Saturday, July 14, 2012

Unleash Your Creativity by Experiencing the Unknown

Creativity (Photo credit: deichgnu)
By Marita Steffe

It is true we are all a sum of our parts. We are a collection of our experiences, our education, and our personalities. For this reason, creativity may seem difficult to find within ourselves.

If exercising creativity has not been part of our upbringing and our daily lives, it may seem as foreign as a being from another planet.

Or what if we do have some level of creativity but feel bound by habit and comfort? Can we reach outside and find new ways, to us, to be creative? Certainly we can. One of the best ways to unleash your hidden creativity is by trying new things.

Listening to new music is a good example. Do not just listen to a new artist in your favorite genre but explore music types you haven't listened to before. Visit an art museum or gallery and seek out types of art you wouldn't normally view. Allow your mind to fully take in the experience. In either case, wonder what the artist was trying to convey. Let the art or music carry you off. Start asking questions.

These types of experiences can come from other activities as well. Meeting with new people from different backgrounds or with different points of view, traveling to new places and understanding the culture, trying new restaurants and hangouts, even reading new books outside your normal genre can cause the "Aha!" moments.

"Aha" moments occur when our minds have latched onto an idea or an understanding that wasn't there before. Creativity can spring like a fountain from such moments. This is often followed by an explosion of ideas all stemming from the experience or idea.

By giving yourself these opportunities frequently, you can unleash your own creativity, exercise it and let it lead you in new directions. Try to arrange to do one new thing each day or each week. Don't limit it to just trying a new restaurant each week. Mix up the activities to keep your mind on its toes, so to speak. Routine can be the death of creativity where variety and spontaneity can give it birth.

Not only will you stimulate your creative juices, you will open yourself to a broader world, full of experiences you might have missed. Taking in as much of the world around you as is possible can change the sum of the parts of who you are. By unleashing your creativity in this way, you will lead a fuller, more joyful life.

Marita Steffe would like to invite you to explore your creativity.

There are times in life when everything feels stuck and stale, especially later in life. Use this time to explore and try something new. If this is of interest to you, visit, where you will find, tips, tricks and support to help you get into the creative habit and make your vision board. I also have a gift for you: "The Secret Behind Creativity"

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