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Business Plans: Creative Goals with Mandala Collage


Manifestation for the Creative Entrepreneur

A Creative Process toward Goal-Setting

Creative mandala collage ideas for right brained creatives. Traditional formats suggested for business goal setting do not tend to meet needs well for a creative entrepreneur. The linear fashion is so rigid that the process often becomes limiting in reality rather than a launchpad for growth. Traditional linear formats for goat-setting tend to become complex and focus on outer solutions VS the internal issues and passions that scream for expression among right brained creative types (like me... and maybe you, too).

The strategy outlined here is offered as an alternative to goal setting or manifestation for artists. It combines mandalas with collage art to use as a basis or framework for one's personal vision toward success as a creative entrepreneur. This unique project provides a way to unleash creativity while exploring our inner desires and to focus on the future. This strategy is just one of many exercises introduced in the book The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real by Lisa Sonora Beam.

Lisa Sonora Bean with her Book!

Lisa Sonora Bean with her Book!

Lisa Sonora Bean with her Book!

WHY Collage & Mandala Art?

Creative minds of all kinds tend to prefer interacting with visual art of some kind over the usual list.

One HUGE plus here is that neither collage nor mandala art require any particular training as an artist, so ALL of us can create this type of art. No two end products will be the same and there are no limiting restrictions that become rigid and complex.

This 'marriage' of collage & mandala provides the artist with a launchpad for the exploration of pattern, imagery, color & composition that leads naturally toward personal insight and a way to design 'a higher vision of self' in a way that cannot be done with writing alone.

Mandala art has been popular for self-expression, personal development and spiritual renewal for thousands of years in various cultures. The word 'mandala' is derived from Sanskrit meaning 'magic circle'. The famous psychologist Carl Jung found that creating mandalas helped his patients to reveal unconscious thoughts. It is easy for creative minds to become fascinated with mandala shapes whether to simply enjoy coloring them or as in this project, to use a mandala shape as a foundation or catalyst for collage art in the theme of goals for me as a creative entrepreneur.

Collage is simply a matter of cutting and pasting various pictures and words within a chosen theme and design. Use pics and lettering cut from magazines and let your imagination do the rest.

The Creative Entrepreneur - by Lisa Sonora Beam

Artists and creative minds, DO click this amazon link and then at the book page on - click "CLICK to LOOK Inside" for the best tour of this book ==> WOW! a MUST SEE! ...what a visual delight!

The Mandala Collage Project in Motion

Creative entrepreneurs embark on a business success journey as unique as their own individual talents.

Lisa Sonora Beam hosted a workshop for artists interested in this project around the time her book was published. That book The Creative Entrepreneur: A DIY Visual Guidebook for Making Business Ideas Real contains MANY projects toward the success journey of the creative entrepreneur, ones with deliciously creative names I might add...names such as 'Empowered to Flower' and 'Soul Proprietor' ! This page is a focus on just ONE of those projects, the Collage Mandala.

This creative project might be perfect for:

* artists, crafters, and creative minds from all walks of life who want to make a living from their own brand of creative work, whatever that may be

* creative minds who have already achieved some success, but don't know how to replicate it or move to another level of accomplishment

* anyone needing a creative and effective plan that provides motivation, inspiration and FOCUS toward their own unique vision of success



The Four Quadrants of the Mandala

There is a magical synergy in this creative process of working with each of the pathways of your business in a visual manner.

The creative business mandala includes four categories or pathways. Each of these are placed on specific parts of the mandala as you create, and the following focus words would appear on opposing sides, see example below:

1) flow and gifts

2) profitability and value

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3) meaning and heart

4) skills and tools

These areas of focus are all connected in the center, or the sweet spot. That very term 'sweet spot' seems to be a place of bliss or complete harmony, doesn't it? Consider this project a roadmap toward following your bliss.

The four pathways above will overlap, and form sort of a flower shape or maybe a butterfly, if you prefer. The 'sweet spot' in the center might represent the state of being when all the pathways are working in harmony. !!! SMILES !!! Each pathway includes hand-written journaling exercises (below). This type of thinking and expression allows personal reflection as well as critical thinking without getting bogged down with being overly analytical.



Journaling Section ONE: Heart & Meaning

Creatives have an intense need for a sense of passion and purpose, it's like food for the creative soul.

I have always wanted to...

What do I do just for intrinsic value?

(you'd do it even if it did not pay)

What do I value? What matters most?

What am I passionate about?

What does my deepest creative longing LOOK like?


Journaling Section TWO: Gifts and Flow

What unique innate gifts might I use best in strengthening value in business?

What do I get absorbed in for hours?

What do I do so well I barely need to exert effort?

What do you do that feels like rowing against the current?

What might I be doing if I were using my creative capacities to the fullest?

How am I being held back from being able to flow?

My unique gifts are...


Journaling Section THREE: Value & Profit

What unique value can I offer to customers?

What problem does my business solve for customers? Is there some pain I hope to eliminate?

Does my product or service fill a void in the marketplace?

What is the value I create for potential customers?

What can I do to enhance the value my customers receive?

Journaling Section FOUR: Tools & Skills

A person can be very smart, gifted, creative and even provide value, however entrepreneurs MUST have well-developed tools and strategies to succeed in business.

What tools, used well, would make the most significant difference?

What leadership skills do I need to develop and practice??

One Mandala Pattern for Making this Collage - Any simple design with four quadrants will do for this mandala collage project, this is just one possibility.


Here's a basic mandala design, just one of many that could be used for this project. This one is simple and contains FOUR basic quadrants for each of the variables stated above. Other mandala shapes could also be used, this is just one example... but for this project you want some mandala shape that has FOUR distinct quadrants and by the way... I notice that several creative minds chose a BUTTERFLY shape - LOVE it and maybe you do as well. You could even draw or use some artistic rendering of your own for this, any design with four basic quadrants that resonates and delights is all good. :-)

A Perfectly Completed Collage Mandala - Mandala Collage Created by The Collage Diva

collage mandala

collage mandala

I love love love this collage mandala, created by 'Collage Diva' and directly patterned after the 'Creative Entrepreneur' project outlined on this page. Like it too? Then maybe this project might be perfect for you?


Note the four quadrants

and the sweet spot

in the middle

in this Mandala Collage.


Business Building Plans for Creative Entrepreneurs

Business plans don't have to be boring and linear. Apply your artistic energy where it really matters - your business plan.

GOALS SET with a new and inspiring strategy? Do you now enjoy reviewing your goals regularly? Good.

So how's that business plan coming? Make your business plan a piece of art that inspires you.

Discover this amazingly unique strategy for creating a business plan for artists and other creative minds at the link below.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Carolan Ross

Creative Entrepreneurs Comments

Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on October 18, 2013:

@cmadden: Thanks so much.

Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on October 18, 2013:

@JeffGilbert: Hey thanks Jeff. Mandalas are so much fun anyway, so applying them to goal-setting can work magic.

Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on October 18, 2013:

@AcornOakForest: Yes - balance IS what it's all about! Right on target.

Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on October 18, 2013:

@SavioC: I believe that's likely true, Savio, especially regarding self-employed people. In many professional careers, some kind of goal writing is required. However it is usually done in a very flat list and then forgotten, which deletes the purpose. Successful entrepreneurs have written goals that are meaningful to them, and they get revisited regularly. How can one reach a destination that is not even stated?

SavioC on October 16, 2013:

This is a very creative process of setting Goals. Did you know that only 3% of the people have written down their goals.

JeffGilbert on February 18, 2013:

Hey, this is a great info on applied mandala creation, great stuff!!!

cmadden on January 14, 2013:

Beautifully creative lens.

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on December 23, 2012:

It's all about balance isn't it? I just recently created a collage very similar to this, and it included many of these elements. Very interesting!

grannysage on October 24, 2012:

Yes! Mandalas and collages, two of my favorite things. I've always done collages but then I met an art therapist who took it to another level. I learned how to use them to work through emotional issues. People learned to hide their favorite magazines when I was around. I think you could do something similar with a medicine wheel which also has four quadrants. This lens is Not mediocre!

GrowthSpark on April 30, 2012:

What a great idea, many thanks.

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on December 13, 2011:

This is so me. I love to collage and create meaning. Love the shape of your collage. What a creative idea to make the shape of a butterfly. So much powerful symbolism here. Thanks for the ideas. I will definitely apply what I have seen and learned here.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on November 08, 2011:

i have read this before,but I had to come back and see i love this page, and its such a creative page

Anthony Godinho from Ontario, Canada on October 25, 2011:

Beautifully done and very creative. I'd love to try this. Blessings! :)

awakeningwellness on October 23, 2011:

I love mandalas, this looks like great fun!

anonymous on October 16, 2011:

Oh so very cool!!!

ShamanicShift on February 25, 2011:

Wondrous fun -- collages and mandalas are favorite shamanic journey portals!

myraggededge on February 12, 2011:

This is wonderful - just been reading about something similar in another book. Blessed :-)

anonymous on January 28, 2011:

Congratulations on being featured by the SquidTeam's Best of Standout RocketMoms

LouisaDembul on January 26, 2011:

Very interesting way of setting goals and planning. Really enjoyed it!

jeanwolf50 on January 24, 2011:

Thanks so much. This is full of really great ideas and information. I can't wait to give it some time.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on January 23, 2011:

This takes my breath away. What a wonderful idea, so well presented in this lens. Must get the book and begin my own collage mandala.

dwnovacek on January 22, 2011:

Definitely a winner! Thank you for taking the time to share all this with us. Blessed by a Squid Angel!

MeelaJoubert on January 18, 2011:

@Sensitive Fern: I'd loan you mine.. but i'm still using it :-)

MeelaJoubert on January 18, 2011:

YES! This is a wonderful tool for focusing ideas that we want to use to draw business to ourselves as artists. I love the flow section. Also, asking the question of how we can serve our customers, what we can bring to them. That idea works even when it's not about "business". We are communal beings and do better in general when we include others in our bliss.

Sensitive Fern on January 18, 2011:

Wow! I've had my eye on this book but wasn't sure it would be worth it. You've convinced me it is! Great lens. Lensrolling it to my vision board lens.

Lisa Auch from Scotland on January 16, 2011:

I love this and seems really relevant since we are setting Goals on Squidoo. I think I will make one to go on my board!

Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on January 16, 2011:

Very interesting concept! Blessed by a SquidAngel

Carolan Ross (author) from St. Louis, MO on January 16, 2011:

@clouda9 lm: Correen you make me proud, and your creative talents are perfect for this. Manifesting abundance to take us both to that artist workshop in Mexico! :-D

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on January 16, 2011:

Really interesting lens. Thanks for the wonderful explanations.

TheresaMarkham on January 16, 2011:

Very cool lens! My husband is a big Julia Cameron fan. Thanks for introducing this book!

Julia M S Pearce from Melbourne, Australia on January 15, 2011:

Great lens!Sounds very interesting.

clouda9 lm on January 15, 2011:

Holy Toledo! How did you know I needed THIS right this very moment in my life? Ahh-mazing Carolan, awe-mazing! My Angel Blessing is SWAH :)

Sara Duggan from California on January 15, 2011:

I was just chating with someone the other day on twitter about mandala coloring books - this is fabulous and something that I will look into further - there is so much to do on this earth - it is so hard deciding which to do first.

rlivermore on January 15, 2011:

Talk about creative! Very interesting approach, for sure.

GiftsBonanza on January 15, 2011:

Great lens - I too am intrigued. Recently I was at a leadership course and they suggested I try a collage to express my vision for my job. I didn't think anymore about it, but this lens has definitely made me think seriously about it. Thank you!

Ann Hinds from So Cal on January 15, 2011:

Favored this so I can go back and read it more thoroughly. It's a new concept and intriguing. I'm interested in how yours turns out. Thanks for this very interesting new thought.

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