May 14, 2021
50 Awesome Quotes on Possibility

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1. "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi

2. "Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." - Lewis Carroll

3. "I'm grateful for always this moment, the now, no matter what form it takes." - Eckart Tolle

4. "In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." - Miguel de Cervantes

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5. "The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do." - Henry Moore

6. "It's kind of fun to do the impossible!" - Walt Disney

7. "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't." - Mark Twain

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May 11, 2021
101 Reasons Why You Definitely Won't Read This Blog Post

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I know you have no time. YOU know you have no time. I know you're not gonna do anything you don't wanna do. YOU know you're not gonna do anything you don't wanna do. We both know you're not going to read this blog post. It's too long and you have more important things to do.

What follows are 101 other reasons why you won't read this blog post.

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May 07, 2021
APPLIED CREATIVITY: A New Book by Mitch Ditkoff

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You know what I just realized? I wrote a book without realizing it. Really. For the past 11 years, I've been writing a series of articles on creativity for my Heart of Innovation blog. Then, semi-caffeinated, just a few weeks ago, it dawned on me that, hidden within my blog, not unlike the white arrow hidden in the FedEx logo, was something unseen -- an entire book. Like a 250-page book. I'm in the process, now, of editing it.

If you would like an alert when it's available, simply email office@ideachampions.com. I promise not to sell, rent, barter, or give away your email address. I will treat it with utmost confidentiality.

What follows are 82 of the 100 chapters in the book. If one of them strikes your fancy and you'd like to read it, shoot me an email (mitch@ideachampions.com) and I will send you the link before hell freezes over.

1. The Hero's Journey and the Creative Process
2. Ask for All the Help You Need to Create Something New
3. The Six Sides of the So-Called Box
4. Insect Sex: Why You Need to Ask Why
5. The Creativity Manifesto

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On Asking for the Help You Need

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"You can do anything, but not everything." -- David Allen

For the past two months, I've been facilitating an online course whose purpose it is to help people transform their inspired ideas, dreams, and ventures into reality. It has been a ton of fun and very fulfilling -- my "calling", if you will (and even if you won't).

Baked into the learning process are some simple ways to help participants become aware of the places inside themselves where they may be tangled or challenged in their approach. One tangle that has surprised me is how difficult it is for most people to ask for help.

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May 05, 2021
Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey and the Creative Process

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"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." - Joseph Campbell

During the past 50 years, quite a few researchers, social scientists, and psychologists have written about the creative process, positing a number of models to help clarify its stages. All of their models are deeply considered and relatively easy to understand. The model I prefer, however, is one that was never conceived to explain the creative process, but the archetypal human adventure we are all on -- a model conceived by the mythologist Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero With a Thousand Faces and The Power of Myth.

Campbell's original Hero's Journey model consisted of 17 stages. At the risk of oversimplifying Campbell's construct I offer, below, a modified version of it as conceived by Dr. Beverly Nelson and Joseph Dispenza -- a model that captures the essence of Campbell's wisdom and is easier to remember. (A link to Campbell's original 17-step monomyth is noted at the end of this post).

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May 02, 2021
PRENTISS UCHIDA: Entrepreneur Catalyst

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Prentiss Uchida is an Entrepreneur Catalyst. His business coaching, mentoring and consulting services, honed over 50 years of launching successful start-ups and holding management positions in various organizations has made a profound difference in the lives of countless entrepreneurs.

His heart-centered, mind-opening approach to business sparks insight, clarity, confidence, and the kind of inner knowing that enables entrepreneurs-at-the-crossroads to learn quickly, adapt, and make the kind of wise choices that lead to success.

Bottom line, Prentiss teaches people how to fish in the often turbulent waters of 21st century business. And he does so with integrity, warmth, and wisdom.

Knowing that experience is the best teacher, Prentiss establishes the kind of relationship with his clients that allows them to understand new inputs quickly, apply them to their current challenges, and mine the depths of their past experiences in a way that elicits insight.

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May 01, 2021
THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY: The Underground We Cover

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This just in! You have a big, beautiful idea that you want to manifest -- a cool project, venture, or aspiration you want to get out of your head and into the world. Maybe you've been hatching this egg for years or maybe it's just made itself known to you. But no matter how long you've been noodling on this grand possibility, it's likely that you... er... uh... sometimes feel doubt, disengaged, discombobulated, or despair.

Welcome to the human race! Your resistance comes with the territory of trying to birth something new and wonderful. Which is precisely what The Year of Living Creatively is all about -- a two-month online course for anyone committed to transforming their creative aspirations into reality. Like YOU, for instance.

Selected topics below are addressed in the course. And while you're at it, feast on the quotes from some extraordinary people who know what it takes to navigate the often mysterious and crazy-making creative process. Ready? Fasten your seat belt...

1. Follow Your Calling: "Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you." - Mahatma Gandhi

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April 29, 2021
VAL VADEBONCOEUR: Your Free the Genie Facilitator

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Val Vadeboncoeur, Idea Champions' Director of Training, is a highly accomplished brainstorm facilitator, creative thinking catalyst, innovation workshop leader, and co-author of Conducting Genius.

Since 1987, Val has been helping organizations in just about every industry on planet Earth get out of the box and generate bold new ideas to grow their business. Additionally, he's helped a wide range of forward-thinking companies establish innovation practices and protocols in order to tap the collective brainpower of their employees.

Now, in response to the disruptions caused by Covid-19, Val is focusing his innovation-sparking efforts on individuals, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and people-in-transition.

Response to this new service has been overwhelmingly positive.

If YOU have a project, opportunity, or venture that could use a major infusion of creativity, clarity, and collaboration, Val is available to facilitate a Free the Genie session for you -- either one-on-one or with a small group of your peers.

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April 27, 2021
TESTIMONIALS from GRADUATES: The Year of Living Creatively

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"Mitch is part creativity shaman, Muse whisperer, writing coach, and mad poet. He employs all of these characters in the service of helping participants launch and bring to fruition their cherished projects." -- Mira Rubenstein

"If anybody out there has a Dream Project you've always wanted to do, whether it be a novel, podcast, opera, or cooking show, I highly recommend Mitch Ditkoff's Year of Living Creatively. I was fortunate enough to be in the most recent program, which is just coming to an end. I look forward to participating in the Next Generation course, which on begins on May 23rd." -- Mark Stephen Miller

"I am ever so grateful for the Year of Living Creatively experience and for the expansion that I perceive in my consciousness and in my everyday life! This is truly one of the most wonderful gifts I have received from the universe and have given myself in a long time, especially after this outrageous pandemic experience. This course has been like the opening of the clouds after a storm and the joy of letting the warm sun shine into my skin." -- Mercedes Garcia

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April 23, 2021
Year of Living Creatively Manifesto

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-- Creativity is our birthright
-- Everyone has a calling
-- We are never more than a breath away from a breakthrough
-- This is the perfect moment to begin
-- Self-expression begins with the self. Know thyself.

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April 21, 2021
Entering the Movie Theater of Your Own, Unique Creative Process

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The creative process is a most mysterious one -- the inner journey a person takes to transform an impulse, idea, or inspiration into a manifested form that other people can enjoy.

For most of us, the creative process begins with the undeniable recognition that we are being called to express something -- to give shape to the invisible. Usually, the beginning of this process is quite intoxicating. The sky's the limit. Anything is possible. All systems are GO. Whoo hoo!

In time, however, things change. Our muse, once pristine, now has warts and we enter into the phase sometimes referred to as the "messy middles." Where once everything seemed clear, now nothing is. Confusion, distraction, and procrastination rule the day. The light at the end of the tunnel? Now more fluorescent than divine.

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April 20, 2021
THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY: Next Course Begins on May 23rd

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The Year of Living Creatively is a highly engaging, eight-week online course (May 23 - July 18) that helps aspiring innovators transform their bold ideas into new products, new services, new forms of expression, new businesses, and breakthrough ways of living. Previous graduates describe the course in a variety of colorful ways:

-- A GPS for the creative process
-- An incubation chamber for the new
-- A greenhouse for personal greatness
-- A chiropractic adjustment for mojo
-- A midwife for the miraculous

If you are on fire with an exciting new possibility and want the kind of support that will help you turn theory into practice, this course is for you.

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April 19, 2021
Who is THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY Really For?

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Well, let's start at the beginning. There is something calling you -- a deep impulse to create, express, or manifest. This something has been calling you for quite a while and you know it, even if you have delayed, denied, or deflected it.

Maybe you thought you were too busy, or didn't have the skills, resources, or credentials. Maybe you thought it would be indulgent of you to take on this project or had other responsibilities you needed to attend to. Or maybe you feel none of the above and simply understand, NOW, that it's time to go for it and you want as much support as humanly possible to increase your odds of succeeding.

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April 16, 2021
How to Identify Your YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY Project

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The Year of Living Creatively is a project-driven course. Each participant, before the course begins, identifies a meaningful goal, opportunity, or vision they want to breathe life into for the two months of the program. We're talking "skin in the game," "stake in the ground," and "chips on the table" -- a project you are committed to -- or, at the very least, a project you want to be committed to.

The project you will be saying YES to for the two months of The Year of Living Creatively program might be one you have recently conjured up or, perhaps, it's one you've been thinking about for many years, but have been, shall we say, "spinning your wheels".

To help you tune further into the project you want address in the course, please be mindful of the following five criteria:

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April 14, 2021
What Is the Real Value of THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY?

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There are two kinds of benefits you will receive from participating in The Year of Living Creatively. First, you'll make major progress on a passionate project of yours that needs a benevolent jolt. And second, you'll develop the kind of skills, mindset, and mojo you'll need to succeed with any creative project of yours in the future.

What follows are the ten qualities you will develop during your two-month participation in The Year of Living Creatively.

1. CURIOSITY: Curiosity is the driving force behind all human development. When a person is on fire with a desire to learn, discover, and explore, whole new worlds open up to them -- especially the inner world of creativity. Simply put, The Year of Living Creatively has been designed to fan the flames of curiosity -- providing participants with the kind of wake up call that animates the deep-seated quest for knowledge, know how, and understanding.

2. CLARITY: The creative process is often an unsettling experience. Doubt, ambiguity, and confusion come with the territory and often, in such degrees, that aspiring innovators can easily lose their way. The Year of Living Creatively program not only helps participants see the light at the end of their tunnel, it illuminates the path that leads to the end of the tunnel. Eyes open. Minds open. Hearts open.

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April 13, 2021
An Invitation to Dive Deeper Into Your Own Creative Process

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"The creative process is a process of surrender, not control." -- Julia Cameron

The creative process -- the experience a human being enters into in service to their passion to manifest something from nothing -- is a mysterious one, even though it has been studied for decades by psychologists, neuroscientists, and researchers.

Consider this: everything you are seeing right now began as an idea in someone's mind -- the laptop, the cell phone, the chair you are sitting on, paper, paint, your desk lamp, picture frame, credit cards, books, halvah, and a whole lot more.

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April 12, 2021
YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY: Breakthrough Buddies

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Here at the International Headquarters of The Year of Living Creatively -- my living room -- we believe that every one on planet Earth is never more than a few seconds away from a breakthrough. Or, at the very least, a big idea, insight, or inspiration. Newton had his under an apple tree. Archimedes' moment was in the bathtub. YOURS? Well... that's still-to-be determined.

To increase the odds of this happening, we invite you to give our Breakthrough Buddy service a shot -- an optional component of The Year of Living Creatively.

The concept is a simple one: Instead of you only receiving support from two other people in the course -- your virtual "Creative Project Partners" -- we enroll a friend of yours who is NOT in the course to play a real-time support role for you. Assuming their interest, Mitch will coach them to be your Breakthrough Buddy -- surprising you in various mind-opening ways for the duration of the course. And all for one purpose: to help you generate, develop, and implement bold new approaches to your Year of Living Creatively project

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March 23, 2021
Idea Brahmacharaya

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In India, spiritual adepts who give up sex to pursue God are known as "brahmacharyas." They believe that their vital power (i.e. kundalini) needs to be completely intact in order for them to have the ultimate experience.

What does this have to do with you, oh passionate seeker of creative breakthroughs? Plenty -- especially when you consider that one of the main reasons why many new ideas never see the light of day is because their originators have a tendency to "prematurely articulate."

Indeed, the act of talking about one's idea -- especially to people who are not necessarily supportive of it -- often has a negative effect. Sometimes, talking about what we're doing takes the place of actually doing it. Other times, the kind of doubt, suspicion, and negativity we receive in response to the verbal expression of our creative passions, throws a wet blanket on the whole thing. Ouch!

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March 22, 2021
THE QUESTION: Who Created "The Year of Living Creatively?"

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If you are thinking about enrolling in The Year of Living Creatively, one question you are likely to ask is this: "Who created it and what are his credentials?"

Your caution is understandable, especially if you are about to invest some of your precious time and money.

Which is precisely why, below, I have listed a selection of the products and services I have created over the years. My intention is not to call attention to myself, but to let you know that I've been deeply immersed in the creative process for decades and, along the way, have learned a lot about what enables the origination, development, and implementation of new possibilities and what obstructs it. In other words, I practice what I preach. Has everything I've created been a smashing success? No. But I've definitely had my share of successes. And the ones that didn't succeed taught me a lot -- about myself, life, the marketplace, and what it takes to go from the IDEA to the MANIFESTATION of the idea. Click the link for more...

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March 05, 2021
Regain the Lost Art of Reflection

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Are you getting enough time, these days, to reflect or are you rushing from one task to another, swamped by information overload knee jerk responses. Here's a thought-provoking article on the phenomenon from the Harvard Business Review.

Another way to reflect

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