Cultivate CreativityApril 2, 2014
The promise of spring in the air reminds us of the endless opportunities for new beginnings, renewal, and growth. Wherever you are in life’s journey, now is the time to cultivate creativity and reap the benefits of increased joy and good health.
Creativity is intelligence having fun. — Albert Einstein
Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. — Edward de Bono
The Joy of Creativity
Creativity enhances quality of life and has a powerful impact on longevity. Research studies show that seniors involved in creative activities like writing, painting, and singing experience improved cognitive processing and mental health, and often live longer. Young or old, everyone can benefit from a dose of creativity!
Creativity takes many forms. If you struggle with creative expression, you just haven’t found the outlet that’s right for you. If you aren’t a painter, maybe you enjoy expressing yourself in thoughtful song lyrics. Maybe writing isn’t your thing, but you thrive on creating delicious new recipes. My friend Arlene loves to draw with colored pencils, John plays his sax, my niece Kara decorates cakes; for me, it’s harmonizing to songs. Whatever brings you joy and lets you express yourself — go for it and have fun!
Creativity doesn’t have to be “artsy” — outside-the-box thinking and problem-solving at home or in the workplace can be just as creative and rewarding as creating a work of art! Creativity is intensely practical (despite our mental picture of “creatives” as rebellious free spirits!). An IBM study shows most CEOs believe creativity is the key to navigating today’s volatile and increasingly complex business environment.
Richard Restak, neurologist and author of Think Smart, says, “Creativity is critical to solving problems in all part of our lives.” Creativity is invaluable in perceiving and developing ideas and alternatives, building connections, and generating solutions.
Courage to Create
Creativity can be scary. To banish fear of creativity, let go of any niggling suspicion that you’re “doing it wrong,” or that your creative thought isn’t worth sharing.
Without creativity, the world — and you — can never grow. So grab a paintbrush, strap on your dancing shoes, or draft a memo on your great idea — and don’t be afraid to share it. Expressing your thoughts and ideas with others can make you feel vulnerable, but consider it your way to give back — your unique contribution to the world!
Here are some practical tips to cultivate creative thought and expression in your daily life.
Focus on the Future
At Leap Forward Coaching we have a process to help you cultivate creative thought and expression in your personal and professional life. Our thoughtful methods will help you gain new perspective and find increased fulfillment and peace in your life.
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