Although it’s true that some people are more observably creative than others, everyone can be inventive and original in their own way. Your creativity is inside you now, whether you believe it or not. It’s just waiting for you to tap into it.
Try some of the methods below for 30 minutes each day to release your own creativity. I recommend getting a journal specifically for your creativity work. I like college-ruled composition notebooks. Or, you can download this creativity journal I created that goes beyond just these exercises.
Exercises to Unleash Your Creativity
1. Harken back to your childhood. Did you have an active imagination? Maybe you pretended you were a teacher or a doctor. Perhaps you played as if you were the greatest skateboarder in the world. I used to imagine myself as an extra character in the books I read and the TV shows I watched. I spent many an hour romping around the veldt with Kimba the White Lion or fighting evil aliens with Starman. Assuming certain personas is a good way to show your creativity.
- Right now, imagine yourself as the best worker at your job. How would you look, dress, and behave? What would you say to others? How would you relate?
- Visualize that you’re the best at something for at least 10 minutes each day.
Since everything begins with a thought, and thoughts become things, this exercise can move you closer to actually being what you visualize.
2. What are you good at? For the next 10, 20, or 30 minutes, consider your various skills, talents, and knowledge base. Then pick one skill to focus on. What makes you good at this particular ability?
- Maybe you think you’re excellent when it comes to following instructions. You listen well. You pay attention. You quickly pick up on what’s expected of you.
- Perhaps you are intrinsically motivated, which means you’re internally motivated to complete a job to the desired specifications.
When you know what you’re good at, you feel confident. And when you’re confident, you’re not afraid to try new things and experiment (which are aspects of being creative).
3. Let your mind fantasize about something in your life. Maybe you’d love to buy the big house on the corner or experience the serious love relationship you yearn for. Give yourself 30 minutes to sit back and fantasize.
- Think about what that house looks like on the inside. Picture the face of your potential mate.
4. Carry with you a written copy of your top 3 life goals. Giving yourself permission to dream and reach for your desired goals enhances your ability to ponder how you can achieve them.
- You hold the creative keys to pursue those goals however you choose. Let your mind run free with it. Think about these questions: what can you do today, tomorrow, next week, and next month to go after what you want?
5. Identify someone you like or respect very much. Spend time thinking about this individual. What is it about them you like? How can you be more like them? Pick one characteristic you’ll work on emulating for the next month.
- For example, if you like John at work because he smiles all the time and seems to consistently be in a good mood, perhaps you can begin to behave in the same ways.
- Trying on new personal characteristics allows you to stretch yourself creatively to see what you can do.
Read my article about the evocation of heroes for more ideas.
6. Experiment with a new creative activity. We cultivate our creativity by engaging in creative endeavors. So, buy a block of clay, a jewelry-making kit, or some paints and canvases at your local arts and crafts store and have at it.
- You’ll likely end up spending over a half-hour daily on your new pursuit. But, that’s okay because you’re expanding your mind along with your skills.
- If you’re feeling timid and unsure about how to start, sign up for a beginning art class just to see what happens. Working with your hands and mind together opens up new avenues and can get your creative juices flowing.
If you have kids, you can really give them a leg up by providing similar experiences for them. When I was a kid my parents enrolled me in ballet and tap (I was terrible!), arts and crafts (not my strength but I had a great time) and even creative writing (which I took to for the rest of my life). Having these experiences at a young age, I believe, helped me be the creative person I am today, including my willingness to try new things that I may not be so good at to discover what I am good at.
Just 30 Minutes a Day
It’s true that you can release your inner creativity and imagination by devoting just 30 minutes to any of the above strategies or try a combination of two or three of them. If you can’t do it for 30 minutes, try 15. If you can’t do it every day, try every other day. The point is to make ane effort to nurture your creativity as often as you can.
Believe that you are a creative individual and prove it by doing something each day to cultivate your imagination and originality.
Are You Ready to Nurture Your Creativity?
In this 20-page downloadable PDF journal you’ll find:
- A workbook to help you explore what creativity means to you and your life
- Creativity exercises to help you grow your creativity
- Space to journal your thoughts and experiences with these exercises
- And pictures to color in as you relax into creative expression
For only $9.99 you can begin your journey of creative expression today!