I have a confession. For so long, ever since I can remember, when asked to try something new, ‘nah’ was my default answer, followed by ‘I don’t think so’, or ‘not today’, or ‘perhaps another time when … ‘. It became my story. No new things. Ever.
Creativity is a concept that fascinates me. It has always seemed so elusive to my left brained, analytical self. Creativity. “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.” Creating something from scratch, a thing that didn’t exist before. I equated creativity to painted works of art and fiction books, and I felt like I’d never have any ideas worthy of either pursuit.
This was until I read The art of asking by Amanda Palmer, who introduced me to the idea that creativity is simply just connecting the dots in a way that hasn’t been done before. This then lead me on to reading many things about how to generate ideas, how to look for ideas in the ordinary, and how to connect the dots in new ways.
13 things I’ve learned about creativity…
This is a short read. If you’re like me and a bit time (and sleep) poor at the moment, a short read is a good read. But don’t let it’s length fool you. It’s full of wonderful pearls of wisdom and butt kicking for the creative.
Steven describes the Resistance as the power that gets in the way of us achieving the thing. That thing we dream about doing.
Offering up a list of things that spark the Resistance, it includes writing, painting, music, art and other creative pursuits, diets, starting a business, spiritual advancements … you get the idea. The things we want to do to create something, or improve ourselves are the things that Resistance seeks to repress.
“Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.” Sheryl Sandberg
Ladies, this is one we forget. ALL. THE. TIME.
So many of the women I talk to have lost their spark, just because we take on the stories we hear and tell them to ourselves.
So much stress. So much busy. Here’s nine ways to change your life to enjoy the fuck out of it. Or at least make it suck a whole lot less. They’re not big, and they’re not time consuming. But they can help you deal with the bullshit chucked at you each day. They work for me, and they could work for you too. Try ’em, and see how you go. (I’d love to hear, so hit me up in the comments).
1. Say “thank you”
Oooh this one is hard! But you can do it, just say “thank you”. No but this, or but that. Just suck it up, smile and say thanks. Why? Because you really do deserve it.
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
I was chatting tonight with a friend who’s starting a business. She’s come from working corporate jobs for 20 years, and left due to burn-out and wanting to spend more time with her family.
She had a business idea before finishing work, but now she’s fighting that little voice that says she needs to go back and get a job. Just in case. Here’s the thing, she doesn’t need the money and she doesn’t really enjoy the work any more.
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.”
– Tony Robbins
The inability to focus on and master something, is this a product of the society we live in? Do you find you do that too? You faff around, instead of doing the work? Not just the work, but any work? Are you filling your days with mindless fluff? An unfulfilling day job, computer games, television, movies all make for great distractions.
It’s been a while since I’ve stopped by here, because, well … life. 2017 has been a challenging one. With the balancing and the struggles, well it’s just been hard. D has mentioned a couple of times this past week that I’m being Mrs Negative, and you know, I was a little surprised, but when I thought about it not really surprised.
Recently I’ve re read the four hour work week by Tim ferriss. He talks a lot about mini retirements. Mini retirements are about taking extended breaks now instead of deferring them until you’re older and retired. The first time I read the book this concept didn’t resonate with me, but this second time, we’re more settled emotionally, it seems like a feasible idea.
Meditation has never really been my ‘thing’. The self improvement kick I’ve been recently on has changed that. I read something by Tim Ferriss about setting your intention for the day and journalling it. Meditation fits into this practice perfectly. Imporoving your mindfulness during the day brings you back to your intention.
I’ve just been on a little trip to Melbourne to pick up a wide angle zoom. Previously, the widest lens I had was the 28mm on a 28-75 zoom. And as I’m sure as a photographer yourself, you can relate – after hours spent researching and debating the options, I decided on the Canon 16-35 f4.0 IS. It reviewed well for sharpness and the IS is a great feature when you shoot video as well as stills.
Standing in the one spot, doing the same things you’ve always done, will continue the sameness of your life. One thing we’re not taught as kids, or even adults, is that we need to keep learning and improving, and working towards you thing (goal, dream or achievement).
I’m not sure whether it’s the influence of our society, the media, our friends or something else, but collectively we have a view that someone will come and save us. That they will bring us the things we desire whether that’s wealth, fame or happiness. Somehow we’ve forgotten that we need to define what it is that we want or where it is we want to go; and, then that we need to work our butts off to get there.