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Lowest common denominator syndrome.

Lowest common denominator syndrome.

“The mind ‘get things’ very very easily. It is made very dumb by
senseless repetition of facts. One has to teach at different levels
all the time and never repeat oneself in exactly the same way.
Social peer pressure comes into play (herd pressure) whenever [creativity]
wants to express itself.”

In what ways have you been riding along with the herd? Does LCD syndrome affect you at home or work? How do learn or teach (sell?) at different levels to allow creativity to break through your resistances?

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100 Days: In that amount of time you can do just about anything!

100 Days: In that amount of time you can do just about anything!

Do you believe that…You might shy away from committing to such a statement for fear you might actually have to DO SOMETHING in that span of time. Change is hard and we are our own worst enemies when it comes to it. The scriptural thought of “as a man (or woman) thinks in their heart, so are they!” is more true than we would like to accept.

A fellow blogger talks about this idea of taking on your dreams and fears in 100 days. Check it out here!

After you read it, tell what you WOULD do in 100 if you did decide to try something…Don’t worry, this is just a pre-committment phase and not the real thing. If it was the real thing, you would hear a very loud tone in your head 🙂

Click on the comment link to share your thoughts on this…

PS – just in case you want some more help on the topic, click here for consultation.

What’s your haiku

I don’t usually like putting these kind of things in my blogs but I have a soft spot for haikus:

LiveJournal Haiku!
Your name: rehuxley
Your haiku: that they can never
aspire to and they are being
enjoyed by others
Username:
Created by Grahame

Seven Habits of Highly Effective “Artists”

I recently asked some artist friends what they felt were effective habits in creativity and productive art work. Here are some of their replies (ok, it doesn’t exactly add up to seven but we are artists after all!):

“The best habit I have developed is to make something EVERY day, in my case a book, even if I don’t feel like it, even if I don’t want to, even if my well is dry and I don’t have any ideas. I am becoming disciplined in my pursuit of fluency in the language of the book by this simple daily exercise. ”

“I don’t know how inspirational this is but here goes. I have a habit of not
using certain prime pieces of collage because… who knows, I might use it
up, might use it in the wrong place, wish I had it for a different layout.
So to force myself out of this habit, I like to create(play) with
backgrounds and handmade papers. I then take my absolute favorites and cut
up most of it into bookmark size. Then on a visit to the library, go to the
new released book aisle (or any for that matter) and insert them until all
gone. I’ve let them go and they are being enjoyed by others too. I’ve found
I’m more apt to use that favorite piece of paper and not think about
“losing” it forever.”

“When my children were young they used to enjoy me reading very frequently, out loud and with inflections, the book “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss.

At that time I was trying to squeeze in time for my sketching and painting, however, it was a very busy era. I read the story so often that it became a part of my daydreams and I substituted my own words which included doing my art as part of the story. I found that in so doing I actually put the principle of the words to good use and have sketched and painted no matter where I was or at what time of day or evening. It allowed me to fit in so many extra hours and I enjoyed my outings with the children even more as I didn’t mind sitting out in the rain or waiting for a class or a game to finish. It has become a most enjoyable habit and has allowed me to keep ahead of deadlines and absorb so much more of my environment.”

“1) keep your stuff organized, both in reality & in your head so you can find it when you want it
2) if you like it, buy it when you see it or it’ll be gone later
3) buy it/save it even if you don’t know what you’ll use it for; if you already have some, that’s OK cuz you can always give some away later in a swap, etc
4) how do you do #1?”

“The first thing that comes to my mind is to use your eyes in new
ways. That covers a lot of ground! Specifically, what I’m
referring to is seeing my environment in new ways. When I’m
walking, I’m now watchful for colors and patterns (or odd bits on
the ground!) When I’m shopping, (no matter WHAT the store!)I’m
watchful for ephemera or weird bits of things that I might be able
to use. Even perusing the daily mail and newspaper can provide
pieces for a collage or an idea.”

“A “habit” of mine in my art OR in my writing is to WRITE DOWN IDEAS as soon as they come to mind, no matter WHERE I am at the moment. I’m almost always in the “creative mode” but busy lifestyles can sometimes make you forget something that flashed through your mind when you are doing something else.

I often wake up in the middle of the night, jot an idea down on paper I keep on my nightstand, then go back to sleep. If I don’t do that, then the great idea may be lost forever! 🙂

I have those notes to myself in a file and when I’m ready to begin a new project in art or writing, I browse through my notes and start on whichever one appeals to me at the moment.”

“1) Always have fresh coffee beans and a grinder that works!
2) Find the top of your work surface at least once a month.
3) Don’t be afraid to play.
4) Have at least two other artist friends who think like you 🙂
5) Spend sometime each day looking at the world around you.
6) Don’t compare yourself to others…just be the best you you can be.
7) Create, Create, Create, Create, Create…”

Thanks to everyone who contributed. This will be the basis of an article I am writing. If you want to contribute your thoughts, click on the comment link and leave you “habits.”

Igniting Their Writing: The Struggle to Get Ideas on Paper

Igniting Their Writing: The Struggle to Get Ideas on Paper
By Dr. Mel Levine

So much is riding on writing. Not only must school-age writers transcribe their thoughts neatly, but they must also respond productively to the call for excellent language skill, rich idea development, and the arrangement of ideas and facts in a logical order. In some cases that call goes unanswered.

Large numbers of students falter and fail when it comes to writing. Their writing may be barely legible, the content overly simplistic, or they may simply write too little. Their written language may seem like the verbal expression of a much younger student. Sometimes there is a wide gap between the sophistication of a student’s spoken language and the language he transmits on paper. Some kids simply resist writing activities altogether.

A range of possible neurodevelopmental dysfunctions can impede the acquisition of writing skills. Six forms of dysfunction are especially common in students with deficient writing: 1) graphomotor; 2) memory; 3) language, 4) attention; 5) organization; 6) ideation. A discussion of these potential breakdown points follows.

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Content Consultation for Consultants

Creating a great Web site isn’t easy for knowledge-based consultants, such as accountants, financial experts, lawyers, project consultants, or even public relations professionals. What’s to show? A 360-degree picture of your well-groomed staff? A close-up of your Phi Beta Kappa key? Screen shots of your client’s big bonus after you helped her turn the company around?

Content Consultation for Consultants

Leadership

“Leadership is an intensive journey into yourself.”

Jeff Immelt

In what areas of your life have you been or are going involved in leadership? How has this experienced changed you? What attitudes or new thoughts have you discovered about yourself and others? Pretend you are giving advice to a brand new leader. What word of advice would you give him or her?

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