In a recent post, 6 Things You’re Doing That Block Your Creativity, One of the things I listed, I think it was number 4, was not taking action when inspiration does show up.
I wanted to go into a little more detail on that idea here and share this story to help illustrate how you can use it to get those creative juices flowing.
I was sitting at one of the local coffee shops today, working on the blog,
and a guy asked, “Whatcha workin’ on?”
I told him it was a blog to help inspire others to be more creative.
He said, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body!”
I told him, “You’re a lot more creative than you think.” Then I asked if he would like to know a secret to unlock that creativity. He did, and I’ll share that same secret with you.
Here it is: Keep a small notebook and pen handy at all times. Throughout the day, write down your thoughts and ideas. Every day, without exception, come up with and write down at least 10 ideas.
Here’s an example: Stuck in traffic? Write down 10 things you hate about heavy traffic and what you would do to fix it.
The thing is, you have to write down at least 10, you can do more, but don’t stop at any less. It makes your brain sweat a little to have to come up with 10 things. That’s good because, truthfully, it’s probably been so long since you have used your creative muscle that atrophy has set in.
I told him, “If you will commit to doing this every day for the next 180 days, you will be surprised at how creative you really are. You don’t have to show anyone any of your ideas if you don’t want to, but I think that you will have some ideas in that notebook that would be very helpful to yourself and others. It would be a shame to keep those from the ones it could help.”
Zig Ziglar used to say, “You can have anything in life that you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
So, if you are looking to be creative, or to give your creativity muscle a better workout, grab a notebook and a pen, and get started.
What have you got to lose?
Ten ideas (more is good, but no less than 10) on paper everyday for the next 180 days. That’s 1800+ ideas you will have come up with in the next 6 months. I think you will notice many little surprises and improvements in your life when you do.
Leave me a comment and let me know how your creativity muscles are getting stronger each day.
I’m looking forward to hearing your stories and seeing some of the great ideas you will come up with!