Tap Into Your Creativity and Change the World
A person who produces paintings or drawings as a profession or a hobby
Relating to or involving the imagination or original ideas
These two words are often used interchangeably in our society.
Meaning, if someone isn’t an artist, they are immediately excluded as a creative. Although this mindset is very common, it can’t be farther from the truth. Every human being is creative. Each of us have an imagination, and we have original ideas with the potential to change the world.
An artist may create a beautifully constructed painting using a technique that inspires someone else. A business owner may create a new pricing structure to benefit the company and its customers. A mom may create new phrases or language to use with her kids in order to better-understand them. Each of these uses a creative idea or strategy that results in a response or result that improves the quality of life of another person.
Why is any of this important?
Well, you are actually doing yourself a disservice by not tapping into your creativity. You are the only one in the world that thinks the way you do, has the capabilities you do, and has the level of talents that you do. The way that you view the world, problems, business, and relationships is different and unique to you. And when you discover the value of approaching these things creatively, you begin creating capacity for success.
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Think of the world - its intricacies, problems, people and opportunities. There are thousands of problems to be solved, and you are the answer to some of them. You have the ability to solve problems that other people simply can’t. What are your strengths? What burns in your heart? What is your vision? And from this place, how can you help people?
This transformation begins with the separation of the words ‘creative’ and ‘artist.’
Creativity is beyond artistic mediums. It is woven into each of us - it is a part of our identity. And if we each resonated with this fact and took action, a lot of the problems in the world would be solved. The world is waiting for answers that are new, fresh, creative and efficient. And you have the ability to provide these answers and solve these problems.
You may be thinking, “So, where do I start? How can I come up with these creative ideas? What are some practical ways to start exercising my creativity?” Don’t worry, I’ve got a few tips for you.
1. Get Inspired through Reflection
Reflection is a critical step in the creative process. What is currently your inspiration? What makes you feel motivated and excited? If you are inspired by art, visit an art museum. If you are inspired by travel, take a day-trip. If you’re inspired by a certain author, read some of their work. Whatever it may be, dive deep into the places that inspire you. Get lost in art, architecture, beauty, writing, and more. Reflect and be inspired.
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When we choose to channel all of our energy towards something we think is beautiful, from this place we become inspired. And inspiration is critical in the creative process. Whether you are wanting to make the world a more beautiful place through photography or you want to cure cancer, each requires inspiration and a desire to see change. Creativity is always preceded by inspiration.
2. Exercise Your Brain: Ten Ideas A Day
Just like any other thing in life, creativity becomes easier with practice. James Altucher encourages his readers to write down ten ideas every single day. It may sound easy, but that is 3,650 new ideas every year. James says that “ideas are the currency of life,” and this is so true. Creative ideas monetize. If one idea fails, you can simply think of another one. By writing down 10 ideas a day, we are training the mind to constantly create and innovate. Take a look at James Altucher's work here.
Exercise your creative muscles this week by writing down ten ideas every single day. To make this easier, select a topic that each of your ideas is based on. For example use this prompt for one of your days: how to dispose of water. Continue this practice each day using a different topic. Not only will your brain begin to grow and expand, but you might get a powerful and useful idea out of it!
3. Take Action! Create Something
The biggest step towards achieving anything is action. We can read about it all day, dream about it all day and discuss it with our closest peers but until we actually take action towards something, an idea remains just that. So whether it’s a photo, an idea, a new strategy, a system or a new recipe, create something this week.
Having trouble taking action in your life? Check out this post from Molly over at Wholehearted Woman: 5 Ways to Stop Worrying and Take Intentional Action
In addition, even if you aren’t necessarily an artist - painter, writer, photographer, musician, etc, I want to challenge you to create something using art. Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and use an artistic medium to encourage creativity within yourself. By creating something outside of your expertise, you actually build your capacity to create within your expertise.
How are you going to take action towards exercising your creativity this week? Leave your answer below! Also click here and get a free download of a sneak peek into the first volume of The Authentic Woman and get 20% off when you purchase the book!