Being creative is a craving we all have- it is the very birthright of all humans to be creative and in essence we all come from creativity. Having the ability to tap into being creative in every moment, to have brilliant ideas and innovative approaches 24/7 and most importantly, to have the ability to birth those ideas into reality, is truly possible for anyone.
Creative’s, entrepreneurs, healers, coaches, speakers, designers or those that want to make a living from their creative talents and gifts need to develop consistency and sustained creative output, because your income depends on it. One can’t just rely on moments of inspiration or waiting for the spark to appear.
So how do we make this happen? From working as a Creative mentor & Filmmaker I have found it comes from a consistent routine, a set of repeatable healthy habits – creativity rituals if you will. These rituals, if you embrace them, can help you to consistently feel like you are in the zone, connected to your creative now.
Here are 3 rituals taken from “Creativity Boost – Rituals to Inspire,” which has a whole lot more rituals to allow you to expand up your relationship with your own creative potential; these are both for creatives who want to build a consistent relationship with inspiration and wanna-be-creatives, who have a little hint of creativity they want to develop further.
Integrate into your life as many of these rituals as you can. You will get results.
- Soak up and bask in the creative output of other people.
I think you need to do this even if you may not like what you see. Why? Because it makes you think. Valerie Khoo, from the Australian Writers Centre, says it helps you understand your own creative process. And the inspiration for your next wonderful piece of writing (or whatever your choice of outlet for your creativity), could come from anywhere. This effect can come from the books you choose to read, the TV shows you watch, the plays you see, art, music etc. Look at the ones you like but also expand into some that you don’t necessarily yet understand… that’s how I came to appreciate the poetry in hip hop/rap music.
- Be curious.
The Hollywood producer Brian Grazer has developed a habit of ‘curiosity conversations’. He has turned this into a very strong habit of finding an interesting person every day and talking to them about their world. When people can completely ‘disrupt your point of view,’ it’s a good thing. It’s a way of opening up our often narrow view of the world. Brian says it has led him to seeing things in an open and progressive way, seeing someone’s world through their eyes and getting a glimpse into the secret of their process.
Stating his curiosity is a reward in itself for Brian, though it’s clear that the curious mind he was born with has made him a much better, more interesting, and more varied filmmaker. As he notes, “You can be ‘creative’ and ‘innovative’ and ‘compelling’ and ‘original’ – because you can be curious.”
Sometimes in order to gain new perspective on your creative ideas, you need to step outside your field and view it from another perspective. By donning other hats within (and without) your industry or creative field and seeing the world through another set of eyes, you can broaden your horizons and find new ideas and inspirations.
- Do the opposite.
If you are having creativity blocks, my favourite thing to do is to do the opposite of what I normally do. So if I would usually go for a swim, I might go the cinema. Or if I would normally have a nap, I might run around the block. What this does is shock your system, meaning the well-trodden neural pathways wake-up and are shocked into something new. It’s a superb way to start new habits.
For more results and to find more rituals, download my beautiful PDF doc, “Creativity Boost – Rituals to Inspire”. Here is link and once subscribed you’ll receive the document.