Monday, May 4, 2009

Monday Musings ~ Creative Strategies

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wrote in a previous blog post how Creativity can be developed and strengthened with practice and more frequent use. Taking steps, no matter how small will stimulate your creativity perhaps leading to improvement in other areas of your life. The amount of creativity you utilize in your life is up to you.

First you can decide which areas of your life you would like to improve. Creativity can be used to improve your relationships, to increase contentment which can often lead to increased happiness in your life. You have 24 hours available each day in which you can "flex this muscle". Here are five points to keep in mind when thinking of stimulating the creative process in your life.

1. Suspend judgment and be open minded. Be open to new ideas, to new possibilities and approaches or solutions without immediate judgment.

2.Brainstorm and in doing so, think freely. Impossible, wild ideas are a fine place to start. When you allow yourself to think outside the boundaries of normal thought, innovative new ideas can arise. Remember that practical, genius ideas very often arise from impractical and impossible thoughts.

3. Try your hand at something new. Again, remember to reserve immediate judgment and criticism. Just begin and try to focus on the process and what you can glean from the experience.

4. Be forever young. Young children are fearless when it comes to trying new things. They do not have the fear of "getting it wrong". They are not worried about "what other people may say". There is no fear of embarrassment. They simply try and create. Tap into your inner child and be free of inhibitions and hangups. Believe you can do anything!

5. Exercise your imagination. People with very creative imaginations have the ability to think beyond their experience and rethink them into new ideas. Next week I will share with you an article I found that discusses this idea and gives strategies to develop it further.


Krazy Kate Designs said...

Great blog post Denise!

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Love the 'forever young' piece! I need to tap into my inner child more often! Thank you for the reminder!

Un de Six said...

So true. Being open and "practicing" really do help creativity. The problem I have is when business mixes into the creative pot. Not knowing when to stop. I guess working the creativity too hard.

Love the post. Very thoughtful.

Walk in the Woods said...

Very nice! I like the way you think! :)

Carolyn (addtwist) said...

Thanks for this post! Often times I feel like I'm not being creative enough.
Its good to be reminded and pep-talked!