Did you know that January is “Creative Month”?
Well it is other things as well but I rather liked this one. I mean really…isn’t having a creative month better than oatmeal month?
Yea I think so too.
But what does it mean to be creative?
There are, I learned, many definitions of “creativity” such as this one from http://dictionary.reference.com :
The ability to transcend traditional ideas,
rules, patterns, relationships,or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas,
forms, methods,interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination
According to John Cleese:
Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.
For me, I always used to feel that creativity had to do with art. Any type of art from painting, to pottery, sculpture, or even photography. All of those were creative pursuits in my mind. Oh they definitely are.
But…I now believe that creativity goes much further than just the arts.
Creativity can and actually should be a part of so many different aspects of our lives. Creativity requires us to be more curious…to see the world around us with new perspective…to try new things or new ways of doing old things.
While I have not yet had the opportunity, the top book on my reading list this year is “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert. This book has hit the top spot on oh so many reading and book lists and has been a best seller since it came out just this past September.
In “Big Magic”, Ms. Gilbert talks about the creative life and how we can all benefit from learning to be a bit more creative. Whether it be in our art, our writing or just our everyday lives both at home and at work.
A huge part of getting to be a more creative individual is to be more open…
- Be more curious. Learn to look at things perhaps just a little differently than we have always seen those same things
- Perhaps learn to do something in a new way even though we have always done that thing the same way, over and over and over again
- Or even learn to do something totally and completely new to us that we have never before tried
If you are somewhat fearful of trying something new, consider inviting a few of your friends to try it with you. Who knows maybe it is something they have always wanted to do as well but were too fearful to give it a try. And…well…it is always more fun to do things with your girlfriends!
You creative ventures can take many shapes and sizes. Not all need to be huge accomplishments and honestly not all have to be successful. Some new ventures really do fail. A little foray into the creative parts of our lives…whether in the artistic realm or in our personal or business lives…is always a good thing.
What are you going to do to bring about your creativity? Where do you feel creativity might be lacking in your life?
I would love to hear what creative forays you have planned for your future.