"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Creative Challenge Day 7 - 10 Creativity Helps

How many of you are being creative? I missed a day yesterday but not on the creativity front. Truth is I'm being so crazy creative with ideas that I'm in one of the "consumed" times.

You know those periods when a creative has ideas and they just keep coming and coming and coming. I have to admit that I love when that happens. I enjoy being inspired and it seems that one idea just grows to more and more. I can't share these ideas right now.... but I will soon. I have some exciting things coming up but they need to be a bit more fleshed out.

There is something about exercising that creative part of the brain that renews. Did you know that it is scientifically proven that the frontal lobe dials down when one is activating their creativity. This explains why it is so hard to be creative when one is working on their bills or trying to solve other issues logically. It's really the right brain/left brain cross.... they don't mix too well.

If you are having a hard time getting your creative groove on here are a few suggestions....

1) Listen to music... take your blood pressure, stress down and boost your creativity with some easy listening tunes. Different music inspires different people - mine is always piano music. What's yours?

2) Create a studio for yourself. You need some place to be creative. It doesn't have to be a big fancy artist's loft, it can be a closet or the corner of a room. When you visit your space your mind will immediately get around the fact that it's time to create.

3) Switch it up sometimes. This month I'm doing things a bit out of the norm. This keeps me from getting bored with what I do.

4) Allow a large space of time.  It's hard to create when you know you have to pick up your child from school in 30 minutes. See if you can talk your spouse into taking care of the kids for a few hours so that you can get some uninterrupted time.

5) Play. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to perform. Good ideas don't always come on demand, they come in the midst of joy and playing.

6) Humor. Laugh! It's a great way to get the creative juices flowing. My creative cohort and I spend a good deal of time just laughing and out of that come some of the best ideas.

7) Don't take yourself too seriously. Enjoy the process. Let it unfold while you are creating! You will come up with some wonders that you never before imagined.

8) Take a walk. Get some exercise. Clear your mind if you are suddenly "blocked". The fresh air will do you good.

9) Sometimes we need more than a walk. It's not bad to step away from your project for a few days. Go putz around somewhere. I like to poke through my local antique mall when I'm feeling a bit lost. You may like to go to the local bookstore and pick up some inspirational books or look in store windows in an upscale town. A visit to the craft store may be in order too... just watch that you don't overwhelm yourself with projects.

10) Creating should be about relaxation. It's hard when your income depends on it as it does for many of us. It creates pressure. If we are not careful it can take the steam out of doing something that we once  considered joyful. Stay focused and balanced. You can do this! Remember that you are one of the fortunate few who actually have the opportunity to make money by doing something that you love!

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