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How You Kill Your Creativity Every Day – and How to Stop It

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Day 69/365 - Little MeThere are things you do every day that squish your creativity. TWEET THIS

Things that you do so often you’d be surprised to know how bad they are for your creative being and therefore terrible for your creative business and success.

But here’s the good news.

This post is going to:

  1. clue you in to what you’re doing that kills your creativity
  2. how to stop it
  3. and how to get your creative geek on in just a few minutes per day

Why You Better Get On the Ball with Your Creativity

No matter your age or what you do, it’s vital to have more creativity in your life.

You may be thinking you’ll get to your creativity when you have more time… or win the lottery so all your energy isn’t going to your day job.

Well, balderdash.

Your Creativity is right here, right now, all the time.

And frankly, creativity is not a luxury item.

A recent IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future

Which means if you blog, if you have an online business, if you’re in any way trying to compete in today’s economy, you need to be creative to succeed.

People have many reasons why they allow their creativity to be squished.

Excusing yourself. Why do you think you let yourself off the creative hook so often? There are 2 primary reasons for putting off “being more creative.”

1. You just don’t believe it’s that important

If you don’t think it’s that important then reread above paragraphs.

2. You’re scared

Being afraid of your creativity may not even be in your consciousness. In fact, you’ve probably come up with your personal creative-avoidance dances which help you feel you are being noble, rather than afraid.

 But before you start trashing yourself for your excuses or fear, give yourself a break because…

Our entire social structure is often not supportive of creativity.

In my article on Why Your Creativity Feels Like a Curse I list a few of the things that are at work against your creativity:

  • School often discourages creativity
  • Businesses want to avoid expenditures that do not give immediate payback
  • Our society has an emphasis on external rewards, rather than internal
  • It’s uncomfortable to be different
  • Traditional roles and stereotypes limit creativity
  • Above all else, we must be practical
  • Cooperation or competition can stifle creativity
  • We desire to protect status quo
  • Obedience, duty, conformity
  • Fear
  • A need to belong
  • What will your parents think?
  • It’s not in the budget
  • It can’t be done
  • We’ve never done that before
  • Let’s wait and see
  • Walk, don’t run

So, we all feel the pain of not being supported in our creativity. And now that you know, you can do something about it!

The 1 Way You Are Killing Your Creativity Every Day

Habit

Every time you do something exactly the way you’ve done it before, you are killing your creativity.

How to stop killing your creativity

Small changes in habit make big changes in creativity.

Every time you make yourself do something a little different than before, you are expanding your creativity.  Breaking noncreative habits can feel hard but it really comes down to small easy steps. When you sit down to write, sit in a new place. If you always check your email and then write your blog post, reverse the process. If you always answer your partner, or kid, or spouse, in the same way, do it differently.

Here’s your Stop Killing Creativity Formula: 5 things for 5 seconds every day TWEET THIS

Once you’re aware that your thinking and habits are creatively limiting, use that consciousness to start doing small things a little differently than you’ve done them before. 5 times per day, for 5 seconds. Over a period of time you’ll find your old ways are replaced with approaching things with a “how can I do this differently today” thinking. This will open a whole new world for you.

How to get your creative geek on in just a few minutes per day

If you want to be even more proactive in expanding your much needed creativity, try out this quick innovation creative fix.

Innovation: Quick, think about your favorite toy from childhood and come up with 3 ways that toy could be improved upon.

The idea behind this fun activity is that you are taking something familiar and training your brain to view it in a new light. You can trade out toy for kitchen utensil or wrench or whatever…You can do this as often as you like as long as you come up with something new each time and give yourself  a 3 minute time limit. (Of course, you can spend hours if you’d like, but you don’t have to).

Nutshell – be aware of your part in squashing your creativity and spend those few seconds every day committed to bringing in more of your creativity.
Want more creative help? Here’s a slideshow for you:

 

What’s one way you squish your creativity? Share with us below.

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About the author: Karen, zencopy creator, is a top 10 bestselling amazon author, creativity coach, and an online content specialist with a masters in psychology and passion for learning and teaching new topics.

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