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for October, 2017

The Importance of Self-Belief

The Importance of Self-Belief

October 23, 2017

For over seven years on this blog we have talked about self-belief, self-trust, self-esteem and self-investment. We have learned over the years that this is truly the cornerstone of any success we hope to have in life or in our creativity, but more than anything, I have learned that self-belief is also a requirement if we are to believe in others as well. Today I’d like to focus on what we’ve learned over the years about self-belief and it’s power to change our lives completely. Tools To Help Build Up Your Self-Esteem Over the years one of the most persistent issues my readers faced was a lack of self-worth. No, it wasn’t someone trying to stop them, or a lack of motivation, or even a lack of skill. One of my readers’ most pervasive blocks was their own limited belief in their ability to pursue their dream. They were the biggest thing standing in their way–perhaps the only thing standing in […]

Healing: The Never Ending Journey

Healing: The Never Ending Journey

October 16, 2017

For nearly eight years we’ve talked about healing: healing writers block, healing emotions, healing our bodies, healing our minds, healing our souls and finally, healing our communities. What have we learned over the last 8 years about healing? Well, first of all: it never ends!!! Today, for Courage 2 Creates last chapter, let’s talk about what we’ve learned about healing over the years. How To Make Yourself Whole My healing journey began simple enough: I wanted to cure my writers block, and so I theorized that if I tackled the block from all sides, surely, something would work. And it did: in fact, approaching my writers block holistically worked almost too well (I even wrote an eBook about it.) Holistic healing soon became the mantra of Courage 2 Create: healing your writers block meant not just working with your mind, but your body, your soul, your heart, and your community–all at once. I learned and shared with you on this blog that […]

Another Hole In The Wall

Another Hole In The Wall

October 9, 2017

(Editors note: this is the final part of an unofficial series as old as the blog itself. Read Part I , Part II, Part III and Part IV.) There’s another hole in the wall. How did that happen? Isn’t that how we began? Maybe it’s the same hole, and the house I built to cover it up, was a waste. Maybe the heat of the fireplace was too hot, burst into flames, and tore my house down. Have I been playing at theater? Is there no escaping my hole? Don’t touch it, don’t come near it, don’t talk about it. It hurts too much. How much paint? How much spackle? How many houses? What’s a house but a building that convinces you there are no unprotected holes? When the whole thing is just one big hole? Maybe it’s time to stop running away from this hole?  Time to live in it. Time to be it. There’s no more escaping. The house, […]

How To Create A Great Hero (And Help Him Vanquish His Villian)

How To Create A Great Hero (And Help Him Vanquish His Villian)

October 2, 2017

For over seven years we have talked about character, characters in writing and building our own inner character in real life. We’ve talked about heroism and how to deal with the haters, or villains, in our lives. Finally we talked about what it takes to be a great supporting character. Today, I’d like us to review what we learned over the years about creating characters, both fictional and non-fictional. Creating A Great Hero These days it’s challenging to be a hero, but I say, keep at it, no matter how hard it seems. Why keep at it?  Because the world needs heroes. Not the kind that goes and saves “damsels in distress” or the kind that becomes a martyr by living a life of pain and suffering for others, but the true, real life kind of hero: the kind that is willing to take a risk, be courageous, push the envelope a bit, lead us all in the direction of […]