While I enjoy talking about, reading about, and thinking about creativity, eventually even I start to think, what’s the point of all of it? Well, the point is to do something – turn the theoretical into the practical. Take action. Today your challenge is to take action.
Last week I asked you to reply back to me and tell me what you needed help with in terms of finding your creative spark. (Thank you to those of you that did.)
***Remember finding your creative spark can mean a number of different things for a number of different purposes. Finding your creative spark can be something that leads to a career move. Or, it can be something that makes you happy in your free time. It can even be something you do that is just good for you and therefore you want to do more of it (working out, yoga, getting outside more, etc.).
If after reading last week’s newsletter (click here if you missed it), you found your creative spark, or at least know how to find, then it’s time to take action. So, if you determined that you want to sign up for a painting class, then go sign up for a painting class. If you want to lose weight, make a plan and get to work!
If after reading last week’s newsletter, you do not know what you want, then this is for you. If you want something different or to try something new, but don’t know what you want or even where to start, then it’s time to get to take action. A few options to get you started.
Creativity Timeline Narrative – Click here to download the Creativity Timeline worksheets. The easiest way to figure out where you are headed is to reflect on where you have been. Often, in order to make sense of everything, it is helpful to get it down on paper in order to more easily visualize it. This step-by-step guide will provide you directions and inspiration to reflect on your creative past. **You can print these or open them in an app on a tablet to complete. (My favorite app for this is Notability (paid) or Paperport Notes (free)).
Challenge Your Creativity Course (free) – The directions for this one are simple: complete the modules, complete the course. However, realistically this may take you awhile. If you have limited time, I suggest starting with module ten which uses the book A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink. For the specific exercise of finding your creative spark, I think this book is best. Reminder – you will get more out of this book if you actually complete the exercises and activities in the Portfolio section. Click here to enroll.
Creative Spark Course (free) – Complete the creative prompts in the course. You can complete all 4 modules, or start with one and go until you find your creative spark. At the end of each module, stop and look for patterns. What recurring themes do you see in how you responded to the prompts? If you attempt to make sense of your responses, you should start to see some clear patterns. Click here to enroll.