Our theme for our Monday Motivator 2019 Week 19 is “Profit Filter, Passion Filter”. But first, this week’s creative intentions.
Monday Motivator Week 19: Facebook Group
In our Go Creative! in Business group, each Monday we outline our creative intentions to each other. And then we follow up on a Saturday with what we’ve actually accomplished during the week.
What’s unique about our group is that our report is given under the three hats a creative entrepreneur must wear: that of Maker (who produces), Manager (who processes) and Maximizer (who promotes).
Here are my creative intentions for this week.
MAKER (Producing): Continuing work on a long cycle poem about the Divine Feminine, voiced by an Irish cailleach (old woman, hag). The ALLi Copyright Bill of Rights gives me my final, missing chapters from Creative Self-Publishing which is on the home road. I think we’ve found an illustrator for the Go Creative! workbooks that will allow me to finish the planner.
MANAGER (Processing): All banking applications are now complete and in the process, a new business plan for OrnaRoss.com. Yay! Like most processing tasks, it didn’t feel great in the doing but it sure feels great in the DONE. Preparing new Fiction and Poetry newsletters format (separating them out).
MAXIMIZER (Positioning): Now that the newsletters are in place, finally ready to add marketing juice.
Monday Motivator Week 19: What About You?
That’s what I’ll be up to. What about you? What will you be producing (Maker), processing (Manager) or promoting (Maximizer) this week? Do pop over to our Go Creative! in Business Facebook group, where we support and motivate each other. It’s completely free, there’s no selling or self-promotion, and you can leave anytime if it isn’t the right fit for you.
So you’ve nothing to lose and it may be just the creative boost you need.
Theme of the Week: Profit Filter, Passion Filter
Our group is about to get a little more active with a Theme of the Week, and the invitation to post on a particular topic. Our theme this week is “Profit Filter, Passion Filter”
There’s a lot of information around now about creativity and the creative process…. but so much of it is highly mechanistic. Plans, time management, schemes, schedules, endless things to do.
But you’re not a machine. You’re a unique individual making what you are making within a unique confluence of conditions.
What’s going on in your outer world, as transmitted through your outer senses: sight, taste, touch, smell, hearing. And what’s going on in your inner world, as transmitted through your inner senses of perception, insight, intuition, memory and imagination.
Those conditions, inner and outer, operate at three levels: the conscious, the unconscious, and that liminal place in between, the subconscious.
And they keep changing in a never-ending flux.
Pretty complex stuff, that can sometimes feel overwhelming, even chaotic. Any overly-simplistic or rigid creative method that fails to take account of creativity’s paradox and mystery and uniqueness fails you.
I hope to sift out the ones that don’t … and I hope you’ll help, by joining our group and sharing anything of particular help in relation to our theme each week.
Monday Motivator Theme Week 19: Profit Filter, Passion Filter
When we set out to do creative work, we have a “profit” motive, whether we realize it or not. Profit is not just financial, though it can very much be that. So many creatives dream of being rich through their work. The bestselling novel. The classy clients who shower you with fees. The movie with queues around the corner.
Profit for a creative also comes in the form of acknowledgment, recognition, influence, impact.
These and the money we make are the outer rewards of our work. All good things and things to be welcomed, embraced and worked for.
However, if we only focus on those, if we’re only operating from there, we can find ourselves feeling harassed, and sometimes even stuck or blocked, through the weight of the outer motives. Our own outer, profit intentions.
Balancing that, setting us free from that, we have our inner motives and intentions which are passion based. These are things like how much we love what we do. The feelings of freedom and lightness we get when we sink into the actual activity itself, as opposed to all those outer signifiers around it.
It’s one of the reasons we do flow practice, because it connects us to those inner, quieter, less obvious intentions.
How is that balance of profit (outer) and passion (inner) working out for you?
You can pre-order Book One here: Three Pathways To Profit for Creative Entrepreneurs: Practice, Process, Positioning.