I’ve been noticing a theme lately. As entrepreneurs, we’re told, “Shift your mindset and things will change for the better.” “Sure,” you say, “I’ll shift my mindset. But HOW?” I invited my friend Nick Demos, a Tony Award-winning performer, producer, and director, to tackle this question in today’s episode.
Nick helps artists find focus, calm, and clarity using yoga, breathwork, and meditation. If this sounds “woo woo” to you, just set that thought aside for a moment and let Nick show you how having a daily practice can help improve your creative abilities, give you perspective, and help you make better decisions.
When you’re in the art business, it’s easy to get stuck on the treadmill, feeling like you have to do everything and there's no time to take a break. But if Oprah can find 20 minutes a day to meditate, so can you!
> [05:33] I ask Nick HOW to shift your mindset when you find that you've gone off in the wrong direction, or you get down on yourself, or you lose your creative spark.
> [06:57] Nick says: We as artists are super sensitive beings, and consequently, we take in this energy and then our thoughts start to cycle. We need tools to get us out of that pattern. So meditation, breathwork, and mindfulness practices are tools to help you shift your mindset.
> [07:56] Nick is a strong believer in having a daily practice. Listen to hear how he starts each day to get off on the right foot.
> [11:38] I ask Nick about finding the balance between the desire to be truly creative just for the sake of it, and the need to create work that people will buy. He gives three tips, including indulging in “nine minutes a day of creative play!” What could be better than that?
Listen to the whole conversation for some feel-good inspiration and tons of practical tips for keeping your creative juices flowing!
Your action steps
1 | If you’ve never meditated before, or taken a breathwork class, start small. Wake up in the morning, and before you get going, just take a couple of minutes and sit and breathe and notice your thoughts. They're going to be all over the place. Know that that's okay and that it's natural. We're not trying to stop you thinking. What we're trying to do is just create some space between the thoughts so that your creativity can come through in an even more powerful way. So start small, get out of bed, and for two minutes, just notice your thoughts.
2 | Follow Nick on Instagram and Facebook @thenickdemos. Go to his website at www.thenickdemos.com and download his free meditation that's designed specifically for artists and entrepreneurs. In only five minutes you can find clarity and focus. Nick suggests doing this meditation before any creative venture.
3 | Send Nick and me direct messages on Instagram and let us know what you think about this episode. Let us know how the action step that you're taking to build mindfulness into your day is helping you.
4 | Remember that you can download the transcript of this episode below.
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