Wow. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 6 years since I wrote my first blog. I still remember how hard it was to put ideas to paper. Like many new writers it’s a constant mind battle between inspiration and this third grade teacher that’s editing your every move. It’s like your soul wants to expend but for some reason you’re afraid to set it loose.
I hated having to find “proper” words to appease the linguistic elite. So one day I said “Fuck it! From now I’m saying what I wanna say and how I wanna say it. And if they don’t like it they can always go to Dr. Phil.” This was the attitude that finally stopped my mental turmoil. I got tired of not being me. It wasn’t overnight but little by little my confidence grew.
This is the situation. Some wait for inspiration. Others occasionally do what they like and spend the rest of the day nulling themselves with stupid and/or boring tasks. But you, on the other hand, have something to express. You know it. You feel it. It keeps you awake at night with questions like “what if I tried this or that?” You wanna release your creative juices. So this is me expressing my creativity to help you express yours.
Starting the process
At first, I just wanted to share my experiences and stories with as many people as I could. That’s it. I didn’t wanna be a coach. I didn’t think about doing videos or seminars. I just flowed with what I felt I needed to do. No over thinking. No asking for permission. Just doing for the fun of doing it.
Si let’s say that you really, really, really wanna become a tattoo artist, and your currently a good sketcher with a full-time 9-5 desk job that pays the rent. Does it mean you can’t do it? No. Do you have to quit your job? No (at least not for now). It means that you need to find a way to tattoo. Professionally or not, you can always decide later. Baby steps are the key here. That is, unless you wanna die without even trying.
These principle also apply in the business world. Whether it’s in marketing, in sales, in management, or entrepreneurship, today’s market needs tons of constant new ideas. Creative ideas that make life better for everyone from supervisors and employees to the final consumer.
Here are a few pointers that can help you release your own powerful creativity.
⁃ Identify your Desires
What do you enjoy doing? What do you do that inspires new ideas? What would you do for free? The activating key is Positive Emotion. Find out what drives you no matter if you’re 7 or 70.
⁃ Get Busy
Creativity won’t come out by itself; it needs your participation. Listen to my pal Les Brown and start from where you are with what you have. My son started at 5 with just a pen and whatever scrap paper he could find. Today he’s 14, he has better tools (many bought with his allowance/BDay money) and he’s constantly refining and expanding his drawing skills at way higher levels than his pears. He’s growing because he’s getting busy. So try a new approach. Notice the feedback. Practice. Do whatever you gotta do to express this desire.
⁃ Learn the Best
Did you hear the news? Someone out there is already great at what you love. Having a mentor or a role model will save you years of aimless hard work. Find them. Study them. Buy their their books. Go to their seminars. See their videos. Find their biographies. Write to them. Imitate them while you develop your own style. Notice their persistence, dedication, discipline and patience. Use them as motivation.
⁃ Be You
At first you may here a lot of discouraging voices around you. Ignore them. Your inner voice is much more influential than them. Tell your overprotective mind to chill out; You’ve got this. Remember you have a mission, a purpose, a goal. Listen to your emotional GPS. Is your excitement bigger that your fears? Can you feel satisfaction just imagining what you can accomplish? Follow the signs. Dance at the pace of your own music. Shine away and embrace your weird self.
⁃ Use it All
I love music, so I purposely use inspirational stories from the rockstars I admire. I’m also a huge fan of controversial standup comedians like the late Gregg Geraldo. Thats why I like using dark humor and bad language. So why not spice up your talents with other interests? Bruce Lee mixed self defense with philosophy. George Carlin used comedy as an outlet for social commentary, injustice and to call out on people’s day to day bullshit. That’s what made them different.