“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love
Here’s the secret everyone knows, but is trying to ignore: There is a well of creativity inside of you and when you tap into that well, it will enhance every other area of your life.
Whether it’s a project at work, a situation at home, or a general sense that things aren’t going quite the way you would like in your life, when you take the step to express yourself creatively you will open doors and find answers that you thought you didn’t have in you. Here are a few simple ideas to jump start your creative side and start you on the road to looking at life with a new perspective.
1. Be Still
One of the biggest obstacles to being creative is this modern life we live. We are subjected to a barrage of messages and entertainment coming at us from all angles. Radio, TV, our email, texts. All of these things are competing for our attention and if we aren’t careful, we can fall into the trap of responding to this loud modern input and neglecting our inner well-being, that part of us which craves stillness and peace each day. To start listening to your inner voice, find the time of day that you naturally feel most at peace and just decide to spend some time in quiet reflection. Do it in the way you feel most comfortable, be willing to experiment with different things until you find the way that you feel most comfortable with. It takes practice to ‘be still’ but it’s well worth it. If you have a very active mind, then try taking those few minutes in peaceful reflection to just list everything you are thankful for at that moment. Do this anywhere you can, and any time you can.
2. Forget Perfection
You know why most people don’t do what they dream of doing? Because they think that they have to do it perfectly. To get in touch with your creative side, forget perfection. Nobody wins with that approach to life.
3. Start A 30 Day Journal
Pick up a notebook and commit to writing an entry every day. No rules on length or topic. Just be sure you write something every day. It may be two words one day and a whole page the next. Just promise to be honest with yourself. Wait until day 31 and during some quiet time, go back and read the entire 30 days. As you read each day, be open to whatever insights come to you.
4. Expand Your Definition Of ‘Creative’
“Creative” is not limited to paint, brush and canvas. It is any way you choose to express yourself. Write a poem, bake some cupcakes, garden, keep a journal, take photos, sew, knit, doodle. Just pick something you want to try and dive in.
5. Write A Poem
Remember that earlier rule? Forget perfection! This is not a class assignment, nobody will be judging whether it’s a ‘good’ poem. It is YOUR poem. Give yourself permission to just be YOU. Write about what’s on your mind at that moment. Is it the beauty of life? Unrequited love? Grief? GO FOR IT.
6. Just Doodle
Get a wirebound 3x5 card stack with at least one side blank, or one of those small notepads that fit into a pocket or purse, and keep it with you with a pen and just doodle at every opportunity! It’s fun and it’s been proven to improve memory and get your brain engaged in higher order thinking.
7. Remember: You Live In Paradise
People pay good money to come and visit this place that you call home! When was the last time you went to the beach? Whether or not you’re a water baby or a landlubber, go to the beach this week (or weekend) and walk, sit or swim but just immerse yourself in this gift that we’ve all been given. Take a friend, take the kids or take a book but just go.
8. Finish This Sentence…
“If I had a guarantee that I couldn’t fail, I would ___________________.” Now follow that thought with the realization that it’s not the failure that’s in the way of your achieving that dream, it’s your FEAR of failure.
Here’s the rest of that quote from Marianne Williamson: “It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I hope you choose to let your light shine today!