Tools: Behaviors

Use these acts of conducting yourself in specific ways yielding proficiency.
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# 307

I want to get better at dealing with rejection so it doesn’t derail me

Buffering
An alternative regulatory strategy to negative feedback about your work
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# 310

I just got bad news and now I’m struggling with a crisis

Canvassing
Using dedicated chunks of creative expression to explore, exhaust and exceed difficult feelings
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# 312

I am overwhelmed with tasks and get flustered going from meeting to meeting

Centering
Punctuating routine activities with a line of demarcation or microstructure that sets a boundary between peripheral and principle creative work
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# 313

I have a bad feeling that things are about to take a turn for the worst

Crossbreeding
Giving yourself permission to fantasize in both positive and negative directions
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# 314

I have too many potential project ideas and it’s getting overwhelmed

Ungunking
Using a simple, binary evaluation to unclog the creative pipes and shepherd ideas through the system
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# 301

I want to branch out and expand my repertoire

Mediuming
Consciously and proactively mixing up your creative vehicles
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# 304

I am blocked because of difficult emotions and intense experiences that haven’t been processed

Forgetting
Using the creative process as tool for cleansing, lightening and liberating your heart and mind
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# 305

I want to learn quickly so I can come up with groundbreaking ideas

Creative Promiscuity
Providing more entry points for insight to occur through a compressed, high level of diverse input
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# 284

I have all the ideas to improve my company, but don’t want to annoy or overwhelm people

Germination
Starting small with your big ideas, letting the seed of organizational change sprout over time
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# 286

I have lost my mojo for this particular project and can’t get it back

Gravitational Order
Using motion to create equilibrium so your creative work finds its place in the universe
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# 288

I have to be creative for all these other people, but what about me?

Productive Selfishness
Saving some creativity for yourself to optimize the very process for which you are renowned
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# 293

I want to provide a valuable brand experience quickly so we have loyal customers

Price Of Admission
Tracking and pinpointing when customers experience the aha moment of seeing your value
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# 262

I read and learn and have experiences, but don’t anything with my learning

Encoding
The practice of processing experiences into insights and insights into habits
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# 263

I want to trust my inner voice more and figure how to do great work

Intuitive Leading
Deconstructing instincts into hard concepts that can be understood more technically
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# 266

I’m in over my head, I have to do things that don’t come naturally to me

Enlisting
Transferring the architecture behind your core talent to a mundane or overwhelming task
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# 269

I only have a small role in this project, but I want them to remember me

Scrapping
Creating an intentional point of overdelivery
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# 272

I get blocked creatively and turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms

Interception
Lovingly stepping into your worry stream with a sense wonder to buffer against impulsive behavior
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# 273

I wish the creative process was faster and easier, making art is hard and takes forever

Erasing
Raising our frustration tolerance by remove extreme language from our vocabulary
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# 276

I want this audience to know how good I am and respect my talent

Stiletto
Compressing your portfolio of talents into a tight little package that demonstrates the full firepower of your creative arsenal.
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# 253

I don’t do open mics or showcases, but I need to get more exposure for my work

Permissionless Platform
Hiring yourself to create a local artist’s residency
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# 256

I always suck when I first start creating, and it makes me want to quit

Excavating
Clearing the surface level content out of your system to allow quality ideas to emerge
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# 245

I work at home and it’s hard to see where my work ends and my self begins

Punching Out
A ritual of leave taking at the end of your creative workday
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# 247

I have a hard time getting started with my artwork, it takes forever to get into the zone

Centering Sequence
A daily ritual that brings your brain up to operating temperature in order to run properly
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# 251

I just got kicked in the nuts by life, and it sucks

Good Low
When life hands you a pile of shit, you strategically convert that experience into creative resources of energy, fertility and happiness
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# 222

I need to work out some feelings and figure out what’s going on

Aggressive Pondering
Deliberately creating a situation or framed experience in order to have an arena in which to work out an unresolved issue
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# 223

I have unhealthy habits that make it hard to get my art done consistently

Relocation
Reducing our exposure to the kinds of situations and surroundings that enable us in the wrong direction
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# 225

I have a huge and scary project to do that is out of my depth, and it’s intimidating me into paralysis

Impossibility Subroutine
A ritual to help ramp up your energy and snap myself into appropriate state of mind to approach an overwhelming task
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# 226

I hired this person to help with my project, but their results suck, and it’s costly and exhausting

Upfronting
Giving more frontend raw material our creative collaborators so they can do more for us
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# 235

I don’t journal like I should, but I just don’t see the point

Metabolizing
Treating journaling as a psychological and physical accounting of your emotions
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# 209

I’m new and young, and want to improve my skills and become a master at my creative craft

Apprenticing
Finding opportunities to build your emotional and physical calluses
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# 210

I want to do this project, but I keep getting overwhelmed

Depressurizing
Consciously respond to panic a way that serves your creative efforts
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# 212

I need to do things I dislike to support my creative practice

Stacking
Layering value on top of existing creative habits to make them more enjoyable, rewarding and sustainable
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# 214

I am not confident in my work yet, and I need people who can encourage me

Borrowed Hope
Trusted voices to compensate for your low confidence in the beginning of a creative journey
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# 215

I have this big meeting coming up about my work, and I’m freaking out

Priming
Reminding yourself of your accumulated track record to build faith in your creative capabilities
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# 219

I work in volatile, disorganized environment where people are overlooking valuable opportunities

Campgrounding
Leaving things at your company more organized than when you found them
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# 190

I want to produce more work, but need some kind of external force to move things along for our team

Sunlighting
Using the forcing function of public accountability to bring a creative work into existence
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# 195

I am in a new creative roll at my job, and I want do make a good first impression

Bittersweet Spotting
Focusing on doing the things that nobody can do but you, and focusing on doing the things that anybody can do, but won’t
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# 181

I want to make a difference on my team and ensure job security

Sniffing
The practice of converting your curiosity into everyone else's utility
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# 183

I never have enough time in the day to do my work, I waste too much time

Operating Temperature
Making devices of your body and mind suitable for creative application
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# 186

I think too much and my brain is overloaded, so there’s no room for creative ideas

Sanity Tax
Paying a minor cost for something that is disproportionate to the massive value you get in return for having it
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# 188

I want a land a new gig that has the highest probability of fulfillment for me and success for the company

Fresh Powder
Professional opportunities where you can write your own ticket and set the standard, not just comply with it
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# 161

I’m a high achiever and it’s hard to relax and enjoy myself

Joy Triggers
Embrace a diverse set of activities that form a complete identity.
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# 162

I just want to make the same thing over and over again

Motifing
Engaging in guilt free creative projects that are uniquely appealing to you
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# 165

I don’t know when a new project is the right one to take on

Actionstorming
Finding creative opportunities by getting out of your goddamn head and actually trying things
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# 168

I make all this stuff but it’s not connecting with people

Content Branding
Building, protecting and nurturing the symbolic, social and emotion capital around your work
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# 174

I have lots of good expertise, but it exists in my head

Gold Minin
Immortalizing key learnings that would otherwise just live inside one team member’s brain
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# 178

I want to move the ball down the field this project, but everyone has an opinion

Input Embargo
Setting limits on the level and frequency of team feedback during the creative process
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# 148

I have lots of ideas on my team, but I don’t know which to focus on

Shit Filter
Gauging the quality of your ideas through physical reactions, not subjective opinions
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# 151

I just completed this thing, and critical feedback is coming from the team

Mental Oxygenation
Giving creative confidence room breathe and grow by nurturing it with encouragement, freedom and affirmation
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# 133

I wish I had more good ideas, I don’t know how to find them

Negative Ideation
Stretch your imagination through the positive power of bad ideas
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