Living a creative life means living a healthy life!
Unfortunately for us adults, if we haven't been living creatively, it becomes harder to find. Distractions multiply.
Creating helps people be less anxious, happier, and not to mention better equipped to problem-solve in the face of hardship — and this has been documented with research.
Here are some ways to help you find that creativity inside!
Shut out the noise. At some point it's time to stop blaming family, friends and life circumstances. Ultimately the path to innovation requires a certain kind of inner strength, a spiritual discipline. It's important to cultivate the discipline of listening to yourself. Even if you have no support, the support that ultimately matters most must come from within you.
Believe in yourself and your vision. Begin by making a declaration of yourself and your intentions. Put a stake in the ground by making a statement out loud in front of a mirror. Write about your passions in a journal entry, even on a piece of paper. We all have ideas and perceptions, but you can't follow your dream and vision unless you can give it a voice.
Continue to learn. We are wired to be lifelong learners. Is the spirit of curiosity still alive as you get older? Do you listen to your own questions, ideas and interests? Do you make time for them? [Continue] to study things that you care about and developing an area of expertise, inside or outside a formal classroom setting. Seek out teachers who are passionate about their subject. Make a sustained effort over time to master your own interests.
Redefine failure and embrace iteration. By now, you have failed — and probably more than once. And if you haven't, you are probably playing it too safe.
You can do it — we can all do it!
Don't you want to be happier??
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