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Monday, November 19, 2012

12 Ways to Spark Your Creativity


The Creative You
Everyone is born creative. The boxes of crayons in kindergarten were not limited to those who possessed potential; because the truth is, everybody has potential. People appear to have the delusion that only a few are capable of creative genius. This is one of life's biggest myths. The truth is, creativity is very much like a muscle; everyone has the ability, but some people don't practice it because they don't believe they are capable.
You know this isn't true. By now you should realize that nothing is impossible, the thought of you creating something amazing and inspirational is only a matter of steps away. If you've tried to create something in the past and it didn't work out, maybe it's because you were trying too hard. Creativity is a matter of doing, not a process of thinking. Learn to be spontaneous to be able to bring ideas to fruition, and don't be afraid to make mistakes.
Below are some ways you can unleash the creativity within yourself.
Explore the Possibilities
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
~Scott Adams
#1. Exercise. Take a walk. Run a mile or two. Send all those endorphins coursing through your veins. Exercising certainly clears and relaxes your mind and allows for anything to pop up.
#2. Record your dreams. Those dreams may just create a creative spark in you.
#3. Discover your own style. People will welcome your originality more because it is uniquely yours. Being unique will allow people to see how important an asset you are.
#4. Don't hide behind fancy gadgets or tools. The true artist in fact reduces the number of tools he has, as he gets better at his craft: he knows what works and what don't and only uses the few perfect tools. Technology has negative effects so use it sparingly.
#5. Nothing will work without passion. What wakes you up in the mornings? What keeps the flame burning? What is the one thing that you'll die if you don't do? Sometimes you just want something so bad you become a virtual unstoppable. And that is passion. Passion will keep you going.
#6. You can't force inspiration. It hits when you least expect it to. For those unpredictable yet inevitable moments, you should prepare.
#7. Read everything you can -- good and bad, and keep your mind open to the never-ending potential of the universe. The more you know, the more you will desire to know, and the more your sense of wonder will be exercised.
#8. Focus on a creative activity everyday. Even doodling is a creative activity. Constantly write, it will help you get your ideas out.
#9. Think outside the box -- or don't. Sometimes, constraints are in reality a good thing. Boundaries discipline you to work within your means. They allow you to be more imaginative. Creative freedom is great, but limitations enforce discipline.
#10. Attempt something new on a daily basis and let your experiences extend your point of view. Open up to the people around you. As you push yourself out of your comfort zone further and further every day, your sense of adventure grows and so does your passion for life.
#11. Follow the beat of your own drum. Allowing for the suggestions of others will only bring disharmony to the music you are trying to create. If you have a unique idea, don't squander your time and effort trying to make people appreciate it. The help you will get in all probability comes in the form of negative feedback, which only means you're doing something right.
#12. Embrace insanity. The thing is, sanity or being ordinary limits people to think... well, normally. Creativity is for all intents and purposes breaking through barriers. It's important that your creativity doesn't get you detached from the real world completely.
Get To It!
I trust this article has encouraged you to start thinking further than your "limits." If you follow these steps soon you'll be living a fulfilling life out of the ordinary adventures. Unleashing your creative thinking will bring about a new passion for living life. As this new fervor begins to develop, so will your creativity - the two are dependent upon each other.
***Perry Hua is an aspiring writer in the field of personal development and is passionate about helping others improve themselves. Read more from Perry Hua at ***

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