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Have you ever said, I just don’t feel inspired when you consider why you’re not doing some creative thing you love?
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We all have some creative side in us, whether it’s writing, painting, cooking, or some other creative thing. Our lives are busy, and unless creating is a part of your day-to-day career, we are likely to dismiss it while we wait for inspiration.
Waiting for inspiration is like waiting for it to snow in July. Sure, it’s possible in some places, but it’s not likely to happen anytime soon for the vast majority of us. Creating is about doing now, but you can help jump-start your creative process with some other activities.
- Learn to relax. Relaxing is a way to quiet your mind, which also can rejuvenate your mind. I’m exhausted after a ten-hour workday, followed by five hours pounding away at the keyboard at home. At some point, I need to relax and recharge myself. Our go, go, go lifestyles are stifling our ability to create.
- Meditate more. Meditation doesn’t have to be formal. You can start practicing meditation easily. Find a quiet place and do your best to silence all the thoughts running through your mind. Focus on something inside yourself, like a small light in your mind’s eye, and remember to breathe.
- Write everything down. I’m old school I guess you could say. I carry around a pocket notebook, like a Moleskin, and a little pencil. When any thought pops into my head, I write it down. In the past, I have often wondered at some of my thoughts and spent time trying to make sense of them; so, I’ve also started giving context to my thoughts. I’ll record the date, where I was, who I was with, and the themes of my conversation or thoughts. This is so when I look back on silly statements like “it’s all porcelain to me” or “fat-head Cathy is a bitch,” I’ll have some clue what I’m referencing.
- Stop criticizing yourself. This is a big one. Self-critics are killers of creativity. If you don’t believe you’re good enough to do something, you’ll never do it. Stop it!
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- Read and listen to music. Reading and listening to music are ways you can expand your thinking and feel the creative energy bubbling inside of you. Many creative people are often influenced by those you came before them. Find the artists that speak to your soul and explore new ones too.
The last thing you must consider for getting ahead on creating something is to start creating. Just sit down and start somewhere. Make time for your creativity and practice often.