Practice what you teach

by Starla J. King on October 23, 2012

“In order to be great coaches, we have to create great music and be current artists.”  ~ Christina Aguilera

One of the greatest challenges of my creative life is to actually take time to … well… CREATE.

I support my creativity coaching and writing coaching clients in doing their own consistent creative work.

I encourage them to prioritize their creating time and protect it fiercely.

I share their joy, grinning from deep down as I receive their regular “I wrote last night, Coach!” email report-outs.

Yet I only wrote — for my own work — once last week.


So I emailed my coach, told her it was time for me to get consistent with my writing again.  And sent her my book plan.  With due dates (aiiieeeee!).

And this morning I’m writing.  Because I said I would.

And because Christina Aguilera said I have to.   Ok, not really, but… kinda, yes, actually:

  “In order to be great coaches… we need to be current artists.”


Your art (and I’m using the broadest possible definition of that word) … are you DOING it?


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

rebecca @ altared spaces November 14, 2012 at 10:02 am

The muse visits more often when she’s invited.

My invitation looks like this: keys on the keyboard.

It used to look like this: pen in the journal.

Either way…she recognizes the invitation. She’s aware how often I’m showing up to do my part.


Starla J. King November 21, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Rebecca, thanks for making the invitation concept so clear, and for the example of what your invitation looks like (see that, readers??). My invitation changes between keys on keyboard and pen in the journal, and sometimes the muse waits til I switch to the other to decide to accept my invitation. She tends to know best.


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