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Unlock Your Creativity

“Design is a function of connection. There is nothing more vulnerable than creativity. And what is art if it’s not love?”

Elizabeth Gilbert

There’s many things you can do to help you tap into your creative side. We all have one, we just have to allow ourselves to go there. Below are a few tips and advice that can help you unlock your creativity.

 

  1. Dream
    • It’s important to become inspired and expose yourself to things that make you think and let you see things from a different perspective.
  2. Find Your Style
    • Get to know yourself and allow yourself opportunities to discover what you like, and what you don’t like. Spend time doing your favorite things.
  3. Be Passionate About Your Work
    • Focus on what you want to do. Work hard at it. Meet goals that you set for yourself.
  4. Change You Diet
    • Spinach, whole grain pasta, tofu, milk, salmon and sunflower seeds are all proven to make you more creative and feel happy.
  5. Explore All Ideas
    • Let your imagination run wild. While brainstorming, play around with the worst idea you can think of. It may lead somewhere a lot more interesting.

 

Below is some more advice that may help you when trying to be creative.

Get Comfortable

Whenever you are trying to get into a creative mode, make sure you environment is comfortable to you. Find somewhere you won’t be disturbed. The more relaxed you are the more likely ideas will come to you. Some concepts to explore to help create a creative space are Feng Shui and color psychology. “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert has a very specific way to create this space mentally.

“The way that I have to work is I have to create a protective psychological construct. I have to find some way to have a safe distance between me – as I am writing – and me – and my very natural anxiety about what the reaction is going to be from now on.”

In the video above she muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses — and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person “being” a genius, all of us “have” a genius.

Cancel Out the Noise

One of the most successful creative people in pop music today, Lady Gaga, has made creativity and art one of the main focus of her pop music career. When she’s working on a album, she shuts herself off from possible influences. Gaga suggests canceling out the noise,

“I don’t read a damn thing. No press. No television. .. I don’t want to know nothing about nothing that is going on in relation to music. Obviously I want to know what is going on in the world. I shut it all off. .. You have you cancel out the noise and remember it’s your thoughts that matter. “

Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count

Brené Brown, a grounded theory researcher, says that coming up with the words that explains what she’s finding in her research, that will capture minds and hearts, is hard. She suggests only take advice from people who are also putting themselves out there. However, when you don’t care what anyone thinks you lose your capacity for connection and to be vulnerable, and it changes who you are.

“When we stop caring at all what people think we lose our ability to connect. When we’re defined by what people think we lose the courage to be vulnerable. … Art captures what we all experience and lets people know they’re not alone.”

Dr. Brown proposes that we only take advice from people we respect. Brené suggests getting a small piece of paper, 1″x1″, and on that paper put the names of the people that actually matter to you. This allows us to be more vulnerable and cultivate creativity.

Have Faith in the Process

You can’t rush creativity, but you can do certain activities the “prime the pump.”  Make sure you are ready at all times to write something down. You never know when an idea will come to you.

“Every time I come to the end of one creative road, I begin another. Everything that has ever happened to me creatively, has happened very naturally and just come out of natural circumstances; such as the people that are around me, the things that I am exposed to through through those people, and then you just follow your instinct.”

–  Róisín Murphy

Good luck! Post any other suggestions or tips in the comments below.