Each of my clients is unique, special and one-of-a-kind – which is why I love the work I do! Yes, each of us is unique, and yet I hear a similar message coming from many of my clients. One of the discussions that is pivotal in the GPS series is about creativity. Typically, when begin the discussion, I hear a groan, moan, gasp or even a pitiful request – “Do we really have to talk about this? I couldn’t be creative if my life depended on it!” Does this sound familiar to you? If so, then this article is meant for you!
Fact #1. Each and every one of us is creative.
How that creativity shows up in our lives or how we express it is part of what makes us who we are.
Fact #2. Creativity is more than drawing, painting, writing or any other ‘ing’ words!
Creativity can be in how we dress, our style and expressions.
Fact #3. Yes, you can access your creativity – any time you want to!
How and when is up to you. The key is that you must, yes must access your creativity frequently!
Here are some suggestions that may help you uncover, discover or recover your creativity!
Do what you love – what piqued your curiosity in the past? Did you enjoy playing the flute as a kid? Did you love visiting museums and seeing the colors? Try recapturing that interest and see where it takes you.
Go outside – and get your heart rate up. Physical exercise coupled with fresh air is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. If you don’t like to exercise, do it anyway and call it meditation or self-time or whatever – just do it!
Stretch your thinking – this is one of my favorites because I learn new things, discover new concepts and I don’t have to be an expert to do it! Whether it’s playing a new game, spreading paint on a canvas or re-arranging your living room – go for it!
Sign up for a class – your local community college, city parks and recreation or yes, even your local retirement center could be just the place for you. They offer a variety of classes of abstract painting to yoga. Just try it, you might meet some new friends and discover a whole to dimension to life.
Take small steps as you venture forth into this new territory. You will build your confidence along the way. Discouragement sets in when we take on too much – pace yourself and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.
Be realistic when starting a new creative activity. Expecting to create a bestseller with the first stroke of the pen or keyboard does not provide you with room to grow and develop your talent – it does just the opposite. Keep both feet firmly planted in reality and allow your talent to soar into outer space.
Find inspiration where you least expect it. Browse through a book store, craft shop, art store, museum, or antique boutique. If you keep your eyes and mind open, you will be inviting inspiration into your life.
In summary, my wish for you is to open up yourself to the wonderful world of creativity. After all, you don’t wear exactly the same clothes every day, or eat the same food each meal, or enjoy the same activities. Our creative outlets can be as unique as we are!
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