Daily Archives: October 8, 2014

Are you hiding your creativity in the closet?

My ClosetIt’s time to come out of the closet! Your creativity, I mean! Fall is a great time to tap into your creative side. It also helps open up neural pathways, reduces stress, and can actually get you unstuck.

Opening the closet door

I regularly ask this question to clients who feel stuck: What’s inside your closet? Is there something hiding in there that would help you tap into your creative side?

It’s a very bizarre connection but I’ve seen it happen time and time again. As soon as someone breaks out their guitar or starts taking photos again, opportunities begin to open up.

So, I decided to take my own advice. I opened up the closet in the spare room and there it was: My beautiful Santana Djembe. I bought from a young musician whose band I used to book.


The last time I played it was with a young band at one of the last shows I booked. I surprised them by popping on stage during their set. And we had a blast! Once those shows disappeared, so did a part of me. Three years ago, I sustained injuries in freak accident and the drum got packed away. It became too heavy for me and tough to play without pain.

I tried to sell it several times but there were no takers. As I looked at the drum, I remembered that my back is much better now. It’s time to give this drum a shot.

My mind flashed back to the night I last played it and it made me smile. It was like reuniting with an old friend. Over the next few days, opportunities and potential clients began pouring in. Coincidence? I’ll let you decide.

Your challenge

If you’re feeling stuck, it may because there is something that you tucked away in the closet. It could be your talent, your creativity, or just something fun that you used to do. It could also be what it represents.

This week, do something you haven’t done in a while. Play that guitar, take some photos, or prepare a gourmet meal. It’s fall and it’s time for a change.

Dori_RockerChick_jacket2013Dori Staehle is the Chief Encouragement Officer and Rhythm Maker at Rock the Next Stage. She helps creative types take their talent or their business onto the next stage. She also offers drum therapy and fun drumming events. For more info or to book a complimentary strategy session, you can contact Dori here.