Creative Catalysts

By Gail McMeekin

paint by numbersWe know we are creative beings. Yet, we are also well aware that sometimes our creativity stalls, plays tricks on us, or appears to have vanished completely.

It is at those moments that we need to reconnect with our vitality around our creative process or project and leverage our inspirational powers to stimulate our ability to make new connections.

The following tips are meant to arouse your natural creative gifts so you can surmount those obstacles in your journey and achieve maximum potential.

Have fun with them and enjoy the wonder of discovery as you expand your imagination and allow yourself to be a conduit for excellent work!

1) Keep a daily excitement list about WHY you are passionate and committed to your exploration or project

2) Change your location–work on your project in bed, outside in nature, in a coffee shop, or a different room

3) Take a trip relating to your project to explore a facet of it

4) Go on vacation or take a day or two off and let it go and take a fresh look when you return

5) Or make a date with your project and go away for a period of time with it as your companion

6) Go to a toy store and find a toy like your project and play with it

7) Set up a series of experiments related to your project

8) Experience your project using the three learning styles of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experiences. Draw a picture of it, make a mind-map of it, take a photo of it and play on photo-shop. Talk about your project to a tape recorder or a video recorder or teach a real/pretend class on the topic. Act it out with props and sets and maybe even other characters

9) Find a symbol or prop that represents your project and carry it around with you

10) Exercise regularly to clear your head

11) Create a water experience–sit in a hob tub, go swimming, take a shower, visit a spa

12) Record and follow intuitive clues

13) Meditate or pray about it

Video: Secret #1, from “The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women”

14) Select music that reminds you of your project and play it at the beginning of your work sessions

15) Initiate creative rituals such as lighting a candle or reading first, etc.

16) Find someone who is an opposite thinker (a devil’s advocate) and tell them about your project and let them challenge/stimulate your thinking

17) Put your inner critic in isolation for now

18) Visualize your end result and make a collage of images that support that vision

19) Collect objects like your project and keep them in a basket to ponder

20) Keep a file card packet in your office, car, etc. to jot down all related ideas and connections

21) Read related books, articles, etc. and take notes

22) Look for the metaphors–i.e.,how is your project like a pine tree?

23) Keep a separate journal/computer file for each project and keep track of all ideas and feelings

24) At the right time, share your project with trusted others and gather new insights

25) Use your fascinations to propel you ahead to take risks everyday

Try 3 of the above strategies to jump-start your creativity! Enjoy what you learn!

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The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful WomenArticle Source: © 2005, Gail McMeekin, Creative Success, 2005. Please do not reprint or use without permission of the author.

Gail McMeekin, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. is a career/creativity coach and writer on personal, professional, and creative development.

She is author of a number of books, including:

The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women


Boost Your Creativity, Productivity and Profits in 21 Steps

See other products at her site Creative Success.

The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women online courseLearn about her online course The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women – “Based on her best-selling book, this class will teach you to stop sabotaging your brilliance and learn to create your own success formula and prosper.

“In Part One of this three-part program, we will be focusing on 4 secrets of heartfelt personal and creative success for women. Think you’re not creative? Creativity is not just for writers and artists, it takes all forms.

“You just may need your creative software jumpstarted! Using a variety of exercises, you will zero in on your best ideas and learn to leverage them to reflect your passions and get them out into the world.”

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Photo at top: paint by numbers! – By originallittlehellraiser
– also used in my post Some Ideas on How To Develop Creativity.


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