Creativity Can Turn Up the Heat
No matter how much you love your job, there are times when simple tasks seem to merge together and eventually, they start to zap your strength. The time may come when you can make your next move blindfolded or you can correctly guess the next question a client will ask before they utter the first sound. If you find yourself in these situations, it’s time to turn up the heat and use some of your creativity to break the routine.
When I hear women say, “I’m really not creative,” I sometimes respond with, “You’re not creative? How can you not be creative when you were literally chosen to be the one who makes sure creation continues?”
Whether you believe it or not, creativity is stored within each and every one of your cells. It’s been implanted in your hair follicles. You’re not creative? Think again. Who else would come up with 100 different recipes for rice dishes? Yes, men are creative, they certainly are, but women know how to add extra spice to every single thing they do.
Anyway, back to turning up the heat and using some of your creativity — when you put your creativity to work, things will seem fresh and new. One of the benefits of reaching into your bank of creativity is you’ll have a sunnier disposition and as an added bonus, your hope in a brighter future will be restored.
You may be asking yourself –what can I do to put my creativity to work? Well, when you start looking at things in a different way, you’ll eventually get in the habit of exercising your creativity daily. There are no rules for being creative. As a matter of fact, Mary Lou Cook said, “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” So don’t force anything. Just make sure you’re having fun.
For those who still believe they are not creative, here are 4 simple suggestions that can get you started, pronto!
1. When you’re cooking your favorite food you’ve prepared for the 1000th time, use a different spice to see how it might change the entire flavor. Who knows … you may come up with a different and delicious entrée or dessert.
2. While at work, the next time a colleague stops by for small talk, don’t tune them out, if that’s what you normally do. Actually take the time to listen. There just might be something wrapped around the words they speak, which will spark an idea within you. At least give it a try.
3. Ask people what they think. This is one of the most underused ways of turning up the heat and getting your creativity to go into overdrive. Simply ask someone a question about how they would solve a problem. Even if you know how to solve it, it’s still an excellent way to start thinking in new directions.
4. Practice learning a new language. Nothing gets your brain stirred up like learning unfamiliar syllables and phrases. The rewards will be plentiful.
The bottom line is, if you don’t use your creativity, or occasionally throw a monkey wrench into your routine, it is my guess that your creativity will automatically put itself under lock and key. But if you use it on a regular basis, you just never know what will spawn from your decision to set things in motion. And who knows, you may be sitting on the next creative invention that will save a multitude of people both time and money. At any rate, never leave “fun” out of the picture. Earl Nightingale said, “Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm,” so open the floodgates and let the fun begin.