Find Your Voice: How to Unleash Your Best Work

We’re baaack!

From our summer holiday, that is.

Gotta say, it was a blissful two weeks. I basically did a stay-cation and Josh and I split our time between the beach and then totally off the grid (no cell service or internet) in the country.

I made some interesting discoveries, too.

It took me 2 days to completely shift out of work mode and into vacation mode, which is a huge improvement over my last extended break. (That time took me about 6 days). My time off was mostly filled with reading, bike rides, movie nights and, one of my favorite pastimes, cooking loads of great meals.

Your voice is not just what you say but what others hear. @ToddHenry Click To Tweet

I also did a 10 day detox (no sugar, gluten or dairy — which is impressive for a woman who loves cheese and wine as much as I do!) and could not believe the difference it made.

Time off was extremely rejuvenating, and I’m thrilled to be back to share today’s MarieTV with you.

There’s never been a better time to grow an audience for your products, services and ideas. But with so much noise out there, what’s the key to not only stand out — but to create real and lasting impact through your work?

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How To Keep Coming Up With Ideas For Content

A few months ago, we got a question in from a MarieTV fan that went like this…

“How do you put out such great content all the time without fail? What do you do when you feel like the creative well is running dry?”

When it comes to creativity, there’s always more where that came from. Click To Tweet

After 3+ years of producing MarieTV, over a decade of publishing a newsletter, and 5+ years teaching dance and fitness, I know a little something about steady creation.

Coming up with ideas is something every creator must master — whether you’re an artist, writer, musician, chef, stylist, etc. It’s the nature of the beast.

In the video below you’ll learn three tricks I use to keep creating content for this show. It’ll show you the secret behind your favorite songs, tv shows, and magazines, and give you the inspiration you need to keep coming up with new ideas on a consistent basis.

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Is Your Best Creative Work Being Ignored?

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.

Ignoring what sells doesn’t make you a better artist, it makes you a starving artist. Click To Tweet

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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When Inspiration Backfires

If you were in my house right now, you’d see something pretty typical.

Stacks, and stacks, of books.

I have a huge bookcase over my desk. And stacks of books on my desk. Then there are books on my nightstand. Oh yeah… let’s not forget the book I always seem to have in my bag.

I love books. I also love magazines, newspapers, music, movies, art and videos, too.

Don’t confuse getting inspired with getting things done. Create before you consume. Click To Tweet

This all connects back to my love of learning and being inspired by people, stories and ideas.

If you look around, inspiration is everywhere! There’s an infinite source of inspiration online. Newsfeeds, social streams, Ted Talks, design blogs — you name it.

But is there such a thing as too much inspiration? Are some of us so addicted to inspiration that we’re not actually getting things done? No doubt.

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Value What You Do: A Must Watch for Artists & Creatives

When you think about getting your work out there in a bigger way, do you ever get caught by thoughts that say…

“But what if the thing I love to do doesn’t directly change the world or solve a problem?”

“But what if my business model is all about me? I’m having a really difficult time seeing how my products will really help anyone, besides me following my dreams!”

The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. - Pablo Picasso Click To Tweet

Most of us have a hard time valuing what we do, especially if the thing we do comes so naturally to us.

It’s can be even tougher if our work falls into buckets that can be considered “creative” or “artistic.”

Marketing can seem easier to get behind (and execute) when what you offer the world clearly solves some kind of pain point or problem.

But what if that’s not what you sell? And if you’re a creative or artistic person, can you still feel like your business makes a significant, positive impact on others?

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