I often receive emails from brilliant creative dreamers telling me that they want to do what I do.  They are really excited about it but sometimes usually it feels like there is this nervousness around competition.

Maybe I’m doing what you want to do.  Or you are doing what i want to do.  Or we both want to do the same thing and how does this work?  We don’t want to fight over customers – but how does everyone get a piece of the pie without the pieces getting horribly small?

You can just feel that in the undercurrent of the conversation.

So I wanted to share the Creative Magic approach to competition: don’t do it.

Do not compete for tiny little slivers of pie.

It’s a stupid thing to do because really, we are tripping over pies.

There is pie everywhere.  Plenty of pie for everyone.

You have creative genius within you. Infinite Creative Potential.

You can be so creative about your career!

And about money.

About creating every aspect of your life the way you want to create it.

Looking at others as competition and comparing and being competitive takes energy away from your ability to create magic in your life. 

It also makes you small.

The powerful and smart choice is to keep your focus on your own work.

Polish your diamond. 

Make your brilliant plans and get your work out into the world.

And, once in a while, take a break from your work and look at what your peers are doing.

Look at them to create community.  Look at them and celebrate the amazing things they are doing!

We’re all in this together.

Each of us who is doing our own thing brings something really beautiful and unique to the mix.  And each of us adding our work to the mix actually makes the pie bigger, and sweeter, for everyone.

What are you going to add to the mix?




  1. Melissa on October 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

    I so needed to hear this right now!! I almost want to print it out and keep it with me as a reminder today. Thank you lovely!

  2. terry parvan on October 21, 2010 at 10:43 am

    As you say, there is pie everywhere, pie, pie, pie! Big, little, fat, skinny pieces of pie in every flavor and color of the rainbow. i love pie! i give away pie and pie always comes back to me. Share what you love and you will always be in love with what you are sharing with the world. it’s all good!

  3. creativedreamincubator on October 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    thank you melissa. i’m so glad the timing is so perfect for you.

    yum yum terry! it is all very good.

  4. Connie on October 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    You are the only person that can do what you do–the way you do it.

    If you stay true to yourself-

    There is no competition.


  5. Meg on October 22, 2010 at 2:59 am

    I love love love this post. I feel all inspired. Its made me want to go out and do something fabulous. And send it to all my friends – and those people I know who apply evolutionary theory to every aspect of their day to day affairs.

    You ROCK!!

  6. creativedreamincubator on October 22, 2010 at 6:08 am

    so true connie. there is no actual competition. it’s just when we’re scared, unsure and being competitive that we start to feel it. how did you make those hearts? i want to make hearts!

    meg i’m so glad! yes – go do something fabulous! and come back and show me what it is!

  7. Colleen on October 22, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Just the spoonful of medicine I needed today.

  8. Lee Ann Monat on October 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    This is wonderful! I always worry about competition. I feel the tension of it all around me here in the city…and have found it a bit of a battle with wanting to share and yet being afraid of being taken over….and I also sometimes worry about stepping on toes.

    I’ve been really exploring my feelings around this lately…and just trying to follow my path…and share with others. It’s so beautiful when I hear that I’ve inspired people. I’m trying to stick to THAT feeling rather than being scared I might be “taken over.”

    It’s a learning process!!

  9. creativedreamincubator on October 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    that is awesome colleen.

    lee ann it definitely is a learning process, and i see you making amazing progress!

  10. Scylliane on October 22, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Your post made me smile… I recognize myself in the admirer of your blog and all that you’re sharing with us. It’s true that it can create similar vocations, you’re so warmly enthusiastic ! But I realize I’m a creative /dreamer/, loving to dream, loving to do your exercises about daydreaming, and maybe not a creative /maker/ who lives her dream ! It’s so interesting to read about your creative adventure, because you share the joy and the difficulties too… as if we were reading a story of a character we want to see succeeding. Your authenticity
    is part of your charm. You’re right, every one has his or her spark to add to the world and has to find his or her way to do it… And the fact that you receive such mails is proving you are really gifted to have people dream :)
    I know for myself I really have to work about what is reality, what I could really make happen, and which part of my dreams are just joyful fantasy…

  11. Liberty on October 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

    this is such a wonderful post! thank you :-)
    you can make hearts by pressing the alt key and the number 3 *on the numeric keypad* ♥♥♥♥♥

  12. creativedreamincubator on October 24, 2010 at 8:49 am

    scylliane… as you start where you are i think you may be surprised at what becomes possible for you. each step opens up new possibilities and i see amazing things in your future.

    thank you so much liberty!!

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