H. Hutson & L. Houck
Find Your Spark
Creativity is the catalyst for innovation. Without it, the world as we know it wouldn’t even exist. Someone, somewhere was creative enough to develop new technologies and techniques that have increased both our quality and quantity of life. The question, though, is how does creativity begin? Does it start as a dream? Does a light bulb suddenly appear over your head? Or is there something specific you can do to spark your creativity and passion? Believe it or not, we are all creative. While we may be creative in different ways, creativity is within us, just waiting to be uncovered.
Create A List of 100
Make a list of 100 ideas and thoughts. They don’t have to be connected, but simply write out 100 ideas that come to mind in a single sitting. This may seem daunting, but the purpose is to generate uncensored and unfiltered thoughts that can be used as a foundation for a bigger idea. You can always filter the ideas later on, so focus on quantity, not quality at first.
Stimulate Your Senses
Try something different that involves the senses. For example, go to a wine tasting, art museum, concert or even a masseuse. You just might discover a fresh idea by stimulating your body and mind with new things.
Surround yourself with positive, inspiring words. Stories, positive affirmations, and motivational quotes are always great starting points to tap into your creativity. You just might be inspired to look within after reading the inspirational stories or thoughts of others.
Go For A Drive
Just you and the open road. You may be able to think clearer when you’re alone in the car. Turn off the stereo and tune into your own thoughts circulating in your head. There are plenty of creative ideas already within your mind; you just have to become more aware of them!
Ask For Help
Use the bountiful resources of others. There are plenty of people around the world who love to talk, so get them talking! Ask them questions and allow their responses to guide your thoughts and ideas. You just may come up with a unique and creative solution by using the brainpower of others.
Try the color yellow. Although strange, many psychologists believe the color yellow inspires creativity and stimulates your memory. It has also been said that yellow makes you naturally happy. Yellow helps with decision making, clarity, and development of ideas. Yellow Can help us focus, study and recall information.
Take A Break
It’s time to relax! Don’t forget how important a little “me time” can be. our minds need a break! Your relaxation routine doesn’t have to be extravagant; it can be as simple as playing a Sudoku puzzle or going for a 15-minute walk. step away from the computer, put down your pen, try doing something new. By refreshing your body and mind, you will actually return more creative than ever.
Change it Up
Change your routine. Any adjustment to your usual way of doing things can help you take a fresh look at life. Take an alternate route to work or visit a coffee shop on the other side of town. Visit the art museum you have been meaning to go to. Expand your horizons by looking for ways to experience novelty on a regular basis.
Incubate. Before inspiration hits, there’s usually a quiet time while we digest our ideas. Help your unconscious mind along. Routine tasks like washing dishes can trigger insights. Seek Inspiration. Surround yourself with whatever you find invigorating. Visit art museums or go camping.
Transform your life into a work of art by tapping into your creative side. Once you discover and develop your passions, you’ll be on your way to feeling more accomplished and fulfilled.