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Doesn’t matter what you make, write, knit, code, film, paint, perform, produce, sculpt, simmer, invent, teach, chisel, craft, bake or build…

There’s a high possibility that at some point in your creative career, you’ve had this experience.

You make something truly awesome.

We’re talking spectacular. Soul-shaking. Next-level, cosmically significant sorta stuff.

It goes out for public consumption and you think, “This is my best work yet. People are going to go nuts for this!!”

As you anxiously await the praise / applause / orders / reviews / congrats / comments / shares ____ (fill in the blank with the validation of your choice), a sinking reality sets in.

Rather than the critical acclaim or endless cha-ching…

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Before we dive into today’s MarieTV episode, a heads up in case you or anyone you know may be in NYC this week.

Since I’ve been working on some new projects, I haven’t been able to do much public speaking lately. When folks ask if I have any live events on the calendar, I often feel bad because the answer is usually no.

But this Wednesday March 12th, I’ll be speaking at Town Hall in NYC in support of my dear friend, the legendary Marianne Williamson.

All the details are here and if it works in your schedule, I’d love to meet you in person.

Now onto this week’s topic, which is something many of us struggle with — especially highly creative, multipassionate folks.

Do you have trouble articulating the big vision you’re working towards? Do you ever wonder if you need to start with a clear vision of your end goal in order to create success?

While some people are laser focused on where they’re headed, many I know dread being asked about their five year plan.

If you ever wonder about whether you really need to “begin with the end in mind” this week’s episode is for you.

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I’m always fascinated by a little “behind-the-scenes” action.

For example, I’ve loved hearing about all the mechanics that went into creating the Oscar nominated movie, Gravity. In general, I just really enjoy hearing how people come up with big ideas.

So today, I thought I’d take you behind-the-scenes in my own thinking process and share a simple but powerful tool we use on my team to spark our best creative ideas.

You can use this exercise for business or personal reasons (which is why I love it) and it’s especially fun to do with people you love.

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This has been the most epic B-School scholarship contests we’ve done yet.

Emotionally, it’s been really challenging. We’re big-hearted, sensitive folks and we care very deeply about what we do and who we serve. There’ve been lots of tears, smiles, heavy hearts, and laughter over the past week.

Most of all, there’s been an expanding well of shared love and respect. Thank you for being so brave, so creative and so passionate — and sharing who you are with us and the world.

Thank you for so wholeheartedly supporting each other, and being kind and incredible in our community.

We’ve watched close to 2,000 entries and have made our selections for this year. Before I get to the recipients, I want to share a few things. Most importantly:

Your dreams aren’t made, or broken, by anyone but you. You are enough. You have wisdom within you that you can never learn in any text book, classroom or program. You are creative, and loved and divinely blessed with capabilities beyond what you can imagine.

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Have you ever had one of those weeks?

Where there’s just an enormous amount of things to accomplish — so much so that you’re both a bit scared, and excited, to get it done?

I’m in one of those weeks right now. Thankfully, it’s all good stuff going on. There’s just a volume that’s unusually high, even for me.

In a time like this, small tweaks can make a big difference.

On today’s episode of MarieTV, learn a simple-yet-effective one word change that can help you be more productive, no matter what you’ve got going on.

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