5 Ways to Awaken Your Creativity

2 05 2009

Anyone can create. Watch kids under 10 years old whose imaginations are running wild—imagination and creativity are natural parts of who we are. But often times as we get older, our creative imaginations are hindered.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Pablo Picasso

Creativity is the license to explore, to try things out, and to get things wrong. There is no “right” or “wrong” in creativity. There is as much, if not more, to be gained from the journey as there is from reaching the destination.

Creativity can add new opportunities, dimensions and excitement to life. So how do you awaken your creativity?

1. Embrace a Creative Mindset: Transform Your Way of Thinking.

  • Creativity is as much of an internal process as it is external. Take “writer’s block” for example. What do you think causes that? There are many internal drivers that have a positive or negative affect on our ability to be creative—what we believe, what we think, what we say, and how we identify and look at ourselves, are major contributors to our level of creativeness.
  • One way to transform your inner creativity is to look at the beliefs you have about creativity-both the negative and positive beliefs you have. We’ll talk more about how to identify negative creative beliefs and create more positive ones in an upcoming blog.

2. Expand Your Sense of Possibility: Embrace “What If”

  • Too often creativity is hindered by logical, in-the-box thinking, or our ‘internal critic.’
  • Instead we need to think big. Think out of the box. Believe that anything is possible. One way to begin to do this is to ask yourself “if I didn’t have to think about how to implement this idea, what would I do or what would I envision?” What is possible?
  • Another really great tool to use in brainstorming sessions or when talking through ideas is to begin sentences with “What If, or “Is it Possible…” For example, “what if…we began marketing our product to a completely new audience?” Or, “Is it possible that we could market our product to a different demographic and be incredibly successful?” When you change your language patterns and begin a sentence with “what if” or “is it possible,” it helps both yourself and others become more open to new possibilities.

3. Get Inspired: Tap into What’s Around You

  • Discover what gets your creativity flowing. Maybe it’s being out in nature, listening to a certain type of music, going to an artsy coffee shop, or sitting quietly at home….whatever it is, take the time to find your inspiration!
  • Be alert. Pay attention to life—you never know what or who might give you a good idea or inspire you.
  • Create rituals that get your creative juices flowing.

4. Create a Plan: Imagination at Play

  • Begin to play around with how to turn your ideas into reality and come up with an initial plan or design what your end-result might look like. In other words, come up with a basic target so you know where to aim.
  • Remember, your plan will evolve, so it doesn’t have to be perfect. Play around with it—you don’t have to figure it all out right away. It will evolve as you embark in the creative process.

5. Just Do it: Take the First Steps

  • Every great journey begins with one step. Just get started and adjust and tweak it along the way. It’s art…there’s no right or wrong. It just is. The important part is to just do something—you have to start from somewhere.

Remember, creativity is a process. But the process starts with you-what you believe and then how you create a vision and turn it to reality. The next blog will help you learn to recognize any negative beliefs you have about creativity and how to get rid of them, plus learn how to embrace better beliefs that can awaken your creativity.

The secret of creativity is that those who have gone off in search of it have ended up discovering something bigger than they ever imagined.

This is part of a series about awakening and exploring your creativity.

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