takes time and silent space
talent needs to stake out some
regularly. You can schedule time daily or a couple of days a week. This
needs to be an appointment and commitment you keep with yourself.
of Your Creativity
There are cycles of creativity
Just as there are seasons in a year
and cycles in preparing, planting, nurturing, waiting and harvesting
there are creative cycles. We are not always in the harvesting phase. We
do go through the dormant cycles of winter that feel as though nothing
is happening. We complete the cycle and move into the planting and
3. Select mentors, friends and dream partners
"Don't expect anyone to be happy for your success or
big dreams. If you
have a loved one and a friend or two who are happy for you, consider
yourself lucky." Other people can stop or delay your project or
idea before you even act on it. So select your
Remain friends with lots of people but when it comes to working
creatively, choose like minds and train them to be honest and
4. Commit to yourself
people feel guilty when they take the time to engage in their projects.
It may mean leaving something undone, not over committing and saying no.
In a study of women and creativity the biggest fear was fear of lost or
weakened relationships. People still need to
be connected. This may mean speaking with friends, lovers and
children about staying connected and nurtured during this process.
5. Set strong
"I say no to
many things, so that I may say 'Yes!' to what gives me life." We need strong
boundaries so that we have
energy and time for our creations.
from your strengths
you were to spend 80% of your effort to become good at a weakness you
might improve that area 20%. But if you were to spend that same
80% of your effort to improve an area of strength, you may improve
your strengths 100-400% or more!
7. Fear is a companion of creativity
Make friends with fear.
Unless you have a high risk, thrill seeking personality you will
experience fear when you venture out into unfamiliar territory. It's OK
to pause, look at it, slow down for a moment. However, do NOT let
it stop you! Feel the fear and continue! The only
way to lessen fear is to do the things we are most afraid of. We
are always in a higher state of emotional arousal when we
try something new.
Expect fear, redefine fear as performance energy and move on.
8. Stop criticising yourself
We can defeat ourselves before we
start by constantly feeling we come up short. When you try
something new always
about your performance. Yes, you can polish it and
improve, but you
don't have to make yourself 'wrong' to make something better.
9. Get over perfectionism
you have to do something perfectly, you will rarely try something new
because you can't do it perfectly the first few times. Yes do great
work, but don't hold onto it until it's perfect. By the time it's
perfect, it'll probably be outdated anyway.
10. Play, have fun, feel joyful, get in the energy flow
is about play, fun and flow.
When you lose track of time and have boundless energy,
doing the thing
you love, you know you've found your highest creative expression.