I think there is a misconception that creativity is a trait only associated with innovators and artists or that it’s an ability that we are either born with or not. My challenge to you is to view creativity as a choice. Everything that we associate ourselves with carries a creative signature: the way you get dressed, the way you personalize your surroundings, the challenges that you self-impose on yourself, the way you write with a pen, the way you talk with people, the way you respond when asked “how’s it going?” You control how you personalize your surroundings so it’s time to start pushing yourself to express yourself as the individual that you are.
I just finished a great book about self-improvement called “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard. The main idea that I gathered is that most of us are living an unsatisfying life. We feel as though we are flat lining inside and it drains us. In order to reinvigorate our lives, we must activate our drives for control, competence, congruence, caring, connection, change, challenge, creative expression, contribution, and consciousness. In terms of creative expression, he suggests that we look into these areas and see how much of “you” is evident.
- Home – What scream’s “me” in your surroundings?
- Work – Is your style evident in the last 5 projects that you’ve completed? Are there quotes or pictures that express your beliefs, personality, or interests?
- Intimate Relationships – Do you and your partner understand each other’s values, communication style, quirks and life ambitions? Do you feel that you bring fun and flare to the relationship that is unique to you?
- Friendships – Do you do things with your friends that you enjoy and choose to do?
- Leisure – Are you pursuing hobbies that express uniquely who you are?
- Contributions – How much “you” do you see and sense in the ways you are contributing to the world in general?
If you don’t see your own personal style in these areas, then it’s time to start choosing to be creative and plan out ways to express yourself. “Just thinking of how to be more creative in life can make you feel energized, engaged, and enthusiastic.” What’s your signature and where is it evident?