It must have been about this time last year. I’d met people who had done the creative art and design foundation degree course at my local college and assumed that it was full time and not really doable whilst running a successful coaching business.
Then last year I found out it was part time. There’s a lesson in there somewhere about checking facts and not making assumptions. So this time last year I started the ball rolling when the college had a stall at an event I was also exhibiting at. I made one small step and picked up a prospectus. If you read my blog regularly you will know that I’m a huge believer in making lots of one small steps to get to where you want to be. But crumbs did that one small step really start that ball flying down the hill. The second small step was to accept an invite to accept a phone call from the college, followed by a chat at the college and then a formal interview. Enrolling came next and there was still a nagging voice in my head saying “but you can’t draw”
Now why would I let a small thing like that bit of negative self talk stop me from what I was doing? Because I talk to people about my fears and apparently everyone can draw. The skill is in making look like something you want it to look like and frankly abstract art is a wonderful title to hang anything under.
It’s been a fantastic year and I’ve learned so much useful stuff and different methods in which to be creative. A photograph and a light box can take you a long way in design.
- Never let negative self talk stop you from doing something you want to do.
- Always find out the facts, don’t make assumptions.
- Keep taking those “one small steps” – take enough of them and they will take you all the way.
So what am I going to do with all this creativity and what does it mean to me as a coach?
Well, when I get my clients to be creative, that’s when we really get results.
Carolyn Trafford is a creative Strategy Coach – if you need to spark your thinking then get in touch on 07714 216388 Now