Sunday, September 2, 2012
Creativity- What Lights the Fire or Snuffs It Out?
For many people thinking that they are not create or in a create slump has to do with looking at what you are doing on a daily basis differently. Arranging flowers in a vase is being creative. Doodling is being creative. Look for ways that you are being creative other than making art.
Change the story you tell yourself and others. Dr. Phil calls these "tapes" because we replay the same thoughts and words in our head, focusing on the most negative aspects. Even when I am having a bad day when I am asked, "How are you?" I always reply, "Fabulous and you?" I'm amazed at the number of wonderful conversations I've had with people. I may not be able to control much in my life, but I can control how I respond.
Try making a list of all the creativity stoppers in you life. Just being aware can make a huge difference. I remember nearly snorting my coffee with Gary Reefe sent me "C.R.A.P."
These are his creativity stoppers. Thinking of them as "crap" takes away their power.
You don't have to share the assignments if you don't wish to do so. I don't have any power to make you and wouldn't want to if I did. I will tell you that part of the reason I call it a "Creativity Circle" is because this is a safe place. Sharing also helps keep you accountable. Not all the assignments will resonate with you. Do them anyway. It is especially important for you to do the ones that don't because I guarantee you will learn something. Feel the fear, do it anyway. What do you have to lose? Or more importantly, what do you have to gain?