You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
-- Maya Angelou, author
Creativity is intelligence having fun!
Creativity: The ability to engage in transformative activity.
-- Charlie Palmgren
Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.
Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.
-- Leo Burnett
Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.
As my artist's statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is, therefore, full of deep significance.
-- Calvin (Calvin & Hobbes)
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream by night.
-- Edgar Allan Poe
You see things and say, "Why?" But, I dream things that never were and I say, "Why not?"
-- George Bernard Shaw
Check out this ad from the Stampin' Up company.....took my 13-year old son a few minutes to get the double meaning; but he did. And the look on his face was priceless! Isn't it amazing how a new idea or a twist on an old idea can awaken the mind? Brain researchers are publishing all sorts of new data on the brain's ability to actually make new connections -- Yes! Even in adulthood, we can train our brains to "see" differently. Don't believe it? Take the 21-Day challenge. Follow the research of Shawn Achor (CEO of Good Think, Inc.). Add ONE new POSITIVE task to your daily schedule for 21 consecutive days. Write a daily 'thank you' email note. Jot a few words in a gratitude journal. Call one person each day to reconnect or tell them how important they are to you. Then, experience how your brain develops strong new connections that effortlessly integrate that task into the very core of your being. Try it; you'lll be amazed.
Ever feel like you are stuck in a rut? Doing the same-old, same-old at work or home? You are not alone. Too many people feel trapped in stale, unhealthy environments -- unable to break from the daily drone of a noncreative lifestyle. What is the best way to abandon the stale parts of your life and embrace something fresh and exciting? Get Out!
That's right. Simply MOVE OUT of your current environment into another one that is more engaging, interesting, stimulating...and perhaps, new. "Detaching from a familiar environement can help get perspective on everyday life," says Adam Galinsky, professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Galinky asserts that going anywhere is "good for the brain."
That means that you can stimulate creativity and spark passion just by changing venues. Here are a few other ideas: Go outdoors. Take a walk. Visit the library; peruse the stacks. Take a cooking or photography class. Visit the musuems in your hometown. Enter a local race or pie-eating competiton. Subscribe to a blog that highlights your hobbies. Dance. Write. Drive your car an hour away from home as a day trip. Volunteer to help a local organization. Purge your bookshelves and donate to neighborhood schools. Rearrange furniture and pretend you've moved. Find something you are passionate about and do it!
"It's never too late in life to foster curiosity, even in the midst of the most mundane tasks," says George Mason University psychologist Todd Kashdan. In fact, Kashdan thinks people can spark their curiosity by learning from the way a small child can be transfixed by a sponge or play happily with a stick for an hour. A child's sense of wonder and delight over the ordinary is instructive.
Take time to observe a small child as she makes an entire 'meal' with salt dough, or envisions an imaginary castle world for battles. Even better -- spray a handful of shaving cream on a desk and let your child explore the texture, smell, mobility and more. Give yourself a foamy glob and sense the possibilities.
Where do good ideas come from? If you're like most people, you want to know.
Here's one perspective from brilliant inventor Albert Einstein:
"I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talents. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas."
What have you done lately that prompted you to look differently at a situation, challenge or task? How can you get a fresh perspective on life and get out of the daily grind that many people find themselves in? Try something new -- take a class, drive a different way to work each day, eat new foods, listen to a funky radio station. Look upward instead of inward. Follow some of the ideas on this website. Spend more time watching your children play and approach life with their amazing sense of wonder and openness.
In a recent article in the Philadelphia Business Journal, successful author and businessman Harvey McKay asks "What Drives Creativity?" Drawing on his own life experiences, McKay affirms: "You can't always sit around and wait for inspiration to strike...you are not born with creativity...you have to cultivate creativity on an ongoing basis."
His #1 idea for stretching your creative muscles? Keep a journal. Buy a spiral notebook and tie a pen to it with ribbon. Jot down thoughts, observations, questions. Sketch pictures. Tape in photos, articles, recipes. Include anything that inspires you. When you need a creative boost, refer to your notebook!
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