Human beings are quintessentially creative. just look at the primitive tools and cave paintings. or how mankind has used jewelry and make-up to adorn ourselves for centuries.
From innovative business ideas, or contemporary Modern Art, we have a need to create. As we move ever forward into a digital world, sometimes that creativity can be stifled. This ought not be the case.
So, what does it mean to be creative?
How can I live more creatively?
The following 5 steps will help you to remember to infuse creativity in the way you approach the world, and infused in the steps are suggestions for how you can trigger your brain to remember creative ways of functioning. When we strive to be people of originality and creation we create Better Lives better businesses and act in our in our human nature.
1. Be curious
The inquisitive mind allows for pushing boundaries. It asks questions about how things work and especially “why” they're the way they are. Allow curiosity to flow and the next logical step will be innovation.
2. Defy your own expectations
We all have things that hold us back or keep us back. Often in place to protect us - when you challenge your self-expectations you will find you have your ego to contend with. This is only natural. Continue to be curious about your self-expectations, step one, then continue to step three.
Sidebar: for me the most compelling motivations have come from being told I can't do something. What are you telling yourself you can't do? Defy it! Prove yourself wrong.
3. Try new things
The best way to convince yourself to move towards a lifestyle of ingenuity is to stretch your creative muscles. The more we work these muscles, the more second nature they become. Here are some places to experiment.
- Look at new things & experiment seeing in a deeper way.
- Instead of looking at clothes, pay attention to the fabric for a week - texture, pattern, sheen.
- Instead of going to the theatre, visit an art gallery and ask for a tour. Ask more questions. See more.
- If you do go to the theatre look for colour themes, product placement, interesting angles or transitions.
- Stretch your seeing muscle.
TRY: visiting the MaKenzie art gallery
- Use your mouth to speak, to sing, to explore.
- Explore breath. Try breathing exercises, try singing exercises or plain old play with volume (you may want to play in privacy!).
- If you have trouble sharing your truth practice saying what you need or what you want aloud.
- Vocalize reactions with sounds and not words.
- Explore and play with the gift of voice.
TRY: Fitzmaurice Voicework & Itcush Method Combined
- Pull out a journal and challenge yourself to get down thoughts.
- If it is too hard to come up with ideas on your own as you begin, get a journal with writing prompts already included. There are all sorts of workbooks and journals for this.
- Take a writing class
- Publish a blog
- Handwrite a letter.
- Buy a fountain pen and cold-pressed paper. Smell the paper and allow curiosity to flood your pen and page.
TRY: The Paper Umbrella and treat yourself.
- Listen to new sounds and pay attention to the nuances.
- Play some tasty Jazz and listen for how the key instrument takes turns riffing - like a conversation.
- Listen to tones of voice around you and subtleties. Listen to the meaning behind what people are trying to tell you.
- Put down your phone and hear the person talking to you, your child asking for your attention or your partner bidding for your affection.
TRY: The Regina Symphony Orchestra
- Get a Moleskine or Lichtenstein notebook (Again, see Paper Umbrella) and carry it in your pocket.
- Stop to notice beautiful things, and try sketching what you see.
- Set a timer for one minute, and pick a random object to sketch.
- Experiment with different forms of getting ideas down - like collage or word pictures.
- Take a painting or drawing class.
TRY: A beginner watercolour class with Nikki’s Portraits of Childhood
My mom and I did a tour with Nikki in September that was an amazing bonding time and reconnecting with our inner artists!
- Honour your ability to move.
- Notice the ways you move.
- Take a somatics class.
- Visit a chiropractor or osteopath.
- Set a timer to stand up and switch chairs every thirty minutes.
- Experience aerial arts.
TRY: An Aereal Arts class to explore movement and expression at Fly Fitness and Areal Arts.
4. Practice mindfulness.
Being in touch with yourself, surroundings and others is so important. When we are not present we can feel dull, sluggish and unmotivated. Learning to breathe life and meaning into the little things throughout your day can spark an awaking within.
- Be aware of your body
- Listen to your surroundings
- Take time to reflect
- Learn empathy
- Create positive inner dialogue
TRY: Restorative Yoga at Every Day Sacred
5. Surround yourself with people who motivate you
At the end of the day, creativity is a muscle that needs to be stretched and strengthened - and when you take the time to invest into these areas and live a more creative life you may just surprise yourself in what you come up with and are able to express. By surrounding yourself with mentors and others who live in a way that you admire or want to appropriate you will find yourself building the life you want to live.
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