What is Creativity?
Creativity can be defined as the use of the imagination, or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work. It’s also defined as a phenomenon whereby something new and valuable is formed.
Everyone has the ability to be creative – you, me, our friends, our family – everyone! Let’s talk about how you can tap into your creativity and use it to bring yourself great joy and happiness!
Some people write, draw, compose music or verbal gymnastics (also known as rap), build structures or sculptures, or paint. There are tons of things you can do with your creativity once you’ve discovered, tapped into it and unleashed it – so lets talk about how!
Examine your personality – are you quiet, vivacious, express yourself freely, or are you a bit more reserved? Start expressing your personality by decorating your home, or at least one room, the way YOU like it. It doesn’t matter if it’s practical or even if anyone else understands it – this space is for you to express some of your innate creativity. It will help you to unleash your own self-expression.
You can also discover your creativity through your wardrobe – dress the way you want to dress. Trust yourself and your instincts – within the bound of propriety at work, of course, but when you get home, wear what makes you smile and feel good. You’re dressing for YOU, not for the world, and you might be surprised how much you’ll look forward to getting home or going out with friends and letting the real you shine through!
You can set the tone for discovering and tapping into your creativity by employing more creative thinking. Begin with simple exercises like going through magazines (choose ones that interest you, but not necessarily ones you subscribe to or read often – take a creative leap!) and cut out images that speak to you. You can use the images to create a vision board that encourages you to take steps outside of your comfort zone – and even baby steps forward are still steps forward!
You can also jump-start your creative thinking and discovery process by listening to music. Movie soundtracks, unfamiliar music you borrow from a friend, or going to an open mic night at a nearby club that hosts new and unknown artists and groups is a great way to change your definition of creativity and light your creative fire at the same time. Change your routine – get out of that rut and find a new experience:
- Read a book that you wouldn’t normally pick up – visit your local library if its been a while, or check a community calendar to see when a new author might be doing a book talk about their latest work.
- Watch a movie you wouldn’t normally choose – or choose a remake of a favorite older movie. See if you can find a cartoon or animated version of a favorite and go see it.
- Go shopping at a store you wouldn’t normally visit – you don’t have to buy anything, but the visuals can help to stimulate your own creativity. Look at how the displays are put together and what colors are paired together and accent each other. You’ll find yourself open to more new ideas and new thoughts.
Here’s a couple of questions that can also help you get started or continue your journey toward discovering and tapping into your creativity:
- Pay more attention to your surroundings – try taking a look at your surroundings and see them as they truly are – not as you THINK they are.
- Take a different route home from work or running errands – discover a new shortcut or a different neighborhood.
- Now that the weather is warming up, sit on a park bench or on your porch and people-watch. Think up a new, positive story for each person or couple that you see.
- What about the people in your office or places you normally visit? What is unique and different about them? What kind of stories can paying attention to these people generate in your newly creative mind?
Now that you’ve discovered and tapped into your sense of creativity, how can we keep in touch with it and unleash it to help make our lives more fulfilling? Making creativity a habit can happen with consistent practice and attention over a period of 21 to 28 days – the amount of time most human beings need to create new habits. Practicing and experimenting with your creativity can be easier than you might think – for instance, you can find new ways to do things, even routine chores.
- Use some of the new music you’ve discovered to help drive your morning walk or gardening or your break at work.
- Practice seeing things from a new perspective.
- Branch out into an entirely new hobby or activity that helps you in your pursuit of original creativity.
Change can be challenging – and unleashing your creativity can be no different, especially when those who thought they “knew” you now realize you are changing right before their eyes. Focus on what you feel in your heart and surround yourself with people who SUPPORT you and the changes your making, the creativity you are showing.
Unleashing your creativity will inspire you to do even more with your life. Your creativity will take you to new places and new experiences if you just let it out and enjoy it. Neither your nor your creativity need to be perfect to bring you great joy.
Here are some additional ways to unleash your creativity in just 30 minutes a day:
- Revisit your favorite childhood memories – active imagination, make-believe and visualizing you at your absolute best.
- Make a list of what you’re good at – consider your skills, talents, and knowledge base, pick a skill to focus on, and detail why you’re good at it. When you know this, you’ll feel more confident, and confidence helps you feel able to try new things and experiment.
- Fantasize about something in your life – buying and renovating that historic house just around the corner, traveling to a place you’ve always wanted to visit, or finding / renewing the love of your life.
- Carry a copy of your next BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goal – written in your own handwriting and give yourself permission to pursue that goal! Figure out what you can do over the next day, the next week, and the next month to go for what you want!
Believe that you are a creative individual and prove it to yourself for the next 21 to 28 days by doing something each day to cultivate your imagination, originality, and creativity.
May you find it easy, satisfying, and fulfilling to discover, tap into, and unleash your creativity.
Amen, Blessed Be, Ache