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What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About Willpower (And How You Can Apply it to Your Life)

What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About Willpower (And How You Can Apply it to Your Life) | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

In the past decade, there has been a lot of fascinating academic research conducted around habit formation and willpower. By examining things like how smokers quit, why student perform well, and how New Year's resolvers stay on track, researchers are starting to piece together the answers to how we can build lasting habits and improve our ability to resist temptation. One surprising result is this: to improve your overall well-being, start a new regular habit. Pretty much any positive habit will do.


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Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing. We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com

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Les Howard's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:13 AM

Interesting point is made about the impact of habits in one area influences others.

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At the turn of the 21st century, a landmark meta-study was conducted that looked at the question "Does Self Control Resemble a Muscle?" After reviewing hundreds of studies over the past few decades, the authors concluded that the answer was "Yes, it does."

Social scientists all over the world started to examine willpower and self-regulation from this "muscle" metaphor. For instance, if willpower is like a muscle, and muscles can get stronger over time with training, could willpower similarly be trained and strengthened?

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Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing.

We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com
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Activate Performance Brilliance with Creative Visualization

Activate Performance Brilliance with Creative Visualization | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

Do you often suffer from the fear of failure and anxiety which affects your performance for practical examinations, tests or public performance activities?

In this Creativeflowevolution video/blog post I reveal a visualization strategy which my mum taught me (when I was a teenager) to help me finally pass my driving test. 

I have since refined this tool over the years to help me gain the strength and confidence for any public performance activity ~ for example boosting my confidence to perform better with examinations, speaking presentations and musical gigs with my band.

So I would like to have the opportunity to share with you this process. If you also subscribe to my website you can also get a free MP3 audio & mindmap for this powerful strategy.

Please share with anyone you feel will benefit from this process.

Keep creating what you love. Paul Grout

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This is a great tool for overcoming the fear of failure for performance related activities.

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Seek Your Passion: How Finding Creative Confidence Can Change Your Path | Design on GOOD

Seek Your Passion: How Finding Creative Confidence Can Change Your Path | Design on GOOD | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

David Kelley initially imagined that the d.school he founded would help law school students become more open-minded lawyers, and MBA students more innovative business people. And that has been true.


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Changing Our Thinking and Beliefs | TalentDevelop

Changing Our Thinking and Beliefs | TalentDevelop | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

Beliefs can be casual thoughts, but also ingrained attitudes about life and abilities, and affect how much we develop creativity and pursue other interests.

Eric Maisel offers "three important points about acquiring a creative mind" - "The first is the Buddhist idea of monkey mind: we're just thinking about too many things and it's getting worse all the time now that we have social media…"


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Activate Performance Brilliance with Creative Visualization

Activate Performance Brilliance with Creative Visualization | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

Do you often suffer from the fear of failure and anxiety which affects your performance for practical examinations, tests or public performance activities?

In this Creativeflowevolution video/blog post I reveal a visualization strategy which my mum taught me (when I was a teenager) to help me finally pass my driving test. 

I have since refined this tool over the years to help me gain the strength and confidence for any public performance activity ~ for example boosting my confidence to perform better with examinations, speaking presentations and musical gigs with my band.

So I would like to have the opportunity to share with you this process. If you also subscribe to my website you can also get a free MP3 audio & mindmap for this powerful strategy.

Please share with anyone you feel will benefit from this process.

Keep creating what you love. Paul Grout

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Paul Grout's curator insight, October 6, 2013 9:55 AM

This is a great tool for overcoming the fear of failure for performance related activities.

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What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About Willpower (And How You Can Apply it to Your Life)

What the Research on Habit Formation Reveals About Willpower (And How You Can Apply it to Your Life) | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

In the past decade, there has been a lot of fascinating academic research conducted around habit formation and willpower. By examining things like how smokers quit, why student perform well, and how New Year's resolvers stay on track, researchers are starting to piece together the answers to how we can build lasting habits and improve our ability to resist temptation. One surprising result is this: to improve your overall well-being, start a new regular habit. Pretty much any positive habit will do.


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Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing. We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com

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Les Howard's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:13 AM

Interesting point is made about the impact of habits in one area influences others.

John Michel's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:21 PM

At the turn of the 21st century, a landmark meta-study was conducted that looked at the question "Does Self Control Resemble a Muscle?" After reviewing hundreds of studies over the past few decades, the authors concluded that the answer was "Yes, it does."

Social scientists all over the world started to examine willpower and self-regulation from this "muscle" metaphor. For instance, if willpower is like a muscle, and muscles can get stronger over time with training, could willpower similarly be trained and strengthened?

Paul Grout's comment, August 23, 2013 2:57 AM
Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing.

We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com
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Are you a thought leader?

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Ask.com says that a thought leader is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded.

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This is an excellent article which I am sure many people can connect to. I totally agree with the concept with what you focus on is what you become. Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing. We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. I am certainly going to share this article with my community. Thank you http://creativeflowevolution.com

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:52 PM

I am not sure that I am or not.

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I think I am on certain subjects.
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Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius?

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius? | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it
Must one risk getting lost in the sea of madness in order to reach the lone island of genius?

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Douglas Eby's curator insight, July 21, 2013 7:24 PM

Dr. Judith Schlesinger notes the ‘mad genius’ myth "has been integral to Western culture for centuries. It is also hogwash." - From my post Madness and creativity: do we need to be crazy?
http://talentdevelop.com/3423/madness-and-creativity-do-we-need-to-be-crazy/

Paul Grout's comment, August 15, 2013 2:00 AM
Madness and creativity: Do we need to be crazy? I believe that we do not need to be crazy to be creative, just open to new possibilities which may step out of the normal way of thinking. Thats what creativity is all about. Being flexible and allowing puzzles to be fixed together to form a representation of one's inner values and insights. Creative people are often dreamers and sometimes may appear to have lost touch of reality, which in turn may contribute towards a crazy appearance :) http://creativeflowevolution.com/
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Existential Depression in Gifted Children | The Unbounded Spirit

Existential Depression in Gifted Children | The Unbounded Spirit | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

"It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression. Although an episode of existential depression may be precipitated in anyone…persons of higher intellectual ability are more prone to experience existential depression spontaneously."


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Douglas Eby's curator insight, August 2, 2013 11:10 PM

Related post: "Sensitive and stressed: Existential Depression" - James T. Webb, Ph.D. writes “It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression."  http://highability.org/36/existential-depression/

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How to Build Work Life Harmony - Stress Management Video

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Would you like to have more confidence and harmony with your working life? If so let us help you.

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Do you often feel stressed, tired and overwhelmed with work? At the same time sometimes feel that your outside work passions & creative activities are put on the back burner as a result not having enough time & energy?

Well there are ways to overcome these challenges which are revealed in this new Creative Flow Evolution video.

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How to Allow Your Creativity to Flow Freely for Successful Songwriting

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Do you want to take your creative song writing talents to the next level?
So what are the secrets of the artists? In this video, I interview talented song writer Katy Haymer on how we can overcome creative blocks to achieve a relaxed state of mind , enjoyment and flow for creative song writing.

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Creative flow, Creative writing, songwriting tips, songwriting techniques, songwriting lessons, songwriting, Katy Haymer

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How a Vision Board Works to Activate The Law of Attraction Video

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In this video I talk about my experience with using a vision board and how it supercharged my visions into reality.

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Relaxing Piano Music with Waterfalls & Words of Wisdom – “Nature’s Spirit of Creativity” Video

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“Life is a constant movement of spontaneous change. Either we resist it or keep moving – creativity is movement.” 

 

I have created a Soft Relaxing Piano track called “Nature’s Spirit of Creativity” as an uplifting and supportive companion for life’s many challenges.

 

Everyone has a unique life story and journey to pursue, and the intention of this video is gently remind ourselves that anything is Creatively Possible. Sometimes, all we have to do is sit back, RELAX and listen to the Heart of Nature to connect to who we are

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The Key Steps for Building Work Life Harmony - Defeat Stress Video

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Do you often feel stressed, tired and overwhelmed with work? At the same time sometimes feel that your outside work passions & creative activities are put on the back burner as a result not having enough time & energy? Well there are ways to overcome these challenges which are revealed in this video.

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Paul Grout's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:12 PM

Great video :)

Paul Grout's comment, July 20, 2013 5:25 PM
Do you often feel stressed, tired and overwhelmed with work? At the same time sometimes feel that your outside work passions & creative activities are put on the back burner as a result not having enough time & energy?

Well there are ways to overcome these challenges which are revealed in this new Creative Flow Evolution video.
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Adult Genius, Unexceptional Kid | High Ability / Gifted Adults

Adult Genius, Unexceptional Kid | High Ability / Gifted Adults | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

How we think of talents in others and ourselves may have a profound effect on nurturing and realizing those abilities. Motivation is also a key element.

 

“The young Mozart’s prowess can be chalked up to practice, practice, practice. Compelled to practice three hours a day from age three on.. No wonder they thought he was a genius.” Malcolm Gladwell


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Learning to Learn: fighting cognitive biases

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Critical thinking is an increasingly important skill that has been overlooked by many as information becomes more accessible and superfluous.
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Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime - Scientific American

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Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime Scientific American Solutions emerge from the subconscious in this way only when the distracting task is relatively simple, such as solving an anagram or engaging in a routine activity that does not necessitate...

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The best ideas come when we allow the mind to relax - this is so true:)

 

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How to help your child cultivate creativity - Metro.us

How to help your child cultivate creativity - Metro.us | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

Julia Cameron notes “Children are naturally creative, and their gifts can be anything. We need to stop thinking in terms of the future and start thinking about what makes them happy now."


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I am always grateful for being given the opportunity to nuture my creativity when I was a child. Because it has given me the strength and driving force to overcome many obstacles towards my life acheivements. I desire to inspire others to keep on track of their creative paths. Thank you for sharing this with us. http://creativeflowevolution.com/

 
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Douglas Eby's curator insight, August 21, 2013 8:19 PM

The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively. - [The book] "focuses on creative cultivation, where we consciously — and playfully — put our children on a healthy creative path toward the future.” — Julia Cameron http://buff.ly/151xJyV

tamara's curator insight, August 24, 2013 4:03 PM

ooh. very happy about this discovery!

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Do You Think Willpower Is A Limited Resource? What That Might Mean For You

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By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer Published: 08/19/2013 03:17 PM EDT on LiveScience Willpower may be plentiful -- as long as you believe it is.

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Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing. We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. I am certainly going to share this article with my community. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com

 

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Paul Grout's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:54 AM

Strong enthusiasm and willpower is great to get started with our missions to serve the world. My concern is that if we keep pushing ourselves without enjoying the process we can may start to become lost in the field of 'wanting' and not doing. We are all creative machines who desire passion and purpose in what we do. So I believe that willpower is much more effective when we create a underlining purpose which gives us the passion keep on track to achieve the goal with flow. Focus is very important. What helps me stay on track of my mission to help people find their creative flow is to ensure I have a healthy balance for work and play. For example, I normally get my best ideas when I relax and dedicate time for fun. I am certainly going to share this article with my community. Thank you for this inspiring post. http://creativeflowevolution.com

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8 Tips For 21st Century Skill Building

8 Tips For 21st Century Skill Building | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it
Creativity and innovation used to be considered soft skills. They are now thought to be the the hard wiring for a successful employee, colleague and global collaborator in the 21st century workforce.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 3, 2013 7:32 PM

There is hope for soft skills like compassion and caring then. Or, I hope there is.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 5, 2013 3:42 AM

Thank you for sharing.

Greenwich Connect's curator insight, August 5, 2013 12:39 PM

More on the 21st century learner

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4 Strategies That Inspire Creativity

4 Strategies That Inspire Creativity | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it
The experience of the greatest of the Medici patrons shows how true creativity blooms.

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Christi Krug's curator insight, July 31, 2013 2:42 PM

Being a leader who generates, fuels, and inspires creativity . . .

Paul Grout's comment, August 15, 2013 2:20 AM
I totally agree with what this post suggests ~ that "Leaders must work diligently to ensure the perseveration of a creative atmosphere". In my view to be best capable of overcoming challenges one has to be innovative in order create new possibilities for solutions. The imagination is where problems derive and also are the solutions. Here is a blog post on How the Creative Self Can Overcome any Fear to Live our Dream Life Adventure http://bit.ly/X1UuId
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moving from fear and stress to grace - muz4now

moving from fear and stress to grace - muz4now | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it
Fear and stress feed on each other. Unchecked, these can kill your creativity. Grace is the opposite of stress. What happens if we embrace grace?

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stan stewart's curator insight, August 3, 2013 11:15 AM

My own (current) take on shifting into our own creative space.

Paul Grout's comment, August 15, 2013 2:06 AM
I totally agree when we are able to release from stress we allow ourselves to be creative. Also the opposite certainly works. To get out of stressful situations often requires creativity. Isn't life just awesome? Here is a blog post on how to building work life harmony to keep the creative juices flowing http://bit.ly/worklifeharmony
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Thanks!
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How the Creative Self Can Overcome any Fear to Live our Dream Life Adventure

How the Creative Self Can Overcome any Fear to Live our Dream Life Adventure | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave everything behind for a few years in order to pursue a dream life-time adventure?  At the same time have the confidence to re-live it again and again on your own terms?

 

In this interview Daniela Mallozzi shares her inspiring story on how she sold everything in order to travel the world and live her passions.

 

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creative flow, do what we love, living the dream, law of attraction tips, dream big, flow experience, Life adventure, creative life

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How to Create a Superfast Vision Board Movie (in 5 Easy Steps)

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In this video I talk about how I created a Vision Board Movie within 5 easy steps. This is the superfast strategy I used to create the Vision Board Movie within 30 minutes. Give yourself a time limit for each step and enjoy the process ; )

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How to Energise & Manifest Your Goals Into Reality with The Power of Intention Video

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Blog post at Creative Flow Evolution - Overcoming artistic & creative blocks for personal productive success : Hey can I share a secret with you? Did you know that you can energise your intentions to manifest your goals into reality?
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The Key Steps for Building Work Life Harmony - Defeat Stress Video

The Key Steps for Building Work Life Harmony - Defeat Stress Video | Kick your Creativity into Gear | Scoop.it

Do you often feel stressed, tired and overwhelmed with work? At the same time sometimes feel that your outside work passions & creative activities are put on the back burner as a result not having enough time & energy? Well there are ways to overcome these challenges which are revealed in this video.

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Great video :)

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Paul Grout's comment, July 20, 2013 5:25 PM
Do you often feel stressed, tired and overwhelmed with work? At the same time sometimes feel that your outside work passions & creative activities are put on the back burner as a result not having enough time & energy?

Well there are ways to overcome these challenges which are revealed in this new Creative Flow Evolution video.