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For the majority of this book Todd Henry, the author, focus on five key areas that creatives can focus on to bring some structure to their creative process. This blog post will go into detail on the first three areas he discusses.
1. Focus - he says that the best way to focus your energy is to be a “Developer” or someone who can see the big picture, break it down into manageable parts, but can also veer off course every once in a while if needed. This allows for some flexibility while keeping in tune with the major objectives. He suggests a few different technique for focus:
2. Relationships - Henry says “Investing in healthy, thriving relationships yields long-term benefits for everyone...” He says there are three ways to cultivate creatively stimulating relationships and that is: “to have relationships in which you can be real, relationships where you can learn to risk, and relationships where you can submit to the wisdom of others.” He lays out three strategies to enrich relationships:
3. Energy - energy management is a key to our success as it keeps us out of ruts and keeps us moving towards our goals. Henry suggests two main practices for energy management:
How are you managing your focus, relationships, and energy? Are there any tools listed above that you can begin to implement in your life in order to enhance your creative growth?
Monica Thakrar has over 14 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.