Sunday, September 2, 2012

Creativity- What Lights the Fire or Snuffs It Out?

I'm hearing from quite a few people about how they are "waiting for my muse to return" or something to that effect. I know the feeling. However, I think Pablo Picasso said it best, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." Maya Angelou also said, "You can't use up creativity--The more you use, the more you have."

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?


  1. Speaking of creativity and inspiration, I recommend watching the DVD of "Being Elmo" - it's the story of Kevin Clash who brought Elmo to life, fame and fortune. He started making puppets as a child in Baltimore (my home town), was aiming for Sesame Street, got there early in his 20's and the rest if history.

    It is a delightful story, well done movie and full of inspiration and examples of creativity.


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