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Self-Publishing And The Power Of Creative Intention

Self-Publishing and The Power of Creative Intention

Planning to write a gadzillion words a day this year? Resolving to get that title finally up and out there? Oh yes, it's that time of year when indie authors make our resolutions about the books we are going to write (and sell and publish) over the coming months.

One wide ranging study found that almost 90% of people break New Year's resolutions. What’s more significant is that research consistently shows that those who do make resolutions are more successful in creating what they want than those who don’t.

These statistics add up to a picture of poor creative skills, with the vast majority of people failing to create what they want through resolution.

Oscar Wilde famously said: “New Year's Resolutions Go In One Year And Out Another.” If you’re looking for a better way, you’ll find it in creative intention.

So what’s the difference?

Creative Intention Selects High Value Priorities

  • New Year’s resolutions usually come in a list, wanting to “fix” everything that’s wrong with us.
  • A creative Intention recognizes that we can have anything we want only when we accept that we can’t have everything we want. It sets intention within the framework of  truest values and highest priorities.

Creative Intention Emphasises The Positive

  • New year’s Resolutions are framed as negative injunctions (“I’m going to stop wasting time on Facebook”) and based on self-judgements and criticism (“I’m a lazy good-for-nothing who can’t focus”).
  • A creative Intention starts as a positive proposal, an opening to something you’d enjoy. (“I’d love to see this book published in 2022.”)

Creative Intention Acknowledges The Unconscious

  • New year’s resolutions require effort and discipline.
  • A creative Intention understands that human behavior is driven not just by our conscious minds but also by the unconscious and subconscious. It values those less conscious workings, mysterious as they are, and works with intuition, insight and inspiration, knowing they are more powerful than willpower.

Creative Intention Harnesses The Imagination

  • New year’s resolutions depend on willpower.
  • A creative Intention agrees with Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

Creative Intention Accepts You As You Are

  • New year’s resolutions see you as flawed, in need of fixing, and the motivation for change is shame and guilt.
  • A creative Intention recognizes that you are good enough as you are, that your desires and wants are there to lead you to what you most need to know. “Instead of coming from a place of judgment and pressure, come from a place of curiosity and meaning,” says Randy Taran, founder of Project Happiness. “[Ask] ‘What would it be like if… This matters because…’ Instead of making lofty and long-term goals that are not sustainable, set up some baby steps which allow you to feel good about being in the process of moving forward. Focus on something for a month or two. Some research says it takes 21 days to change a habit, some suggests 66 is the magic number. The point is, you get better at whatever you practice.”

Creative Intention Is Flexible

  • New year’s resolutionsare determined and fixed, aiming to control and contain your behaviour.
  • A creative intentionfocusses on expressing your deepest self and recognizes that creation is a process of surrender, not control.

Creative Intention Relishes The Process

  • New year’s resolutions are future based. When I get or do this, that or the other, I’ll be happy.
  • A creative intention focusses on now, recognizing that how you create is as important as what you create. The process is valued as much as the end product. If not, what you’re mostly creating is unhappiness.
Creative Intention Thinks Long Term
  • New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out another.”
  • A creative intention is held in place until it is fulfilled or the desire no longer exists.
How are your New Year resolutions going? Use this workshop to harness the power of creative intention.

Do you make resolutions? What are your creative intentions this year?

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  1. As an eternal optimist, I love your emphasis on enjoying new intentions/resolutions, rather than feeling punished by them.

    My daughter (10) just told me she gets mixed up between New Year’s Resolutions and Lent, as she associates them both with giving up bad things – that says it all, really! Don’t worry, I hadn’t been trying to reform her – we’d just been watching the episode of “Father Ted” where the three priests try to give up bad habits for Lent!

    1. Love it – discussing Lent already, already! Seriously, loved the piece as I never make New Year’s Resolutions but this year happened to come up against New Year’s alongside of getting a few insights into how I could possibly improve my ‘profile’ or even ‘platform’ as a writer… so, am moving ahead on that, and… does that count as at l east having an optimistic, positive intention rather than a negative resolution to improve? Hoping so!

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