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R. J Dyson is a husband, father, coach through Creativista Coaching, and author of several books, including Lexicon of Awesome, The Edge, Create Day Journal, and more. 

He's convinced that we’re all designed with the ability to imagine and create with purpose...

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Creativity is your sweet spot. Songwriter, artist, author, you create because you feel alive with purpose when you do. But something's off. Maybe you feel like you're in a dry spell OR realize you're undisciplined with poor habits OR you've never cast a vision and are wondering if now is a good time? Now is a great time! How many more days, months, years are you willing to trudge in place? 

 

Listen, Life Coaching for Creatives is a partnership designed to help you discover, clarify and take steps on your creative journey. Together we make a plan to move from where you are to where you want to be.

rethink poverty is a small project born out of my desire as a husband, dad, and Christ-follower to push back on the poverty of heart, mind, body, and spirit infused into the world around us. I'm convinced that engaging poverty of any kind happens first by faith in Adonai, and when at all possible, around the table...one of the most sacred spaces in the life of a family.

Check out the first fruits of rethink poverty, our Family Jesus Remembrance Kit, and prepare to spend time breaking bread together as a family, on purpose.

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So, it's safe to say that I'm a fan of creating healthy creative habits. From discerning and shaping the environment to quantifying how much you plan on creating each time you sit down to create if at all humanly possible. And, if you've watched any TED Talks, or gotten sucked into an article on neuroscience and habits, or have done any personal growth work from StrengthsFinder to EQ, you know that the mind is an incredibly designed bio-computer ready to be shaped and molded.


However...


And this is a huge, however.


There are two pitfalls to rewiring ourselves according to the zeitgeist of the neurosciences. Pitfalls, traps, distractions, cautions... not causes to abandon growth.


First, progressively slim-focused on personal strengths, or what some call, calling, to the detriment of on-going discovery in other areas of life.


Two, the abandonment of creative whim for the routine of routine.


What do I mean?


To the first, I simply mean that when we discover where we land in the world of StrengthsFinder or Meyers-Briggs, we may very well be tempted to blow off any opportunity or adventure beyond these walls. Rightly so when we're talking about long-term careers. But maybe not so much when we ignore that inkling to create at odd hours and in unique settings simply because it isn't how we're naturally wired.


Which bleeds into the second, that is, maybe don't abandon the rare and unique and beyond your comfort zone simply because it's beyond your natural creative zone.


So that basement studio you work in for a few hours each day... yeah, maybe grab some gear to go and sit at the park, or hit a co-creator's home studio for a different vibe, or go ahead and put a little cash aside for that long-weekend writing trip in that cabin on that lake. You know, the thing only wealthy and successful and full-time creatives do. Maybe you do it. And maybe you do it simply because it's your adventure.


This isn't a call to be immature and careless and irresponsible.


I'm convinced more than ever that Creator-God has made us in His image, the Imago-Dei. The image of a thinker, doer of right and good, parent and protector, gentle shepherd and bold warrior, reliable leader and wild adventurer, speaker of truth, and curious creator.


As co-creators in this intentionally created world, let's lean into how our minds are wired to become the best version of who we're designed to be. But in doing so, let's be sure to leave room for the metaphysical, the indescribable, the mysterious, and whimsical, the miraculous, the supernatural, and the down-right Divine right here in the flesh.


Truth is, once you know how you're wired, the parameters that shape your creative movement, you'll be able to push those boundaries safely and joyfully for even more grand adventures.

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No, I'm not suggesting we specialize in generalities. Though there is something to say about a general handyman or woman.


Specialized Generalists work to grasp a particular skill with a particular set of tools.


But they don't stop there.


One of the notes from the ancient apostle, Paul, if I can borrow from the context for a minute, was a call for his followers, those who chased after the way, life, and truth of Christ, to "become all things to all people."


This wasn't a call to shift identities and claim titles and roles they didn't have, but instead, on a deeper level, to mourn with those who were mourning, to celebrate with those who were celebrating, and to teach those who were hungry to learn, and to eat with those who invited them to meals, and to work as craftsmen alongside those who were craftsmen, etc.


Yet through it all, they were to be specialists in regard to evangelism (messengers of the good news). To own their craft of teaching and equipping well. And then, on top of that, to generally understand how to meet people where they're at.


Artists? Studio musicians? Singer-songwriters? Authors? Designers? Engineers? Own your craft well. Know it inside and out.


Then learn the tools and skills just beyond your field that might be helpful to others looking to grasp your work.


Then step out even further for a healthy grasp of the social, organizational, relational, and professional tools and skills that will not only help you connect with others but build others up as you go.


Are you a Specialized Generalist?


It's not too late. Take one step deeper into your craft. Then take one step further afield. Then repeat.

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Floods change things.


They change the landscape. They alter the shape and movement of the river. They redesign the riverbanks. They dig in deep and they deposit sediments and debris in odd places.


Floods are inevitable. And often disastrous. But they don't have to be.


In fact, to the best of our abilities, we can prepare in advance for a flood. We can build appropriately along our river. We can erect supports and dig overflow channels. We can have help on standby. And we can simply be aware of seasons that might require our attention more so than others.


And of course, we can learn from the last flood, or another's flood experience, and take appropriate steps too, right?


Our projects, teams, and schedules aren't much different. The life of a practicing creative is one that's preparing for the flood.


The flood of ideas.

...opportunities.

...invites.

...offers.

...flops.

...interest.

...disagreements.

...tours.

...relationships.


Whatever it is, part of the role of the working creative is to observe and prepare. To set boundaries: creatively, vocationally, personally, financially, spiritually, etc.


No, this isn't about living in fear of the flood, after all, you might find yourself in an endless drought. But it is about adopting the flood mentality.


Besides, if you're going to live by the creative river, you've already jumped into the fray. Now it's just a matter of how serious you're willing to take your role and your work.


Adopt the flood mindset. I dare you.

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