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Try the ‘Stick It’ Exercise

The very things we want to say ‘stick it’ to, are, often, the things we need to stick with...for at least a little longer.


Allow David Suiliteanu’s photograph of a sculpted tree to inspire you to take another look at a shelved project. Perhaps one you view as dead, but hasn’t quite made it to the dumpster. Might this old attachment be transformed into something new?

Allow David Suiliteanu’s photograph of a sculpted tree to inspire you to take another look at a shelved project. Perhaps one you view as dead, but hasn’t quite made it to the dumpster. Might this old attachment be transformed into something new?

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‘Stick it’ are two remarkable words, holding power and possibility. The very things we want to say ‘stick it’ to, are, often, the things we need to stick with…for at least a little longer.

The creative process often becomes no fun during the implementation stage. Inevitable barriers get in the way: key players leave, commitments change or compete, tempers flare or money and patience run out.

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

Do you feel like abandoning any projects? I know of a great antidote: Stick with it a bit longer.

Put a pack of sticky notes in your pocket. Look to the universe for guidance. When you spot something that you can associate with your project, capture the essence of it on a sticky note.

Save them. When you get to the last sticky note, re-read the entire collection. Determine if your project contains enough ‘sticking power’ to forge on.

If not, let it go.

Each time I do this ‘stick it’ exercise, I discover something new to consider, something that might advance my project further.

I have shelved many projects and what I find fascinating is that some projects hold their ‘stickiness’ while on the shelves.

It’s as if they wait for me to stumble upon the right person or resource to take them off the shelf and into the world. Yes, ‘stick it’ is my personal favorite, the glue that keeps me moving in the right direction.

If you decide to give ‘stick it’ a try, please share your experience.



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