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What is Hustle Dancing?

Hustle Dancing is not the same as the “The Hustle” line Dance Move. To set things straight, here’s a list of some quick facts to help you understand, if you’re still not sure, what Hustle Dancing really is.

1. Hustle Dance Move

“The Hustle” first originated in the late 1960’s disco clubs. It was mostly danced by ladies as a line dance, but the guys caught up quickly too. Hustle became a fast paced couple disco dance with various Latin flavours.

How they did it on Saturday Night Fever…

2. Latin, Swing, and Disco

Hustle Dance became popular very quickly all over the US and Latin America. Besides Latin and Swing being incorporated to a Disco beat, dancers at different parts of the country added their own flavors to it. Because of this, the dance went known by a number of names such as; Latin Hustle, Rope Hustle, Street Hustle and so on.

3. Rope Hustle?

The name rope hustle comes from a widespread move which was the basis of this flavor of Hustle. The dancers connect and move their arms in a smooth way, giving the effect that they are connected to each other with a rope.

Kenzie and Hara: Hustle-Town Dancers…

4. The predecessors from the 50’s

Besides the mainstream belief that Hustle was born in the late 60’s, this fusion based dance has its predecessors that were way beyond their time. In the 50’s, there was a very popular dance couple; Augie and Margo, who were the first to add different moves and flavors into Mambo, such as slides, spins, and adagio.

Augie and Margo dance and interview…

5. Hustle the where and the when

It is believed that the birthplace of Hustle is Florida and that the creators are Cuban dancers, since 1968. It’s also divided into region based flavors; N.Y. Hustle, which is fast paced and L.A. Hustle which is a bit slower. The NY Hustle dancers were the ones that paved the way to the dance and entertainment mainstream.

Kenzie J. Illnest and Hustle-Town…

Fitness Models Who were Overweight

When it comes to Fitness Modeling which is often confused as body building, two things are certain; you have to commit to a lifetime of eating clean and exercising on a regular basis. For many, this can be a tough challenge. But, some of the most amazing transformation fitness models have shown us that this challenge can be a wonderful journey, full of fun and positive changes.

We’ve selected 5 of the most inspiring fitness models, whose transformational journey has motivated many people to make great changes in their bodies and lifestyles.

Jennifer Nicole Lee – Fitness Models Story

A Fitness model and trainer, motivational speaker, and author, Jennifer Nicole Lee struggled with weight for a large part of her life. After giving birth to two kids and reaching 200 pounds, she brought a final decision; to change her body and her life for good. She lost 80 pounds, became a fitness diva, won the first-ever Miss Muscle and Fitness title, and claimed a number of other awards in the fitness industry! Today, she is one of the most sought after celebrity fitness trainers, with her own online fitness studio, fitness books and programs such as “JNLFusion”, fitness models coaching production and a fitness apparel label.

 

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Fotografiju objavljuje Jennifer Nicole Lee (@jennifernicolelee)

Cynthia Gonzales

Cynthia Gonzales is a Body Transformation Specialist, an NPC Bikini Fitness Model, and Fitness Life Coach. Although she was an athlete all her life, somewhere along the line she lost herself and her dedication to what she loved most. After losing her job and becoming a single mom, she took on a Fitness Model competition and totally transformed her body.

 

Keoni Hudoba – Fitness Journey

A guy whose fitness transformation amazed us the most. Keoni Hudoba was an overweight opera singer, with 300+ pounds, who made the decision to change his life for good. Within 3 years he shed the weight, defined the muscle and became a fitness trainer himself. He is the creator of the Cyc Fitness program.

 

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Fotografiju objavljuje KEONI HUDOBA (@keonihudoba)

Kristi Youngdahl

Another inspirational story we love is the one of personal trainer Kristi Youngdahl from Inspired Fitness. Besides battling with obesity, Kristi claimed victory over depression too. She changed her life and the life of her family as well, by bringing in new lifestyle habits into their lives. Kristi says that she reached her goals not by looking at the numbers on the scale, but by looking at her health and happiness. Today, this is the way she helps her clients achieve whole-life transformation, to learn self-respect, self-love, gratitude, and positivity.

 

Stumbled upon a competition photo… Makes me want to jump back on the stage. So fun!

Fotografiju objavljuje Kristi Youngdahl (@kyoungdahl)

Paula Hannah

A true inspiration to all women approaching their fifties. From an obese, unsatisfied, binge eating addict, Paula became an inspiring transformation icon and bodybuilder. Paula’s decision to start a healthy life started as a New Year’s resolution. It turned into a complete change of life when she decided to become a figure competitor.

 

Should you Give Multivitamins to your Kids?

I think you will agree with me when I say, we all know how difficult it is to get children to eat properly. Guaranteed it will always be the vegetables left on the plate.

As kids’ taste buds start to become accustomed to what they do and don’t like, meal times turn into a culinary guessing game.

What your little one will decide to eat today?

It is every parent’s worst nightmare making sure they get the correct nutrition in their child’s diet for the best possible start in life.

And then along came the multivitamin, the population’s most common dietary supplement.  Of course it comes in a junior version.

That’s right, supplement companies are now making multivitamins designed for kids.

But should you give multivitamins to your kids?

Reasons to Give Your Child a Multivitamin

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In an ideal world you would have all the time and money needed to prepare wholesome meals everyday and your little one would eat everything you put in front of them

We all know this doesn’t happen very often.  Our busy modern lives just don’t allow us the time we really would like.

Multivitamins offer a convenient way to fill in the nutritional gaps by covering a wide spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals making sure your child’s body can function and grow properly.

Here is a quick rundown of what some can do for your child:

  • Vitamin A: Geared for growth and developing healthy bones, teeth, skin and eye.
  • B Vitamins: Good for energy, healthy blood circulation and promoting the nervous system.
  • Vitamin C: Keeps the immune system working (keeping bugs at bay), muscles and skin healthy.
  • Vitamin D: Helps with the absorption of calcium which is beneficial for healthy bones and teeth formation.
  • Calcium: The strong bone builder
  • Iron: Aids in building muscles and healthy red blood cells

Some Children Need an Extra Helping Hand

 

Slow Developers

If your child isn’t growing quite as quickly or developing as fast as your doctor would like, he may advise a multivitamin supplement to boost those levels.

Medical Conditions

Some children that have been diagnosed with a chronic illness or certain food allergies may need some help with additional nutrients to give their health a helping hand

One study proved that a vitamin/mineral supplement is a reasonable adjunct therapy to provide children with autism. (source)

Dietary Requirements

If your dietary preferences have a limited source of food groups, like for example if you are vegetarian or vegan, a supplement should be

advisory for your child to fill in the gaps.

Maybe your child is a picky eater and you just can’t get them to eat all the different food groups, or they will only eat the “wrong” things.

Therefore until you can coax them out of this phase, a multivitamin shouldn’t do any harm.

Reasons Not To Go For a Multivitamin

 

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Lack of Healthy Eating Education

Supplements don’t encourage a well-balanced healthy eating plan. For example, just because you give your child a multivitamin, don’t for one moment think it’s ok to feed your child peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day.

It may be the only thing you can get your child to eat at mealtimes, but it isn’t going to teach them how to eat properly and you will only make it harder for yourself in the long run.

All Vitamins are Different

Not all multivitamin supplements are the same, and the FDA doesn’t regulate them in the same way as other kinds of drugs.

It’s Just Not Necessary

Studies suggest that most children and infants can achieve the recommended levels through their diet alone and therefore a supplement is not necessary in healthy children (source)

Many foods like cereal, milk and orange juice now include fortified vitamins and minerals in them to help children get their nutrients without taking a supplement.

Too Much can be Toxic

Certain vitamins can be bad for you if you exceed the recommended daily intakes.

Vitamins A, D, E, K and iron could all have quite serious side effects for a child such as nausea, vomiting and headaches. Too much iron could be quite dangerous if taken in too larger doses and iron overdose is one of the leading causes of death in children under the age of 6.

As kids multivitamins are designed to look and taste like candy, extra care should be taken to make sure they are kept away from the reach of little hands.

Final Thoughts

 

I think if your doctor advises you to get some multivitamins for your child then there is obviously a medical reason your child will benefit from a supplement.

But to be honest, other than this reason, I believe your child should be able to get all the recommended nutrients through a well balanced diet.

It may mean a little more perseverance from mom and dad, but nutrients are absorbed more effectively through real whole foods which should prove there is nothing quite like the real thing.

How to Strut Your Stuff in High Heels and Stay Kind to Your Feet

A woman naturally feels more sexy, seductive and self-confident when she’s able to move confidently in high heels. These ladies’ best friends are great confidence boosters.

Give a women the right pair of shoes... MM

But, not knowing how to walk in high heels properly will make you look like a donkey trying to be a gazelle (whatever that looks like).

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Nevertheless, a lady who hasn’t tuned up her walk in stilettos will look anything but gracious. Not to mention the pain and issues these girls can cause you if you don’t learn to use with care, and to pamper your tootsies after an extended period of wearing them.

High Heels Pleasure and Pain

Boston Mobile Dance Studio is starting an awesome new movement class where you can learn all that and more. You’re welcome to join Movement Coach Melisa Valdez for Movement in Heels, where she’ll teach you the do’s and the don’ts of movement in heels and the art of seductive movement and dance in high heels. So if you’ve been wanting to improve your “sexy” in stilettos, don’t miss these classes!

If however, you don’t have time to join Melisa’s class, or perhaps you’d prefer to prepare a bit before joining the classes; here are some useful tips and tricks for walking in high heels and taking care of your feet and legs.

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The DO’s of Walking in High Heels

  • Always walk heel to toe, leaning onto the balls of your feet.
  • Make small steps.
  • Go one foot in front of the other, follow a straight line.
  • Maintain a good posture; strong core, back straight, chest open, belly in.
  • Up the stairs, rely on the balls of your feet. Otherwise, your heels could make you roll backward down the stairs like a bowling ball down the aisle. 
  • Down the stairs, ensure stability by relying on the whole foot.
  • Make sure your shoes are the right size, think the size of the bigger foot (if you have one, like many of us do), and the length of your longest toe.
  • Avoid extended periods of time in high heels, few hours is enough, always have a pair of flats around
  • Practice, practice, practice!

The Don’ts of Wearing Heels

  • DO NOT wear high heels if you don’t know how to walk in them properly!
  • Avoid pointy toe shoes because they squeeze your toes. These can cause long-term damage and severe pain.
  • Never squeeze your feet into shoes which are too tight for you.
  • Don’t buy new shoes in the morning or late afternoon, because your feet are either too fresh or too swollen. Best time is mid-day when you’re somewhere in between.
  • Don’t buy unstable shoes, you can check this by knocking them on the back and seeing if they rock side to side. See this great video by Chyna Whyne from Walking in Stilettos.
  • Do not walk toe to heel.
  • Don’t stomp on your heels.
  • Avoid making that noisy clump with your heels, which announces your arrival a mile off!
  • Don’t wear high heels all day every day. Not only will you suffer from severe long-term damage on your feet, but your back will suffer too!
  • Don’t take off your heels when you’re away from home (unless you have to). You might find your feet have swollen up and you’ll have trouble putting them back on.

Pampering your tootsies

  • Stretch your feet and legs on a regular basis. Focus some stretching exercises especially on your toes, Achilles tendons, and calves.
  • Massage your feet and calves. You can use a glass bottle, a ball or a dough rolling pin.
  • Soak, moisturize and let them breathe.
  • Put your feet up!
  • Use soft silicone soles and cushions.
  • Try other handy remedies for blisters and pain.
  • Exercise your legs and your core so your body is strong enough to properly walk, move, dance and strut your stuff in high heels.

Learn the art of seductive movement and dance in high heels with Melisa Valdez…

Movement in Heels with Melisa

QUIZ YOURSELF: Do you have the Heart of a Dancer

Are you a dancer at heart or not?

 
Or are you more of an artsy type who loves to explore creativity and arts?
 
Or…
 
Are you still searching for your true inner self?
 
Take this fun assessment quiz, which will show you what your tendencies say about you as a dancer or none dancer…
 
Fun and useful, this assessment can help you decide your next moves on your creative journey of life.
 
Enjoy, and share with your friends!
 

Locking 101: Infographic

|INFOGRAPHIC| Locking 101, the art and history

As a follow up to the second part of our Locking 101 Series, here’s an infographic with a digest of the History of Locking. Facts only!Locking 101 Infographic

Did you enjoy the infographic on Locking? Share it with your friends or tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Thursdays Hip Hop Class with Carl Alleyne

Here comes a regular Hip Hop Class with Carl Alleyne.

The Hip Hop Class will be held every Thursday, 7 pm to 8 pm.

Updated – Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016: Thursday Hip Hop  Classes are usually at 550 Mass Ave, however for the month of August we are at Self Expression Center.

Register online by clicking the link below.

Register for Hip Hop Class

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10 Traits of a Creative Leader

The traits of a creative leader are often defined in many variations, but they all boil down to the same basic concepts. I’ve researched these basic concepts, looked at the facts I’ve learned from my experience in working with a creative leader such as Carl Alleyne from Boston Mobile Dance Studio and I’ve rounded it up into an easy to follow list with simple descriptions.

Some will argue that creative people are often rebellious, over ambitious and with roller coaster like minds. Which in many cases is true. Yeah, I’m one of those crazy creatives myself. But looking at the big picture, creative leadership has shown its self to be much more effective in the modern work environment.

Once a creative leader has established his own cultural working system and environment, the things that are born out of it are always innovative and inspirational.

A creative leader is a visionary

The visionary is always ready to go against the mainstream, against the common and traditional and against the “ordinary”.

The visionary #CeativeLeader is always ready to go against the mainstream… @BMDanceStudio Tweet this

1.   Risk taking

Creative leaders have the courage to take risks. They don’t conform to the accustomed ways of doing things. They’re always ready to try new and innovative things even if someone tells them that they might be going about it the wrong way.

For creative leaders, there is no wrong way until proven so. This doesn’t mean that they don’t consider financial loss, it’s not that they’ll be going head first and risking money losses just for the sake of it.Creative Leader - Risk Taking

2.   Unusual and sometimes crazy ideas

A creative is always trying to come up with lots of new ideas. They are natural born dreamers with a vivid imagination, so experimenting and innovation is like a game to them.

It’s not uncommon for a creative leader to come up with an idea which initially sounds a bit silly, but in the end proves to be totally ingenious.

Creative Leader - Ideas

3.   Spontaneity

Creative leaders are spontaneous, they are what they are. No pretending, no masks and no barriers. A creative leader has mastered the pros and cons of creative leadership (well, most of the time) so they’re not afraid to be who they are or to show their weaknesses. They don’t feel the need to always be right.

Spontaneity is one of the things they nurture within their teams as well. They’re spontaneous and they expect their team members to be so too.

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4.   Learns from mistakes

A creative leader has reached a better level of self-awareness and learned that “mistakes” are there to teach us something. They do not avoid mistakes for the sake of not making mistakes and they’re not afraid to make them either.creative leader - mistakes

5.   Open to critique

Creative leaders are willing to accept negative feedback and critique. They’re always interested in the team members’ opinions and feedback, even if it is negative.

They’re also usually willing to try other solutions suggested by their team-mates if the solution sounds original and innovative.

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6.   Interactive communication

Rather than instructing and designating, creative leaders prefer to brainstorm and make decisions within the team. When required, they make decisions themselves; but in most cases, they prefer including team members into the process.creative leader - communication

7.   Passion and sensitivity

Creatives are passionate about their ideas and visions. Sometimes to the point that they can even get obsessed in a way. But in most cases, this is a good thing. Often it’s hard to persuade them that an idea actually sucks, but once they realize it themselves they’ll move on to the next awesome thing.creative leader - passion

8.   Always experimenting

All creative people like to experiment, they hate common routine and refuse to accept that it is “impossible to do something”. They’re strongly rooted in the belief that if you really want something, if you really believe in it, then you can do it. You’ll never hear a creative leader say “we do things by the book”. Because they NEVER do things by the book.

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9.   Inspirational

A creative leader is a visionary, as I already said at the beginning of the post. So they’re always inspired and they have this ongoing rooted need to inspire others as well. They inspire others with their opinions, beliefs, and ideas which move and motivate them.creative leader - inspiration

10.    Not concerned with being right

Most creative leaders don’t really care about who’s wrong or who’s right. Their approach is more hands-on, “let’s do it and see”. If you tell them that they’re wrong in doing something, they’ll hear you out, but they’ll still try and see what happens.creative leader - being wrong

A final word on creative leadership

Creative leadership is a skill that can be learned. Some people are born with more potential and ability to become creative leaders, but this doesn’t mean that if you’re not born with it, you can’t become it.

I hope you’ve found this stuff useful, if there’s something you don’t agree with or if you’d like to add something, please feel free to post in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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Infographic: Motivate yourself in 10 minutes

It’s not always so easy to motivate yourself. We all have moments of bad motivation, it’s natural. Especially if you have many goals and responsibilities.

Without motivation, you’re stuck in status quo and far away from your wishes and goals.  But don’t worry, there’s always a way to get motivated and rise from the ashes.

Get motivated in no time!

That’s why we’ve decided to make this infographic on how to motivate yourself in 10 minutes.

Here’s a visual representation that will guide you and help you get motivated in no time. Consider it our gift to you. Because we know how motivation is important if you want to get where you want to be!

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Infographic: Motivate yourself in 10 minutes

The 25 things that could be killing your creativity

In a world where we’re often forced to conform to the ideas and ideals of higher authorities around us, we can easily become subject to applying routine habits into the creative processes of work and life. Healthy routines and good habits are okay, but overdoing them is not. In fact, being overly focused on your routine could be killing your creativity.

Being creative allows you to be who you are, to feel freedom from within. It is the main ingredient of long term success. We’ve seen so many examples of successful people and their creative minds. Every human being is creative, it’s just the matter of how someone uses their creativity. Creativity is crucial in many aspects of our lives, especially for problem solving. Read our article “The geniuses’ guide to improving creative problem solving skills” to find out how you too can boost your creativity.

1.     Rigid control

It’s healthy to look for control and order in your life and if it’s necessary for reaching a higher goal it’s great. But becoming obsessed with having everything ordered perfectly and stressing over it, will waste your time and energy, and your creative mind will completely shut down.

I once had a friend that always demanded that everything we planned together would be the way he thought was the best. If an outing or an event wasn’t going the way he had in mind he would get really negative and demotivated. Don’t do this to yourself!

2.     Total chaos

Just as too much control is bad, chaos is too. It’s great when you have lots of stuff going on and you’re able to juggle everything for your best results. But taking up too many projects and goals at the same time and not knowing your priorities will throw you of the rails in no time. So once again, you won’t have enough energy to feed your creative mind with.

3.     Interruptions could be killing your creativity seriously

Do you get constant interruptions at work? People sending you messages, asking you questions, shooting you FYI’s etc. Yes, we’re all for team work and collaboration here at Boston Mobile Dance Studio. But if you’re focusing on work that requires your creativity to be fully awake, learn to ignore interruptions. Who says you have to reply to questions and messages right away? And if you’re not able to ignore or not hear chit chat and other noises, get some headphones and some nice tunes to listen to, that will boost your creativity even more.

4.     Insufficient resources

Now here’s another tricky one. Having less than you think you need is good for developing your creativity and some of the most amazing ideas can come out of that. But not having enough resources can get demotivating, and demotivation is a serious creativity killer.

5.     Forgetting your long term visions

I have to admit it, but I’m often a victim of this one too. I tend to overly focus on my short term goals in my career, that I forget my life visions. Luckily, it doesn’t take me long to realize I’m doing this because meditation helps me stay in touch with my inner creativity.

6.     Stress and pressure

Just like chaos, taking up too much work and too many responsibilities can create the feeling of pressure and stress. Of course, stress isn’t outside of us, it’s our inner reaction to certain things, people and situations. Psychologist Teresa Amabile PhD has found through her research and studies, that time pressure is deadly for creativity at work. Because rushing to finish a task uses up the mental resources prohibiting new ideas.

It’s a part of human nature to react under stressful situations, but changing the way you look at things and avoiding the things that bring you out of alignment with your inner being will have a huge positive effect on your creativity.

7.     Avoiding challenges

If you’re constantly looking for safe and secure ways of doing things, not only are you killing your creativity, but you’re also limiting your full potential. Your brain isn’t able to develop and you are imposing false limits onto yourself. If you’re often avoiding challenges, you’re disabling your personal and professional growth and development. You’ve probably heard this many times already. But getting out of the comfort zone, where you feel secure in your routine ways of doing things, is crucial for success.

8.     Not taking risks

Just like the prior, not taking risks is also a creativity serial killer. Extraordinary ideas that seem impossible might come to you often, but are you aware that you are suffocating your creativity and your inner being by not taking risks and not incarnating your amazing ideas that you could be living today? The best of the best have taken risks, and they’ve failed often. Failure is an inevitable part of success. And you know what they say; those who haven’t taken risks, haven’t lived.

9.     Not developing new knowledge and skills

I love the way Matt Horwitz puts it in one of his videos, “The worst mindset people have”. If you’re one of these people who often say “I’d do (something), but I don’t know how to…” This is a WAKEUP call! There isn’t anything in this world that you can’t learn if you really want to reach a certain goal in life. Look at Nick Vujicic, an amazing guy who never paid attention to physical limitations and found a way to learn everything he wanted to learn in life.

10. Being surrounded by negative people and things

Whether you believe it or not, our world exists of energy. Energy is around us and within us.  People who are under the effects of negative thought and emotion, vibrate on low frequencies. And if you’re not a highly conscious and mindful person, it’s easy to submit to these negative vibrations. If you are forced to work or collaborate with a negative person, try to look at their negativity from a higher perspective. They are probably unaware of their negativity, but all you can do is learn to see the bigger picture. To put it simply; their negativity, even if it’s directed at you, is only their problem and not yours. Take some deep breaths and affirm to yourself; this has nothing to do with me. But do keep in mind that negative behavioural patterns amongst team mates can also be the result of disagreements and confrontation. So make sure you talk things through and stay honest in your intentions.

11. Lack of sleep

Not getting enough sleep causes your body and mind to slow down. Your brain gets tired and confused and isn’t able to process information adequately. Sleep is to mind what food is to the body. So not sleeping enough, you’re sure to be killing your creativity. A human being needs 6 hours of sleep per 24 hours. Anything less, expect a burn out coming your way. And if you don’t burn out, then you’re probably an advanced human being.

12. Avoiding collaboration

It’s okay to be an introvert, but it’s not okay to close in on yourself. If you fail to collaborate with other people, you can’t keep an open mind to new ideas. You might be very creative already, but avoiding collaboration is destined to killing your creativity. Open up to other people, even if it’s a demanding move for you. You’ll be amazed how many new ideas you’ll be able to come up with together with your friends and colleagues.

13. Letting negative thought and emotions take over

Letting negativity take the best of you is not only killing your creativity, but all your other abilities and potentials too. Learn to snap out of it!

14. Dark spaces

Working in spaces with poor lighting isn’t just bad for your eyes. It’s depressing and demotivating too. And how can you be creative if your mood is down? Let the light shine in!

15. Fear

Fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of being cast out and the list goes on. It’s a known fact that fear paralyzes. The next time you see fear sneaking up on you, ask yourself; is it realistic or is it just in your head? So what if you fail, so what if you get criticised. At least you’ll learn something and you’ll grow.

16. Conforming to other people’s homogeneous ideas

People might be shocked by your ideas, they might often disagree because your ideas don’t fit in to their accustomed ways. But that doesn’t mean your ideas are bad. If you hear people at work say “we do things by the book here”, and you’re finding that hard to accept, It’s time for a job change. Otherwise you will kill your creativity.

17. Apathy

Acting upon old conservative habits and behavioural patterns that have killed your motivation and will power already in the past, is a sure path to kill your creativity. The creative journey demands changes.

18. Narrow mindedness

This one is the worst of the worst. Not keeping your mind open to explore new wild ideas is deadly for creativity. Open your mind and look at things from a higher and wider perspective. A bird’s eye view is spectacular!

19. Pessimism

If you are continuously doubting everything you do and everything everyone else does, you’re not leaving any room for creativity and positive outcomes. Pessimists always have negative expectations in life, because they believe that it is not them creating and controlling their own lives. This way, they attract situations that confirm their negative beliefs even more. If you have a tendency of being pessimistic, it’s time to change that bad habit. Start approaching life with more positivity and optimism and you will see that your creativity will flourish too.

20. Discouragement

It’s easy to get discouraged by others’ comments if you lack self – confidence. Especially if it’s someone close discouraging you. Next time someone starts shooting negative discouraging comments and opinions at you, stop them. Even if it means being rude.

21. Information overload

Information overload aka Analysis Paralysis. Information is important, especially if you’re solving a problem. But creative work needs room to roam. You have to know when to stop thinking and gathering information, and start acting. Stop killing your creativity with irrelevant information.

22. Following only expert advice

Expert advice is important. But if you believe in your idea, then just go for it. If you fail, you’ll learn something. If you succeed, your confidence will grow and more amazing ideas will come.

23. False limits

Imposing self-limits are FALSE. Even physical limitation won’t stop an individual who is convinced in their ideas and goals. Don’t let your creativity be limited by yours or anyone’s limited belief systems.

24. Creating and evaluating

You can’t create and evaluate at the same time. Focusing on creating first will generate more ideas and creativity. Evaluating later will give you space to see what can be done better. This is extremely important in any line of work. For example, if I start writing a piece of content and going back and forth to evaluate and edit, I’m losing time and not being productive and my creativity is reduced. Whereas if I just write, write and write; my creativity juices are flowing without limits.

25. Lack of confidence

Lack of confidence is the main culprit of fear and discouragement. Believe in yourself and believe in your ideas. Know that creativity does not require perfection, it just needs to fly.

And there you have it. I hope this has been helpful for your creative journey and that it has helped you notice some things that may be holding you back and killing you creativity. Share your experiences with us, we’d love to hear them!

Move Creatively!