Have you ever wondered how some people can create everything from art to well-being? They just seem to pick a goal and before you can say Peter Pan three times they accomplished their goal. They get what they want. Are they super human? Nope. More than likely they have a “formula” that works for them. I have a formula that works for me and it’s worked for my clients. Maybe it can work for you too? It’s based on four principles.
The first principle is reflection. As a creativity coach, I know that reflection brings the gift of clarity. Ask yourself this question, what it is I really want to create? A painting? A novel? A new career? Wellness? It may take some time to answer this question. Just keep asking yourself until you find the answer. Be patient and gentle with yourself because the answer will come. For the next question I suggest you find a quiet place where you can reflect on the answer. Ask yourself, what would that look like? Your brain may not like this question but stick with it and keep asking what that would look like. Here’s an example of how these two questions work.
Please be aware that the answers may take some time for you to process. That is ok! Use your intuition and if an answer doesn’t feel right then keep asking until you find the answer that does feel right. Once you have your answers to these questions write them down and move on to the second creative principle.
The second principle is exploration. Simply put, you want to explore the answers to your questions. For example, if you want to write a murder mystery what is the “formula”? Who are your favorite murder mystery writers? How did they get started? Are there writing classes that can help you? What books could help you? Do you want to work with a writing/creativity coach? Do you want to be part of a writing group? The cool thing is that Google is your friend! You can explore writing a murder mystery right from the comfort of your home. You can find information, classes, a coach or a group that can help you move forward. Now a word of caution, sometimes when my clients explore an idea they find they really do NOT want to move forward. You know what? That’s ok! Go back to reflection and figure out what it is you do want to create.
The third principle is connection. The truth is, it is easier to create when you engage others. You want to connect with people who are doing what you want to create OR who can support you. For example, if you want to paint a modern art piece connect with people who are creating modern art. Yes! You can send an e-mail, call them on the phone, invite them to coffee or lunch. They may not respond but I have found that they usually will return your e-mail, phone call or accept your coffee date. You might also want to connect with people in an art group or work with a creativity coach. At the end of the day, people are the best resources.
The fourth principle is to actually create! By exploring and connecting you should have a lot of resources. Sit down and create a plan using small steps. Why small steps? Small steps help us to actually move forward in the creation process. We don’t feel overwhelmed or afraid when we just take one small step at a time. For example, you want to create new eating habits. Small steps can help you create lasting change. On day one you exchange one glass of water for one soda. On day five you exchange one glass of water of one soda. Repeat the small step until you are only drinking water. It might sound tedious but I guarantee you that you will be more successful.
This is just a brief overview of creating what you want. If you would like more information please visit my creativity coaching programs.