Rather than wait for your muse to show up, you can get your creative juices flowing anytime, ready or not.
Think back to when you were a child. Chances are you created naturally and often. All children play “make believe” or invent new games with their equally imaginative friends. If you are a parent, you likely see it in your own kids today.
It’s still possible for you to order up creativity on demand. It just takes a little practice. I discovered this from years working in the news business. The news never stops. I’d have to write stories and headlines without time to spare. Some of the cleverest folks I’ve met are copy editors who have to crank out puns and witticisms by the minute.
Here’s my process. It’s not only worked for me, I’ve seen great results when I’ve taught it to my clients.
Step 1. Reach out for inspiration rather than wait for it to come to you. Take a long deep breath, or several. This helps to quiet the panicky chatter in your mind. In this moment, you are turning your creative energy over to the Creator of All. Say to yourself, “I am ready, open and available. The perfect best solution is coming to me right now. I feel it is already here.” Breathe again, and stay as quiet as you can for a few moments.
Step 2. Ideas will begin to form in your mind, perhaps as a trickle instead of a furious flow. That’s OK. Write them down anyway. Do not impede the energy through self-judgment, critiquing each possibility. Do not worry about writing in any particular order. In news writing, it is common practice for a reporter to write some phrases or key bits of information in rough organization, then go back and “fill in the blanks” to develop it into a fully completed story.
Step 3. Now the editing begins. Take a look at what you’ve got so far and pick a winner. If one jumps out at you, congratulations! Otherwise it may be helpful to continuously narrow your choices one at a time until you have a favorite. The winner may be a combination or variation of some kind. Let go of any lingering fear or doubt. The best, most original idea is often the edgiest.
Step 4. Say “thank you!” Thank God (or Spirit, or the universe if you prefer) for the creative gift you’ve been given. Not only is gratitude good for its own sake, it will help you stay in this higher energetic field by keeping the connection open.
Take in constructive feedback whenever you can. it may spark even more creative solutions.
Make creation a habit and it should get easier. How do you turn it into a habit? I’ll address creative discipline in a future post.
Need more help with creating something? Having an expert to brainstorm with, give you deadlines, and hold you accountable, can be beneficial and speed up your progress. Let’s talk!
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