Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Working Together

Let us know what you are working on, or if there is something that you need help with and we can work together to manifest your creative potential.

You may be doing great work that you haven't shown anyone - Let Us Know!

Here is your encouragement video for the day:

Post a link to what you are doing and check out the links of others who did the same and give some positive feedback!

There is so much untapped creative potential out there, make sure you manifest what you have and help those around you - who knows you may just find there are more Creatives around you than you first thought!

Keep on creating!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

9 Manifest your ideas into reality!

Taking something that doesn't exist and manifesting it into the physical realm is what Creative People do.

Enjoy the creative process today as you bring new art into the world that wouldn't exist without you!

The one second version: When you manifest ideas you change the world

Here is the two minute version:

Enjoy your Creative Journey!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

8 Anchoring your Creative State!

Anchoring is a technique used all over the world to get peak performers into the right "headspace".

Use this simple technique to quickly "jump into the Zone" for your Creative Journey.


  1. Relive a moment when you were at your creative peak
  2. Spend as much time as you can in that moment and visualize every aspect of that moment (sights, sounds, temperature, smells...)
  3. Use a unique physical gesture to Anchor that moment
  4. Later on use that unique physical gesture to trigger your peak creative state
  5. Keep re-visualizing creative wins in your mind and associate them to the gesture
Here is the four minute version with my own example of how I jump into my improv "happy place":

Try out anchoring for yourself and let me know how it goes in the comments.

*Note: anchoring can be used for any state you want to get into, so you can play around with it and see how it can help you!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

7 Positivity!

Encouragement has meant a lot to me in my creative journey this far, and I want to pass on all of that encouragement to you!

Staying positive and building up each other as we Manifest our Creative Potential will let us all come out ahead.

Pass on a word of encouragement today to the people who are in your Creative Circle.

I appreciate all of the creative people that I have come across in my lifetime and feel honoured to be part of manifesting the intangible into the real with you all!

I would like to send out a special thanks to all of the people who have encouraged me over the years:
Mr. Bill Reddifer, Mrs. Joanne Faas, Mr. Gordon Robideau, Mark Reinault, Conrad Burek, Rob Sanderson, Sue Heffernan, Len Dueck, Joel Turner, Andrew Schroeder, Dennis Jasper, Daryl Wilson, Chris Massey, Paul Roots, Doug Wilson, Lee Johnson, Tony Yip, Andie Otto, Brian Lee, Adam Theaker, Crystal Martens,  Grant Gillespie, Amanda Zais, Doug Watson, Kara Watson, Benson Lott, Phil Campbell, All my photo walk buddies, all my acting buddies, Byron Porritt, my loving wife Amy Martens and my son Magnus.

Let me know in the comments if there are special people who's encouragement has meant a lot to you.

Monday, August 25, 2014

6 Relax!

Creative people are not immune to hectic lifestyles, looming deadlines, information overload and feeling overwhelmed...

I invite all my creative friends to take a few minutes and do some deep breathing with me and relax...

If you have specific techniques for relaxation share them in the comments and we can all try them out.

Have a Great Day Today! 

Relax and let the creativity flow!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

5 Run Your Own Race!

Many times as a creative you may find yourself comparing your creative efforts to the efforts of others.


The only comparisons you need to do are with yourself - so you know that you are manifesting more and more of your creative potential. We don't all start from the same place or have the same "WHY" that motivates us - so we can't reasonably compare ourselves with others who come from another place and have a completely different motivating "WHY".

Here is the one second version: Don't compare yourself to others.
Here is the minute and a half version:

No matter what your creative outlet there will always be people to compare yourself to that have mastered the craft over a lifetime, or who have received a "lucky break" - the only person to compare yourself to is you!

Taking even a few minutes to reflect on how far you have come in your creative journey will give you great perspective as you continue to run YOUR OWN RACE!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

4 Getting into your Creative Zone!

You have had at least one creative experience where everything was working for you, and you felt like you were really utilizing your full creative potential - You were "IN THE ZONE!"

Sometimes as creative people we struggle through life waiting for "lightning to strike twice",  or waiting until we "feel creative" - as if being in or out of the Creative Zone were something beyond our control.

Take a few minutes to focus on when you were in the Creative Zone and use some basic anchoring techniques to make sure you can jump right into the Creative Zone again! Anytime you want!

The more vividly you can recreate how the Creative Zone felt for all of your senses the more effective the anchoring will be.

One second version: Anchor your experience of being in your Creative Zone by using all of your senses.
Here is the two minute version:
This may not "just happen" the first time you try it so keep using this technique and soon you will find a nearly unlimited amount of creative energy at your disposal!

Don't sit idly by and wait for something external to remind you of your Creative Potential, remind yourself and jump right into the Creative Zone today!

Let's get into the Creative Zone and Manifest our Creative Potential today!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3 Have a Good Laugh!

If you are feeling creatively "tapped out" remember the secret weapon to rejuvenating your mind and body: Laughter!

Laughter WILL change your life if you do it regularly!*

The one second version: Laugh in the mirror for a few minutes to feel great!
Here is the two minute version: 


Now don't get carried away and get the giggles all day!

The first few seconds may be a bit awkward while you are working up to the full belly laugh with tears streaming down your face, but that is why using a mirror is so effective - you see yourself TRYING to laugh - and that is the funniest thing in the world!

Bust a gut and get back out there my creative friends!

*consult your physician to make sure Laughter is right for you. Side effects may include: Smiling, whistling, sunny disposition, light heartedness. Snorting while engaging in laughter may cause it to become contagious. Excessive laughter may lead to belly aches and side stitches. Consult a professional comedian if a laughing spell lasts more than four hours.

Monday, August 18, 2014

2 Being a Creative IS a Real Job!

If you are pursuing your creative endeavours then reward yourself today!

Way to go! You are rocking it! You have accomplished more than most fear to attempt!

Don't give in to the nay sayers or those that may minimize your creative contribution to the world!

One second version: Creativity is a real job, that requires real work!
Here is the one minute version:

Celebrate the fact that you have embraced creativity and have taken the bold steps required to "Work" as a Creative.

Creative work is real, requiring daily struggles, and is the noblest of pursuits.

Too often creatives feel shy about the work they do, but they should be the boldest of the bold, for creatives Manifest Something from Nothing and Give it Life in the World.

Keep your heads held high today!  You make me proud!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

1 Starting with the WHY.

I wanted to start posting on this blog with the reason WHY I am creating this blog, and more info about what I am trying to accomplish.

Encouragement for your creative journey every workday!

Here is the one second version of my mission: "Helping Humanity Manifest Its Creative Potential."
Here is the 14 minute version:

Stay tuned and pass it on!

If you want to manifest your creative potential leave your name and city in a comment below:

Don't worry! All of my other videos will be shorter!
This is the initial back story to my current creative journey, so I rambled on a bit to let you know where I am coming from.

If you watch to the end...I sing my own theme song!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Getting Started

This blog is dedicated to all of the people in the throws of the Creative Struggle.

If you are looking for some encouragement on your CreativeJourney you have found a home.

I have always found the creative process to be awe inspiring, the ability to take ideas and concepts and manifest them into reality will never cease to amaze me!

This blog is a place to get tips, encouragement and meet others who are on the Creative Journey as well.

Enjoy the Creative Ride!

Jay Martens