’ve Struggled to Create Consistently: This is What’s Been Missing
- Boundaries: What Your Creativity Needs to Thrive
- How (Exactly) to Create with Courage
- Beyond Journaling & Morning Pages: How to Use Intentional Expressive Writing to Fuel Your Creative Practice
Week 3: Designing Your Guidebook — Visual Techniques & Tools for Transformation & Problem Solving
Now that you’ve faced the blank page with confidence, you’ll learn how to tap into your imagination to help you do your best work.
- Why creating something new is so scary, and how to put it to work for you
- The difference between process and product, and exactly where and how to use both in your work
- How to start using image in your creative practice — absolutely no drawing, painting, skills or experience required
- Accessing your inner wisdom through imagination
Week 4: What Resistance? How to Make the Emotional Nature of Creativity Work For You, Not Against You
If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution, you know how quickly those can fizzle out. You’re not alone. Millions of people don’t even make it through the first two weeks before giving up.
That’s why this week has your back. I don’t want you to quit before you’ve barely even started your journey. With awareness, planning and the tools of Creative + Practice, you can be one of the rare few who keeps going—right past the pitfalls and detours that make it so hard to create.
- The #1 Thing That Stops People From Creating — That You Can Remedy Starting NOW
- What’s Really Behind Those Moods Affecting Your Focus & Productivity
- When You Feel Lazy and Unmotivated — How to Create Anyway
Week 5: How to Create Anywhere, Regardless: Creative Practice for the Busy & Overwhelmed WITHOUT a Studio
You’re creating, aware of the many things that used to get in the way of doing your creative work. But what about space? We can fantasize over the ideal studio space on Pinterest, but what if I showed you how you could do your best work at your kitchen table, and create a portable studio absolutely anywhere?
- How to Deal with Lack of Time & Space
- Creating the Perfect At-Home Studio Space — Without a dedicated Studio
- You Can Take It With You: Your Portable Studio
- Creating Privacy & Protecting Your Work
- Making Your Creative Practice Adaptable, Flexible, Experimental, Supportive
Week 6: Demystifying Art Making: A Color-Drenched Initiation For the Intimidated
What makes the Creative + Practice workshop so unique, is that you’re actually creating while you learn the process, tools and techniques. This isn’t an intellectual exercise. That would be so boring for creatives, and not work!
However, working with art supplies, including collage and mixed media materials, can be intimidating so many.
That’s why you’ll love this humble and demystified approach to using art supplies and techniques. No art experience required.
- Demystifying Art Supplies
- The Role of Art Supplies in Creative Practice
- The Easiest Collage Ever
- Inside Lisa’s Creative Practice Sketchbook: Writing & Painted Pages
- Quick & Easy Painting Techniques (No Art Experience Required!)
- What to Do When You Make Stuff You Don’t Like
Week 7: The Cyclic Nature of Creativity: How (and When) to Start, Finish & Follow-Through
There are natural cycles to creativity, just like life. As we near the end of this workshop, you’ll learn how completion is so vital to your creative process, and completion isn’t the end.
So often, life interferes with our best intentions and plans. Here’s what to do to avoid the self-criticism and guilt, and not lose your creative momentum. Even when life happens. It will!
- Use the Natural Creative Cycles to Create More Without the Effort and angst
- How “Doing Nothing” Is Actually Productive: Rest Is A Creative Weapon
- Harness Your Creative FLOW and Ride Out Creative Ups & Downs
- How to Manage Long Creative Projects
- The Rhythm of a Regular Creative Practice
Week 8: From Practice to The Practical: Benefiting & Profiting from Your Creative Practice
In just eight weeks, you’ve already come such a long way since starting your Creative Practice. Now it’s time to translate what you’ve been doing into tangible and practical results.
You’ll use an unconventional technique to help you mine the gold. Doing this will make creative practice your own.
You’ll also discover how to benefit from the many ways your creative practice can support you—emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and also financially.
- Profiting from Your Creative Practice
- The #1 problem all Creative Entrepreneurs Have – And How to Fix It NOW
- What’s This All For? Extracting the Fruits of Your Creative Practice
- Own Your Creative + Practice — And Use It For a Lifetime of Artmaking
- Leave Perfectionism Behind — For Good
Each of the Lessons are delivered once per week for 8 weeks designed to help you create, maintain, and strengthen your creative practice.
Each module includes:
Step-by-Step video tutorials
Inspirational videos from me in my studio
Sketchbook Activities and Creative Prompts
Exclusive access to my own sketchbooks and creative process that I don’t share anywhere else
All accessible 24/7 via computer, tablet, or your phone
4 LIVE video group coaching sessions, held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Central Time, from November, 2019 through January 2020.
Video recordings of our live group coaching sessions, in case you can’t make it live
- Share and connect with your peers in our private course website — find members nearby, participate in group chat and private message, post your work, ask questions, all within our app, free of distractions.
Compassionate encouragement every step of the way – to help you stay the course, follow through…and get the most out of the experience.
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Since first offering this workshop in 2011, I’ve see Creative + Practice transform the work and lives of thousands of my students. You’ll meet many of them inside, as they come back to do the course again, year after year.
I want you to have the chance to experience Creative + Practice without worrying about whether or not it will be worth the investment to you.
So please try the course for two full sessions. If you aren’t happy with the course for any reason, I’ll refund you. No questions asked.
If you want to take the Creative + Practice Challenge, all you need to do now is register with the payment method of your choice. Once you sign up, you’ll find welcome lessons inside our member-only private community.
The thing I’m asked most often is how I am able to make a living as an artist.
I could tell you about Paypal buttons, affiliate programs, social media techniques, pricing your work, marketing your work, branding your work, selling your work.
But the true secret to my success an artist and creative entrepreneur has to do with just one thing: having a creative practice.
The secret is not in your products, services, packaging, messaging, pricing, and the other details we get hung up on. The secret is in having a creative practice.
I look forward to seeing YOU in Creative + Practice!