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5 Ways to Harness Creative Energy

drawing painting Nov 23, 2022
5 Ways to Harness Creative Energy

I keep hearing people say they’re not creative and it’s like hearing fingernails on a chalkboard! As human beings, we have an innate ability to think for ourselves, sprout innovative ideas, and direct our own passions. That being said, when you’re feeling a bit off, here are some easy things to remember you can do to embrace your natural abilities!

 

#1: Observe

 
 
 

This sounds more simple than it is. We are so caught up in our routine and in technology, that we forget to pause. Taking a few moments to look up and see what’s around us, perhaps right in front of us, may surprise us in what we find. The images our brain collects is one of the easiest concepts of shifting our thoughts. Finding your source of inspiration is your gateway for your direction.

  

Try one of the following to stretch your mind and exercise observation.

  • Bike rides

  • Unplug from technology

  • Add one new ingredient to your meals every day for one week

  • Go outside and be in nature

  • Take an alternate route to work

  • Limit your media intake and do not let it replace your imagination. – Amusement is the absence of thought or inspiration.

 

 
#2: Learn

When we learn, we are literally rewiring our brains. We are exploring the way that we think and challenging it to strengthen different muscles. A new skill will feel stiff and awkward at first, but with practice, it becomes much smoother. We must remind ourselves that mastery does not happen overnight. It happens when we realize that there is never a time to stop learning (and practicing!).

 
 
 

 

Here are some ways to creatively learn

  • Bring a journal everywhere you go

  • Ask questions

  • Take a new class (hello Skillshare)

  • Fail often (and learn from your mistakes)

 

 
 
 
 
#3: Play​​

We mustn’t forget to have fun! When we delve into something new it can be stressful, but we don’t have to overthink it. One of the best ways to retain information is to take a small break to let those new muscles rest so they aren’t overworked. Stimulate your mind in its known territory.

 

Try doing one of these:

  • Pet an animal

  • Make a mess

  • Play a video or computer game

  • Go for coffee dates

  • Etc. (You get it, right?)

 
 
#4: Practice

Practice makes progress! There is no such thing as perfection. When you begin to strive for perfection, ask yourself this question: “…by whose standards?” If they’re by yours, perhaps it’s time to bend your ideas and look outside the box. Sure, there are fundamental properties to many things that we should use as our guide, but we also know the rules to break the rules. It’s crucial that our practice be deliberate, not mindless. We don’t want our practice to be the same thing over and over again just to find out much later that it wasn’t the best option for us. It can also suck our passion by making the experience dull because we aren’t learning anything by being strictly repetitious. Find that happy medium and go with it! You might surprise yourself with what you accomplish when you aren’t attached to one idea.

 

 

  • Be excited to fail and embrace the power of yet. 

  • Do something you feel you have already mastered, but do it using a different approach.

  • Videotape yourself

  • Make mind-maps

  • Make a graph of multiple solutions and weigh each option’s pros and cons

  • Create a vision board

 

 
#5: Self Care

At the end of the day, even having fun can be tiresome. It’s important to give yourself time to recharge. So take a bath, do some recreational reading, get a pedicure, laugh, and sleep in. Then wake up and CREATE!