The Art of Getting More Creative - Brain Plasticity

I never considered myself a very realistic artist. I love color, design, abstract painting, and ceramics, but my mind was never very good at drawing. In enters my three- year-old, extremely artistic daughter (as most children at this age are: “ Mommy, can you draw me a deer?” she asks in the sweetest, my-mom-can-do-anything-in-the-world voice. Now, my mind starts to say, “Zeyna, I am not a very good drawer…” But, errr! Stop right there! I don’t want to be teaching her these limiting beliefs, that if we aren’t the best at something then we shouldn't even try. So, I say, “Sure!” ...and I panic inside. I think, 'Okay, get your phone and Google "how to draw a deer."' I find one that looks pretty simple, but I'm feeling the stress inside me building. At the same time, I am trying to relax because it seems the harder I try to draw something well, the worse my already-limited drawing abilities are. So I am internally boosting my...

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How To Create A Business Plan Using the Cycle of Creation - For the Entrepreneur and Solopreneur

     In numerous cultures across the planet, indigenous people live in accordance with the elements of nature. These elements vary from culture to culture, but the underlying belief for each culture is the same: that the elements of nature are the foundation of creation, and when they are expressed in our lives in a balanced manner, they can create a flow of manifestation that is stable and abundant. This system uses the five elements of Chinese or Taoist philosophy to create a business plan and philosophy, forming a template that will ensure we leave nothing by the wayside and that our businesses grow in abundant ways. These elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. In Chinese medicine, these elements are used for diagnosing ailments. In this system, we use them to "diagnose," plan, and grow your business.

     Each element in this system is correlated to various aspects of life, and as such the system of elements can fulfill every aspect...

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Case study: Successful implementation of “The Elements of Business” Business Plan

In 2013, Maggie O’Dea, founder of Inspired Life Project, used the approach she created (“The Elements of Business”) to develop a business plan and launch her body-care business, Devi Mukta. Maggie’s homeopathic self-care products give skin a beautiful luminescent sheath that is both a presentation of your light to the world and a barrier from harsh elements and toxins in the environment. Devi Mukta body-care products pamper your skin, which this is vital to holistic wellbeing.

Here is Maggie’s story of using “The Elements of Business” to launch her company and create her home based business as told in her own words:

Our soulful purpose fuels our dream and creates our vision. This is how we feel empowered to move forward and eventually put our vision into action. Having a clear vision allows you to outline a succinct and compelling business plan that moves from a big-picture plan to manageable short-term goals.

My dream was to create a...

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