21 Ways to Be Creative
All of us have the unique ability to create things. We are products of a Great Creator who specializes in creating things and people. To this very day, God is still creating people and each and every person is different, unique, and special. No copies or duplicates reside at the creative desk of God. Because we are made in the image of God, we have creativity within us. We have the ability to create something new, to bring forth something that has never been, to bend the rules, to break the rules, and to create our own rules. Everything that you see in the world was once formed, shaped, invented, produce, and created by God or by man. Never underestimate the power of creativity. Use it to it fullest potential for you are a genius filled with new ideas waiting to come forth into reality. Never squander your creativity or let anyone or anything take creativity away from you because it is the door to bigger, brighter, and better things.
With that said, let’s start being creative…
Think. Your thoughts are just as potent as anyone else. Believe in what you think. Create what is in your mind. All good thoughts come from God and those good thoughts should be shared with the world.
Be open. New opportunities and experiences await us all each day. It is the people who are open, willing, and available that make the most of these moments.
Take risks. Life is a series of risks. You never know what can be done until you actually make the move to do it.
Go for a walk. You will be amazed at how many new things will come to you if you get out into the fresh air and sunshine, realize the deep beauty all around, and let your mind wander.
Be still. Amidst the busyness and noise of life, it is a special person that takes a few moments to shut out the noise, sit still, and listen to the voice of God or to the little voice inside of all of us that tells us what we should do.
Make a list. Do not make a list of daily, run-of-the-mill, do laundry, cook dinner, take the kids to soccer and ballet practice. No, that’s not a creative list. Make a list of other things that you don’t normally do but you should do. The more things you add to your list the more creative you will get.
Grab a notebook and start writing. Let your mind fly out of a plane. Wherever thoughts your mind thinks, write them down. Let your mind soar to other places and think about other things. Write down what you think about.
Shut off your computer, TV, and mobile device. There are plenty of great things to do that do not require a computer or other device. TV numbs you. Always being connected fills your mind with other people’ ideas that you may forget about your own wonderful thoughts.
Create a vision board. Nothing is more captivating than knowing who you are and what you are made to do. Stop and write out your dreams, your goal, your passions, your purpose. This will form your vision board. But don’t stop there, start doing something that will put you on the path to tart doing something about it.
Listen to music. Add some rhythm to your life. Dance. Let rhyme and reason take over. Sing along with the music. Music is the drumbeat of life. Let it roll.
Be appreciative. Show someone how much you appreciate them. Do a random act of kindness such as paying for lunch for the next two people behind you, buying flowers for person in the hospital and taking it to them unexpectedly. Kindness and gratitude go a long way.
List all the things you love. List all the things you love to do. Reward yourself. Celebrate yourself. Make life a little sweeter by doing something special for yourself.
Read. Read a lot. Good books are inspiring. They can take you places, show you things, expand your mind. Good books have a way of causing you to think differently. Perhaps you will gain a new idea or an enhanced idea about something you already knew.
Surround yourself with creative people. Creative people will pull out your creativity. Perhaps, you can work together and bring out a new invention, a new product that would benefit society. Creative people love to hang around other creative people because when they talk amazing things happen.
Clean up your space. A cluttered space stifles creativity. On the other hand, a clean space allows for creativity to shine through. You don’t have to be a neat freak, but do straighten up a little, shake off the dust, put things in their place. Open up your space, open up your mind.
Avoid being someone else. You are a unique, special, one-of-a-kind person. Why do you want to be like someone else? Nobody else in the world is just like you. So be you. Be the best you that you can be. Stand out for who you are. You will never be anything at all if you try to be like someone else.
Break the rules. No, everything does not have to be done the same way it has always been done. If that were the case, we would still be riding horse and buggy or writing on papyrus paper or hunting, farming, and fishing for our food (some people still do this, but the majority of us, don’t). Refuse to go with the status quo. Create new rules. People will love you for it.
Embrace your mistakes. We’re not perfect. We do make mistakes, have hiccups, spill milk, knock over things, break windows (I hope not) and so forth. Don’t try to be so perfect that you avoid mistakes. Mistakes are lessons for us to learn from. Think about it: if we were always perfect, we would never learn.
Drink coffee. Play with a rubik cube. Watch a movie. Play monopoly, scrabble, or some other board game. Walk in the rain. Visit a new state or country. Learn a new language. Do random things.
Have fun. Life is about work but it’s not ALL about work. Learn to have fun. Do something fun. Laugh. Eat, drink, be merry. Life is to be enjoyed. Why would you want to come to the end of your life without having enjoyed one bit of it. Stop working and start playing for a change. Let the kid in you come out. And when you’re done playing, you’ll be so happy that you had fun, you’ll be ready to get back to work.
Finish something. The last words of Jesus Christ on the cross was “It is finished.” If you’re going to start something, finish it. There is a lot of satisfaction in finishing a book, a movie, a play, a song, a sermon, a business, an assignment. If you’re not going to go all the way, don’t go at all. Zig Ziglar said, “where you start is not as important as where you finish.”
Be creative. It’s a way of life.