Here are a few of our favorite Big Ideas + Other Cool Stuff from Week 3 of Gail McMeekin’s 4-week course The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: Part One.
Gail is known as the Passionate Mentor to Creative Women and is the CEO of Creative Success, LLC in Boston. She has written multiple best-sellers, including the textbook for this class The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women.
By the end of this course, we hope you will have a manifesto of your dream for success, a list of creative ideas to actualize and monetize, and elevated self-esteem with new ways of thinking and the courage of a lion.
Here are three of the Big Ideas shared during class...
Big Idea #1: Organize your Trunk
Gail told us about an instance she saw on a slow long commute one day. Stuck in a stand still in traffic, she saw a woman get out of her car and proceed to clean and organize her trunk, complete with a bag for trash. When traffic began to creep, she closed the trunk, took her trash bag and got back in the car. This is an amazing example of taking a situation that you can sit and be angry about, or change it around and do something useful. Everyone has the chance to look at situations that they may not enjoy, but need to deal with and seek opportunities to change their part in it or how the situation will affect them.
Big Idea #2: Avoiding Situations
We all need to be aware of situations that are going to effect us negatively and avoid them if we can. This can be people, meetings or relationships that we are not going to be good for us. Being mindful of these situations is important even when we are unable to avoid them. We can analyze why that particular person bothers us. Perhaps they remind us of someone in our past and that is something that we personally need to reflect on and change. These people could have qualities that we just do not enjoy and realize that we cannot change them.
Big Idea #3: Surviving Criticism
Anyone that is producing a new product, art, or inventing new items will face criticism at some point. It is very hard not to take criticism personally and doubt what we've made. Having a support system (such as this class on Facebook!) can help tremendously. We are all amazing, creative women and not everyone will be able to appreciate it, but that does not make it false. If we surround ourselves with other amazing, supporting women, no criticism will ever truly effect us and we will be able to move on and find someone who can appreciate our work.
Other Cool Stuff
The textbook for this class is The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women by Gail McMeekin, which was recently selected by Library Journal one of the top 20 books by a small publisher in 2011-2012.
Also, the beautiful Creativity Courage Cards with photographs and daily prompts at www.creativesuccess.com
Click here to join the private facebook group for this class to discuss the 12 Secrets!
We hope you enjoyed and don't forget to read Chapter 4 for Week 4!
-The en*theos Team