Creativity: The Ticket to Your Best Life

Okay, how many people say “I’m not creative!”  That is so not true.  Maybe we are not all artistically creative, but every day, each one of us applies creative thinking to our lives to make things better.   Such as, did you set an awe-inspiring table?  Outsmart a fish?  Solve what seemed to be an insurmountable problem? Create an amazing Halloween costume?

This is all creativity my book:  applying new patterns or different ways of thinking or reacting to a situation that allows you to create a satisfactory or even awesome outcome! 

So if you are young, old, unemployed, underemployed, overwhelmed or blocked, how can you use your creativity to make it better? Can you step outside of your routine? Shake it up and get a new perspective?

And guess what?  Your creativity will improve with practice. Many years ago, I had the privilege of meeting a fascinating creativity consultant named Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative.

 Here are just three ideas I adapted from von Oech’s Creative Whack Pack that demonstrate how flexing your creativity muscles can help you build your best life:

1)    Change an Assumption:  For example:  if you think, ‘I am too old, too young, too fat, too inexperienced to do ______’; what if you could let that “assumption” go?  What would you do differently? Maybe your assumption really isn’t valid.  Is it just an excuse?

2)    Combine Ideas: So you want to be a writer, but you need to make a living?  You are also a runner.  Could you combine your skills and interests to make a start?  What about writing articles or stories about running while you hold down your 9 to 5 job?  Sell them, blog them – you know, start being a writer!

3)    Imagine How Someone Else Would Do It – How would someone you respect and admire handle your situation?  What could you learn from their perspective that is different from yours? What then could you do differently?

Creativity is available to all of us as a natural resource – every single day. For more ideas and exercises, visit Roger von Oech’s blog and work your creativity muscle: your ticket to your best life!

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Date: Tuesday, 10. November 2009 14:46
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