I’ve asked many of you a simple question: Have you thought about striking out on your own and starting your own business (freelance, studio, consulting, coaching, company, startup, etc.) in the future? About 98% of you say yes. So, then comes the follow-up question: Well, how come you haven’t started today?
What do you think is the most common response? While there are many excuses around readiness, and enjoying the stability, prestige, and recognition of your current job, the most common reason you haven’t started: you’re waiting for clarity. Some “I don’t know’s” that are stalling you: I don’t know where to focus, I don’t know which interests to pursue first, I don’t know where or how to begin, I don’t know where my strengths lie, and I don’t know if this can make money.
What are the strategies you’ve used to gain clarity? Here are some I’ve heard:
Nothing, just waiting!
Now, these are all lovely and needed strategies, but they’re far, far too passive. Sorry. You need a little fire under your butt. A little pep in your step. A little sprinkle on your latte (too much?).
The good news is there is a method to this ambiguous madness. Designers (inventors, creatives, scientists!) have been using a method for a very long time.
Designers know that clarity doesn’t come from waiting, it comes from making.
What if you could define a project for yourself, and break it into prototypes you can test, in order to get clarity about whether it’s the direction you want, and in order to course-correct from there?
Clarity comes from taking action first. You start with action. And the most powerful action you can take is to make something, throw it at someone, and see how they react.
Now, even prototyping and testing has its fair share of vulnerability involved, doesn’t it? What if people judge you? What if you are the laughing stock of the whole class as you run around naked in that nightmare which has now become real life? That’s why in order to move into this approach, we also need to strengthen our creative confidence muscle (by learning how to manage fear and resistance).
It’s the combination of understanding our resistance (e.g., doing the inner work) with the actual, making and testing of our ideas (e.g., doing the outer work) that will get us results.
I’m really excited to personally invite you to my second pilot of IGNITE – a 12-week program that supports female leaders in defining, testing, and ultimately sharing their creative ideas and gifts with the world while working full-time. You don’t need to quit your day job, take on a huge financial risk, or make a crazy career pivot to design your purpose. By sharing your gifts, you design your unique creative purpose and translate that into actionable steps in your career.
IGNITE IS FOR...
A female, creative professional
A leader such as a manager, lead, director, or executive
Between the ages of 28 - 40
Someone who wants to make a difference and have an impact
An empathic woman who cares deeply for others and the world
Someone who is willing to invest time and money into up-leveling themselves
IT’S NOT FOR...
A founder or entrepreneur already engaged in your creative purpose
A college or graduate student
Someone who is not working (e.g., unemployed)
Someone who thinks personal growth is too “woo woo”
Someone who isn’t willing to put in the work and take action to design a better life
WHAT WILL WE DO?
Stage 1: Lose Good Girl & Fear Mentality (CLEAR)
In this stage, we clear good girl mentality, fears, and excuses and replace them with new, empowering beliefs that you can carry forward into your life. Inner work and self-discovery is the foundation.
Outcome: A unique Creative Badass Daily Ritual (CBDR) tailored to you so that you can reprogram any negative, fear-based beliefs about sharing your gifts through daily guided meditations, affirmations, and mantras throughout the program.
Stage 2: Design Your Creative Purpose Project (CPP) (DESIGN)
Here we design and define a timeline, three prototypes, and final launch date for a project that is rooted in your creative purpose (what I’ll call your “Creative Purpose Project”) based on the self-discovery above.
Outcome: A CPP Brief which includes a timeline, launch date, and three increasingly challenging prototypes that encapsulate your creative purpose.
Stage 3: Ignite Your Creative Purpose Project (IGNITE)
In this final stage, we test our ideas with real people, get feedback, launch our CPP, and build our creative confidence. We gain clarity from ACTION.
Outcome: New insights from putting your CPP into practice resulting in the formulation of a 12-month Creative Purpose Plan to take beyond the program, including your aspirational Creative Legacy Statement (e.g., “North Star”) you can carry forward.
The 12-week journey
Week 1: Setting Up for Success
Week 2: Identify Fears & Excuses
Week 3: Reprogram Fears & Excuses
Week 4: Define Prototypes & Launch
Week 5: Finalize Your CPP Brief
Week 6: Run Prototype 1
Week 7: Run Prototype 2
Week 8: Run Prototype 3
Week 9: Prototype Analysis & Prep for Final
Week 10: Final Launch
Week 11: Debrief
Week 12: Design 12-Month Career Action Plan
A weekly group coaching call
A curriculum & training with weekly assignments
Communication and mentorship between sessions (e.g., Slack)
For many years, I’ve guided private clients through this journey and am excited to offer it for the first time in a group format.
If you’re curious to learn more and are ready to take action, then sign up for a free Creative Purpose Design Session by heading to my website- Majo.co
and clicking Let's Chat (limited spots, available next week only) to experience some of this process.
Excited to connect with you.