7 Months Of Saying A Big Creative Yes! So What’s Next?

And Tomorrow, Hope
And Tomorrow, Hope

About 7 months ago, I began the adventure of A Big Creative Yes.

In my first ever post – Embracing The Elements – I talked about trying to bring together the different strands of myself, who I am and what I do in one place.

A few people who I follow and who really inspire me (Courtney Carver, Everett Bogue, Martijn van Osch, Megan Matthieson, Bindu Wiles, among others) have either talked about the purpose and hopes for their blogs recently, or revamped and realigned them after getting focused on what they really want to do.

So I thought it was time to take a little look at A Big Creative Yes, it’s story so far, and where it’s going.

My About page states my personal mission as being:

To help people become as abundantly creative as they’ve always known they can be, to inspire and energise their own lives to new levels, and the lives and creativity of those around them.

Which still feels a little vague but sums up well what I’m striving to do, what I’ve always striven to do.

What I still haven’t quite figured out is how to weave the different parts of CoachCreative (and myself!) together to make a more coherent and seamless whole.

How to fit what was originally my main website – CoachCreative.com – in with A Big Creative Yes, and our recently incredibly active creative community – CoachCreativeSpace (CCS).

Then there’s my ezine – Create Create! – (coming up to its fifth birthday and 120th issue in November), the consistently inspiring people I find and connect with (and who find me) on Twitter, my awkward aloof relationship with Facebook, a new series of short videos on Vimeo, a currently dormant podcast series – CoachCreativeClips, some 750 plus creativity articles on EzineArticles, HowToDoThings and other sites, and a couple of other little things.

I put them all (except Twitter and Facebook) together as one feed on FriendFeed and gave it its own address – FollowDanGoodwin.com.

But still in all this I’m not sure how it all fits, or whether it’s all necessary.

What’s lacking, and this isn’t the easiest part to talk about, is for all this apparent activity and output, I’m not supporting myself solely from these ventures. Nowhere close.

I don’t feel much nearer to my aim of giving up my day job at least partially than I did when I started A Big Creative Yes 7 months ago, a year ago, or longer.

Personally, since A Big Creative Yes began, I’ve moved into a much calmer place, and have so much to be thankful for in my life, online and off. I count my blessings daily.

Yet part of me feels as restless as ever.

I’m at peace with myself, I sleep soundly, I know I’m doing some good work, and receiving comments on here, by email, Twitter and other channels lets me know I’m on the right track. And I have some incredible people supporting me, online and offline.

But I’m not consistently doing the amazing work I know I can. I’m not positively affecting the thousands of people I want to. I’m not living as freely as I want to be living.

I have all this content, but still feel discontent, and I don’t really know what to do with it or how to best use it.

Another guiding aim of mine is to be the best known and most influential Creativity Coach in the world. Julia Cameron currently has that crown, and there are few artists I come across who haven’t in some way heard of her book The Artist’s Way, Morning Pages or Artist Dates.

I feel it’s within me to reach that kind of level and positive influence, but I’m not sure I know how.

This post wasn’t meant to turn into a self indulgent way to publicly feel sorry for myself, but a way to just say here’s where I’m at, a work in progress, still striving to be more creative myself and more inspiring to others. And to try to figure out (out loud) the next steps.

For A Big Creative Yes, the immediate future is to continue to write and publish, to grow its readership, and build this body of work that’s got me this far.

And to finish the ebook I’m in the midst of – How To Get Focused and Create What Matters – and launch that towards the end of September. Then maybe turn that into focused groups on CCS, and think about the next project.

I hope you stick around to be a part of it, and we both continue to strive for, and reach new creative heights, and continue to (loudly) say Yes to the creativity within us.

Thanks for being here, and for listening so far.

Dan

18 thoughts on “7 Months Of Saying A Big Creative Yes! So What’s Next?”

  1. thank you dan for everything you write for us, some of your ideas in posts are still stuck on my mind, and really really helped me.

    you’re so productive, and you never disappointed me in your posting schedule (I have a problem with blogs that I love, but the don’t update weekly or more!).

    I didn’t know about your ezin for some reason but I’ll subscribe to it now! πŸ™‚

    thank you, THANK YOU. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Suzanne for your kind words, that’s really encouraging, and it makes my day to read how I’ve genuinely helped people. That’s at the core of why I do this online stuff. : ) Thank you for reading, and commenting…

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    1. Thanks Jscott, interesting article, I like it a lot. Especially Cal’s summing up and saying whatever we do, we need to do it so well that people can’t ignore it. Certainly something I strive for.

      It’s a deal – I’ll keep writing so you keep reading. πŸ™‚

      Thanks again.

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  2. Dan, thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. I love your blog and always find something inspiring and motivating.

    I think also that getting a blog, not just out there, but financially viable does take a lot longer than we sometimes anticipate, that’s what I have found in my own experience anyway.

    Keep going and I’m heading off to check out some of your other content now πŸ™‚

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  3. The fact I keep checking in regularly and look forward to your posts means I am getting something out of your coaching otherwise I would have dropped it awhile back. It gives me the friendly nudge I need (emphasis on the friendly) to keep me going on my creative projects which I had put on the bottom of my priority list for years.

    I also took your 7 Steps to Freedom – Creativity Course last year. These simple strategies were another helpful “nudge” for me to get my creative life back on track. I printed out copies of each lesson so I can refer to them as reminders.

    As a coach, you have reminded us that our creativity matters, and that is a huge step towards bringing our creativity to life. Thanks Dan, and I hope that this will continue to grow for you. I’m thinking that the book you are working on will take you to the next big step towards your ultimate goal.

    Wishing you good luck and keep those posts/videos/podcasts coming πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Diane, I like the idea of a friendly nudge.

      Yes the new book is going to be the best thing I’ve done yet, and I believe it will move me (and a lot of people who read it) a few steps forward.

      There’s plenty more to come, thanks for listening.

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  4. Thinking back to when you created CCS I know with out a doubt that you helped me (and so many others)through quite a few rough patches and you just keep getting better …. always coming up with more inspiring articles and ideas.

    My personal opinion is you need to bring out a book so that people can refer back to your wisdom when they need it. Though I spend a lot of time on the internet reading up on anything that I’m curious about I still like to refer to the good inspiration books in my own library. (Julia Cameron’s books are amongst my favourites). Maybe I’m just old fashioned but a book in my hands is still magic.

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    1. That’s great to hear, thank you Robyn.

      Your own artistic, and online evolution, continue to inspire me.

      Yes the book is definitely a future project. Will be good to see it in my hands, and of course in hands, on kindles and ipads across the world. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for your support.

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  5. The fact that you’re asking ‘What comes next’ is surely part of your own creative process. Its how we move on and create further. It drives us on and inspires. So your honesty is very welcome.:-)

    Julie
    x

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  6. ” just say here’s where I’m at, a work in progress, still striving to be more creative myself and more inspiring to others. And to try to figure out (out loud) the next steps.”

    We are all only ever works in progress, Dan! as long as you are enjoying the journey!

    For me, your most outstanding achievement to date is still the incredible community that you have built! I don’t believe that there is another like it in the world…I know it isn’t earning you a living but when it comes to changing lives, the number you have changed through CCS must be staggering!

    I think there are an awful lot of us still trying to figure out the maze of this new ‘economy’ that doesn’t follow any of the rules we are used to…I also suspect that there an awful lot of people who are exaggerating wildly about their earnings in an attempt to create enough hype around themselves to really earn it πŸ˜‰ Your honesty is refreshing πŸ™‚

    I know you will keep going from strenght to strength and one day pretty soon, all your hard work will be (financially) rewarded but in the meantime at least feel secure in the knowledge that you are very dear in the hearts of a great many!

    Yeah, ok, Julia Cameron changed my life, but CCS has kept it changed!

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    1. Thank you WildC, I’m really touched by your words.

      Yeh I’m enjoying the journey, I have such amazing companions on it with me! πŸ™‚

      Good point about the exaggerating and hype.

      And I love that last line about JC and CCS.

      Thank you so much.

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  7. I agree with Cherry. One day your hard work will pay off. You are growing an amazing community who all read your articles. The way I see it is you are paving the way for the success of any book you write. A work in progress….

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  8. Congratulations Dan. I’m blown away by your productivity and generosity and what you’ve achieved in such a short period of itme.

    I totally understand the ‘money’ side of things too, and maybe you need to focus a bit more on yourself and your own financial needs for a while e.g. focus on earning enough money through one on one coaching so that you can leave the day job?

    You are currently giving a lot away for free when others would charge which is great for the community but you may be doing yourself a disservice and limiting your own success – just to play devil’s advocate!

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    1. Thanks Milo, I appreciate your comments. That has definitely always been a weaker point of mine – not being bold enough to promote myself and the services I can charge for. Your encouragement comes at a really good time for me. Thanks again. πŸ™‚

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