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Chi Chat – what links creativity, change & control?

Those are three very charged words – creativity; change; control – and all of them are in great use these days, what do you think links them together?

1. A shift in thinking

All three require a shift in your thinking.
They require that you look at the world differently.
A fresh approach is necessary.

2. Different behaviours

All three require different behaviours than your habitual ones.
You will need/want to go about similar activities in atypical ways.
This will involve making new habits.

3. And an alteration of emotions

Equally important will be that all three will require the exploration of different emotions.
Along with your thinking and behaving habit patterns, you also have an emotional groove.
It is amazingly refreshing to ‘try on’ new emotional responses.

Be aware of the formulas and tools that may enhance your creativity.

4. Creativity

I just shared a session to stimulate the ‘creativity’ of a large group to help them reach their goal of innovative service. I covered two main aspects: the formulas which can help or hinder your creativity and some tools to enhance your creative accessing.

The biggest issue is that many of your formulas HINDER your creativity.
Here is the first one – if I ask you ‘On a scale of 0 (that is with effort) to 100 (bristling with creativity) how creative are you?’ And your answer is: _________________

Sadly, most people are less than 50%!
And the cruncher here is that how you feel about your creativity is your reality.
If you think you are about 22% – that is how much effort and focus you will give the situation. Change that formula and you change your reality and become more creative!

5. Change

You probably feel very differently if you are leading the change, or it is being ‘done’ to you! The main difference between these is the level of control that you feel you have.

At The Change Maker Group we provide sessions for teams, groups, charities and organisations to explore the mindsets and skills necessary for you to thrive with leading and following change.

When you own a change mentality you will make full use of your creativity to employ the full range of control that you do have.

6. Control

Probably one of the worst feelings you can experience is lack of control. This rapidly leads to hopelessness and depression. It is easy to understand how feeling you are not very creative and that change is being done to you would lead to a reinforcement that you have no control.

However, with the 8-steps of Mind Chi you know how to have control over yourself. And that is the only thing you can ever have any real control over! There is an immediate and dramatic shift in your thinking, behaviours and emotions when you realise that you have the most crucial control of all.

A wonderful side effect of boosting your creativity feeling, having the mindset to thrive on change and that you have control over yourself is that you dramatically build your resilience to whatever life may allow you to experience. A really good R.O.I.!

Please contact us if you are feeling the need to enhance your creativity.

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To request a 15 minute Mind Chi Chat with Vanda to explore how Mind Chi might assist you, your group, team or company build resilience and joy! 
Vanda@TheChangeMakergroup.com or Vanda@MindChi.com

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Here is a short cartoon about ‘Resilience for Change’

Be Ye Happy? – 8 steps to happiness with Mind Chi

The last blog was ‘ Don’t worry, be happy!’ and we dealt with how to stop worrying if that was a problem for you or someone for whom you care. However that does not deal with building your happiness- so here are 8 Mind Chi steps to happiness.

Before I start, I wonder if you are you resistant to the idea of building your happiness? Some people say if they don’t expect to be happy they can’t be disappointed. This is a shame as even if things do not work out as you expect, you have filled all the preparatory time with a negative attitude which is not good for you either mentally or physically. Far better for your own wellbeing to be very occasionally let down or disappointed than to waste lots of potentially happy moments. Well worth giving happiness a ‘go’!

You might want to create your ‘happiness line’ – this will show the full range of your happiness scale. How would you arrange these happy emotions from just happy to ecstatically joyful? Where are you right now? Where would you like to be?  What is stopping you? Because we can often think of many negative emotions, but happy ones are not so easy, here are several for your consideration: Mind Chi Positive Emotional Words Chart

Why not give happiness a trial? Here are your 8 Mind Chi steps to happiness:

  1. Energy boosters – can you think of someone who makes you smile as soon as you think of them? Cultivate a few people who you can phone or meet for a coffee who immediately boost your energy and increase your happiness quotient.
  2. 99% bad – being realistic, how bad actually is it all? It must be less than 100% or you would be dead! So even if it is 99% bad, there is still 1% of good – the perfect cup of tea, the fact you are alive to see another day… so step into the 1% and start to push to make the 1% move to 2 or 4 or 8%!
  3.  Donkey story – there is a story about research conducted with two boys. One was placed in a room full of toys and the other was placed in a room full of manure and they were left alone for the day. When the researchers returned, they first went to the boy with all the toys and as they neared his door they heard him crying, when they asked him why he replied that the toys were broken and he was bored. As they neared the boy with the manure they expected it to be even worse, but at the door they heard whistling and singing and scraping sounds, intrigued they opened the door to see him busily digging away. ‘What are you doing?’ they asked – ‘With all this manure’ the boy replied, ‘There must be a donkey close by, and I want to find him!’ The moral of this story is that life may give you a big pile of manure at times, so dig for the donkey, there always is one if you look well.
  4.  On / off switch – can’t be both –   one of the many incredible things about your brain is that it cannot do two opposing emotions at the same time! So you must choose between happy and sad/ angry/ frustrated. It is YOUR conscious choice, not anyone else’s!
  5.  Always someone worse off – some people find it easier to think of others who are worse off than they are. There is no difficulty in finding stories on TV or the paper of others’ suffering. Take a few minutes to think how much worse it could be and increase your own gratitude and happiness quotient.
  6.  Music – do you have some pieces of music that can change your mood as soon as the first few bars are played? Have several of those pieces available so you can access them with ease. If you play an instrument that too can be a very quick way to mood adjust.
  7.  Repay unkindness with a kindness – if someone has been rude or unkind to you – breathe deeply and choose to do something nice or kind to either them or another person. Maybe even do it anonymously. It is quite incredible how taking the high ground (rather than dropping to their level) makes you feel so much happier.
  8.  Exercise – dancing – energetic cleaning, moving your body can get rid of any anger or frustration and move you into a happier place. As can gardening, cooking or any hobby – what do you love to do? What can you lose yourself in, such as woodwork, sewing or painting? All these just transport you to another place and suddenly you find you are happy again.

OK, just one more!

  1. Your Mind Chi Basic 8 step routine – this simple, yet very effective daily routine provides you with a most practical way to increase your happiness quotient. Steps 1 & 2 put your body and brain back under your control; steps 3 & 4 allow you to have closure on the past 24 hours – taking any lessons from the negative and acknowledging your successes; steps 5 & 6 make sure your BEAT (Body, Emotions, Actions & Thoughts) are as you want them in the now and finally steps 7 & 8 plans your future 24 hours and provides a moment of gratitude – perfect for happiness boosting.