I have come to have a set of seven mantras that I live my life by.
I put them into steps for this very “specifically broad” topic.
Creativity has been the reason for my growth. It’s not about the
chemicals in your brain, or what religion you are.
I consider anything a possibility.
This is intended to be infectious.
This is my way of trying to inspire you
Pick the problem or goal you wish to
apply creativity to
In order to be a creative person, you must understand how
to use creativity from your perspective. You don’t need to
come from any specific ranking of intelligence, religion, or
special background of any kind. Whoever told you that lied
to you.
We are all different. We all have problems, and we all solve
them differently. Creativity can be applied to anything.
This is aimed to help you identify your own creativity, and
how you can apply it to your methods of problem solving.
Start by first identifying some goals that you want to apply
creativity to, no matter the size. You might also see your
goal as a problem you are trying to solve.
Our goals we all have are most likely the area of our mind
that leads us to get really excited about something, to feel
It has to be something that your are
passionate about.
You goal can be anything that you want to achieve.
Creativity can be applied to absolutely any other topic or
subject or goal.
It could be something physical, emotional, or psychological
thing that is you want to achieve, but you still need to
identify the goal that you’re attempting to apply creativity to.
Creativity isn’t something that just magically appears, it must
be applied to something.
Whatever the goal is, we are going
to find an internal way to solve the
problem, or achieving that goal.
It’s all about relating it to something you connect to, and
that’s where creativity shows it’s many faces.
It’s not about thinking about the end goal, but being more
critical of path you take to get there. Forcing creativity out of
something that has no passion is impossible.
We all have our own obstacles in our way to creative
freedom, and
admitting your own problems is step one. It up to you, and
only you, to determine what is honestly stopping you from
achieving creative freedom.
This framework alone will fall short of helping you achieve
your creative goals. You can’t compete without a competitor,
Identify the problem or goal you wish
so you need to identify what it is you want to accomplish.
to apply creativity to
“I don’t know how”, “I was never
taught that”, “I don’t think I could do
this”, “Someone told me I couldn’t”,
You need to be really honest with yourself, and admit that
most of the things that are stopping you from achieving
creative freedom are in fact just excuses you tell yourself.
All excuses you should try to view as challenges in your way
from obtaining your goal. These beliefs are limiting your
imagination and not allowing your creativity to shoot from
your fingertips.
You can’t have emotional walls up, or you won’t be able
to break new ground in any manner. It’s one of the most
important things about achieving creative goals, is allowing
yourself to be wrong- putting yourself out there.
Imagination is the problem solving tool we use to figure out
how to beat these challenges. Replace every internal belief
you have that limits your progress with just one idea:
Turn every excuse into a challenge
that requires your imagination to
“we have endless amounts of
imagination inside of us. that means
we have an endless amount to give
out, and we won’t lose a thing”
Your imagination is at work, even when you don’t realize
it. When you face a problem, your mind is using problem
solving skills. When you use those problem solving skills,
you use some amount of creativity. The amount that is
applied, can be adjusted- once you can recognize it for what
it truly is.
Everything needs to seem like it’s just a challenge now,
when you identify your burning passion. Everything that you
face as a challenge will have a new perspective once you’ve You’re about to be in a constant mode of “doing”. You need
to put yourself out there, and stop making excuses for
identified your burning passion.
everything you do, no matter how
uncomfortable it is.
That’s how you start to plan out your strategy, challenge
by challenge. Identify the objectives in your way from
completing that goal, no matter how many they are or how Identify your biggest internal beliefs
that are limiting your creativity to
large they may be.
apply creativity to
step C: thrill your role
Equally as important as identifying
goals, is realizing what you have
immediately available to you to
help possibly get you in the right
It could be one thing, or a combination of things from your
personality that all work together that fill you with passion.
Usually it’s the thing we want to be the most.
People often say “they don’t know who they are”, or “they
don’t know how” when it comes to something that requires
their creativity, and the fact is: neither of them are anything
other than excuses. They need to identify what’s they
deeply want to be, and start there. Whatever problems/
goals you have from step 1, you need to identify what you
can do to bring your passion into it.
say your talents are, sometimes that isn’t where our creative
hearts lie. Chase down that dream, and never ever take ‘no’
for an answer.
It’s not a matter of asking “who do I want to be?”, It’s a
matter of deciding “What do I wan to be known for?” And
what makes your creative energy explode. Just do what you
do, and do it well.
Don’t just fill your role, whatever it
is. Thrill it.
Identifying your strengths is equally as important as
knowing what is stopping you. These are your weapons
when you go into battle vs. your enemy. Not everyone has
the same weapons, but were all born with one,
you might just have never learned how to use yours.
If something makes you feel that
burning passion inside, then recognize
them as your
creativity signals alarming you.
No matter what you’ve considered to be impossible, you
must convince yourself that you can do it- and the larger
your challenge is, the more you can accomplish, not the
more you have to. Force yourself to think: I am lucky to
have the opportunity for this challenge.
Those are the things you want to foster, and you will start
to harness that raw energy. Embrace your passions with
your whole heart, and don’t take your passions for granted.
Embrace and understand what your role is, the one that fills
you with raw energy. Who cares where what other people
Identify the thing you want to
be known for, when you imagine
yourself accomplishing your goal or
defeating your problem
step X: get uncomfortable
Go ahead, start something. Anything.
The very first step at being kind of good at something,
is to be really bad at it first. That’s why we are trying to
focus harder on those times when we feel uncomfortable,
Now that you have your problems identified, your
because that’s the areas we should target. It’s where we
challenges staked out, and your identity locked down. The
only thing to do is face the uncomfortable feelings that come have the most potential to learn about ourselves.
Nothing will push you further to
your creative limits than to test
It’s not about the goal your trying to accomplish, but
instead it’s about the process of thinking that it takes you
to push your comfort limits. There is an incredible amount
You need to go out and start “doing” whatever it is that fills
of learning that comes from breaking your own personal
you with passion. You need to start tackling those newly
identified challenges, and make yourself feel like you’ve
never felt before. It’s not about feeling comfortable, it’s
Start by looking at your challenges, one by one. These are
the things that will most likely make you feel uncomfortable, the opposite. When we are uncomfortable, we start to feel
those negative feelings bubbling up inside, and we just keep
but will cause you to have exponential learning. You need
to know that the feelings are holding you back from actually remembering that this is the feeling of progress.
accomplishing those goals, and then
That uncomfortable feeling is your creative mind’s way of
teaching itself new things, and you need to start to love that
you need to start to seek out those
uncomfortable things.
There is no shame in being bad at something. There should
be shame in not trying. You must persevere through
something that is awful before you can see the benefits of
it. Tackle your challenges, one by one, or all at a time. Use
your tools to get there, and keep your goal in mind to stay
It’s not going to be nearly as worse as you anticipated, and
if it is: just be proud of yourself for doing something that
Identify the things that make your
stomach turn, that bubble in your
throat, when you think about doing
step Y: trust other people
turn those words that used to
defeat you into what they are meant
to be: feedback.
Has anyone ever told you that you suck at something? Or
are you like most of the population, and you tell yourself
that you suck? Do not let someone tell you that can’t do
something. That is the trick to step 5, is being able to still be
able to trust people.
Well that’s backwards, because you should get feedback on
your problems in order to gain perspective.
You need to start to hear other peoples words as what they
really are- just words. Listen to what their motivations are
for telling you those words, and you can start to identify the
really impacting people who can help you on your journey to
creative freedom. You will inspire them, if you feel inspired
yourself to accomplish your goal.
No matter how many times you’ve sworn off trusting
anyone else, it’s just another excuse. No matter how many
times or how painful another person in your life has been in
your past, you need to learn to trust them.
If you find that burning passion, have a goal in mind,
determine what is stopping you, then start putting yourself
out there, the next step is to start to see the human
resources that are all around you, waiting for you to use
Ask for help, and more importantly,
be receptive to help.
It’s not some weird hippy-talk, what I am saying: it’s real.
Using creativity in business is how leaders excel. Using
creativity in the workplace is how you set yourself apart.
Applying creativity to any activity you do, will ultimately
product more innovative results. You have endless power
with your imagination, and you accept that. So imagination
Just as important as putting yourself out there, is trusting
that you can handle whatever is going to happen, using your lies within us, right? We have an infinite supply of anything
imagination. Handling the outside world internally, and being inside of us, then we can infinitely output imagination and
able to focus on the things that give you an equal amount of have absolutely no loss of energy.
focus back.
Identify the times in your life where
you’ve had your trust burned, and
You must learn to trust other
what you will do to protect yourself
people, no matter how many times
internally if it happened again
you’ve told yourself not to.
step Z: love to be wrong
Learn to love finding your flaws, and when something you thought to be true is in fact not true.
You should consider yourself lucky, because you have the
learn to test your convictions.
opportunity for growth. I love to have my assumptions
reverse, and my ignorance cured. I find myself awaken
We can’t walk around with our heads held so high that
to new possibilities every time I find an error in my own
we can’t see what’s right under our nose. We need to be
thinking. There is a moment of shame, of course, but the
constantly figuring out new ways to expand our personal
benefits of correctly addressing a recognized problem in
your own mind set can change your life.
Never think you know it all- you’ll become a target for
someone else to pursue their creative dreams. The key is to Now, this mind set puts us in a prime situation to do one
thing a lot, which is something I often do:
find your passion, and run with it. Never stop moving, and
no one will ever catch up to you. Seek the
learn from your mistakes, or repeat
pleasure in being wrong, but do not confuse this idea with
assuming you are incorrect.
You need to have deep understanding of your beliefs, but
you must also be constantly seeking ways to test your
convictions. You won’t have to spend your time constantly
spending energy seeking new material to learn
from-- you can be living, breathing and accepting new
information if you adapt your mind to love to be wrong.
Not only do I apologize frequently for my mistakes (because
I always seek to find them)- I do my best to not repeat the
same mistake. That is something that has proven a very
simple but effective tactic in becoming a better listener,
writer, designer, developer, friend, boyfriend, son, and
never stop questioning your own
Try to remember the last time you
had to apologize for being wrong,
and try to think of how you handled
You have to be able to defend everything you believe in: to
the death- but you should believe in this saying:“I love to be
wrong”- and say it with a sense of humility. You don’t
actually love being incorrect in your beliefs, but you love
step ?: be impatient
We all waste our time waiting,
watching, and wishing.
Never settle for anything less than the complete dedication
to fueling that burning desire in your stomach. Do not let that
fire go out, and do not let anyone put it out for you. It has to
It’s only true if you adopt the rest of this mind set: don’t wait be a forest fire of desire, then creativity is just a product of
for anyone else, just start moving. Stop waiting for anyone, that effort.
or anything, or even to finish reading this in order to start.
Your creative output is measured by your internal input-Stop waiting for someone to help you, and help yourself. If
how much creativity flows from your fingers is controlled
something isn’t working out like you hoped it would, move
by how you point those fingers at yourself. Invest in your
onto something else. Never settle for standing still, in a
world full of opportunities.
You can now use your imagination better than ever before,
because you now realize something most people don’t-Imagination is infinite. We all have imaginations, therefore
we all posses something that is by definition never-ending
that we can use at our will. Not enough people respect the
power of imagination, and that is just a shame.
to learn fast, You must move fast
and learn along the way, creativity
is not a slow process, the speed can
be adjusted by the person applying it:
Once you learn how to use your imagination to produce
results that are external, you won’t ever be the same again.
Always be recognizing your goals and problems, and how
creativity can help. Never accept an excuse ever again,
call them challenges. Be constantly searching for those
uncomfortable feelings- they lead to growth.
Impatience is a virtue. It’s the process
that you learn to love.
Trust other people, forever. Love to be wrong, and you’ll
never stop learning, and most importantly:
It’s a process of learning through personal discovery, while
you move forward on your dreams. Without your burning
passion in life, you’re probably going to be very depressed
most of the time.
Never sit around and wait for
something to happen, use your
imagination to get it done now!
I hope to have stirred some thoughts into your life.
If I have failed at my goal of helping you become a more
creative person, please contact me:
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If you have any creative ideas for me, any questions:
Do not hesitate to talk to me.