What gets your creative juices flowing?
I never really thought of myself as a “creative” person. I’ve always gravitated towards reading books and watching documentaries in my spare time. I consider myself a “serial student” because I love to learn new things and like taking classes in a variety of subjects.
I noticed lately, that I write and create more content when I am listening to music!
You’d think music would be a distraction when you’re writing and thinking, but for me I can write, then all of a sudden when a good part of a song comes on, I immediately switch to singing, then transition back into writing. It’s awesome!
There’s just a good feeling that comes over me when I hear music. To me, music is memories, music is good times, music is hope, music is love, music is life.
I cannot imagine my world without music!
What about you? What puts you in the mood to create?
If you have a service based business, you have to constantly create fresh content for your clientsengage potential clients. . If you use social media to market your business (and you should) you have to create tweets and posts and videos which
Being unique, having new and engaging content is what makes your business stand out in a sea of sameness.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I’ll tell you this, I was having trouble sleeping a couple weeks ago, so I decided to use earplugs in an effort to sleep without any noises (husband and dog snoring) waking me up.
You know what happened?
The earplugs worked perfectly, drowning out all exterior noises. So, not only was I sleeping better, the bonus is I am having the most vivid dreams every night! I don’t know if my interrupted sleep didn’t allow me to dream before, or if I would dream but forget them. But now, my dreams are amazing!
My dreams have inspired me to be more visually creative. My dreams have inspired me to let loose and expand what I thought was possible for my life and my business.
If you find it difficult to create, or if you thought of yourself like I did as not being creative, let me give you a few tips to get those creative juices flowing, so that you can create the best, most unique content that will have people excited to hear from you:
1. Believe in Your Creativity
This is the first step to having more creativity, is believing that you can. Once you change your language from “I’m not that creative” to “Let’s see what I can create,” then you open yourself up to being more creative. I have thwarted my own creativity many times because I told myself I wasn’t creative. Now, I just go for it, and it usually ends with an amazing outcome.
Try something new and different. Instead of sitting in the same room at the same desk, sit outside, or go to a coffee shop where other people are creating, and see if the juices start to flow. If you are a service provider and write content for programs or courses, try using video instead of the written word. Or, record an audio program for your clients. Write about a topic you’ve never written about before. The point here is to try something different, experiment, and do things you’ve never done before.
Have you ever just sat back and watched people? My favorite place for people watching is Las Vegas. There, you’ll find people from all over the world and it is so very interesting just to watch how they behave in “sin city.”
Observing people can spark creativity. Listening to Ted talks, speaker series, or if you’re like me, listening to music can definitely spark your creativity. Sometimes when we have conversations, we don’t listen. Our minds are thinking about the next thing we want to say. But, if you stop and just listen to what the other person is saying, you’d be amazed at what you might hear that could get help you create something amazing.
Reading is another way to stir up your creativity. But don’t just read the same old books and magazines, read something you’ve never read before and see if that helps. And lastly, watching a movie or a documentary or even regular old TV might help you come up with some great ideas. Observe more with an eye and ear to create.
4. Ask Questions
How about instead of writing a blog post, you ask a question to your social media followers? Then, based on their answers, create something new. And you know the best thing, you will be creating something based on your followers needs. Sounds like the perfect product!
Now take it even deeper. Don’t just ask a question, ask a better question. For example, ask questions that are open ended and do not elicit a “yes” or “no” answer.
“What do you think about . . . . .”
“Why do you like . . . .”
“How might we change . . . . “
Try using open ended interesting questions during your next conversation. I bet you are going to be amazed at the answers, and don’t be surprised if the answer sparks some creativity in you!
Whether it’s daydreaming, or dreaming in your sleep, dream something big!
When you have a dream that you remember, write it down as soon as you wake up. Think about what it means. Think about what your subconscious is trying to tell you, then create something from it!
Take an afternoon to sit down and just daydream. You can turn on the record feature on your cell phone and speak you daydreams without censoring yourself. Just go for it, daydream about flying, about being on stage in from of thousands of people, about travels in a foreign country you’ve always wanted to visit. Whatever you want — you can have it in your dreams.
You know what’s even better? Whatever you dream you can actually have!
Go, create. And leave me a message below to tell me what your next creative adventure is going to be!