What is your underlying WHY?
If that word feels to big try these words on insteaad: Trajectory, Purpose, Goal, Alignment, or Resonance.
If you have signed up for this course there was most likely a Why you decided to say Yes in this moment. It could have been, to meet like minded creatives, to have accounability, to finally DO something with that idea you have been kicking around in the back of your head.
What ever your reason, I believe underneath that WHY is also the a deeper more central Question you are trying to answer.
In this first week, we are going to get into the meat of your personal story and Why are you here? Why do you want more creativity in your life? What unique question are you holding that you currently seek answers to?
I believe more than the answers the questions that we ask ourselves are more potent than the actual answers. Because its the journey that we crave, the adventure of learning something new that really makes us feel alive inside.
If you just wanted a quick fix or a prescription for your answer you would have done that already. But you are a Seeker and there is something that feels so good about questioning, learning and working the material around in your heart and mind as you make your way towards what is true for you. .
As Seekers, questions are our guides.
For each person their deep question may be different, the questions we ask are very deeply personal things. But sometimes we are not always clear on what it is that we question on a daily basis. Knowing what questions are behind all of our actions, pusuits, dreams, goals, can help ys align more intentionally with where we want to go.
We've all had that experience of going after a goal, reaching it and feeling the anti climatic moment of disappointment. We regretablly think, did I not go big enough? Were my expectations too low?
But often what is behind the missed goaline was that we didn't quite know what we were after in the first place.
KOANS-THE QUESTIONS WE CARRY WITH US
In Zen Philosphy there is this idea of a koan or riddles that we are trying to solve. Koans sometimes can take years to be answered. What's needed is for us to interact, feel, smell, and get to know the questions that we hold close to our hearts. We might feel compelled to write a book, take a class, go on an adventure, all seeking to gain another clue to the puzzle. Until one day that koan is cracked and we suddenly see the answer we have been searching for. ( insert Koan illustration)
In life we have many of these types of questions that we are seeking to understand about ourselves. They could be personal “how can I live more joyfully?” or business related “How can I build my business in an authentic and creative way?”
We embark on journeys because we hold questions in our hearts and then we seek out opportunities, people, courses, classes, books and so on to help us gather another piece to the puzzle. And we know that not any one thing could help us to solve that puzzle all by its self.
For me using creativity to aid me on my adventures has both made the journey more palapable and more fun. This is what we are going to do in this course find our guilding star, build momentum through creative habit and have fun during the process.
In my own creative practice I can ask the paintbrush, piano, my muse, or my writing to help show me a different way of expressing my question and finding more colorful details that can get me closer to my understanding.
So this is where we are going to start. With the Questions we hold deepest in our hearts.
- Finding what you deeply question
- Share with others what those questions are
- Create a plan to intentionally align yourself with your WHY
My example #1- I wanted to define my voice, work with my brand words on a daily basis, and find the through line and consistency in my message.
Example #2- I wanted to understand ease and flow and alignment as a practice a way of living to see if it truly would change the way I efforted my life.
What doesn’t work: When you don’t have a clearly defined why. When that thing you are purusing just insn’t that improtant to you. When you are picking something because you think other people will like it. When you are too outside your comfort zone that it paralyzes you from starting and then following through with the project.
If your writing to get better at writing, then have some measurable ways that you are tracking whether or not you are getting better.
Why my first 20 min project worked for me was that I had suplemental whys that I was hoping to accomplish. I had wanted to complete a longer term project, I had wanted to get better at brush lettering, I wanted to grow an audience and build my email list, and these things were important, but the bigger underlying WHY was that I knew that over time by showing up and asking the same question that was important to me, I would then find different ways of asking it, I would start to see themes of what I was saying over and over again, I would start to amplify the voice that was only coming through in a whisper.
The result: I did get better at brush lettering, it transformed into illustrations and ways for me to draw out how I see the world. Most importantly it really did help me clarify my vision and voice, and get to a place where I began to see themes popping up in my life. Which was such an empowering place to be. I saw that i did have a coherence and clear message I was saying, and things i felt were important.
So knowing your what question you really want answered is really the most important you need to know to embark on a creative adventure.
Know your WHY worksheet
What questions do you constantly find yourself asking? Ask yourself the 5 Why’s after that “why do you want to know that? Why do you want to know that? Refine it down until you get to a place where you feel that it is the CORE why you want to know.
What types of conversations are you having around solving a certain problem?
What types of people are interested in what question you are asking?
Who doesn’t understand what you are trying to ask?
How will answering this question help you in your life, business, relationships?