The comments that have been coming in around creativity show that many live their lives with stories, visions, and bursts of creativity. Artists see the world as a canvas – each scene a painting, each material a prop. There is always the thought fliting on the edge of consciousness – what can I make with that.
For the writer the story starts, or a few words flow. Looking at an old man our minds begin to envision descriptive words. Perhaps we “see” a past story or future premise.
The trick to living with creativity is not to limit it but to channel it. One way is to keep bringing ones self back to the work at hand. Catching the tangent and stopping it. I tell clients who tend toward negative thoughts a similar tactic. Just say stop, take a deep breath, release the thought and focus on where or what you need to.
It takes practice but it can keep one on task.
Another option is to create the idea folder or box. Sheri McConnell calls these flits of ideas and creativity Bright and Shiny Objects. My partner at Uy Creative – Maureen Uy shouts “Squirrel” when an idea pops suddenly into the conversation. Take the distraction and pop it into a folder or box. Putting it away saves it for the future dry spells or when you go I remember that idea what was it. It can also help you to refocus!
Always love when you share your thoughts! And don’t forget the challenge at #VFcheckin a chance to keep yourself on task for the 2012 goals!
Don’t be afraid to be creative!! Be wild, be joyous, let it out …. it is the best way to happiness!!
I make an effort to redirect my negative thoughts. I tell my clients one trick is to mentally say STOP. Check yourself. Don’t allow the negative stream to continue.
On occasion there are a lot of stops. I am sure my mind would look like a lurching car. Stop -Go-Stop-Go…and so on. But in the end using this technique and others – I am able to maintain an aura of calm and patience. I breathe, smile and move forward in a way that others remark on.
The thing is this isn’t a feat unique to me. It is something that you can do to! Many of my clients ask for tools that fit their individual lives. I find that once they begin to practice these – they work!
It is when the stress and scary thoughts are laid to rest that you find the ability to grow, to enjoy and to allow joy in. It is amazing how the empty cracks are filled with happiness and self esteem. It is what I love about coaching! Watching this shift.