10 surprising creativity boosters



Boost-creativity




Thanks to my persistent creative practice of writing 10 ideas, I am building my creative muscles every single day. It rocks. That is my favorite recipe on how to boost creativity.


However…


There are always more tips and hacks. For instance, if you lose your passion for the creative projects, try THIS technique. If you feel that it’s all been said and done already, find some encouragement HERE. If your inner critic starts bothering you, please go THIS WAY.


But if you want to find some inspiration in unexpected places and boost your creativity in some surprising ways, don’t search any longer. I complied a list of 10 not-so-common creativity boosters. I hope this list nudges you to try something new. Remember, creativity loves novelty. So let’s get started.
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These 10 ideas helped me establish meditation practice



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After one hiking trip, my husband and I visited a friend. He was a founder of a local hiking club and that night they were throwing a party. He told us not to worry about the accommodation since there was a plenty of space in the club. The party was great and when it was over we asked where we can sleep. He brought us to a storage room and said: “Here.” The room was full of… well everything. There were camping chairs, tables, tents, disco balls, glassware, different tools, paintings, tons of random stuff. My husband and I looked into each other’s eyes, shrug the shoulders and got to work. We cleaned up a bit, made a rectangular space on the floor in the middle of the mess, put our mattresses and sleeping bags and spent a relatively comfortable night.


I thought about that night many times. I couldn’t forget that picture: making a small, clear space in the middle of the mess. And yes, that is how I perceive meditation. Our minds are crazy and messy, full of tools, furniture, and disco balls. If we don’t have a regular clean-up practice, our minds tend to turn into a total chaos. The meditation helps clean-up, relax, shrink mess a little bit.


For years I was intrigued by the idea of meditation, however, I could not establish the practice for longer than a week. But this time, I decided to do it for real. I pulled out all the ideas from my habit-formation arsenal and… I guess it worked. I’ve been meditating for about 3 months now.


Here is the list of exact strategies that worked for me. I hope you’ll find them useful for meditation and any other habit you’re trying to form. And I hope this list will inspire you to shift at least one little habit. (Today.) Enjoy.
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Easy and fun way to know yourself better



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Back in the day, I was going out a lot. Clubs, parties and that stuff. That was not particularly pleasurable for me, but I figured that’s what young people do.


I tried watching a few popular TV shows that cool people were watching. Listening to the music cool people were listening. I tried to make myself more relevant. And then I gave up.


We all have innate desire to fit in, to belong, to be members of a tribe. In the process, we slowly forget who we are and what truly lights our fire.


May I propose a creative project that will help you know yourself better?
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Read this when you don’t know what to write about



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Blank page stares at me again. Or I stare into it. One way or another, no action is happening. I feel blocked.


I wasn’t writing for almost a month. I haven’t exercised my idea muscles as intensely. Now I’m trying to come back to arena. And it’s hard. I get distracted easily. I am confused. I feel enormous resistance. And I don’t know what to write about.


I want something big and cool. I want something spectacular. (If I was silent for a month, now I’d better have something big. Which I don’t.) Blank page is still empty. Infinite possibilities behind it. (Most probable possibility is that I’ll check my Facebook once again.)


My question: ‘What should I write about?’ could be the answer. Thus I made this idea list. To help you and me and everyone else get unstuck. To start moving fingers over the keyboard in search of something. Will it be good? Who cares. Beat the Resistance today. That’s what Steven Pressfield taught me.


Next time when you don’t know what to write about, choose one of these 10 things and execute. Don’t judge. Just do it.
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Celebrate your evolution



Butterfly



Inspired by Danielle Laporte’s brilliant post.

We are running and working and driving and striving. Which is awesome. But let’s do something else today. Pull out your notebook and pencil, open a blank document or note, set 20 minutes on your stopwatch. Today write 20 minutes on the prompt:


HOW FAR HAVE YOU COME?


Take time to stop. Turn around. What do you see behind you? How far have you come? How have you changed? What obstacles, difficulties, limiting beliefs have you overcome? What seemed impossibly hard and bad, but led you to this moment and this state of mind? This is the celebration of your personal evolution.


Let me try. 10 years ago (feel free to choose any time frame):


* I was wild. Crazy. (Read: going out and drinking a lot.) And deeply unhappy. Resentful. I was waiting for other people and outside circumstances to make me happy. Now I know it’s my job. I live in a peace. I am happy. But I still drink. Moderately. (That’s good for the mental health, right?)


* I constantly needed to prove something. Probably because I wasn’t approving of myself. Now I don’t prove anything. (Except for my hypothesis in a research.) I am living my life and doing the best I can. You can choose what do you want to believe in. I don’t mind.


* I judged another people. I felt constant need to change and fix everyone. Probably because I myself needed a major repair. Now I accept. I let everyone to be whoever they need to be. Everyone is fighting the battle I may not be able to see.


* I knew that I am not good enough, smart enough, capable enough and that drove my ambition. Now I know that I am good enough, smart enough, capable enough and that drives my ambition.


* I spent tons of time feeling resentful about my past and anxious about my future. Now I spend more time in NOW.


* I have got a few degrees, diplomas, certificates, cool thing to write in my CV. But I consider my own evolution more valuable than all of that.


* I didn’t want to wear shorts. Don’t ask me why. I probably had a good reason.


I was a jerk. I know. But look at me now! Isn’t that great? What an awesome evolution I went through! Now it’s your turn.


Try to remember absolutely worst moments and details. These are more valuable because you overcame them. Small things count, they take you far away. Hard times count, they make you who you are. Glorious moments count, these are worth remembering. List everything. And celebrate!


There is only one catch. Only one party breaker. That is the comparison. With others or with your own (or someone else’s) expectations. “Yes, I came this far, but look at Jane, she came even further!” Or, “Yes, this is nice, but at my age I should have been married with two kids.” These are toxic thoughts.


Comparison with others doesn’t make any sense. We are all different beings, with different gifts, talents, interests, backgrounds, different purposes and circumstances. How can we possibly compare so that it makes sense? And then the expectations… they kill the joy. “You should be XYZ at the age ABC.” Who says so? Since all of us are different, how can we all be compared based on one criteria? Cookie cutters don’t work well in real life.


The only comparison that makes sense is the comparison between you today and you from the past. That is your evolution. Celebrate it!


Day and night are changing, seasons are changing, grass is growing. Acorn turns into an oak and caterpillar into a butterfly. You are evolving. And growing. Every single day. The only constant in life is change. Acknowledge it. Celebrate it. It will foster more growth, more evolution and more reasons to celebrate. ((Tweet this!))


Your turn. Jim Kwik uses the acronym HHH (Head- Heart- Hands) for quick learning. If you read this post (Head) and it resonated with you (Heart), you have to do the writing exercise and answer the question in the comment below (Hands) so that the lesson can stick. And the question is: “What is the single thing about your evolution you are most proud of?” Share it with me in the comments and let’s celebrate it together.


And if you have a friend who feels stuck, encourage him or her to celebrate his or her evolution by sharing this post with him or her.


XXX


MISS stRANGELOVe


P. S. Cookie of Wisdom: “It’s not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to the change.” Charles Darwin ((Tweet this!))