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The Hyper Creative Entrepreneur – How to Set Yourself up for Success and Happiness

The Hyper Creative Entrepreneur – How to Set Yourself up for Success and Happiness

What do you want to be when you grow up? It sounds like a simple question, right? Well, whether you’re age 10 or age 40, that question is likely to make you feel a little uneasy if you’re a Hyper Creative entrepreneur.

Why? Because if you are a true hyper creative person, you do not know what you want to be no matter how old you are. The answer to that question for you seems to be, “Well, today I think I want to be a writer. Ask me in a week and I might say something else.”

That’s how you feel inside and if you say that out loud, then you get that look from the person asking you the question–that judgmental look which makes you feel as if there is something wrong with you because you can’t seem to settle down and just decide.

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In our society we equate mentally hopping from one passion to the next with childhood. Children are supposed to do that. They are expected to explore and discover and try a number of passions until finding the one that is right for them.  But there seems to be some unwritten rule that says adults aren’t supposed to allow our brains hop around like that. We are just supposed to know which area is right and stick with that.

But for the hyper creative adult, the idea of sticking with one thing can feel worse than a death sentence–the very thought of it can make you feel like screaming and running from the room.

It’s true that hyper creative individuals have some characteristics that appear to be similar to ADHD; however, these characteristics are not the same at all. Someone with ADHD might have problems remaining focused while someone with hyper creativity might be focused on so many things that none of them gets done well. Over a period of time this can certainly interfere with success and happiness.

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As a hyper creative person, what can you do to set yourself up for success and happiness?

This is easier than you think. The trick here is not specifically what you do, but how you do it. So the question for you is not, “What do you want to be when you grow up” but “How do I want to be when I grow up?”

So shift your thinking away from the what (that can and will change) and refocus on the how.

You can help yourself with this by making it your priority to develop your personal mental filter. You will then use this mental filter to make your business decisions. If a job offer, or client, or even your website tagline, comes through your filter with flying colors, then say yes to it. Here’s what needs to go in your filter:

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1. Will this opportunity allow me to be creative?

Let’s take the tagline as an example. If you create a website for your business and you develop a tagline, ask yourself if that tagline, what your business is going to do, will allow you to continue being creative. If it is too confining for you, you’ll ultimately end up rebelling, which will not lead to success. The last thing you want to do is develop a list of clientele who slot into your tagline so that you become known for that thing in a way that keeps you from growing. But if your tagline will continue to allow you/your business to be creative and grow, go for it.

2. Will I be able to get help with the aspects that I don’t want, like, or care to do?

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Is the payoff great enough that I can make myself slog through those areas?

Hyper-creatives are notorious for hating to do the middle part of tasks or jobs. The initial idea part is exhilarating, and the ending is satisfying, so when you think about tackling a project or job, be sure to think about the elements that you know you won’t be excited about doing. Then be honest with yourself about whether you know people who can do those tasks or if the paycheck or contribution to society is great enough that you’ll be able to make yourself do them even when you don’t want to.

A Note for Hyper-Creatives on Being Happy

Happiness is not something you achieve.  It is an attitude and habit. Whenever you think, “Once I do xyz I will be happy,” you are doomed to fail.

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There are many paths to being happy, but here are two techniques any hyper creative can use, right now.

1. Accept that there is nothing wrong with you. Nothing. Having a hyper-creative mind is part of who you are. The fact that others do not understand what makes you tick is not your problem. Once you stop fighting against who you are and embrace your hyper creativity as a gift and not a curse, you will be able to start using it to your advantage and you will be happier.

2. Practice kindness and make someone else happy. As they say, you can make yourself happier by making others happy. To get you started here are 21 ways to practice kindness today and instantly feel happier.

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You are hyper creative. Say it loud and say it proud, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with you. Here’s to your success and happiness!

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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