June 03, 2021
THE YEAR OF LIVING CREATIVELY: Next Course Begins on Sept. 12th

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The Year of Living Creatively is a highly engaging, eight-week online course that helps aspiring innovators transform their inspired 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 bold, new possibilities
-- A chiropractic adjustment for creative mojo
-- A midwife for the miraculous
-- An all-you-can eat buffet of brilliance

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.

HOW IT WORKS: Dominoes delivers pizza. FedEx delivers packages. The Year of Living Creatively delivers provocative catalysts, community, and clarity to keep you on top of your game. The service includes five BASIC elements and four OPTIONAL ones.

THE BASIC ELEMENTS

1. SELF-INQUIRY PRACTICE: Once a week, you will receive, in your inbox, links to three online self-inquiry pages (like this one) to help you navigate your way through your sometimes challenging creative process. You choose the one that calls to you the most (though you can do all three if you have the time and interest). If you're stuck, the page will help get you unstuck. If you're already unstuck, the page will spark a quantum leap of insight and action. And you will get an emailed response from the course facilitator, each week, helping you take an even deeper dive. Each page takes 15-30 minutes.

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2. ZOOM CALLS: Twice a month, you will be invited to participate in a 90-minute ZOOM session -- a virtual campfire around which all Year of Living Creatively participants gather. This is an opportunity to share your progress, receive valuable tips, brainstorm, learn, and enjoy support from other members of the YOLC community.

3. CREATIVE PROJECT PARTNERSHIPS: Each Year of Living Creatively participant will be paired with two other participants -- an opportunity for the three of you to exchange fresh perspectives, ideas, resources, encouragement, and be accountable to each other. Three heads are definitely better than one -- especially during these socially isolated days of the Coronavirus.

4. PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP: All participants are invited to join the Year of Living Creatively FB group -- a simple way to stay in touch with other participants, get inspired, ask for support, and keep your creative fires burning.

5. CREATIVITY-IN-ACTION STORIES: Part of what makes The Year of Living Creatively so effective is the way in which it keeps participants moving forward -- helping them stay conscious, inspired, and committed to their creative process. One engaging way we do this is our 5-minute Creativity-in-Action audio stories that spark insight, meaning, and informed action.

THE OPTIONAL ELEMENTS:

1. APPLIED CREATIVITY: A PDF download of a 200-page guidebook for aspiring innovators. A treasure trove of articles, tips, tools, and techniques to help you increase your odds of getting out of the box, staying out of the box, and enjoying the process of manifesting your heart's desire.

2. AWAKE AT THE WHEEL: A Kindle version of Mitch's award-winning business fable about the mythical invention of the wheel and the process that Og, the genius cavemen inventor of the wheel, went through in order to get the idea out of his head and into the world.

3. BREAKTHROUGH BUDDY: While the creative process requires a healthy dose of solitude, it also requires a healthy dose of support from others -- but not just any others -- people you trust, have chemistry with, and know how to fan the flames of your creative mojo. Which is why The Year of Living Creatively will be enrolling (with your permission) the person of your choice (living within ten miles of your home) to serve as your very own Breakthrough Buddy -- someone who is committed to supporting you, in fun ways, for the duration of the course. HOW we get this person up-to-speed to play their catalytic role is our little secret. Suffice it to say, we will provide them with everything they need to help you on your way.

4. COACHING: Private coaching sessions are available with Year of Living Creatively Founder, Mitch Ditkoff. $135/hr.

Max number of participants: 20

COST: $449 (the cost of two cappuccinos per day)

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UPCOMING COURSE: September 12th -- November 7th

THE ONE AFTER THAT: January, 2022

NOTE: In early 2022, The Year of Living Creatively will be launching a subscription service for people who want to get a significant creative boost, but do not have the time or interest to participate in the more intensive online course. Subscribers will receive a Self-Inquiry page each week and also be invited to attend monthly Zoom gatherings with other subscribers to dive deeper into their creative process, reconnect with their own inspiration, and get support from a community of aspiring innovators. If you want to be informed when this service launches, email "office@ideachampions.com" with the words "YOLC Subscription" in the subject line.

QUESTIONS? Email Mitch (mitch@ideachampions.com)

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