Are You Feeding Your Creative Self What It Needs?

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Our modern world can be pretty brutal to creative types. Rarely do we find a benefactor who nurtures our souls and pocket books like the Medici Family did for De Vinci. We must be our own patron of the arts/ creative coach/ cheerleader. It can be draining for tender souls who just want to create beauty. Proper care and feeding of your creative self is essential.

Tips and Tricks to fuel your creative energy:

  • Reduce time spent in the negative. While it’s important to stay current on what’s happening in the world, spending too much time taking in negative news or social media rants will stimulate anger rather than positive creative energy
  • Experience someone else’s art. Visit a museum or see a play. Creativity inspires creativity
  • Nature is the ultimate energizer. Take a long walk in the countryside. Bike the mountains. Wade in a cool stream. Being in nature takes you out of your own head and feeds the creative soul
  • Spend time with yourself. Be still and quiet for a dedicated time each day. Meditation is an excellent way to recharge. Quiet time with a good cup of coffee works too
Close-up of the hands of a man wearing business formal suit, with white shirt and tie, while holding two joined jigsaw puzzle pieces with the inspirational message and urge to never give up.

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We’ve come to the end of the “Love and Honor Your Creative Self” series. Remember: The best way to honor your creative self is to DO YOUR ART! The world needs what you have to offer.

 

 

Are You Using Your Creativity to Inspire?

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Creative Leadership isn’t just a buzz phrase. It’s a way of life. Finding innovative solutions to old problems. Defining new processes no one has even considered. You – creative person – could change the course of an organization for the better!

Yeah right. I’m not in upper management in my company or on the board of my special interest organization. They won’t listen to me.

As in any situation, there’s a right way and a wrong way to present an idea. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Not everyone can see what you see. You’d be surprised how many folks out there have let their imaginations dwindle due to lack of use. The “We’ve always done it this way” mentality is easier. It’s safer. Most people hate change. It scares the hell out of them.

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Here are some tips when presenting an idea to the skittish establishment:

  • Present your idea along with the benefits (what’s in it for them: time saved, money saved, etc.) to the company or organization
  • Show the research you’ve done to prove it is a feasible idea
  • Help them to see what you’re talking about by including Powerpoint presentations or other visual aids
  • Be patient if they aren’t immediately “wowed” by your idea. You must build trust first.
  • Stick with it! Large organizations don’t change quickly. It takes time to turn a huge ship.

Final thoughts: Coffee shop conversations are littered with “I just want to write books, play my music, do my art, etc.” I know I’ve said it too when I’m frustrated. However, we are more than our art. We have the power to inspire change and hope (desperately needed in these times). My challenge to you – Look around you in the day job or organization. Do you see any way you can help to inspire change? Is there an opportunity to encourage growth and bring a little positive light into the situation? If your answer’s “No”, then you are in the wrong job! Go find a place where you can make a difference. The world needs your gift.

I am. I can.

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I am a child of wonder. I can see faces in the surfaces of my life.

I am aware. I can hear voices from the past, guiding me in the wind.

I am not normal. I can see the world with its full potential rather than what it is now.

I am an agent of change. I can inspire with my words and actions to bring about positive movement.

I am not stagnant. I can change without fear as I grow.

I am wise. I can be objective, seeing all sides of a situation and understand the “why.”

I am creative. I can take a lump of nothing and create beauty, inspiration and hope.

I am me. I can change the world.

C. R. Richards