creativityCreativity (noun): is a mental and social process involving the discovery of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts. Creativity is fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight. An alternative conception of creativeness (based on its etymology) is that it is simply the act of making something new.*

Don’t we all have the power to do this? Even so, I am amazed by the many times someone tells me, “I am not a creative person”. What is it to be creative? Do creatives only come in form of artists? Creativity lives in each one of us. The problem is that during the last century {Information Age} creativity was a secondary asset, knowledgeable L-brain thinkers were on higher demand {Dan Pink explains in his book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future}. I think this is the main reason some people forgot they have it, they chose to buried it as an unnecessary tool or gift.

Fortunately, it can be reclaimed. Which seems to be a must for anyone that wishes to succeed in a moribund economical system. You have the power to re-invent and create new exciting ways of making a living. Re-designing your life by tapping into your creativity, can give you the opportunity to generate new sources of income, that will give you a satisfaction beyond covering your monthly expenses. Just because things are the way they are today, does not mean they need to stay this way.

“It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God” – Mary Daly

Thinking outside the “Status Quo”

Here are some helpful tips to help you think outside the box, and start flirting with your creativity all over again.

Change your daily routine – At least once a week, instead of starting your day as usual, start off somewhere else. At a coffee shop for instance. This has given one of my clients a fresh new experience and perspective on the day ahead.

Create something from scratch – Homemade stuff pumps up your creativity and incites you to research on new possibilities and resources; homemade soap, tea, paper, etc.

Take a creative writing class – Storytelling is a great way to re-think the way you communicate your ideas and respond to others.

Ask questions – Like a 2-year old, discovering the world. Take a conscious walk in nature, and question the existence of things. How, Why, For what? Journal about your discoveries.

Meet Creative Minds – Is contagious. Once you start hanging around highly creative people, you will feel the need to dust off your creative gifts.

Once last thought, creativity CANNOT be taught. Discover it and nurture it, it will grow on its own.

Here is one amazingly fresh book I recommend.

*Wikepedia.com

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