5 Elixirs of Creativity That Fire Up Your Creative Genius

5 elixirs of creativity that fire up your creative genius

At times the writing muse would evade us, just like it does today. But I don’t want to be defeated. Creativity should always be present, whether an inspiration strikes or not. This is such a beautiful world, that when our eyes fail to see what we want to see, we could borrow others’ insights on things we want to have a grasp upon.

So now, let me talk about the elixirs of creativity that others saw, used, and shared gratefully. Here are five of them:

1. Read

In my blog writing, I rely heavily on the Daily Post’s daily prompts. The prompt for today is elixir. I like the word. It sometimes is a subject in movies. You know, those stories wherein the villain would go back to the past and do everything it takes just to get that potion that promises him eternal life. But I could not write about that kind of story here. It’s just not my forte. So, I resorted to reading to gather some creative grains. One place I love is Quora. What I found is the topic about the elixir of creativity. Thus, I am sharing it here. When you’re stuck, not only in writing but in any industry that you are working on, read more on that subject, and new ideas by others would inspire you.

2. Clear your mind

Before starting to write this piece, my mind was filled with thoughts of self-doubt. I could not just say: Hey, be positive, those thoughts are negative. Get it out of your system. No. Clearing one’s thoughts from negative thinking requires much effort than that. What I did was I opened my online journal—it’s in Evernote that I may access it anywhere. Then I started to write everything that’s in my mind, positive or negative.  I just let it all out into the open. When I poured everything out, I slowly felt alright. I have not the answers to my questions, but the thought of letting things be at the moment is quite refreshing. What’s more exciting is the fact that I am doing something that prevents me from being defeated by doing nothing at all. As Benjamin Hardy puts, “Action is the inspiration.”

3. Listen to others

When companies want to produce creative pursuits, they brainstorm their team. They encourage each one to offer ideas, even the craziest ones that they could think of. Others even employ the six thinking hats method in order to see things in different angles. When I get angry, I ask my kids what kind of punishment they want to receive. This way, I am still creative in dealing with them and not be consumed by my irritation. Listening to others spark creativity in you every time.

4. Discomfort

I produced my most soulful writings when I am physically, or mentally stressed. I see discomfort as a sign that says a creative genius in me wants to get out. It is the pathway through which when opened, all the stresses would withdraw. Instead of fighting discomfort, turn it around to your best advantage.

5. Share your story

We love stories. WordPress created this hub that we may share our stories and validate our feelings by relating with each other. People cry over the stories in movies. I even cried after reading a facebook post of a child who lost his mother. The story was backed with photos of the child hugging his mother’s coffin, sitting beside the coffin and sleeping beside it as well. So share your story. Whatever it is; it ripples with people who would look at their life and find much deeper meaning that’s triggered by your own. I believe there is no boring story. Even animal stories are exciting.

I hope you are now fired up. Your creative genius is just there hiding. Call it. Bring it out into the open and see how wonderful it feels to produce something that enables others to see their creative geniuses too.

Much love,

Nezel

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Listen and Delivery…

People like to talk about themselves. Most or all of us know this to be true.

I used to find myself talking so much and not listening. A few months ago I decided

to start listening to people-friends, strangers, and family.

I have discovered that people talk so much about themselves or their lives that one does not have the opportunity to get a word in…perhaps a nod or a “Yes, that’s right”….

Do people know how to have conversations anymore? I wonder about that…..

I thought it would aggravate me but it has not. I just allow their thoughts and conversations rattle around in my brain and then I pray for them.

After all, I have my blog to put my thoughts down in cyberspace…..maybe the people I talk to have no one to listen….or maybe they have not discovered the wonderful world of blogging!!


My delivery:  Being a business woman in a predominately man’s domain in the work arena has always put me at a disadvantage.  Therefore, I have found that my delivery of conversation can be a bit brusque. I have been called, ‘Terrier’, ‘Go Getter’, Ice Queen,Barracuda, Shark,  and many other names that are not so polite to describe a tough businesswoman. You get the picture…..

I have noticed in my months of recent illness that the tough delivery that worked so well when I was young and in business, as well as the tough discipline given to my children when they were young does not always work well with family members. My tough deliveries have turned into commands. Commanding has become a habit of mine. I have recently been more mindful Not to Command. I have to work at it each day. I try instead to ask questions that will not irritate family members, to draw  them into conversation and let them do most of the talking. I have also started to ask nicely when a chore needs to be done instead of Commanding the chore to be done. It is working…slowly…..I am remembering to say thank-you…I am remembering to ‘tack on’ an endearment once I have asked nicely for something to be done, such as, ‘Please take out the trash my love’..or something of the sort.

I can’t say it has been a Dramatic change, but hopefully it is a better change, even though it’s slow…I am trying these new things out so that my older children will not think of me as a Tyrant, and also to see how they react when spoken to nicely, and I am hoping that it will encourage them to do the same….

Let’s see how this experiment works out!!