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4 Simple but Effective Ways To Harness Creativity

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4 Simple but Effective Ways To Harness Creativity

We always can use some more creativity in our lives. Whether you’re running a massive company or just looking to take on some do it yourself projects at home, being creative is a form of self-expression and is the backbone behind productivity and success.

To me, creativity goes hand in hand with productivity and we all have our different ways to show it. Creativity is not limited to those in the arts, but it is the driving force behind your best work no matter what form it may be. For some people, creativity comes more naturally than it does for others, but there are ways to help give your creativity a little nudge in the right direction.

Here are 4 ways  to help harness your creativity:

1. Get up and move around

Motion creates emotion. And emotion is critical in your creative process. No matter if you’re a writer, musician or putting together a new budget proposal, to get the best out of your work you need that bit of emotion and passion to put everything you have into it. Since a majority of our time is spent sitting down this is a good time to get up and move. It might just be a quick walk or jumping jacks, the point is when you do get up and move that motion will translate into a better energy that you can put towards your work.

 

2. Read or watch something inspirational

This can work a few ways. Firstly, it is beneficial whenever you hit a rut and feel you’re drained on a creative level. Having things to turn to that inspire and motivate you are a great way to get back on track. It can be as simple as putting a playlist of inspiring music together or a collection of youtube videos that you find motivating.

Watching, reading or listening to inspirational things first thing each day can also be a good way to set up your creative process for the day. It starts the day on that creative note which can lead you down a more productive path as the day goes on.

“If you can dream it you can do it.” – Walt Disney

3. Get more exercise

This will be different to the first point which is about trying to break out of little ruts by generating quick emotion. Consistent exercise can lead to more consistent creativity. Research from the Leiden University in the Netherlands, found that those who exercised four times a week were able to think more creatively than those who were sedentary.

This has a double-pronged effect as when you do need those little short term bursts as shown in the first point your body is more able to adapt to a creative place. The exercise has the ability to help strengthen that creative muscle along with your actual ones!

 

4. Refer back to your best work

You may have dozens of examples of your own creativity at it’s best or even just a handful. The point is you know you can be creative and have no doubt fired on all cylinders at some point. When you feel you are lacking in creativity go back to some of your best stuff to get a reminder that, not only can you be creative, but you know you will be again.

In whatever work you do sometimes the best inspiration can come from yourself. It’s something I’ve been doing lately by going back to some of my best writing and blog posts as it gets me back into that creative mindset that was really working at the time.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

You are going to hit creative ruts from time to time, that’s just a fact. The best thing to take away here is to simply realize that. When you can come to terms in realizing periods of non-creativity are not the end of the world, and that you will break through them, it sets you up for future success.

Like athletes who do the same pre-game ritual day in and day out so it goes with the person who depends on creativity in order to be productive. Creating a routine, and some things to fall back on during those dry spells, helps to create a dynamic where you are more easily able to snap out of it and get back on the track to real creativity and progress.

What are some things you do to harness your creativity? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

Jamie Logie is a personal trainer and health coach, podcaster and blogger with the mission of helping people succeed in their health and wellness. Jamie runswww.regainedwellness.com and is author of the best selling book: Taking Back Your Health.

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  1. Alex Liang

    Oct 15, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Meditation does wonders for your creativity. Allows me to focus only on what is necessary at times and when I need to, come up with different connections and relations.

  2. Kara O'Neill

    Mar 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    A good cup of black coffee powers me up to get me creative. Throw in a walk to get the coffee – even down a long sun-filled hallway and I’m good to go!

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Don’t Want To Feel Like A Failure Anymore? Stop Doing These 6 Things

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It’s pretty annoying isn’t it? All those great and accomplished people telling you that FAILURE is a necessity on your way to success. Yeah, that’s easy for them to say; they’re already ‘on the other side’! You on the other hand, are still struggling all day everyday to get your business lifted off the ground and are really not that sure if you’re indeed going to make it.

There’s that little voice in your head that keeps telling you that you don’t have the stuff to make it all happen. Not now and not ever. You feel like a failure…it’s holding you back and you don’t know how to deal with it. Well you could do yourself a favor and start dealing with it by doing the following things:

1. Stop Denying You Feel Like A Failure

Telling yourself things are going great when they’re not is one of the biggest, though most useless, coping mechanisms human beings deploy in rough times. Common denial signals among entrepreneurs: trying to regain more control by working even more hours and on the other side compensating this by letting go of all this control by partying and drinking way too hard.

What you’re doing is denying yourself the opportunity to actually feel what’s going on and acknowledge the problem; that both you and your business are in a bad place. Without acknowledging it, it’ll be pretty difficult to actually STOP feeling it. And remember, just because you feel like a failure, this does not mean that you indeed ARE a failure!

2. Stop Making It Bigger Than it Really Is

This is one of those other ‘fun’ things human beings do; we blow things way out of proportion in our heads! In business, when you lose that big client you’ve been working on for weeks, it feels like it’s the end of the world. You start doubting yourself, your strategy, your entire business model right up to the point where you barely sleep because you’re working on pivoting the whole thing.

But what if that customer simply didn’t have the money to go for your service anyway? Or what if they just decided to go for someone who is cheaper but who offers less quality? Does that mean there’s something wrong with YOU? Or that this was the ONLY customer out there and that you’re now doomed forever?

Of course not, it simply means that THIS CUSTOMER wasn’t a match. It’s a bit like dating actually…So if you take this into consideration, could it be that you just feel like a failure instead of really not succeeding in that what you want to at this point in time?

3. Stop Thinking You’re The Only One Who Feels Like This

You’re not! With the possible exception of the true sociopaths, that feeling you’re feeling is very normal to EVERYONE. It might not seem like it on the outside – because people don’t like to acknowledge this remember – but I can guarantee you that it’s true. But unlike 99% of the world’s population, YOU’RE not going to let this feeling stop you in your tracks. Are you?

4. Stop Thinking You’re Supposed To Be Superhuman

In fact, it’s very likely that you’re already doing, learning and succeeding at WAY more than most other people are. But for entrepreneurs, somehow, that never seems to be enough. You don’t just want to be successful after a few years of hard work (which is normal). You want to be successful after only a few months. Because you’re special…or at least you think you are…

Well, here’s the truth: you ARE special! But…it’s just not very likely that you’re one of those – very very rare – entrepreneurial superstars that – seemingly – just added some hot water and got instant business success as a result.

5. Stop Being So Incredibly Stubborn

Entrepreneurs are stubborn…almost by default. It’s what makes them push forward in the hardest of times. But…if you’re not doing the right things right you might just be hammering a square peg through a round hole. Which will only add to that frustrated feeling you’re already having. So why not stop being so stubborn for a moment, stop hammering away on that what obviously is not working and ask for help?

No matter who you ask – a business mentor or coach, a befriended entrepreneur – someone with a neutral perspective on you and our business will be very likely to see what’s going on with a lot more clarity than you can and can guide you to a place that will feel a whole lot more comfortable.

6. Stop Being Afraid Of Failure

I know, I know, you’ve heard this a million times before and you wouldn’t be in this pickle if you could do this. Right? I’m right there with ya!

But, if you get really rational about it, what’s the worst that could happen?

  • You might have to get a ‘real’ job for a while and start over on the side;
  • You might not be able to afford your rent anymore…but with Airbnb on the 1 hand and couchsurfing on the other, you should be able to work it out somehow;
  • You’ll have all the more experience to start over a whole lot faster;
  • You’ll be no less respected by anyone because it’s clear you gave it your all;
  • In a few years, when you’re an established and supersuccessful entrepreneur you’ll also have a cool failure story to tell;
  • None of your limbs will fall off;

Now that’s not too bad for a plan B is it? Failure is such a negative word. And the associated feeling is terrible and numbing. But really…how is giving it your all and not succeeding really the same as failing? Shouldn’t the definition of failure not be along the lines of ‘not even trying’ or ‘giving up when it gets hard’?

In other words: stop beating yourself up over this!

There’s really no need to feel like a failure at all because you’re sticking your neck out, you’re trying to make a difference and you’re still moving upward on that treacherous entrepreneurial mountain.

And that…is what success REALLY is.

Those Who Failed Their Way To Success

Quotes To Live By:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail… it takes back bone to lead the life you want” – Richard Yates

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“We are all failures – at least the best of us are.” – J.M. Barrie

“Success is stumbling form failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“Don’t let success go to your head and failure to your heart” – Will Smith

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