ELENA'S NEWSLETTER

2021 No. 9

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In this issue:
- Jigsaw puzzle!
- Intro: Creativity and Activism
- Handling the Special Challenges of Performers
- Holistic Life and Creativity Coaching (try it!)
- The Great Creativity Toolkit is here!
- Tech Tip: Creating and editing a hyperlink easily
- Classifieds for Creatives
- Quote - Alice Walker
CREATIVITY and ACTIVISM. This is the third of three issues on the theme of Creativity. In the previous two issues, I focused on the importance of creativity to society and evolution, and on specific and individual issues that arise for creatives. Now I’d like to look at a particular application of creativity: activism.

Creative artists are in a unique position to bring about change or raise awareness of important issues. We already have the public’s attention in some way, in our particular art, in our particular corner of the world. I believe we as creatives have a responsibility to use our already public position and our creative gifts to make the world a better place, in whatever area we’re drawn to.

Why don’t all creative artists participate in activism, when it’s really pretty easy to do so? We’re already using our creative talents and we’re already marketing ourselves publicly in some way, however quietly. So why aren’t we all using our creative voice to promote a better world?

Fear. One reason is fear. To raise awareness of an issue that has a political tinge, for example, makes some of us uncomfortable because we fear the opinions or even the backlash (social media being what it is now) of those who disagree with us. The solution is to become more fearless, or at least not to hide or placate people because you don’t have the courage to stand your ground. If you’re worried about someone disagreeing, or being disagreeable, imagine that happening and create your own script for how you might handle that fearlessly. Rehearsals help!

But it usually isn’t that hard. If you’re a writer, publish an essay or article setting out your ideas and post it to social media or put it on your website. Any backlash will be a few Comments that you can easily delete. It actually feels rather nice to delete Comments you don’t like (wink). And there are other ways of confronting the fear around speaking your mind. This particular fear might be hampering your creative expression or your creative output, as well. And that’s something you can resolve though coaching (I happen to know an excellent life and creativity coach...😎), through introspection, or through journaling.

And if you’re an introvert or someone who really doesn’t like the “active” part of activism, you can do something behind the scenes, such as design posters for a protest or write a script for an effective video.

Selfishness. Another reason for not using your creativity for activism is selfishness. There, I’ve said it. If you really don’t care about the world and the people in it enough to use your creative gift even for a moment to support or promote positive change, what other word is there to use?

Time. You might also think you don’t have the time. There must be a hundred meaningless tasks we do every day without thinking about the waste of time. Taking a stand (yes, declaring an intention with regard to activism is activism!); writing a one-paragraph blog or social media post; sharing a link on social media that you find helpful in making the world, or your country, or your community a better place, maybe adding a short comment to it (even a sentence will do!)—all take one to five minutes. So time is not really a viable reason.

And if you’re willing to spend even a little more of your time, you could spend fifteen minutes a day on developing a creative project that supports the cause you’ve devoted yourself to. At the end of a month or so, you’ll be ready to produce the project. And that project could be good marketing for you, your brand, your company or your ensemble, so it serves a dual purpose; both you and the world win. Whatever you do creatively can also be done as activism. It doesn’t have to be grand.

So don’t wait another minute!
As a creative who’s also an activist, you’ll need to be sure you stay healthy and centered and strong. You're in luck! The theme for the next few issues of this Newsletter will be Health from a Holistic Perspective. Stay tuned!
SOLVING PERFORMANCE ANXIETY, FINALLY. Overcome one of the common obstacles that gets in the way of creative expression. Read about it here (I'd be grateful if you would give me a Clap on Medium!):
Solving Performance Anxiety, Finally
(link for non-subscribers here)
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HANDLING THE SPECIAL CHALLENGES OF PERFORMERS. I’m pleased to have been invited, along with top creativity coaches around the world, to be part of a Creativity Toolkit of videos which support the creative process and help with your creative work. (Thanks to Eric Maisel for making this amazing project possible!) Here’s a sneak peak at one of my tvideos, Handling the Special Challenges of Performers (click below). Please let me know if it’s helpful. And while you're there, I'd be grateful if you'd Like the video!

Handling the Special Challenges of Performers-YouTube

THE GREAT CREATIVITY TOOLKIT is here! I was honored to be included in this collection of 40+ great video lessons from the world’s top creativity coaches. (I have TWO videos in the collection!) You’ll get lessons on incubating ideas, breaking through blocks and resistance, creating in the middle of your hectic life, handling creative anxiety, finding flow, maintaining motivation, silencing negative self-talk, and much more! You also get a roster of creativity coaches around the world, some of whom (like me) offer discounts or free sessions if you buy the Toolkit!

Use this specific link to try it, and I'll offer you a month of coaching at 20% off! https://eric-maisel-solutions.teachable.com/p/the-great-creativity-toolkit/?affcode=84300_akabexpk
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TECH TIP. Hyperlinks. Ever paste a link into an email or document and wish it looked different? Maybe you’d prefer text over a URL, or you want the text to say something different. Easy peasy!

In any Microsoft application—Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook—put your cursor in the link you want to change and press CTRL+K (for Mac, try CMD+K).

To change the text that’s displayed, look at the top of the box and you’ll see “Text to display.” Type anything you like!

To change a text link to a visible URL, press CTRL+K, then copy the URL that's in the Address field and paste it into the Text to display field. Or you can simply paste the link again, using the Paste Special option (ALT+E, S on PCs; or click the Paste button on the Home tab, then choose Paste Special), choosing Unformatted.

If you found this Tip—or anything else in this Newsletter—helpful, please let me know. It would help me make the Tech Tip more useful in the future ... and it would also make me feel great 😊.
CLASSIFIEDS for CREATIVES. Showcase your work here! If you'd like to plug your upcoming concert, course, group, book or album for a super low fee ($25) in a future Newsletter, reply to this Newsletter. It's also a place you can put out a call for personnel for your project. My subscribers are mostly creatives or people who are interested in the arts—music, visual art, film, dance, writing, and theater. Once your ad is approved (a quick process), I’ll send you a link for payment.
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