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Blow the Lid Off

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If you are ready to live intentionally, fully, and creatively, then this book will show you how.

Synopsis

Your creativity could be your greatest gift in business and life … but not if you hold it back!

Blow the Lid Off will take you through an awakening journey that will change how you feel about your own creativity. Whether you feel like you’ve lost your creative juice or that you were never creative to begin with, learn how to overcome self-doubt and channel your unique gifts in this highly interactive book.

It’s time to remove your limitations and turn your creativity into success by learning to trust, and then implement, your own creative concepts. No more worrying that your ideas are “crazy” or might be judged “impossible”. Backed by scientific research, Blow the Lid Off enhances your personal (and professional) life by showing you:

-Creativity isn’t limited to the arts – it’s enormously beneficial in science, finance, and all areas of business,
-How to define your comfort zone so you know how to bust through it,
-Ideas to monetize your creativity to ensure a financially secure and emotionally fulfilling future, and
-The pathway back to your innate skills for personal and professional fulfilment.

See how to dismantle the line between you and creativity.

Blow the Lid Off: Reclaim Your Stolen Creativity, Increase Your Income, and Let Your Light Shine! by Robert Belle will light a firecracker under your seat when it comes to creativity. Although there was somewhat excessive use of the exclamation point throughout the book, overall, the text was extremely creatively inspiring. 


The book was divided into two parts, based on the right and left hemispheres of the brain. The first section focused on the process of creativity while the second part gave practical activities you can use to incorporate creativity into your life. Each chapter had a section of takeaway thoughts that encourage you to self-reflect on your own experiences.


Everyone begins their lives as creative beings. Over time, social constraints stifle that creativity, leaving us a hollow shell of discontentment. It’s time to reclaim our creative souls and this book will help you do just that.


My favorite chapter by far was number four, entitled Your Creativity: The Message of Your Itching Creative Gene. Determining your purpose in life isn’t as easy as it sounds. So the section on what things are NOT your mission was enlightening. Then, looking at categories that could be your passion and examining your actions in certain circumstances to determine your mission in life made the process clear.


It’s not enough to understand your mission, you need to live it out loud. In part two, the author breaks down living creatively as a lifestyle, talks about how you can monetize your passions, and discusses the legal aspects protecting your ideas. 


Life isn’t something to be muddled through. Rather it’s meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. Each of us must ask ourselves if we are living intentionally or just going through the motions and if we are then whether that’s really how we want our lives to be. Blow the Lid Off: Reclaim Your Stolen Creativity, Increase Your Income, and Let Your Light Shine! by Robert Belle can help you find the answers to those questions and more. 



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Synopsis

Your creativity could be your greatest gift in business and life … but not if you hold it back!

Blow the Lid Off will take you through an awakening journey that will change how you feel about your own creativity. Whether you feel like you’ve lost your creative juice or that you were never creative to begin with, learn how to overcome self-doubt and channel your unique gifts in this highly interactive book.

It’s time to remove your limitations and turn your creativity into success by learning to trust, and then implement, your own creative concepts. No more worrying that your ideas are “crazy” or might be judged “impossible”. Backed by scientific research, Blow the Lid Off enhances your personal (and professional) life by showing you:

-Creativity isn’t limited to the arts – it’s enormously beneficial in science, finance, and all areas of business,
-How to define your comfort zone so you know how to bust through it,
-Ideas to monetize your creativity to ensure a financially secure and emotionally fulfilling future, and
-The pathway back to your innate skills for personal and professional fulfilment.

See how to dismantle the line between you and creativity.

The Crux of Creativity: The Engine Behind Suppression

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone

else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living

with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the

noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner

voice. And most important, have the courage to follow

your heart and intuition.” – Steve Jobs



Someone stole your creativity. Now is your chance to get it back.


At the perfect moment in a conversation or in a meeting, you held back your creative solution, instead making confessions and statements of regret, either to yourself or to others:


“I’m just not creative.”


“I’m not sure if my idea is very good.”


“I was just thinking the exact same thing.”


“I thought of the same idea before, but I didn’t think it would

work.”


“I was thinking along those lines, but I didn’t want to be asked to explain it to others.”


When someone was requesting help, perhaps you were the only

one who understood their dilemma. It was your moment to offer

a solution, or the idea that would lead to a solution. While others

seemed stuck, you could see the dots connecting. But you were

uncertain, or shy, or doubting yourself.


What if there was a way that your creativity could somehow

transition from ideas to implementation? Or that the fear of your

ideas being judged or considered crazy or impossible could disappear?

Are you ready to take back your gift of creativity and live

your life creatively? Would you like to externalize your imaginative

thoughts? Are you tired of hiding your creative brilliance, or

always giving it away for free?


Creativity needs to be an intentional force in your life.


It needs to be expressed and manifested. Your unique value to

the world will not be complete without the inclusion of your creative

genius. No longer should you allow your creative ideas to

scare you or cause you to retreat to the safety of conformity when

those ideas “pop” into your mind. Of course, your creativity need

not always be expressed in raw form; it can be crafted or refined or

discussed. But be intentional about your creativity.


The Creative Journey

The manifestation of creativity is a liberating journey; it takes

you from a state of conformity and acceptance of the status quo to

a state of uniqueness and intention. This journey can be described

using the transitions below, and these serve as themes or influences

for the chapters in this book.


From: To:

Conformity ..........................................Consciousness

Terrified ..........................................................Terrific

Admonition .............................................Affirmation

Ideas ................................................. Implementation

Ridiculous ....................................................... Reality

Enfeebled ..................................................Empowered

Tentative ...........................................Transformational

Vulnerable ...................................................Victorious

Implementation ...........................Intellectual Property

Yielding ............................................... Being Yourself


Conformity is when you are pushed into areas and places that

aren’t right for you or aren’t the best for you. You accept things

as they are and you accept where you are—perhaps because of

your academic performance on a test, your place of birth, your

background or profession, and so many other factors. But it’s time

to blow the lid off and get to a place of Consciousness where you

are alert, aware of your unique identity, and willing to give your

best to the endless opportunities around you. A place where the

limitations on your creativity and imagination are removed, and

you shift from self-editing to the full exploration and expression

of your creative ideas. A place where you refuse to simply accept

the limitations and barriers in front of you and lead your life creatively.


Terrified is how you may feel when thinking about expressing

your ideas and your creativity, even when you have accepted the

fact that you are creative but even more so when you are yet to

come to that realization. We live in a performance-based society,

and thus the fear of rejection, of failing, or of not being accepted

due to divergent thinking, can lead to isolation. But when you

blow the lid off and let your light shine brightly, you not only

illuminate new possibilities for others, you also enter a new realm

of your life—which is absolutely Terrific.


Admonition may have been the main response your creativity

has received when you have stepped out of the box. Your divergent

thoughts and actions may have been rebuffed because they

didn’t conform to the norm. And this has resulted in you burying

your ideas. You will thus have to create a new environment that

supports your creative endeavors. A place where you can receive

Affirmation for your uniqueness—surrounded by people who

will help you affirm that you are indeed different and special. Your

Affirmation will occur when you let your light shine and allow

others to be guided by your light. And this Affirmation must be

preceded by action, the action of blowing the lid off.


Ideation to Implementation is the journey that you are on.

Ignite the idea!. Light it up! Implement it!


Ridiculous is what conformists will use to describe your imaginative

thoughts and ideas. It may also be your own self-declaration

when you view your life with a conformist lens. But when you

blow the lid off and let your light shine, you shift to a place where

those “ridiculous” ideas become Reality. Not just a reality for you

but for so many others who have been waiting. In the ’50s, the

idea to place a man on the moon was not just ridiculous but absolutely

ridiculous. That idea became reality and ushered in a new

era for mankind.


Enfeebled represents the state of a suppressed creative gene. The

force exerted by the lid has resulted in a lack of brightness and a

lack of distinctness when it comes to your value. This then results

in your creativity being squeezed back into the box of conformity.

You lack the confidence to step out and be truly you. You may

then become selective in applying your creativity, but when you

blow the lid off, you experience Empowerment—the power to

be truly and unapologetically you. You recognize your uniqueness

and live a more fulfilling life, breaking through any stuck points

and insecurities. You gain the courage to take back your hidden

creativity. One thing I do during my training sessions, workshops,

or keynote speeches is to ask participants what they would be doing

instead of their current job if they had that option. As the

participants search within, their facial expressions tell it all.

Some are hard pressed to come up with something because those

ideas are buried, but with guidance they eventually come up with

an idea, a life that absolutely lights them up.


Tentative is a place, or a concept, or a room that is cushioned

with a lack of confidence and spread with sheets of self-doubt.

Creativity, on the other hand, is not just an abstract concept and

it’s not a skill to be learned. Rather, it’s a Transformative force.

Transformation occurs when you blow the lid off. The shifting

of energy fuels the lighting of your lantern. To blow the lid off

requires a big change in your life, a Transformation.


The Vulnerable valley is the place you need to pass through in

order to ascend to the Victorious mountain top. To blow the lid

off is to reveal the fantastic ideas that you previously had no access

to. It requires having confidence in your art, or your idea, or your

offering, confidence that it is valuable and worthy. But the only

way to truly let your light shine is to do so from Victory Mountain.

Victory Mountain represents the ascent from self-doubt and

self-editing to self-expression. It’s the conquering of fear and the

crushing of the irritating imposter syndrome; it’s the summit of

revelation and acceptance. So don’t stay in the vulnerable valley;

get up, move, step, run, silence the noise of the imposter syndrome

fly and blow the lid off!


Implementation to Intellectual Property is what the creative

journey entails. It’s an asset that is yours, that you share with the

world. That is how you let your light shine! It’s your light, but

many others will benefit from your light. Protect your light but

never cover it up.


Finally, you will move away from Yielding to the pressure of the

lid. From Yielding to the limitations and constraints on your creativity

and your imagination. From allowing others to take away

your creativity. Once you blow the lid off, you give yourself permission

to simply be You unapologetically—to be Yourself and

love Yourself!


You will not be defined by your profession, or aptitude, or test

results, or executive position. You will be Yourself!

I don’t define myself by my skills, or my profession, or my education,

or my position.


Personally, I like to define myself by my

three key pillars that I affectionately call CAP:

Champion for Creativity

Ambassador for Wellness

Pursuer of Excellence


The support for harnessing and unlocking creativity is growing,

but it requires the inclusion of more participants and more advocates.

The message is that creativity is not an abstract concept but

an integral and critical part of life.

Creativity is not a luxury in our lives; it is a necessity.

About the author

Robert A. Belle is a transformational speaker, mentor and ACCA Qualified Accountant. He is dedicated to helping people who feel stuck in their life journey to break away from the “norm” and find new paths that reveal their true value. Dismantling and reconstructing the creative line to a circle. view profile

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