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6 Simple Ways to Add More Creativity to Your Life

We often think of "creativity" as something that is produced and seen in the physical world.

Yet, as I've spent time exploring my personal values, using my values as a guide, and aligning my actions with my values, I have found that creativity plays a vital role in my thought process and emotions, a realm that cannot be seen or touched. 

I never considered myself a creative person because I could not draw, sing, or dance in any way fit for public consumption.

However, I have always been a person to ask questions, challenge the status quo, and choose my own path.

  • As a 3rd grader, I asked my Sunday School teacher if Moses was Black; I can still see the look of utter confusion on her face. 

  • When I was 16, I chose to spend my summer on the Haitian border in rural Dominican Republic building latrines rather than enjoying my new driving privileges and going to parties.

  • As an adult, one of the parts I've enjoyed most in my work is devising alternative solutions to challenges and trying new things. 

But it wasn’t until I started to explore my values that I embraced creativity as an integral part of who I am.

In acknowledging and naming my thought process and willingness to try new things as creativity, rather than obstinance, stubbornness, and defiance as I had previously labeled it, I could begin to see my approach as assets and tools that I could harness and use with the intention of making a positive impact for myself and those around me. 

I have distilled my creative approach into 6 actions.  If you're seeking ways to bring more creativity into your life, give a couple of these a try. 

6 simple yet effective ways to bring more creativity to your life:

1. Reframe belief in yourself.

We are often held back from trying new things because of our fear of failure.  So rather than asking yourself, “What if it doesn’t work out?”  instead consider asking yourself, “What if it does work out?” or “What will I learn that will help me in the future?” Remember, mistakes and “failures” are necessary to move forward. Think of all of the failed inventions that changed our world and are now integral to modern life: Penicillin, Pacemakers, and Post-It Notes, just to name a few. 

2. Move your body.

When you expose yourself to different environmental cues, your brain is able to bring more creative thoughts to the surface.

Simply getting up for water, taking a short walk around the block, or sitting in the sun for a while stimulates your brain's imagination and, thus, creativity.

Next time you are trying to figure something out but feel stuck, give your brain a break and move your body instead.

3. Be willing to move into your growth zone.

Your comfort zone is just that-- it keeps you comfortable and safe, which is very important at times.

However, your comfort zone can stagnate your creativity. 

Move beyond your comfort zone: try something new, go somewhere on your own, bring a bold new idea to the table, and experience your creativity soar as you step into your growth zone, because that is where growth happens!

4. Identify your resources.

We often focus on what we do not have, and the “if only” mantra takes over.  

Try this instead: Take note of your internal resources, skills, strengths and experience. Also list the external support systems you have: colleagues, mentors, and other resources to help you navigate areas that are more challenging for you.

Taking stock of the tools and resources you do have will contribute to your creative problem-solving efforts and overcoming challenges.  

5. Collaborate.

When you have the opportunity to share ideas, even wild ones, with other people, new ideas and solutions are formulated. 

You can play off each other’s skills and experience and create something that never would have been possible alone. 

6. Embrace the process.

When you can embrace the process of problem-solving and focus on the intention rather than the outcome, you have the freedom to explore creatively.

Although it is helpful to know what you're aiming for, taking time to reflect and glean new understanding from the process' ups and downs offers tremendous learning opportunities that can be applied to feature endeavors and more creativity!

Coaching can help you unlock more creativity, which can pay off in your work, home, hobbies and beyond.

Curious to see what coaching could do for you? I'd be happy to jump on the phone with you and discuss the possibilities at no cost!


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