Commit to one Creative act, everyday
Inspiration drives Creativity, but what if you don’t know what to do with that inspiration when it hits you? Great writers, painters and athletes did not become great overnight. Honing their craft through diligent, daily practice made these people great. Writing daily gave Elizabeth Gilbert the ability to harness the inspiration that became Eat, Pray, Love. Wondering where to get started? Try a 21 day challenge. Science states that it takes 21 days to instill a habit, and people have noticed. 21 day challenges abound for nearly every endeavor.
Do something outside your comfort zone
When we reach outside the realm of our normal patterns we’re required to think a little differently. Though it can feel foreign and awkward, that integral space just outside the comfort zone is where we’re able to really tap into what we’re capable of. We’re required to stretch our imagination and our willingness, and it’s in that space the Creativity is able to flourish.
Be willing to make mistakes
Instead of looking at mistakes as something negative, look at them as an opportunity to learn. Master innovator and creator, Steve Jobs, was at one point fired from his own company. Outside his comfort zone, he created Pixar—the computer based animation studio responsible for films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo. Our mistakes provide us insight and information. Through them, we know what not to do. We’re able to try a new direction, and that new direction might be what leads us to Creative breakthrough.
Creativity centers in the imagination, and the importance of exercising the imagination spans well beyond our childhood years. The problems and conflicts of our world yearn for new, Creative solutions. Now is the time for more of us to begin stepping outside our boxes and stretching our Creative powers.
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
According to the Virtues Project™ Reflection cards, Creativity is…
…the power of imagination. We are open to inspiration, which ignites our originality. With creativity, we are resourceful and intuitive. We solve problems in new and surprising ways. We know how to play. We take time for dreaming. Discovering our own special talents is a gift to the world, whether making a meal, playing a sport, or creating a craft. Creativity connects us to beauty of sound, design, color, movement, ideas and words, and allows us to bring something new into the world. Creativity brings our gifts to fruition.
Creativity is the basis of all human innovation so how do we bring more of it into our own lives?