Wish there was a plan for turning your dreams & ideas into ACTIONS? There is.

I am so excited to share this with you all! Tara, you all know her from Scoutie Girl, & you may have even taken her Free Creating Action eCourse… is launching her newest course today:

The Art of Action

Tara is the Action Master, the woman is amazing – a DIY culture & lifestyle design expert, she took action on her goal to create business that would allow her to stay home with her daughter. Now, she fully supports her family – on track to take home 6 figures this year. She will show you how to turn your intentions & information into ACTION.

She so graciously asked me to be part of the Action Artists Team, that you can see here, in the right sidebar. She will be posting a clip from an interview that we did together soon, I’ll let you know when that goes up! If you’d like to hear the full interview head on over to the The Art of Action & register! It’s going to be awesome!

I polled my Facebook lovelies over the weekend with this question:

Have you ever felt “stuck” creatively? If you had the chance to ask someone that was full of momentum & extremely prolific in their craft one question about “creating action” (overcoming obstacles, blocks, finishing a project, etc.) – what would that one question be?

Well today, Tara is here to answer YOUR questions!

Brigitta Kral asks: Do you follow any process for getting an idea out of your head and onto/into the medium with which you work? If so, what? If not, how do you accomplish this?

The short answer: I keep a journal.

The longer answer: My ideas are always works in progress. The first time they enter my journal they tend to find their way to page with lots of other idea friends. This is where I jot down inspiration while I’m working on something else. If I didn’t get it out of my head, I would forget it AND I wouldn’t be able to focus on my current project.

The next time they show up in my journal, it’s often in the form of an outline. Sometimes it’s a project outline, sometimes it’s a few quotes, sometimes it’s a date by date working calendar. The outlines tend to morph a few times too – but I figure every time the idea pops up, it’s getting a little closer to actual execution.

From there, outlines turn into actualization. The process on that is a little fuzzier – it depends on whether I’m crowdsourcing the project or whether it’s something I need to meditate on or whether it’s a more detailed research project.

Living with the idea & allowing myself the freedom to mold it & shape it with my pen give me both an organized process & the organic creation I crave.

Mae Chevrette asks: Sometimes I’m not sure if trying to force momentum is productive or counter-productive. I would love to know to what extent you push yourself to overcome a creative rut, and at what point do you choose not to force it and just let it ride itself out?

Generally, forcing the creative process is counter-productive. But ONLY if you’re talking about the creative process – not the process of execution, more on that in a bit.

I deal with creative ruts in two extreme ways: I check in & I check out. For me, going for a walk, working out, listening to music, reading, is all “checking out” from the work of creating & finding inspiration. It almost inevitably leads to either creating or inspiration but the “doing” isn’t either.

Other times, I check in. I get really into my network – asking questions, floating thoughts, answering questions. Finding that place of connectivity tends to get my juices flowing just enough that I can discover the needs & ideas that are right in front of my face.

As for the process of execution, sometimes you do have to force that. Your block doesn’t come from not knowing what to do or how to do it – it comes from fear, from overwhelm, from self-imposed pressure.

Those problems are just smoke.

Push past them & you’ll see that, on the other side, is freedom to do the work you WANT to do.

Kim Stickrath asks: I just came off a series of projects that I’d been working on since last spring, and I just couldn’t stop or get away from the writing. It was great and scary all at once. Now that those projects are done, and I am getting ready to work on a related project…my momentum has dropped. I find that as much as I want to do this project, I’m stalling on it. How do you keep your drive and motivation running high when, well, life keeps “happening” in full force around you?

You don’t. Stalling is just another form of self-sabotage. And sometimes, self-sabotage is exactly what you need. You need to say, “this isn’t what you’re ready for right now. Stop.”

Approach your project with gentleness. You’ll pick it up when you’re ready to do your best work, until then gently allow yourself to embrace the life that’s happening right now. Play.

Once that happens, you’ll have the space you need to pick up your project with joy & enthusiasm.

If delaying the execution of the project isn’t possible, you can – again, gently – examine what it is that’s making you stall. Is it fear? Are you bored? Is the project out of your control?

Figure out what’s causing that performance block & you’ll have an idea of what you can change to push past the problem.

(Please be mindful: I am an affiliate of The Art of Action Course & I am very lucky to have a place in the course in exchange for Tara & I’s awesome interview. By registering for The Art of Action Course through the links above, not only will you be able to take part in a fantastic program & support Tara’s ventures & family but you are also supporting my family & Kind Over Matter because I will be receiving a percentage back with each sale that is made through these links. Heaps of Gratitude & Love, I hope to see you there & watch as you make your dreams come alive!)

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