There is always space to grow when it comes to creativity. I would say the sky is the limit...but then that would actually be setting a limit!
Creativity and manifestation run on the same kind of fuel. And that fuel is love or passion for what we are doing.
The famous founding fathers of aviation, Orville and Wilbur Wright, are the epitome of having a passion for what they do. Behind their success were repeated failures, some of which were painful - we can assume both physically and emotionally perhaps? But the passion for flight is what continued to spur them on. Now, in the US alone, every day, airlines operate 25,000 flights carrying 2.3 million passengers to and from nearly 80 countries, and they carry more than 65,000 tons of cargo to/from over 220 countries.
The trouble is sometimes creativity needs just a bit more love, and in this blog, we will explore 4 surefire ways to ignite some of that creative fire right when you need it the most!
Play with it!
Probably not the advice you want to hear when you have to complete a serious project that is assigned to you with looming deadlines. However, when creativity gets serious it could tend to lose some of its magic and passion. This does not mean that you should not be professional – deadlines, goals and budgets are all very real (after all, Time is Money)! But allow your ideas to percolate a bit – allow some space for playfulness – our best creative ideas emerge when we engage in spontaneous free-form creativity!
Try new things, stimulate yourself by learning something new, challenge yourself to master something, and gain the utmost level of knowledge you can possibly gain. It does not matter if it's in relation to the work you do or something you are just curious about.
Last month, for me it was My Human Design. I explored it to the point I felt that my brain would explode. This month it’s all about ChatGPT and of course the new CANVA features. The point is to develop yourself and make you more rounded. A small tidbit you pick up from an unrelated source combined with the thought in your head is a perfect incubation tank for that next great idea. So, give yourself plenty of source material to work with.
Swallow the frog!
That one daunting task you reckon with daily, can seriously block creativity by creating anxiety. Tackle that task first and you will feel the weight shift. When you tend to what is holding you back, you are creating more brain space for your creativity to shine through. This has been my mantra these past few weeks when a non-creative task appears on my to-do list.
Currently – this is on a post-it note above my to-do list:
“If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.” - Mark Twain.
When new information is presented, listen hard and take notice. It’s hard to focus in today’s overstimulated world. But opening your mind to what’s going on around you makes you a receptacle for ideas and thoughts and can form a base on which you can leverage your creativity. Plus, in a world where everyone loves to talk, there is power in actively listening. Easier said than done? Indeed, that is why practice makes perfect!
As the demand for content development and creativity rises, it takes a lot to stay in touch with your creative energy. Recentering and rekindling the passion will help you channel your creativity.