Being Creative – the essence:
Are you ready to be creative? Do you believe that you can be? Are you willing to give it a go?
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.
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”.
Finding out more about Stephen Chong
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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