One of the hardest thing for most people is to be consistently creative... I get it.
But, I talk with too many creative people who struggle to let their creativity become a way of life.. and who's most authentic creative dreams feel like phantoms.
The key ... and we know this... the development of practices and rituals to create "creative blocks." Time where we free our inner genius, dismiss our inner critic and just let it flow.... intentionally.
Results: Chapters. Posts. New Ideas. Plans. Breakthroughs. Visions. Solutions. Inventions. Art.
In their book Daily Rituals, How Artists Work author Mason Currey share some of the incredible (and often odd!) practices of some of the world's best know artists.
However, there are some things that seem to emerge when it comes to any of us living into the more creative parts of us.
There's no getting around it, if all time is the "same," our creative life will likely be a pipe dream. We need a time during the day/week/year where we say, "I am here to create/invent/think/experiment.... SO HELP ME GOD!"
Whether it's early in the morning (some worked best at 4:30 AM!) or late at night when the "kids went to bed." there's a time where "We're here to create."
For me, that's either outside (like a park or on the back porch) or at Starbucks, Panera and typically where coffee in the AM or ice tea in the afternoon is served.
I actually like to write or brainstorm lists and ideas in noisy places where I can feel the energy, but not need to do anything about the noise. (As I write this, I'm at Panera)
I like coming up with ideas while taking my dogs for walks ... in places they don't need leashes. (kind of like unleashing my own creator)
I tend to almost always fail to create while at any desk. Even the kitchen table inspires more creativity... hardly ever at my desk. Just the way I am.
And, most of us need to turn off cell phone, texts, whatever gets our mind back in "gotta do mode."
Some people stifle us. Some environments. Some light... or lack of.
Creative retreats MUST become our norm if we are going to take time for bigger projects, planning or envisioning.
In these imaginative and soul-restoring times, we get away and change our whole atmosphere and surroundings in order to stimulate our best thoughts.
Yes, with a team, (and a coach? Know any? : ) ) this can become the most creative and place of breakthrough and transformation)
So, as one who totally still struggles with consistency, I will encourage you to be consistent... and create consistent creative blocks. YOU DO KNOW you will never regret the creation of creative blocks that release the best you have to offer!
Let me know how it goes1
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