Born to Create
By Kent Sanders
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The Born to Create podcast shares ideas and practices that help you live out your creative calling. You’ll learn how to get clear on your goals, overcome obstacles, be more consistent in your creative work, connect your faith with your art, boost your confidence, deal with doubt and fear, explore curiosity, be more productive, harness the power of community, and much more. Your host, Kent Sanders, is an author, musician, and teacher who is here to help you fulfill your God-given purpose … because you were born to create. Join the conversation and check out more resources for creatives at KentSanders.net.
||CleanThe Parents' Guide to Developing Creative Kids||As parents, what do we truly want for our kids? Beyond being happy and healthy, we also want them to grow into people who can make a positive contribution to society and help solve the complex problems of the new few decades. In this episode, you’ll...||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Simple Ways to Be More Creative||We all know developing our creativity is vital to our success. But with our busy lives, it’s easy to put creativity on the back burner because it may seem too complicated and time-consuming. In this episode, you’ll learn ten simple ways to grow...||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCase Study: How I Chose My Next Book Project||In the previous episode, I outlined four questions you can use to help decide which creative projects to pursue. These questions are filters to keep you focused on the right projects. They will also help you avoid the ones that are dead ends. In this...||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Choose Your Next Creative Project||My friend Mark Revisky sent in a question recently: He wrote, “I am at a creative roadblock. I have completed my memoir and a play, but I don’t know what to do next. A book, another play, a fictional story? How do I find a direction to go?” This...||4/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Review: 'The Successful Author Mindset' is a Shot of Adrenaline for the Writer's Soul||What is the key to being a successful author? Is it talent? Marketing? Great ideas? Writing a lot of books? While those are all important, I’ve just finished reading a great book that tells you how to develop a critical aspect of becoming a...||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Open Letter to Everyone Who Hates Their Church's Music||I had an interesting conversation with someone recently about a hypothetical situation: what if a sincere, devoted Christian legitimately can’t stand the music at their church? How should they deal with this problem? In this episode, I’ll offer 8...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 5: Musical Factors||Are worship songs too complicated these days? How does the key of a song affect its “singability” in church? What lessons can we learn about worship songs from Chris Tomlin’s “How Great is Our God”? These are some of the questions we’ll...||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 4: Leadership Factors||How has the role of the worship leader changed over the last 10-15 years? Is the struggle between authentic worship and entertainment a new development, or an old one? And how do you choose between a worship leader with a great heart, and one with...||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 3: Environmental Factors||How do sound, lighting, and video impact people’s participation in worship? Why is it important for a church to invest in good equipment and training for tech staff and volunteers? And why should you treat them like royalty? These are some of the...||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 2: Cultural Factors||How do art and music programs in public schools affect worship in the church? How does pursuing excellence in worship impact those who aren’t musicians? And how do visitors feel when they come to church and see people singing together, which...||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhatever Happened to Singing in Church? Part 1: Foundations||One of the most important ways that we express ourselves creatively is by worshiping in song with a faith community. Singing is the oldest, and still the most widely practiced, way that God’s people worship together. In this episode, we’ll...||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Be Content in the Midst of the Struggle||If you’ve ever traveled in a car with kids, you have probably heard the question, “Are we there yet?” But it’s not only kids who have trouble waiting. We adults are just as impatient, especially when we’re in the midst of...||3/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGreat Artists of the Bible, Part 1: God||Do you ever feel like your art is in a separate “box” from the rest of your life? Maybe you feel a disconnect between your art and your church … between your art and your faith … or your art and the broader culture. But what if there was...||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat “Hamilton” Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Taught Me About Valuing People||I am a huge fan of “Hamilton,” the smash Broadway musical created by Lin-Manual Miranda. “Hamilton” won 11 Tony awards in 2016 and has been the most talked-about musical in decades. It’s one of the greatest works of art that has been...||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBook Review: ‘Save the Cat’ Will Make You a Better Storyteller||As creatives, it’s important for us to understand why and how stories work. A great place to begin is by studying screenwriting. You may not consider yourself a writer, or don’t plan on writing a screenplay. Even so, understanding the storytelling...||3/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3 Ways ‘La La Land’ Will Ignite Your Creativity||La La Land was one of the most well-known movies featured at this year’s Academy Awards. It’s a bright, inventive film that takes place in modern-day Los Angeles and hearkens back to the days of old movie musicals. La La Land completely won me...||2/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5 Steps to Declutter Your Workspace||Most of the time, we don’t give a lot of attention to organizing our workspace. But it’s worth setting it up for maximum efficiency since this is where you create your art and do your work. When you work in an uncluttered environment, your mind is...||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Open Letter to Artists Struggling with Jealousy||When we see other creative people who are successful, it’s difficult not to feel jealous. The question foremost in our minds is, “Why do they have ______, and I don’t?” In this episode, you’ll learn to ask better questions that...||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 Unusual Ways To Get More Writing Done||Most of us dream of having large blocks of time we can use to think and write. For most of us, this dream rarely becomes a reality. Most of us lead very busy lives filled with jobs, family commitments, and church or community responsibilities. In this...||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Juggle Multiple Projects Without Losing Your Mind||One of my readers, who is a college student, recently sent this email: "With all these different things I want to do and hope to achieve, I sometimes get lost in keeping track of all the things, and I get a bit discouraged. In my head, I keep trying...||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat I Learned from 3 Embarrassing Business Failures||After many years of feeling guilty for my mistakes, I am finally learning to see my failures as stepping-stones to success. Some of my biggest failures over the last two or three years have involved business decisions that didn’t go quite as...||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 Ways to Get Unstuck and Start Creating Again||I recently sat down with an artist friend of mine to see how she was doing. Diane was feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities. She longed to have more time to do creative work that refreshed her soul and would help her move forward. Diane felt...||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to Make Time for Your Art: Track Your Time||One of the biggest frustrations for artists is a lack of time to create. Despite having access to devices and technology that are supposed to save us time, most people feel busier than ever. If you want to make more time for your art, you must first...||2/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Simple 5-Step System for Reaching Your Creative Goals||We are almost into February now, but the idea of goals is still on many people’s minds. January has come and gone, but it’s never too late to think about what you want to accomplish in the coming year. In this episode, you’ll learn how to use a...||1/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 Ways Gratitude Can Change Your Day … and Your Life||Sometimes the little things in life can make a huge difference. Over the last few months, I have been making more of an effort to integrate a habit of gratitude into my daily life, and it’s had a profound impact on my overall perspective. In this...||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre You Afraid of Success?||I recently launched a new Facebook group called Born to Create. When I asked the group to share a problem or struggle they are currently dealing with, one of the members said, “The number one fight is definitely fear. Fear of failure, fear of...||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 Ways That Clarity Benefits Your Creative Life||One of the hardest things for any creative person to do is set limitations. We like to be free spirits, unchained and unhindered by any limiting factors. That’s what being creative is all about, right? Actually, the opposite is true. Limitations and...||1/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Tony Bennett Taught Me About Making Excellent Art||Every artist wants to make excellent art. No one ever sets out on the creative journey and says, “I only want to be known for making mediocre art.” We all want to create art that makes a difference. In this episode, we take a look at an...||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Real Reason You Feel Stressed Out, Confused, and Overcommitted||Do you ever feel stressed out, confused, or overcommitted? Yeah, me too! We may point to busy schedules, too much work, or conflicting priorities as the reasons we feel this way. But there’s a deeper issue at the root of it all: you don’t have...||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 Questions to Help You Stop Drifting and Start Focusing||There are many reasons we start to “drift” in our creative lives: being too busy, feeling overwhelmed, not having clarity, or just being tired. Whatever the reasons, the end result of drifting is the same: we lose focus and start heading toward...||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10 Movies That Will Inspire Your New Year||The beginning of another year is a great time to think about a fresh start. Many of us will set goals to improve our lives or achieve greater success. There is nothing quite like a great movie to inspire us to achieve something more. In this episode,...||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 5 Cups of Creativity||Over the past few years, I’ve been on a search to understand more about the barriers that keep us from being more creative. The more I studied some of the world’s most creative people, the more I began to see that there was a clear process...||1/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4 Convictions About Creativity That Drive Everything I Do||Creativity is embedded into every part of our lives—relationships, career, faith and spirituality, the arts, education, health and wellness, and so many others. There is no aspect of our lives that creativity cannot enhance. In this episode,...||1/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
As a writer and a person o faith, I appreciate the concept of the podcast. Thanks, Kent!
Helpful, encouraging and inspiring!
This podcast is fantastic. Kent is a fantastic teacher. He breaks down complex things into simple, helpful steps. I really love this podcast!
Waves of inspiration
As I'm listening to your podcasts, It's like waves of inspiration keep coming over me. That's just what I'm needing to keep me fresh and vibrant in my own writing and music projects. Thanks, Kent!