Miscellaneous August 1, 2012

Unlocking your Creativity …. May be in doing less

Some days work can make you feel like you’ve lost your creativity. Recently, I’ve coached a client that use  the phrase “my work has sucked all the juices out of me.” Now this isn’t an awesome feeling as you can see and when you are not true to yourself, to your unique God-given characteristics, you also lose the power of authenticity, creativity, imagination, and innovation. Your life becomes performance-based, setting the stage for compromise in all other areas of our lives.

How can you get the creative juices flowing again?

5 Ways to Unlock Your Creativity:
  • You need to “sit” longer.
  • Get away from your normal routine.
  • Go for a long walk, exercise more (Our physical health has a direct relationship to the energy and creativity we bring to our work.)
  • Take an art (woodworking, sculpture, gardening) class
  • Put yourself around people who are high performers.

Andrew Carnegie would go into an empty room for hours at a time, not allowing any interruptions, as he was “sitting for ideas.”

Henry Ford once said he didn’t want executives who had to work all the time. He insisted that those who were always in a flurry of activity at their desks were not being the most productive. He wanted people who would clear their desks, prop their feet up and dream some fresh dreams. His philosophy was that only he who has the luxury of time can originate a creative thought.

Amazing! When’s the last time the Ceo of the company told you to quit working and do more dreaming? Unfortunately, our culture glamorizes being under time pressure. Having too much to do with too little time is a badge of “success.” Or is it?

Thomas Edison would go down to the water’s edge each morning, throw out his line – with no bait – and then watch the bobber for an hour until his thinking was ready for the day. Without long walks, an hour here and there of bush hogging, tinkering with my cars, or playing with a grandchild, my writing to bring inspiration to others would very quickly be reduced to dry theories and lifeless words.

If you are feeling stuck, your solution may not be in doing more, but in taking a break from the “busyness” of life. Want to be more productive — try doing less. Go “sit” somewhere for a while!”

Also, know that creativity is not a function of intelligence; rather it is a function of imagination.

Question: How will you get the creative juices flowing again in your life?


by: Patrick McFadden, Blogger, Career Coach, Teacher and Marketing Expert


About the author

Andrea Edwards: