Creativity is more than just being different.

Anybody can plan weird; that’s easy.

What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach.

Making the simple, awesomely simple,

that’s creativity.

Charles Mingus

Do you love being creative, but want to take your creativity to a whole new level? Do you feel overwhelmed by your work and find that your natural creative abilities and talents are going untapped? If so, you need to learn how to tap into your creativity whenever you want to or feel you need to. When you allow creative thinking to flow, you will find that you can enhance your natural abilities and accomplish more stuff in less time.

Creative thinking gives birth to creativity

Creativity allows you to become who you want to be. If you cannot release your creativity, you may begin to feel that your professional growth seems stunted, or you may not be able to think as clearly as you would like. Many of people underestimate the importance of creativity until they are taught to tap into it through creative thinking.

How do I get started?

Cut and paste

You can begin with a simple exercise like going through those magazines you never get to read, and cutting out random images. You then can glue them all to a paper or a board without thinking about it. Just let your creative juices flow! Finally, step back and see what your mind has created. You may be impressed and surprised with yourself. This will help you tap into your creative energy.


Another way to jump-start your creative thinking is by listening to music. Put on a CD that you are unfamiliar with or borrow a friend’s. When you listen to something that you have never experienced before, you may find that you are changing your definitions of creativity and are lighting your creative fire all at the same time.

Groove on

Dance! Creative thinking often starts with an active body. Put on a CD or go out to a club that has live music. Try a dance class, or enjoy the movement of your body in the privacy of your own living room. Whatever it is, do something to get up and get moving! You will be surprised at how creative you will feel afterwards. You may feel inspired and ready to tackle some new and exciting projects. Or perhaps you will find that your current workload isn’t as daunting as it first appeared. After all, you will be relaxing while having fun!


Another option is to set your timer for 15 minutes. From the minute you press start, you should write freely. Write whatever comes into your mind without thinking about it or planning. Then step back and see the creativity that flowed from your mind to your hand, and then to your pen and onto the paper.


Another awesome way to boost creative thinking is through affirmations. These positive statements can help you remember what it is to be creative and how wondrous it feels when creativity flows through you. You can create a list of affirmations for yourself such as, “I feel an intense flame of passion for things that interest me,” that can help you tap into the creative person that you are, even as you deal with everyday stresses. Or, if you can’t think of any on your own, join us here every Saturday and Sunday for affirmations for the week.

You are already creative. If you are dragging through life or feel you are stuck in the doldrums of life, try any or all of these techniques to light your creative torch!


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