Whole Life Challenge Podcast
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The Whole Life Challenge Podcast is dedicated to the health, fitness, vitality and daily habits of people all over the world.
This is the place we talk to people about the things they're doing to make their lives happier, healthier, and ultimately more meaningful.
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86: Peter Himmelman - Practical Steps to Unlocking Your Creativity
4 days ago
This week’s podcast is a little bit different than any other episode I’ve ever published. I’m going to share something in the podcast recording with you that has been a very private, creative experiment for me since reading Peter Himmelman’s book, Let Me Out: Unlock Your Creative Mind and Bring Your Ideas to Life. Peter is my guest this week on the podcast, and my intention in having him on was to talk about creativity, since he’s mastered it in his life and has written a book about it to help others learn to foster it in theirs. I had no idea at the time of the recording of the podcast that I would later read his book, put one of his exercises into action, and write the lyrics for my first, very own song. And never did I think I would have the courage to record it and share it with all of you on the podcast! Here’s the story. I’ve been playing the guitar for about 10 years. I’ve achieved a certain level of facility in strumming and playing chords that I’m comfortable with. But one area of guitar playing that I’ve always had a secret desire to pursue is songwriting. I’ve often wondered about how a song becomes a song - to me the process seems mysterious, elusive, and frankly, impossible for a “normal” person like myself. What comes first - the title, tune, chords, or the lyrics? How do you put them together? How do you write the lyrics? And what about the structure? It all seems quite overwhelming to me - completely outside of my comfort zone. And then I read Peter’s book. It’s a fantastically practical guidebook for unlocking your creativity - in ways you might least expect. I mean who would have thought that putting time constraints on creativity exercises would actually help you become more creative? The last chapter in the book has an activity (Peter calls them all “Brain Bottle Openers”) associated with it - a simplified step-by-step guide fo