I believe we are all creative, it’s part of our DNA. The ability to imagine possibilities is what makes us human. Just because you can’t draw, or play a musical instrument or write a poem doesn’t mean you are not creative. You may not be ‘artistic’ but we all have the ability to solve problems – creativity is simply problem-solving in action.
Awakening Your Creativity
In this context, getting creative is about experimentation, play and having a go at something, just for the pleasure of doing it.
It doesn’t have to involve expensive equipment or going on courses, there are plenty of small things you can try, just because you can.
No one needs to see your embarrassing attempts, this is just for you.
A Vision Board
One of my first acts of creativity was to create a vision board.
I do this every year.
The idea of a ‘Vision Board’ or ‘Dream Board’ is to put together a display of images and words that inspire and motivate you.
Here’s the Wikipedia definition:
The purpose is to remind you of what’s important.
The idea is that there is a ‘Law of Attraction’ – that what you focus on will be what you get.
I’m not a great believer in ‘wishing something’ and it coming true or ‘manifesting’ things, but I do know from experience that when you focus on something, when you are reminded of it, you have a desire to achieve something and channel your efforts and energies towards it, you are far more likely to succeed.
You can dream or imagine anything your heart desires, but you still have to put in the work to make it happen! A vision board is a visual representation of those goals.
As a writer, I’m drawn towards words, so my Vision Boards have always been filled with lots of words and phrases that resonate with me.
I was drawn to the image of the house. Perhaps it’s representing being at home with myself and my business?
The trouble is, when I created my vision board last year and also creating one this year, I cut out so many words and images from magazines that inspired me, I had too many for my vision boards!
Random Acts of Creativity
My latest random act of creativity is to put these words and images into collages in a notebook. I’m not sure if I’d call this ‘scrapbooking’ or an ‘Artists journal’ or a ‘vision book’…
It’s been a fun process. There’s something therapeutic about collecting words and pictures and creating inspiring images with them!
It helps me to realise what’s important to me, what I want to focus on and what I happen to be thinking about at the time.
Getting Creative Will:
Having a go at something creative – whatever that may be – can have a positive knock-on effect in so many ways throughout your business and life.
Here are 11 unexpected benefits of getting creative…
11 Unexpected Benefits of Getting Creative
1) Change your mindset to see patterns and beauty
2) Learn new skills that can be transferred into other elements of your business and life
3) Mindfulness – being in the moment, doing something for the sheer pleasure of the process
4) Be open to ways to bring a creative flair to the parts of your work, such as your marketing
5) Give you a better appreciation of visual arts, design and creating stunning images which will help you create better visuals for your marketing
6) Give you something to focus on other than your business – a healthy diversion
7) Connect you to creative people you may never have met otherwise
8) Potentially create an extra income source. If you find a craft you love doing, can do easily and well you could sell them as products
9) Sense of achievement
10) Can still ‘feel productive’ when business is slow
11) It’s fun! We could all do with a little more joy in our lives
Find freedom through writing for yourself…