3 More Habits of Seriously Creative People (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 199)
“Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.”
— William James
Creativity is a place where most people dare to go. It’s a place outside of our comfort zones and far away from what is familiar. But if you take the step toward giving of yourself, your time, and your talent to develop something that is not or to improve upon something that is, you step into a very real world of power and influence. You discover that you do have God-like abilities to bring into existence something that never was. It is this power that should humble us to the point that we keep being creative.
Here are 3 habits of seriously creative people:
1. They create in rhythmic cycles.
Sometimes, seriously creative people will work at their craft all day long. From very early in the morning to very late at night, they will spend all their time writing, painting, sculpting, crafting, and producing music. At other times, however, they won’t create any work at all. They will have stretches of time where they will do other things that are not so creative. Then when they get back to their creative work, they will produce something entirely amazing. It makes one think they were thinking about it all along while they weren’t creating.
2. They pick up momentum once they get started.
When creative people get into their rhythm and groove, it is almost like their brains have hit a chord with an upbeat song. They don’t just start, or stick with their craft, they begin to move at a faster pace. They produce one thing after another until they feel they have produced all they can for that time period. They can work in spurts, but when they hit angle that is taking them somewhere certain, they can produce a steady stream of brilliant work.
3. They are always thinking.
There isn’t a time when you will find a seriously creative person not thinking about the next thing they are going to create. It is just the way they are. Even when they are on vacation, or supposedly taking a break, or spending time with their family and friends, there minds are still very close to their work. They know they true creativity never sleeps. There is an endless supply of ideas and insights that are waiting to be uncovered. And so even while they are resting, their mind is working on the next big thing.
“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.”
— Linda Naiman