How to Let Your Creativity Shine Through In Daily Life

Exploring creativity with Stephen ChongBeing Creative – the essence:   

Are you ready to be creative? Do you believe that you can be? Are you willing to give it a go?


If you answered ‘yes’ to each of these questions, then okay, let me give you the essential secrets to being creative. But this is not a lesson in creative writing, sculpting or painting. Nor is it an essay on ‘how to do’ any of these wonderful things. Rather, it is about making room in your life, (that is, finding the space and time) for creativity to happen.

Do you remember the old saying, “Let me sleep on it”? Have you ever gone to bed with a question or problem on your mind, only to wake up in the morning (or middle of the night) with the solution in the forefront of your mind? So much so that you have to immediately find a notebook to write down the solution. Often, you wonder why you were so perplexed about the problem in the first place … the answer now seems so obvious.

What has happened? Well, by going to bed with the problem or issue unresolved in your conscious mind, you have allowed the period of sleep to ‘shut-down’ the ruminations, analyses and fears of the conscious mind; and you have thus given the sub-conscious mind the opportunity to apply itself creatively to solving the problem. 

This is a very effective process of creativity, one that I am sure we have all experienced at some time in our lives. But there’s a problem if we follow this path to a solution — we have to go to sleep every time we have a problem to solve or a dilemma to unravel.

Simple, but impractical most of the time! Yet, we can apply the same principles of creativity in our waking hours. We can allow the same creative forces to work in our conscious mind, and arrive at a solution just the same. To do so we must recognise three essential ingredients for creativity, namely:

1. Create uninterrupted time:

In our effort to allow our creative processes to function to maximum effect, we need to create time without the constant interruption of extraneous activities. That means that the time we allow, whether it is half an hour, one hour or much more, needs to be clear of any distractions — such as, phone calls, the ‘pop-up’ signal of your email inbox or people knocking on your door demanding your attention. 

If you allow these interruptions to your creativity, you will have reengaged the conscious mind on some day-to-day matter, and you will find it much harder to re-engage the creative flow of the sub-conscious mind.

2. Create uninterrupted space: 

As hard as it may be in either our home or workplace environments, it is essential that we create an ‘area or recess’ in which creativity can occur. This means that you must have an area or room in which you have all the essential resources at your disposal for creativity to occur. If you are a writer, this might be a laptop. If you are a painter, this might be brush, paints and canvas. If you sculpt … well, you get the picture.


While you don’t want interruptions to your time, so too you don’t want annoying distractions, like searching for resources, the lack of which will hinder the creative process.   

3. Ask creative questions

The third and most important part is you need to ask the right questions. These are what I call “creative questions”.


 “Creative questions generally commence with: What, How or Where. These questions are creative of their very nature because, inherently, they challenge the status quo of our current circumstances. Creative questions are drivers because they challenge us to seek an answer that will improve our current position. These creative questions enable us, through clarity of mind, to focus on the present and future, not on the past.”


 It could be something like, “What do I write about that?” or “How do I express my feelings through the drawing?”


Then, once you have asked the creative question – relax, listen. The answer/inspiration will come. Allow the sub-conscious mind to complete its task.


Remember however, this is NOT a thinking process. It is a LISTENING process.

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Finding out more about Stephen Chong

Finding out more about Stephen Chong

Stephen Chong of The Music of the Soul
Stephen Chong is a professional development coach and author of the new book Letters Across Time and the popular The Music of the Soul: A pathway to a rich and fulfilling life, now available at good book stores or online at www.stephenchong.com.au
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