Put Your Creativity to Work Every Day
By Sandy Schroeder
If every day looks the same, and you find yourself pretty much uninspired most of the time, it may be time to dig deep for your own creativity. Sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention, and that's when creativity can be a blessing.
Whenever I feel boxed in, I take a little time to brainstorm what I am doing, what I should be doing, and what might make it happen. The results are always mixed, but often there will be a breakthrough idea that works for me and my family.
MindBodyGreen.com took a look at this need for creativity and came up with some tips on making it happen.
Be ready to catch the good stuff - Try to spot those moments when the ideas are flowing and you see things clearly. That could happen anytime. You know when you do your best work. Just pay attention to those times and the new ideas that may pop up. I often have my best ideas when I am out walking in the park. Time slows down and my brain just works better. Often I come back from a walk with a fresh viewpoint and new thoughts.
Stay loose and let creativity happen - Too often we tend to become more rigid when we look for new ideas, but that never works. Creativity really springs from freedom and honesty. When you are outside gardening, or inside cleaning, your brain may take off on its own and start churning out new ideas. Just keep going and leave the door open for creativity whenever or wherever it chooses to pop up. Never try to force it.
Don't pre-judge your creativity - Not every idea will be a great one, but sometimes we become discouraged and simply stop, missing out on what might turn up. Just let the ideas flow. You will know when a great one shows up.
Be true to yourself - We are all different and our creative voices will be totally ours when we let them emerge. Don't try to model your work after someone else. Yours will be the best when it comes from your words, your thoughts, your inspirations. Read the things you have written or look at your sketches or doodles. Remember places you have been, things you have done, and go from there. Then set your work aside and come back later to see what it says to you. Chances are you will be a little surprised and quite pleased.
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