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Week 2 : Desire Contract

Hard No's, and How to support you sections:
Hard No's, and how to support you concepts:

Hard No's:

  Hard No’s are boundaries – they’re your communication of what you simply will not do under any circumstances as you head out on your journey of desire and creativity. Once you have clearly discerned a hard no in yourself, you may be surprised to find that you don’t even need to use it. Simply by claiming it, you set a strong boundary that others can feel and do not cross.

  Example; I will not work with any companies that exploit artists.

How to support you:

  The final piece of your proposal is to lay out your “user’s guide”. That’s right, the instruction manual to you. Consider the 5 most difficult to navigate behaviors in yourself, then let others in on how to navigate them. Yes, you are giving up your game. But, it’s worth it. These are behaviors that you may start to notice as you work on your project and that may help your friends, family, and fellow artists support you.

  Example; Whenever I start to panic and complain that I don't know what to do next, or that I want to quit on a project; ask me what the original inspiration for the project was, and then ask me if I've done my fear inventory about it.

Project Exercise:
Try this exercise with EACH project...

  This exercise is particularly effective if done with each different project you are looking to undertake. It might seem like quite a lot to do at first, and it gets easier to do as time goes by and your experience grows. 

  The key is to initially be willing to fully FEEL the seed/concept of the project; what inspired you, what caught your attention. Then willingness to feel it on the level of sensation means that it will be easier to revisit later. 

  This is especially helpful when hitting blocks, boredom, and/or confusion about what direction a project should take. This becomes the guiding star for which decisions to make.

  This is how you can decide how to manage budget, medium, and expanse of a project. Those restrictions can thus become challenges to overcome, rather than restrictions that derail your creativity and grind everything to a halt. 


Pick a project: Something that inspires you emotionally

Something that moves your feelings!


FEEL the transmission: What sensations do you experience when thinking about the concept?


Write it down.

Anchor the felt experience down on the page.


Distill the name/concept of the project down to one sentence that captures the transmission. 


List the little 'd' desires; the steps that will get you to a finished project. Define as many as you can. 


Calendar the steps; make an honest assessment re when each step happens in the timeline. 


Continuously do your practices so you can stay on track and revisiting the FELT sense of the project. 

Try this

Record yourself feeling and talking  about your project. How it makes you feel, and what emotions you want your audience to experience.

Then you can revisit to remind yourself of the seed of the project

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