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Why You Need To Take Time For Yourself

Work You Love has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which include creative, strategic and experiential coaching. This article is part of an introductory series on creative growth. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Lately, I have had a lot of conversations with people that are in transition. These are people who are either looking to transition from their current full time role into a new job or create a new business. They are people who have been laid off by huge companies and trying to reinvent themselves in their career. Maybe you can relate.

What’s interesting about the people I have met is that many of them are working in their current position beyond the traditional 9 to 5 schedule. Nowadays, it is the expectation among employers that we will be there on our nights and weekends, ready and on call for any little problem that arises. The people I have met who have recently been laid off are working around the clock trying to find a new way to make ends meet.

Every day, we fall into the cycle of overworking ourselves in positions or situations that we never even wanted to begin with. How do we find the time to get out of the job we accepted just because we needed to escape the financial hole we were in? How do we break the pattern of working all the time so that we can build the career we truly want for ourselves?

The obvious answer I hear a lot is time management, however, I think there is more to the story. I think a lot of people out there really do know how to manage their time. I think that if all you needed to do was create more time in your day, you could. What stops so many of us from creating the time we need to create the career we want is the underlying fear that we are being selfish. We can be so afraid that spending that time on ourselves is selfish when we have families and day jobs that need our attention. How do you make that time commitment to transitioning to a more fulfilling career without feeling frivolous or selfish?

One of the main things that I recommend to people who are trying to make a pivot in their career, while they allocate a lot of time to their current role, is to think about the value that you bring to the table and to think about the importance of this career transition in your life. Think: If you do not make this career change, what will happen and how will you feel? If you do make this change, how will you feel then? What does this career change mean to you?

I met a woman recently who was so in love with the work she does that she wants to work in her position at her organization for the rest of her life. Her career is focused on a spiritually driven purpose that she discovered within herself. Imagine how devastated she would feel had she not taken the time for herself to find it. It is important not only to think about the value you can give to society when your work truly aligns with your purpose, but also to think about the consequences of not making that move forward. When you are in touch with your value and the potential you have, you reinvigorate a sense of motivation.

Remembering your value helps you realize why you as a human being on this planet are worthy of taking even just ten minutes a day for your goals. Create some time for your job search or your business each day – whether it is ten minutes or an hour. The value you will see in yourself will grow. The more value you place on yourself , the more you will feel worthy of using that extra time for your future. That way, if anyone tries to call you out on taking a little time for yourself, you can confidently look the in the eye and say, “It’s only a few minutes and I am doing the world a favor by pursuing my calling and helping others with my heart centered action.” The talents you have to share with the world are valuable to everyone, so use them wisely.

If you struggle with seeing the value in taking time for yourself, you can sign up for a complimentary clarity session with me HERE. Together, we will discuss where you’re at, where you’re going, and what’s getting in the way. We will create a clear plan for you to find the work you love so that you can have time to invest yourself!

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Stop Searching For Your One True Calling

Work You Love has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which include creative, strategic and experiential coaching. This article is part of an introductory series on creative growth. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

I often see people put an overwhelming amount of pressure on themselves, struggling to answer one question: What is my one true calling? All the time, I talk with people who feel so lost in the confusion around finding that one perfect job or business idea that is going to finally make them happy and excited each day. We all have had that internal conversation with ourselves growing up about whether we should be an accountant or a fireman or any other job you can think of. Yet, as I was talking to my partner about a client, we got on the subject of soulmates and that’s when it hit me. So many of us have got this “finding your calling” thing all wrong. Finding your one true calling, just like finding your one true soulmate, is not how real life works.

We seem to have these beliefs that there’s this one true position or job out there for us to find in order to feel satisfied. There’s one true person for us to fall in love with. We all have that urge inside of us to seek out the fairytale ending where you find “the one”.  The story ends happily ever after. However, I am a firm believer that we don’t just have one soulmate forever or one perfect job forever. I believe that you will find that you have a different soulmate or soul-career for different parts of your life.

In the span of your love life, you may have had your high school sweetheart and whirlwind college romance. In your professional life, you might have had your high school babysitting job, first college internship, and the entry-level position right after graduating. All of the different jobs you have had help you learn more about yourself, why you are on this planet, and about your past relationships. I am not a relationship expert, so I won’t give out any advice on your love life. However, when it comes to your professional life, your task is not to find your one true calling for your life. Your only task is to find your calling for who you are at this moment. To do that, look for your purpose.

Your purpose and your calling often get used interchangeably, but I believe there is an important distinction. A calling is a job, a purpose is the reason you are on this earth. Your calling will change because it is a specific position, but your purpose is vague and will likely remain the same. For instance, my purpose is helping others. It led me to my current calling, starting Work You Love and helping hundreds of people find work that makes them happy. Your purpose may be using math to solve the world’s problems. This could lead to a calling of being a NASA scientist or a financial analyst. The possibilities that exist within your purpose are endless.

I challenge you to take the pressure of finding one true calling off of your shoulders. Instead, think about your purpose. Think about what traits and skills you uniquely have that can contribute something to the world. Think about why you are on this earth. Approach your career with your purpose in mind. All of the opportunities you have will lay themselves out in front of you for you to choose.

Your choice is not predestined for you. You have free will to choose one calling today and another calling two years from now. We each have a path ahead of us that is made up of different callings and that is okay. It is okay if we shift to calling after calling, it’s okay if we stay in one calling for years. What isn’t okay is settling for a calling that goes against your purpose. That’s why you’re here on this earth, after all.

If you are having trouble figuring out your purpose or what career path is calling you right now, you can sign up for a complimentary clarity session with me here. Together, we will discuss where you’re at, where you’re going, and what’s getting in the way. We will create a clear plan for you to find the work you love!

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Getting To The Root Of Procrastination

Work You Love has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which include creative, strategic and experiential coaching. This article is part of an introductory series on creative growth. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Why don’t we do those important things that we need to get done? You know you have to do it but somehow someway it still doesn’t get done.

There are many reasons why we don’t do what really needs to get done. One of the key reasons that is preventing us from taking action is that we don’t really know our ‘why’. Why is this task so important to us? Mel Robbins, a prominent coach in the personal development world, has established that the reason that we don’t do things is because we don’t really know why we’re doing them to begin with. We might know of many ‘why’s handed down to us by parents, bosses, society etc. (money, status, the fancy car, etc.) but we don’t know our own truest ‘why’.

Another key factor that influences procrastination beyond the why is what creates our why – our core desired feeling. What is the core desired feeling that you want to feel on a daily basis and how does this core desired feeling affect your why? I spoke to a client this morning whose core desired feeling is ‘transcendental’. In this instance, her why was about working on herself so that she can transcend and make a bigger difference to society through her writing. When getting to the root of her procrastination, writing every day, getting into flow and finishing a novel just wasn’t enough. She had to write in her personal journal in order to get into flow and understand herself so that she had something to transcend from. Her core desired feeling helped her create her why, which was vital for her to move forward with her goals.

Struggling with procrastination? Try this…

Next time you’re avoiding something, write down your main intention for the day. What do you want to accomplish or work on? Then write down 3 reasons why this task or project is important to you. I guarantee you, you’ll move forward on this project or task because you’re connected to the ‘why’.

If you are ready to say goodbye to procrastination and make real progress to the next phase in your career, sign up for a complimentary strategy session with me HERE to create a solid action plan you can step into, to become your most productive and inspired self.

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Self Visualization For Maximum Good

Self-visualization for Maximum Good

This article is part of a series which is being expanded into a publication. The primary focus is Maximum Good, the changes we make that improve creativity, quality of life, and community. Click here to for the Introduction to Maximum Good. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Self-visualization is thinking in advance about the most positive outcome can be before starting any new activity. Consider thinking about what it is going to be like when we finish, how we are going to feel, and what is realistic.

Consider the following

There is a range of ways that this can be done. Before starting anything new – any new work of art, our new job, or the beginning of our day – consider what outcome of this will make you feel good. Close your eyes for two minutes and think about how a positive outcome will feel.

One of the reasons why this is important to do is that most times there are obstacles that we will confront in new situations. It can be easy to give up when starting something new when faced with these obstacles.

Having a positive mindset going into the new task about what the final outcome is going to be is beneficial. If we think about the positive outcome before starting any new activity, then it is more likely that those obstacles will seem lessened. Try taking some time to think in advance.

Create an image. We can make vision boards made of of positive things which motivate us. These can be cut outs or hand made. We can use a work of art to focus on whether it is one of ours or something which inspires us, even if it is just an image displayed on our phone.

Try writing or reading daily affirmations. These are statements about positive beliefs about ourselves and our abilities. We can use the same phrase every day or try to vary them. They can be aspirational and read at a set time every day, usually in the morning. It can be note that says, “Today, I’m going to have a good day” kept near where we sleep so it is seen every time we wake up. Keep them someplace where we are most likely to see them.

The physical act of writing the same note daily can be helpful, too. It makes the thought process even more tactile.

Consider trying to write out our goals. What are they? What do you want to achieve? Sometimes the best thing is getting through the day ahead of us.

Self-visualization for Maximum Good

Exercise – Get started now

  • Try a self-visualization technique before starting a new activity
  • Create a vision board
  • Write and read daily affirmations
  • Write and read short and long term goals
  • Search online for examples of other self-visualization techniques that you can do daily

Throughout the Maximum Good series, I will present several exercises. Some are going to be new for you and others will be familiar. Try self-visualizing success before you start any one of them give them. Try thinking positively about a successful outcome before we try each activity.

Think positively that you’re going to have a good day today.


Todd Hestand is the Founder of Side Arts, as well as a classically-trained musician, singer, and artist. For over eight years, he has been the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in Philadelphia. The Center provides professional development support in the form of grants, courses, lectures, and individual consulting for creatives. For over eight years, he has developed programming and taught programs at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and several Philadelphia area non-profit arts and community development organizations.

To receive updates on this publication and other resources, click here to create a free account on Side Arts.

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The Number 1 Thing To Do To Get To The Next Phase Of Your Career

Work You Love has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which include creative, strategic and experiential coaching. This article is part of an introductory series on creative growth. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

I am sure you’ve heard people say ‘It’s all in who you know’. Whether you want to get into an exclusive event or party, get that next job or get that discount at a store, it’s all in who you know. This ultimately boils down to connections and relationships. This is why networking has become a big thing for people, especially entrepreneurs, who are looking for joint venture partners and clients.

About Networking

Networking is usually an activity of going to an event, repeatedly giving your elevator pitch, maybe talking about the weather and giving out your business cards. As a society we have networking all wrong – there is more to networking than just this! Networking is really about creating deep and meaningful connections with people we wouldn’t have necessarily met in an everyday context. The point of networking is to get us to that next phase of our career, which might be a promotion or to further build our business.

Networking is this magical vital tool that we have been using incorrectly. A lot of the time, I’ve noticed that people go to these events hoping and wishing to share what they do and see what they can get from as many people as possible. Unfortunately, this is not how deep and meaningful connections work. Establishing deep and meaningful connections will likely get you recommendations. Whereas with brief encounters, you’ll be lucky if anyone will remember you let alone recommend you. Nobody likes receiving a sales pitch out of context; it reeks of a desperation mind set.

Recommendations

To get you into the next phase of your career, practice active listening. When you get to a networking event, you enable the next person to have a platform to share more about themselves. These days at networking events, everybody is eager to speak about what they offer. If you offer yourself as an active listener in networking spaces, you will stand out. You will gather key information that will tell you if there is some synergy between yourself and the other person. Do they have a connection somewhere you’ve applied? Are they desperately in need of your services? Remember, you can guide the conversation based on the questions you ask!

So…to get to the next phase of your career…

  1. Get into different spaces with different people.
  2. Actively listen. You can do this by asking questions and seeing how you can help someone else. At the end of the day, the people you genuinely connect with will be more than willing to help you make that next move in your career.

If you are ready to get to the next phase in your career, sign up for a complimentary strategy session with me HERE to create a solid action plan you can step into, to become your most productive and inspired self.

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Introduction To Maximum Good

Introduction To Maximum Good

This article is part of a series which is being expanded into a publication. The primary focus is Maximum Good, the changes we make that improve creativity, quality of life, and community. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Welcome to Maximum Good! This series is about professional development through community engagement. Specifically, how to use your skills and talents to best benefit yourself while helping your community at the same time.

My name is Todd Hestand and I am the founder of Side Arts, a content management service for visual artists and arts organizations. I am also a business management consultant specializing in marketing, operations, and supply chains for consumer goods and industrial manufacturing. In my role as the Manager for the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy, a Philadelphia-area non-profit, I work directly with artists of all kinds – disciplines, experiences, nationalities, gender identities, and ages – to help them realize their creative visions.

This series will review topics that many artists encounter as they learn how to market their skills and build their businesses. I have addressed these concepts frequently with my own clients. Together we have created solutions that benefit them, their bottom line, and their craft. Hard skills will include marketing, budgets, and contracts. Soft skills will focus on personal goal setting and understanding why you do what you do, and how you can move past personal roadblocks. Importantly, each of these skills will be tied to how you can improve your community for maximum good.

Themes throughout Maximum Good

  • Change the defaults: what are the smallest possible changes you can make to your creative process that will have the largest impact
  • Identify innovation: what unique characteristics do you have that will help you engage with your audience and improve your community
  • Build positive habits: what systems can you build that, by automating the smallest possible tasks, can make risk so much easier to address
  • Architect choice: how can you give your audience and community the maximum number of options of engaging with you so that they feel empowered
  • Understand privilege: identifying what privilege is and how it impacts your work, show empathy, and act accordingly to address issues positively in your community

Introduction To Maximum Good
Things to keep in mind

I will be giving you tools that you can use and try out at your discretion. Some will be activities and worksheets, others will be thought experiments and case studies to review. All of which should be designed to be easily approachable. Keep in mind that one size does not fit all. Some activities may not be applicable to you. There is no set order to participate. You should feel that you can jump in anywhere that interests you.

None of these topics are presented perfectly. There is always room for improvement. Feedback and suggestions are welcome at mail@sidearts.com.

Follow along by subscribing to the YouTube channel and read more at sidearts.com/blog.


Todd Hestand is the Founder of Side Arts, as well as a classically-trained musician, singer, and artist. For over eight years, he has been the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in Philadelphia. The Center provides professional development support in the form of grants, courses, lectures, and individual consulting for creatives. For over eight years, he has developed programming and taught programs at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and several Philadelphia area non-profit arts and community development organizations.

To receive updates on this publication and other resources, click here to create a free account on Side Arts.

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How To Cope With A Toxic Work Environment (And Get Out!)

Work You Love has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which includes creative, strategic, and experiential coaching. This webinar is part of an introductory series on creative growth.

My good friend and colleague, Carlee Myers, of Work You Love told me about a great opportunity she is offering for anyone feeling drained by their current job. I wanted to make sure you knew about it. On August 20th at 1PM ET, Carlee will be sharing her tips on “How To Cope With a Toxic Work Environment (And Get Out!)” in her new free online training.

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Carlee has influenced the lives and careers of HUNDREDS of professionals in the US. She uses a combination of coaching, creative expression, and experiential activities.

During this interactive webinar, we will discuss how:

  • to cope with a crappy work environment while you create your exit plan,
  • your mindset impacts your success and happiness at work, and
  • to know when it’s time to quit and start fresh.

Ask yourself: When was the last time you were excited to go to work? If your answer to that question was not this morning, this online training is for YOU.

Are you ready to find work you love?

With her online training, Carlee wants to help as many people as possible find work they love, NOT work they tolerate. However, this opportunity will not last forever.

Click here to grab your spot today

If you can’t remember the last time you were excited to go to work, this training is for you!

Best,

Todd and the Side Arts Team

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A Creative Way To Reconnect To Your Job

Work You Love has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which include creative, strategic and experiential coaching. This article is part of an introductory series on creative growth. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

70% of the US population feel disengaged at work or they hate their jobs…

If you’re part of this 70%, try this exercise to re-commit to connecting to why you started working where you work in the first place. This exercise will completely change the way you view your job and the career path that you’re on. Give it a go!

Write a letter to your employer telling them why you love them and why you’re grateful for having them in your life. This exercise might sound like a combination of cringe-worthy craziness, but it is highly effective in reminding you why you took the job in the first place. You don’t have to give the letter to your employer, unless you want to. Ultimately this exercise is for you! Here’s a suggestion on how to start your letter:

‘Dear [insert organization], I am so so grateful that day in and day out you pay for my bills…

At the end of the day this job, that you might currently loathe, is part of your journey. By writing this letter you are partaking in a gesture of acknowledging this part of your journey in a different way other than complaining about how much you hate your job.

When you first start a job, you may feel a sense of excitement, like you’re falling in love. It’s easy to see why you’re destined for this job in the bigger scheme of things. It might be a stepping stone for you to save more money to go back to school. It might be an entry level position for you to work your way up the ladder. Yet, as time goes by it’s easy to see less and less of the bigger picture that you had envisioned for yourself.

What this exercise does is shift your perspective of where you’re at right now in your job. It can be written as a farewell letter. It can be written as a way to renew your commitment with your employer and/or the company you work for. It’s an effective way to gain resilience and get perspective on what your next move is.

If you try this exercise and you’re still feeling stuck with your career, grab a COMPLIMENTARY SESSION with me to see how I can guide you in connecting with and fulfilling your purpose.

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Two Tools You Can Use To Be More Productive

Work You Love has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which includes creative, strategic and experiential coaching. This article is part of an introductory series on creative growth. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Productivity is activity that positively influences the trajectory of your life whether at home, at work and with personal projects. With many conversations surrounding the age old “Why don’t I ever get anything done?” or “How the hell did I even get here [without achieving what I set out to achieve]?”, I decided it was time to give you two tools you can use to be more productive.

5 Second Rule

The first tool was developed by Mel Robbins – the ‘5 Second Rule’. This rule helps you launch into whatever task you need to get done and prevent procrastination. The idea is to count backwards from 5 and move yourself physically towards achieving the task. For example, if you’re struggling to get out of bed, count down from 5 to 1 and physically get yourself out of bed. Or, if you remember something that needs to be done, count down from 5 to 1 and write that task down on your to-do list. The ‘5 Second Rule’ is about helping you make that first move towards being more productive. It creates that forward momentum for yourself.

The Tomato Timer

‘The Tomato Timer’ is another great tool to help you be your most productive self. Traditionally, this tool is about setting a 20 minute timer where zero distractions are allowed. Yep, this means no phone, no Facebook, no cat videos; this means no distractions until you’ve completed the task at hand or the timer has hit 20 minutes. At the end of the 20 minutes you get a 5 minute break to do whatever you want or need to do and then you go back to 20 minutes of focused work.

I would like to suggest for you to get a little more creative with your tomato timer. For example, I had a really long spreadsheet to update – something like 300 rows! So I made an internal agreement with myself. Do 20 lines at a time and take a short break to look at my phone, 20 lines, short break, 20 lines, SHORT break….you get the idea.

For those of you who have lunch breaks, the tomato timer is perfect for you. One day I dedicated 40 minutes of my lunch break to my own personal tasks. The agreement that I created with myself was that if I completed these 40 minutes, I get to take a 20 minute walk. The tomato timer helps you manage your time because you know you need to complete something within the time allocated. The breaks give you space to fill your time with a sense of reward for your focus. There are even Tomato Timer Apps out there that you can use to assist you! This tool is really helpful during afternoon sluggishness where you end up mindlessly scrolling through Facebook (or mindlessly clicking through windows).

Next Step

If you feel like procrastination is getting the worst of you or you’re slacking at work or on your passion projects, sign up for a complimentary strategy session with me HERE to create a solid action plan you can step into. Become your most productive and inspired self.

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How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul

How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul

Work You Love has teamed up with Side Arts to offer creative consulting services which includes creative, strategic, and experiential coaching. This webinar is part of an introductory series on creative growth.

My good friend and colleague, Carlee Myers, from Work You Love told me about a great opportunity she is offering and I wanted to make sure you knew about it. On June 19th at 12:30PM ET, Carlee is offering a free online training on How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul.

Carlee has improved and influenced HUNDREDS of lives in the United States through a combination of coaching, creative expression and experiential activities. A firm believer in creativity, Carlee helps people who are no longer happy in their job or life find their joy again.

Recently, she had a client who was feeling pretty undervalued in his corporate job when they first met. Since they began working together, he has been able to make the changes he needed to be the best version of himself and now is about to accept a job that is in alignment with his truest creative talents and interests (this is just one success story of many!).

That is why she has created this free online training for you:

How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul

During this interactive webinar, explore:

  • The three simple steps you can take to find or build a career you love (yes, even in the arts).
  • What you truly want and need to step into the life you spend your dreary workday dreaming about
  • Powerful ways to disrupt the cycle of putting your passions and dreams last on your list
  • How to discover and attain an amazing career that will bring you genuine pride and excitement everyday (Yes, EVERY DAY)
  • Creative processes that can get you on the path to your authentic self by helping you understand what it is that you really want out of life.

How To Find Work That Fills Your Wallet AND Your Soul

Carlee loves sharing her secrets to personal and professional fulfillment. However, she does not do these free online trainings often so make sure you sign up here today.

DO NOT miss your opportunity to learn from a true expert! If you have been feeling depressed or disillusioned with your career, Carlee is the perfect person to help you get your mojo back.

Grab your spot and mark your calendar for June 19th at 12:30PM ET.

You are only a click away from landing a career you love.

Best,

Todd and the Side Arts Team

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