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Guest post by licensed Right-Brain Business Plan® Facilitator Amy Egenberger

What have you noticed about the rhythm of your own creative energy? As creative entrepreneurs, we seem to have lots of choice about when we do what.

So, how do we learn best to honor cycles and timing of our creative efforts?

Unfortunately, there is no unique calendar or timepiece you can buy to tell you exactly when to act, when to move, when to rest and when to be still. And frankly, as creative folks, we might object to such a regimented schedule. We prefer to go with the flow and see what happens, right?

Right. We like to trust our own pacing. And yet, we can benefit from expanding our sense for right-timing, even if it seems less than convenient.

This is the challenge of a creative entrepreneur. In charge of her own schedule for the most part, many days are designed, planned or happen with many possibilities available. “How will I spend my time?” is a constant question that recognizes the only-so-many-hours-in-a-day reality. It’s a challenge. But what if we switch up the question?

If we ask, “What is it time for now?,” how might your day unfold differently? This question itself opens up more ways to be present and honor your creative cycles and timing.

In addition to allowing intuition to respond to what is needed in any given moment, I’m learning to notice other cycles, big and small scale, that also play a role. Seasons, astrological patterns, school calendars and such can all seem way too much to calculate, let alone coordinate. I agree. And yet, paying attention to what all is happening can help inform your choices. When to offer a class, when to launch your new website, when to send out your newsletter… these are all questions of timing that you want to schedule for best results.

Cycles help us plan, anticipate rhythms and find the sweet spot for our energy. Work steadily when you are able, rest when you need to. Sometimes we learn that best from what doesn’t work because, really, we can’t get right-timing right every single time. We can, however, get better at it.

What cycles do you want to better synchronize with so that you experience the vitality of the creative flow even more? Sometimes we need to let go and slow down. Sometimes we need to speed up. Take a moment to write down what cycles you are aware of that impact your business, your energy. Seasonal trends, purchasing patterns, or cycles of personal energy levels, for example, may come into play. What annual, monthly, weekly or daily patterns matter to your creative work?

Here are a few pointers for honoring your creative rhythms:
1. Ask, “What is it time for now?”
2. Keep your mind, heart and body tuned to guide you.
3. Learn from what works and what doesn’t, and embrace the mystery of it all.
4. Listen to your own best wisdom.

It’s time for something in your creative journey. What is it?

Making way for creative action, Amy Egenberger, MEd., CPCC, is proud to be a Licensed Facilitator of the Right Brain Business Plan®. She is a seasoned educator, life coach, artist and founder of Spirit Out! Coaching. Amy helps people find the courage and clarity to get moving on their creative path. A book, a business, a project, a change… your creative spirit gets out! Amy is one of our licensed Right-Brain Business Plan® Facilitators.

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