Reflect on the Richness..
“The pessimist resembles a man who observes with fear and sadness that his wall calendar, from which he daily tears a sheet, grows thinner with each passing day. On the other hand, the person who attacks the problems of life actively is like a man who removes each successive leaf from his calendar and files it neatly and carefully away with its predecessors, after first having jotted down a few diary notes on the back. He can reflect with pride and joy on all the richness set down in these notes, on all the life he has already lived to the fullest. What will it matter to him if he notices that he is growing old? Has he any reason to envy the young people whom he sees, or wax nostalgic over his own lost youth? What reasons has he to envy a young person? For the possibilities that a young person has, the future which is in store for him?
No, thank you,’ he will think. ‘Instead of possibilities, I have realities in my past, not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered. These sufferings are even the things of which I am most proud, although these are things which cannot inspire envy.’ “
From “Logotherapy in a Nutshell”, an essay”
? Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
Observations to embrace at any age
1. I am the age that I am ( will never be younger than I am~ okay I can go east and be hours younger.. but then there is a point where east meets west and I will be older – wait how does that work if I go to california I will be 2 hours younger …. but if I keep going east to new zealand I will be a day older… hmm where is the time sweet spot?
2. I am the height that I am (will never be taller than I am (accept with heels:)
3. I weigh what I weigh.
4. I really do get a kick out of myself.
Much of the time I enjoy what I am thinking & saying to myself.
5. I can’t help but talk to strangers
6. I am ever so thankful for my health
7. I am ever so thankful for my family
8. I am ever so thankful for friends
9. I delight in simple things
10. My desire is to live so that each moment leaves me in a positive way~
Forever Changed ~ Never More the Same
Take a Hint from Degas: Creative Efficiency
Art does not expand, it repeats itself.
-Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
Stop Reinventing the Wheel!
A confession: I struggle to not reinvent the wheel.
When it comes to my workshops and speeches, I’m often starting over from scratch in some way. There are probably a few layers to this.
All the way from poor organization to the need to be original and current.
Trusting that what I’ve done before is valuable, worthwhile, good enough maybe even brilliant.
Edgar Degas was what I see as “creatively efficient.” That’s what I want to be too.
(Spoiler Alert: This might change your perspective of art)
Years ago, at a Degas Exhibit, I noticed there were similar images in his pictures. Then I read that he would trace images to copy his own art and use it again and again.
Wow, who knew? I sure didn’t. He’d actually use the tracings to add to different pictures, and (this is the part I loved) reverse the image. He’d turn over a drawing and rub it onto a fresh page, juxtaposing the images for greater impact.
Certainly history has proven that the way he went at his Art didn’t detract from his success.
My first thought:
Does this really count as art? I bet lots of people could do great work if they just traced or reused what they did well. It seemed like cheating.
Brilliant! Duh… doing over and over again what you do really well = Mastery
This is Mastery.
Mastery is one of the desires of my heart.
And the desire reminds me of a time I attended an Art Show with my daughter. I was talking about something I’d just painted. She said “Cool, Mom, but all you paint is hearts.” I said “Yes, I know,” feeling a little discouraged. Then we came to the next set of paintings on the wall of the Gallery, and guess what?
They were all of the same subject, only presented in slightly different ways.
That began a deeper discussion. I reminded my daughter that many of the great painters painted the same thing over and over again. Degas has an extensive collection of ballet dancers. Monet is famous for his paintings of water lilies and haystacks. Van Gogh is known for his paintings of sunflowers.
It may appear to be the same thing over and over again but each image is different.
A different moment in time.
Yes, in a way the same. But still different.
Moral of the story: Don’t beat yourself for not being original!
How can you be creatively efficient and move toward Mastery?
1. What have you done that you can use again?
2. What can you use in a different way? Flip it over, turn it around and get a fresh view.
3. How can you add or combine your previous work in a way that creates something new?
My own struggle for creative efficiency has certainly lessened.
What about you? Is there a way you can repurpose or build on your previous work and success?”
I’d love to hear what you discover.
Digging deeper and discovering how to mine the gold of who you are and what you’re already doing really well Is what I love to do with clients. Contact me with an inquiry if you’d like to dig and discover together.
“Over a couple of lengthy brainstorming sessions Cyndi asked me a ton of questions about my idea. She thought of things I never would have thought of. She got me to think big. She gave me clarity, vision, and focus.
Even more, she mapped out a strategy and a picture of what it could all look like. Then, over the next six months, she held my feet to the fire and made sure I acted on it.”
The concerns that most small business owners say hold them back:
“Fear; that I will invest time (and more $) in courses that will not pay off in the end. I have so many that are incomplete, I have gotten myself all knotted up like a reel of fishing line. I find myself questioning what my true passions really are. This state of confusion is making it challenging to focus and set up a game plan. For example, I can not offer services until I succeed at one.”
Flat out, these are the kinds of problems Cyndi solves.
The Copywriter Cafe
Cyndi helped my business partner and me uncover new ways and mediums in which to engage our target market. She engaged us in thought provoking and unconventional conversation to understand our perspective while applying graceful techniques to guide us to creative solutions. I recommend Cyndi’s services to anyone searching for new and innovative solutions to their problems. Alexander Gish ~ Greater Galaxy Enterprises LLC
I’ve been trying to think of a professional way to say this, but I can’t come up with anything other than ‘Cyndi is soooo inspiring.
I was terrified to send my dream out into the world, but I’m so glad I did. I can’t stress how great working with Cyndi was. Cyndi had my Creative Possibility Session back to me in record time, which was a welcome change considering anything that has to do with creativity is often associated with long waits.
Cyndi literally put me on the map! The Mind Map, that is! She helped me transition from a struggling comedian and writer to living my dream as a full time screenwriter and presenter. I can always count on her to provide effective strategies and insight to move me forward to the next level.
Cyndi has guided me in creating a business that aligns with my soul while living out my life’s purpose.
Thanks Cyndi taking moved me into my Wired to INspired life and business.
11th Hour Creative
Copywriter, Screenwriter, Playwright, and Teacher
Cyndi is quite the Idea Strategist!!
I was in a brain fog with how to launch an new e-course I had developed. I had only one coaching session with Cyndi and she instantly identified some amazing opportunities that I couldn’t see for myself. She also helped me implement achievable strategies and timelines to create an action plan so I can burn ahead all-systems-go!
Wow…I feel like the path for my business has instantly cleared. Thanks for your time Cyndi…you are wonderful!!
Cyndi’s great to work with, one on one. She’s energetic, positive, and caring, and has a way of getting at your ‘stuff’ that will bring tears to your eyes – good ones. I owe a lot to her insights!
BodyMind Connection Coach~~~ Connecting the Power of your Mind with the Wisdom of your Body~~
“After our session. I had a chance to sense into myself and the work we did. I was surprised at how calm and renewed I felt and at the same time had more immediate and less scary access to my emotional body.
Thank you for an amazing session. You’re generous, graceful and brilliant guidance through a mind-body process across time zones and space was renewing, transformative and generative. And you can use that as a heartfelt testimony. In gratitude, R.M.”
“Cyndi brings her great intuitive bent to help people get unstuck. She helped remove the hidden barriers that I couldn’t reach myself by helping me recognize my inner talk and how my body was responding. Through her process I gained clarity about the direction I need to move into and how to integrate the pieces of my life and business that seem to be lone islands. This has been invaluable to me. Cyndi is highly gifted and able to help others move forward into success.” Kimber Britner Moxie Me Institute
When I worked with Cyndi Fine she helped me really get focused on what I had actually created in my business and allowed me to visualize what additional possibilities were in store for my business. She allowed me to get centered in such a way that was actually fun and easy and it allowed me to unlock some key words and descriptions that helped me to better explain exactly where I wanted to go in my business. Cyndi Fine has an uncanny knack of allowing you to hold up a mirror and really see yourself and your journey in a way that affords you progress and success in your business and life. Cyndi allowed me to not only visualize the future but claim it as my present and hold strength in the needs and goals of my life already being here for the taking. What a powerful mind shift!! Thank you.
Melissa Evans, The Guru of Implementation SM ~~~Author of Sole to Soul
The Broshe Group ~~~www.broshegroup.com
“You are like a fantastic team member added at my own pace and really set me onto a path of calm confidence.” After 2 sessions I have a place to go in my thoughts (paved by you) that keeps me centered and actually on the road instead of all over it! It’s like you are that great steam roller keeping my road smooth….does that make sense? cause that’s what it is for me!” You are in my corner. You are fantastic Cyndi Fine!” jimbo
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“Speaking of Priceless…can I just say that I just love Cyndi Fine! we had a great conversation last week that helped me open my eyes, my heart and even my gut to the reality that I clearly get in my own way. I was right on the edge, and Cyndi showed me the way to jump! If you want to be guided logically, conversationally and visually in a way that doesn’t feel like a “session”, you need Cyndi Fine! Thank you so much, Cyndi!
Steve Cozart ~~~Steele Model & Talent Management
Shoutout and thumbs up to Cyndi Fine. Nice shift in the physical body as well as re-invigoration into action of a decision I had already made. Sometimes we need to hear it more than once in order to “Get it!” Cyndi has a sweet, soft, nurturing yet solid way of guiding you to the release that is just aching to happen! Amethyst Wyldfyre ~amethystwyldfyre.com
I have been struggling for about 2 years to get just the right people on my virtual support team.
I wasn’t attracting the world class support with a virtual team that I’m used to having with employees. As a result, I’ve been experiencing fairly high turnover, which costs me precious time and money in training and momentum. When I had a session with Cyndi, we went through a process to discover how some of my past experiences related to this current and recurring pattern.
Within a few days of working with Cyndi, I had the opportunity to interview two potential new team members. I’m excited to say that I was able to clearly communicate what I was looking for, how I work and what I expect. What’s amazing is that these new team members proactively told me the processes and procedures they use to hold themselves accountable for their work without me even asking! This gave me the confidence to move forward with both of these team members. Thank you, Cyndi, for helping me solve one of the most critical problems I’ve been facing in my business.
Nikkea B. Devida ~~~Accelerated Results Expert ~~ ~www.fastresultsformula.com
Cyndi Fine is someone who is walking in her gift and purpose. I was still “working on a few issues” and she nailed it! She was very efficient and concise. She honed into the area of focus for my business, providing great feedback and suggestions. Cyndi provided the clarity and inspiration needed to take the next steps in my business, all within ONE hour.
If you are stuck or need a coach to walk along side of YOUR vision, I recommend Cyndi, the Creative Instigator.
Samirian Hill, The MoneyWise Teacher
The little time I had with you yesterday was a brilliant experience! You have a lot to offer I loved how you were able to see what I was lacking to achieve my goals and you had a clear map on the logical steps I need to take to make my vision materialise. You are definitely a fresh pair of eyes and a great sound board. Your suggestions and questions opened my mind to things I didn’t think of, and got my creative juices working at a different angle.
Thanks so much!
Nicole Kerrigan (nee Wong) www.onebymeforyou.com
“I was thrilled with my session with Cyndi. It was more than I expected. She is a very quick study, and whittled it down very quickly to a product that came from my strengths and felt so organic.” “You nailed it when you called me out on “positioning”. I have been thinking about my action items and how to get ’em done!
HIRE HER!!!! Tammy Leitzel
I was really pumped after our phone call. Talking about my business with you, got me excited, sparks ideas and brings clarity – I did a boat load of work on it since we spoke.
Cyndi Fine, Creative Instigator, has an uncanny knack for being able to jump into the chaos of your life, quickly identify your unique talents, and help you step into your “inspired” life. Her clients call these “possibility sessions,” “brain sparkles,” or “idea igniters,” but Cyndi is just doing what she does best: unlocking your limitless potential and laser-focusing you on a clear direction. A creative spirit to the core, she’s an entrepreneur whose passion is helping you make the most of your God-given gifts.
She helps women (and smart men) build better relationships, develop stronger purposes, increase the good things in life, and let go of the bad. Combining her 30+ years of experience in the health field along with her expertise as a MindBody Connection Coach, Cyndi will bring clarity and order to your frazzled world.
Is Cyndi some kind of miracle worker? No, but she delivers results. Her clients have said things like, “Cyndi helped me open my eyes, my heart and even my gut to the reality that I clearly get in my own way. I was right on the edge, and Cyndi showed me the way to jump! If you wanted to be guided logically, conversationally and visually in a way that doesn’t feel like a ‘session’, you need Cyndi Fine!”
Another client recently said, “Cyndi is one of those rare individuals who is gifted with a healing spirit. Her warmth, humor and incredible knowledge of our bodies provides not just relaxation and joy.”
And “Cyndi helped removed the hidden barriers that I couldn’t reach myself by helping me recognize my inner talk and how my body was responding. I gained clarity about the direction I need to move into and how to integrate the pieces of my life and business. This has been invaluable to me. Cyndi is highly gifted and able to help others move forward into success.”
Cyndi is enthusiastic and vivacious. She believes in the importance of laughter, living in the present, and appreciating the little things in life that can help take you from being overwhelmed to overjoyed. She uses her own techniques to turn “stressed” around 180 degrees into “desserts” (the good stuff we all want!), and will teach you to do the same.
When she’s not creating big ideas and moving clients from being stuck to unstoppable, she refers to herself as a “student of life”, is a voracious reader, loves to paint, is a closet “fashionista”, and currently loving the challenge of learning to tap dance.
Cyndi is the winner of a National Award for her work at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, Greece. She has been helping her clients get transformative results out of her office in Madison, as well as with clients remotely, over the phone. Whether you schedule a session with Cyndi in her office, attend one of her workshops, or work remotely, you will come away transformed, too.
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day,thou canst not then be false to any man.”
Shakespeare was such a smart guy! He says it so well. How are you navigating your life? You live with yourself everyday. You feel, think and then take action from that place. Are your actions reactive or are you able to come from a place of power to turn that around and use your creative thinking skills?
Being aware of your personality style, your emotional intelligence, the way you think, which leads to the way you communicate, will help you navigate both your personal and professional life.
Knowing deeply who you are is the beginning.
Wherever you are on your journey through life and career, it is important to refuel, regroup, rejuvenate and rethink on a regular basis.
Cyndi offers a unique opportunity to gain new perspective on a variety of skills and perspectives that each of us use or misuse on a daily basis.
Discover the importance, power and joy of living your inspired life.