I’ve worked with women in the past that are quite insistent that they don’t have a creative bone in their body. When I hear this nonsense, it becomes my mission in the coaching process to help them uncover their creativity. The truth is that every woman is creative-she just hasn’t uncovered her creative gifts yet. Often, these women have a very narrow definition of “being creative”. They view creativity as being expressed through art, when actually your creative sense can be expressed in numerous ways.
Even highly creative individuals hit a dry spell now and then. Just ask me. Lately, the process of writing my weekly blog had become tougher and tougher. Developing new ideas and being able to focus on my work became extremely difficult. I would literally sit at my computer waiting for an epiphany— the more I wanted this to happen, the less inspired I became. After much thought, I realized that there were changes that I needed to make to get my “creative juices flowing” again. So here are a few tips to either uncover your creative genius or get your creative “mojo” back!
Give yourself permission to slow down. Is focusing on one thing at a time a foreign concept to you? Is your schedule packed and do you run from one place to the next? Repeat after me: creativity is never going to thrive in a frenzied lifestyle. You need to slow down and give yourself some space to relax. Do you know what mindfulness is? It’s the ability to be completely in touch with the present. It’s the skill of accepting the thoughts that pass through your brain in a nonjudgmental way. Don’t analyze, don’t evaluate, just let the thoughts stream through your consciousness. When you can slow down and focus your attention on your thoughts, feelings and emotions, you are more inclined to have a creative sense.
Find what environment is conducive to your creativity. We all have places that work better than others for our creativity. Some women like to be with talking with their girlfriends. Others feel creative when they are relaxed and having a cup of coffee in Starbucks. I have found that some of my best ideas have arrived when I’m surrounded by nature. I wrote 50% of my book, 31 Days to Finding Your Inner Sass”, sitting outside on my chaise lounge. There is something about being outside, feeling the light breeze, and hearing the bird’s chatter that stimulates my creativity. I know this works for me so it’s my “go to place” when I’m feeling stuck. Try out different venues and see which ones spark your creativity.
Get your body moving to find your creativity. Now, you’re probably thinking this is just crazy. How is that supposed to help? But here’s the deal— when you’re exercising, your brain is busy wandering from thought to thought. This is exactly when the best ideas happen. Also, exercising helps control your stress and anxiety, which are toxic to any creative thinking. On top of that, exercise improves your brain activity, which can only help your creativity. I can honestly say I’ve developed many ideas for blogs and projects on the elliptical in the gym. It certainly works for me.
Get outside your comfort zone. Routine and monotony breed unimaginative thinking. How to break out of your rut? Change up the routines in your life and do something out of the ordinary, even if it’s something simple like going a different way to work. Try a new class, take up a new sport or go on an adventure. Just be sure to do something that challenges you and puts you outside your comfort zone.
If the creativity has been missing from your life lately, give thought to some of the tips I have mentioned. I firmly believe that you are truly capable of being a highly creative genius.