Are you constantly coming up with fresh and creative ideas?  If not, then you need to learn how to tap into that creative part of yourself that’s constantly churning out the best and brightest ideas 24/7.

If you think your creative clock is not working.  Think again.  When you start implementing a few tools you may find that your creativity is working so much you won’t have enough hours in the day to keep up with your creative engine.

Why Would You Want To Access Your Creativity Anyway?

The answer may seem obvious, but sometimes we need to be reminded of the obvious.  When you really get in touch with your creative side it will be the most fun you’ll ever have!  Seriously.  You will feel like a big kid in a candy store with an unlimited amount of colors, flavors and sizes to choose from.

In addition to being fun, getting in touch with your creativity will help every area of your life, from your business, to your relationships, to your health, you name it.  Why?  Because your creativity will always nudge you to grow and expand in ways you may not have thought of before.  Creativity is truly the seat of innovation.  When you access the entire spectrum of your creative rainbow the possibilities of what you can and will create are endless.

Keeping the Love Alive

Have you ever been in a relationship where there was no creativity or the creativity felt like it died?

This can happen to even the best relationships if the love isn’t nurtured.  People get busy and life happens and before you know it one of you or both of you no longer does the little things that made you fall for one another nor do either of you find new ways to keep the spark alive.  The little notes and messages just because stopped, as did the flowers, long talks about the future etc.  I’m sure you would agree that as a relationship progresses it’s even more important to consistently do and find new creative gestures of love no matter how big or how small.  This is the best way to keep the love alive, strong and growing.

Just as you would nurture and cultivate your relationship with your partner, you must also nurture your creative relationship with yourself.

I made this video to share a few ideas on how you can access your creativity.  Check it out here.

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Being creative is meant to be fun so here are the creative tools outlined in the video.

5 Easy Steps to Access Your Creativity

  1. Acknowledge Creativity Begins From Within – You were born a creative being.  We all were.  Once you acknowledge that creativity is embedded in you DNA it’s much easier to access it.  When you see your creativity as something that’s external and out of reach then it will always elude you.  Instead realize just as every child is creative so is every adult, including you.
  2. Make Space For Creativity – Do you make time every day to be creative?  If not, consider making time for your creative juices to flow.  It can even be for 5 minutes a day.  Just like you make space when you want to attract something new into your life or buy something new you must also make time and space for being creative.   Let your mind wander and allow yourself to have fun. Although creativity can be a developed habit it doesn’t have to be stagnant.
  3. Every Idea is Creative – When you stop labeling your ideas as either “good” or “bad” it gives you freedom.  For now just embrace every idea you have.  It doesn’t matter if you won’t implement them all.  When you learn to embrace The Perfection of Imperfection you allow your ideas to grow. And when you do this an idea that may have seemed not so good at first can grow into your most creative idea. Just like children creativity requires time to develop and grow.
  4. Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone – Think about something new that you can do today.  Is there something that you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?  Forget about the reasons you gave yourself why you can’t.  Those reasons are only real in your mind.  Maybe you’ll learn how to ride a bike like my friend did or go back to school or open a new business.  You CAN do it!  Just make a commitment to stretch yourself.
  5. Infuse Creativity Into Simple Daily Activities – Whether you’re walking down the street or talking to a friend on the phone you can infuse creativity into simple activities.  Notice something different on your walk, or take a new path.  If you always talk about work or relationships with your friend find a new topic to discuss.  If you’re cooking try different spices or a new food you’ve never had before.  When you cultivate a genuine curiosity and interest about things you allow your creativity to flow.  Take a moment to observe a child and begin to have that same childlike interest about the things, people, and places in your life.

Key Points to Remember About Creativity

  1. Creativity is constantly flowing.
  2. Creativity is not birthed out of stagnation.
  3. You have an unlimited amount of creative ideas at all times just waiting for you to tap into it.
  4. Anything you do can be creative even the simplest activities.
  5. It is in the doing that creativity flows.
  6. Creativity is open and available to you morning, noon and night.

So now it’s your turn.  What do you do to access your creativity? Or maybe you have trouble accessing that creative part of yourself. If so, share how you’d like your creativity to blossom? I’d love to hear your thoughts about it. Let’s get a juicy creative conversation going.

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  • I loooooooooooooooveeee this! :))))) one of your wonderful posts!
    I am just stepping out of my house and followed your ideas esp. “Make Space For Creativity” Did ART work with Jeroen right now. And almost off to go to the beach and build sand castle with my husband and son. Thanks for infusing creativity into my day today. I needed a reminder since I’ve been busy working on business this week.

    And most of all, I thank you for your very essence.
    I feel like you’ve been gone forever haha! :))
    Love ya 😉
    .-= Therese Miu´s last blog ..10 Types of People you should watch out for when your networking =-.

    • Thank you thank you!!!! I’m happy you enjoyed it! That is so awesome what you did with Jeroen! That’s what I’m talking about just
      infusing creativity into everything. Thanks for being inspirational!
      Lova right back!
      T

  • hi therese,
    how are you?
    this posted is PACKED with so much information & it was a great read.
    my current position is attached to point 4 listed in the 5 easy steps to access your creativity which is ‘ step outside your comfort zone’

    I’ve got a few ideas spinning round my head. it will require time, effort, money and may not go the way i planned but i see it as nothing ventured nothing gained.

    i also love the key points listed.

    have a lovely weekend.
    .-= ayo´s last blog ..The Journey So Far……….. =-.

    • Hi Ayo:
      I’m doing great! How are you! I’m glad you liked it!
      YES stepping outside the comfort zone is MAJOR when it
      comes to creativity as being really creative involves taking
      risks and expanded thinking.
      With creativity I know you’ll find the time, effort and money
      and it will all come to you seamlessly!
      Looking forward to hearing about your wonderful progress!
      Have a wonderful week!

  • I love your post, Thérèse, and I love the comments, everyone. 🙂

    I too have a creative background. But everyone can get so busy with work, planning, business, life events… and we soon find that we have blocked spontaneity and creativity. Especially when it comes to personal, unrestrained creativity.
    I am a visual arts teacher, so I HAVE to be creative with lessons, projects, and presentations. When it feels like “work” it doesn’t even have the same feeling. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE teaching the arts! It’s my passion.
    Personally, I think there is a difference between free flowing creativity and forced creativity. Does that make sense? Even my students remind me of this when I assign deadlines to art projects (“But Mrs. Winston, you can’t rush art”). Ha ha! They crack me up! 😀 (By the way, I always allow extra time to students that are really engaged in their projects.)
    As I read this post, I realize that I am in need of setting aside some time for myself. To get lost in my own free creative thoughts. I like Andre’s idea of writing. I’ve always done that, but I have neglected this practice for years now. I only write here and there. It’s time to change that!

    Thanks for the post. The fact that reading your post inspired me to embed writing in my life again reinforces the power behind sharing ideas in this way.

    Peace!
    Sandy

    • Hey Sandy:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment! Free flowing creativity vs forced creativity. You bring up an interesting topic. I believe and know that sometimes not being in the flow can yield breakthroughs. Like when I was in school and we had projects that had to completed regardless of how we felt. I found ways to get inspired and it made me get deeper in my creativity. I think it’s important that artists build up that consistency muscle because it’s one of the best ways to grow and expand artistry. Someone who does something consistently will always outgrow someone who’s sporadic yet has natural talent.
      I’m so happy that you’ll be doing the morning pages! You should totally read and do the artist’s way if you haven’t done so already. You’d love it!
      Thanks again Sandy! Have an amazing week!

      Thérèse

  • Creativity for me comes when I let go of my mind and allow the moment to dominate my thoughts. All of a sudden ideas come rushing in. 🙂

    • Hi Walter,
      Welcome! Thank you for leaving a comment! I love it when that happens. I think when we step into the now we step into the seat of creativity. It just flows. For me being out in nature does that or yoga or even meditating.
      Isn’t it funny it’s when we try the least that our best ideas seem to appear.
      🙂
      Have a great week!
      Thérèse

  • […] So that’s the list. I truly hope that you found something here that resonates with your soul. If you’re interested check out part 1 of my creativity series How to Access Your Creativity. […]

  • There is a really good flow and energy that I recieved from reading this blog. Excellent blog post, it makes me feel joyful.

  • A brilliant post, Thérèse – very important message. Personally, what really helps is setting aside 1 hour each morning to write any thoughts in my mind in a journal (which you mentioned at your video too) – as part of my early morning spiritual practices. As the journal is not to be shared with anyone, this is a safe space to get brutally honest with myself. Just this practice helps clearing your mind so you can be aware of the creative impulses.
    I actually adopted this new habit after my wife (who’s very creative!) told me about it. She has been reading and doing the exercises from the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, and found it very useful.

    It is important to remember that although we are born a creative being, it can be unrealistic to expect that we have our creative juices flowing freely 24/7. There will be times that we feel we’re not as creative, just as nature has cycles. At those times,just as we can be sure that day will follow night, we can be sure that the creativity will soon flow again!

    Love & Gratitude,
    Andre
    .-= Andre Sumara´s last blog ..Is Your Toolbox Getting Too Heavy? =-.

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