3 Strategies to Spark Creativity

Womens-leadership-speaker-Colette-CarlsonFeeling stagnant or slovenly? It’s probably just your mind ready for a good spring cleaning after yet another month with a chocolate holiday. About now, I’m inspired to embrace three strategies to bring a new outlook and spark creativity. Maybe you’ll join this motivational speaker in her quest to refresh.

1. Observe. Riffing on a technique from the mindfulness movement (which advocates being aware of what’s going on in the present moment), I’m making an effort to switch from auto-pilot as I go about daily tasks and truly pay attention to my surroundings. Walking to the mailbox becomes an opportunity to notice the purple pansies blooming in my neighbor’s planter, and hear the sounds of the birds chirping and the dog next door yapping.

2. Daydream. You can’t always be mindful. Our human brain likes to drift. Allowing your mind to meander may produce a new idea or a solution to a vexing problem. Put down the smartphone, step away from the computer and let your mind wander. Let your body join in by going for a walk (or a run if you’re an overachiever :-)) I almost always return from a beach walk with an idea percolating.

3. Expand. Seek information from alternate sources and fields. Always read Huffington Post? Try mixing in FastCompany.com. Maybe you enjoy health-related sites. Instead, consider visiting some techie websites. Listen to a TED talk. Or two. We all get in ruts, have our favorite websites, news sources, blogs. By opening ourselves to differing opinions and viewpoints, we broaden our perspective. Who knows? You may discover a new site to bookmark.

Here’s to a spring filled with fertile ideas cultivated from observing, daydreaming and expanding. And it’s okay to indulge in a few chocolate Easter Eggs to maximize that spark!

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Step into the Truth Booth, improve your life, and laugh along the way with funny motivational speaker Colette Carlson. How did she go from emotional coward and the Pizza Delivery’s favorite customer to #1 sales producer for sales legend Tom Hopkins and Brian Tracy, featured in Success Magazine, a 50 lb. weight loss, and inspiring audiences at Microsoft, Accenture, Pepsi, Boeing, and organizations worldwide? Visit her at http://www.ColetteCarlson.com or call 760-230-1212.

Colette founded Speak Your Truth, Inc. to share her success systems and inspire others to Think It! Speak It! Live It! Her tools and takeaways create authentic, long-lasting change in every aspect of your life. With a MA in human behavior, a successful business and 2 teenage daughters, Colette provides a unique combination of education, research, real-life experience, and heartfelt humor to motivate you with her high content programs. Improve your Communication Skills, Work-Life Balance, Sales, Leadership, Assertiveness, Negotiation…all wrapped in the genuine power of Speaking Your Truth.

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  1. Ahhhhh.  That is how I'm feeling after reading your post, Colette.  Thank you for giving this motivational speaker on health and wellness permission to wander and explore new subjects unrelated to my field!  After my morning walk (I'm not an overachiever) I might just google a Calculus website.  Bwaahaahaa!  Just kidding on that one!  A mechanic's website, yes!

  2. How did you know that creativity is one of my theme words for this year? (Yes, motivational speakers have theme words.) Great advice.  And may I add some?  (Pause for you to nod.)

    Creativity while spontaneous, must also learn to be practiced, or we will always find ourselves too busy to create.

    We must also see creativity as something that we possess – all of us – but that might have been taught out of us, as the world gave us our list of "rules." As fear took over, and we became more concerned with fitting in. Creativity is like a muscle you work. (Not that I know much about working muscles.)

    Creativity often sparks in mindless tasks that we perform by rote. When I get on the elliptical at the gym and just start climbing, my mind starts creating. There must be something to the fact that we are engaging one part of our brain and body to do a task, and it frees up the other part to create.

    I have often found that music brings all kinds of creative ideas out of me. I start listening to the music that makes my heart sing, and suddenly I am coming up with "songs" of my own.  So perhaps others' creativity inspires our own?

    Thanks for the words of wisdom Colette. You really inspired me.

  3. Okay – here comes one more motivational speaker on creativity to add to the list. Mine are wacky and designed to flex the "muscles" in the creative centers of our brain. 

    1.  Take up some fun activity like juggling or hopscotch (Oh geez. Did I just date myself with "hopscotch?" You will get SO out of your head and into the moment.
    2.  Jog backwards up and down your street. Okay, so your neighbors will think you've lost your mind, but so what.
    3.  Practice writing with your non-dominant hand. You'll feel like a kindergardener.
    4.  Practice writing your name backwards so that you could read it correctly in a mirror. Crazy fun.

    And there you have it.  I have some juggle balls if you want to borrow them.

  4. Well, as a proud member of this group of powerful, talented motivational speakers, I'd like to add my 2 cents. MUSIC!  I love music and it invokes such powerful emotions and helps me create.  It also helps me when I go out to my gym.  I can walk there in 2 songs – and I just put "Happy" by Pharell on 'repeat' and after 2 times, I've arrived – AND in a good mood!!!!!  Thanks to seeing the video posted by our friend Linda Larsen, I instantly downloaded it.  Now, I try to get creative at least 3x's a week!!

  5. So true about FastCompany.com. I discovered the magazine many years ago and have followed it closely, but the daily newsletters from the website are amazing and thought provoking.

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