Sixty seconds to a more creative you

Written by Angela Booth

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Trust yourself

Have faith that you can do whatever creative task is expected of you.

You can't do it alone, however. Any creative task requires your subconscious mind/ right side of your brain. This intuitive, non- verbal part of you will add inspiration torepparttar task. We spend our lives inrepparttar 117508 left side of our brain, and it's often difficult to believe that we even have a right brain, much less trust it to perform a task. (See Show Up above.)

Having faith basically means getting intorepparttar 117509 right side of your brain at will, into an alpha mind state. We'll discuss mind states in upcoming chapters ofrepparttar 117510 online creativity course.

Shut up!

Shut up! Stop labeling, analyzing, criticizing... stop chattering, and pay attention.

Creativity demands a fresh way of seeing, a fresh understanding. However... we already have a way of seeing creatively, and this is direct perception.

To access direct perception, we need to turn offrepparttar 117511 constant mind chatter we indulge in. What's direct perception? It's seeing/ understanding, without analyzing. An example: let's say that you're having an argument with someone. The person insults you. Knowing it's an insult, you fire up. At this, she tells you that you misunderstood what she said. Your direct perception tells you that you were insulted. You sawrepparttar 117512 angry look in her eyes, and heard her tone of voice. However, you don't want to believe that someone would deliberately hurt you, so you decide to believerepparttar 117513 words, rather thanrepparttar 117514 evidence of your eyes and ears.

Creativity demands that you turn off your mind chatter, and pay attention to your direct perception.

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One Foot In Each Camp

Written by Elena Fawkner

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After some time, your business will begin to generate income for you. As you start generating more income, you will begin to turn your mind to deciding at what point it becomes uneconomic to continue your day job. This is because, at a certain point, your business will reach 'critical mass',repparttar level at which it becomes uneconomic to continue your day job becauserepparttar 117507 return you get for your time and effort is greater from your home business. This is because your salary doesn't vary according to effort and results (at least not directly), but your home business income does.

As a general rule, you will need to wait until your business is consistently generatingrepparttar 117508 same level of income on a proportionate basis torepparttar 117509 time you spend on it before you start seriously considering quitting your day job. Once you get to that point, testrepparttar 117510 elasticity of your income. If you doublerepparttar 117511 number of hours a week you spend on your business does your income increase commensurately? If so, your income is elastic. If you double your time input but your income only increases by half, then your income is somewhat inelastic. You need to calculate how much time and effort you need to expend to generate inrepparttar 117512 form of business income what you are currently generating from your paid job. If this is 'reasonable' by your standards then you can begin to seriously consider quitting your day job. If not, you need to find ways to leverage your business so you can generate more income from a more acceptable commitment of time and effort.

Only when you have satisfied yourself that you can generate from your business sufficient income on a CONTINUOUS and REGULAR basis, should you consider quitting your day job.

That's onlyrepparttar 117513 threshhold question, though. Behind it are a whole host of other issues to think about before making repparttar 117514 break. For example, how will you fund time off? As a self-employed person you can forget about paid vacations.

Even if this doesn't concern you financially, consider what will happen to your business if you're not around for two weeks. Also, as a corporate employee, you probably enjoyed comprehensive medical benefits at your employer's expense. Again, these are gone. Be sure you take out your own insurance and think about income protection insurance as well. If you contract an illness that puts you out of action for a month, again, what happens to your business? You will need to take out normal business insurances as well such as public risk. Consider here whether clients will be visiting you at home. If so, ensure your insurances cover injuries to business clients. This is something that probably won't be covered under your general homeowner's policy.

Build up a network of contacts before you quit your day job. Not only will they be an important asset to your business in repparttar 117515 longer term, they can also help alleviaterepparttar 117516 feelings of isolation that you can expect to experience early in your home-based career. Something else to do before you quit your day job is to prepare yourself mentally forrepparttar 117517 realities of working from home such asrepparttar 117518 need for self- discipline, feelings of isolation, your tendency to procrastinate to name a few. Educate yourself by reading about what running a home business is REALLY like to minimizerepparttar 117519 culture shock when it happens to you.

Prepare your family too forrepparttar 117520 changes that they can expect. They need to understand that although you are at home, you are still working and they need to respect your limits during worktime. Of course, set up your home office as if it were a corporate office. Make sure you have two telephone lines and dedicate one to your business telephone andrepparttar 117521 other to your fax/internet connection.

And one final piece of advice, when you first start working from home, establish a "going to work" routine, at least to start. This will get you intorepparttar 117522 routine of working even though you are not leavingrepparttar 117523 house and you won't develop bad habits (such as procrastination or lack of direction) that will be difficult to break later on.


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