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We each have within us a huge amount of untapped creative potential, a vast landscape of undiscovered inner creativity.
But how often in YOUR life do you truly unleash your creativity?
How often do you feel that you’re creating as naturally and fully as you’re able, where ideas and action all flows easily and freely?
It’s very likely that you’re not creating as often, or as fully, as you’d like to be.
So here are 7 simple ways you use to can tap into your inner creativity today:
1. Listen to yourself. What do you really want to create? Not what do you think you SHOULD be creating or what do your friends, family and colleagues think you should be creating, but what do YOU want to create? What creative project inside you burning to get out?
2. Give yourself time. If you’ve not written a novel before, how realistic is it to expect to write your first in a weekend? Give yourself time to learn, develop and have fun creating as you go. If you don’t enjoy your creativity, how motivated are you going to be to continue?
3. Find a creative environment. This can be a room where you live, a corner in a library or a bench in the local park. To give yourself the best chance to produce your best work, find somewhere you’re happy to create, and where the pressures and distractions around you are as few as possible.
4. Get yourself a cheerleader. No, not a young woman with pom poms. Find someone who will encourage and support you and your creative work. Who’s the most positive person you know? It doesn’t need to be someone else who creates like you do, just someone who’s going to be a great source of positive energy and consistent encouragement for you.
5. Break Creative Projects down into chunks. If you try to paint a complex and multi-layered picture in a couple hours it’s unlikely you’ll be very creative with all that pressure you’ve placed on yourself. Instead, go easy on yourself, set smaller, achievable targets on the way to your larger goal of finishing the creative project.
6. Reward yourself often. When you do good creative work, acknowledge what you’ve done and congratulate yourself. And not just every time you finish a major project but at all significant steps along the way. Just showing up willing to start creating each time is a great reason to celebrate.
7. Create a little each day. This tip is possibly more important than all the rest. The key to creating consistently rewarding and fulfilling work is to create a little each day. Fit it in your schedule every day – early in the morning, late at night, over your lunch – whatever time works for you. Stick to this for just 2 weeks and notice what an impact it starts to have on your creativity.
So there are 7 simple ways you can use to unleash your creativity, starting TODAY.
Pick one of them right now (at least!) and get creating!
Over time, the more different ways you try and the more you’re willing to experiment, the greater the positive impact on your creative life will be and the more you’ll naturally increase your creativity.
Good luck and happy creating…
© Copyright 2007 Dan Goodwin
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About Right Brain Thinking:
If you’re not a content creator, wait a while. The 21st century is to content creators what the Industrial Revolution was to factory workers. More and more people are finding more and more ways to parent, make money, find friends, and generally live well by relying on creativity. In this article, noted author Martha Beck offers some suggestions for tapping into the creativity that we all possess.
This morning I sat down to write about how we can all learn to better use the right hemispheres of our brains. For 30 minutes, I tapped restlessly at a laptop. Nothing much happened, idea-wise. Flat beer.
Finally I resorted to a strategy I call the Kitchen Sink. I read bits of eight books: four accounts of brain research, one novel about India, one study of bat behavior, one biography of Theodore Roosevelt, and one memoir of motherhood. Next I drove to my favorite Rollerblading location, listening en route to a stand-up comic, a mystery novel, and an Eckhart Tolle lecture. I yanked on my Rollerblades and skated around, squinting slack-jawed into the middle distance. After a while, a tiny lightbulb went on. “Well,” I thought, “I could write about this.”
The Kitchen Sink, you see, is one way to activate your brain’s creative right hemisphere. Every writer I’ve ever met uses some version of it, as do Web designers, cartoonists, TV producers—all “content creators” who regularly face the terrifying thought, “Well, I’ve gotta come up with something.”
If you’re not a content creator, wait a while. The 21st century is to content creators what the Industrial Revolution was to factory workers: In a world where information is superabundant, unique and creative ideas are hot-ticket advantages both personally and professionally. More and more people are finding more and more ways to parent, make money, find friends, and generally live well by relying on creativity. I’ve seen this shift among my life-coaching clients. For instance: Michaela develops financial-planning strategies for stay-at-home moms. Mary runs a long-distance mother’s support group via Skype. Alyssa’s innovative T-shirt designs keep selling, recession or no recession. The demand for creative thinking is both a challenge and an opportunity. It requires us to use more than the logical left-brain skills we learned in school. These days, we all need to get back into our right minds.
Read more online at: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/How-to-Tap-into-the-Right-Side-of-Your-Brain-Martha-Beck-Advice#ixzz3ygjC8O00
Parkinsons & Exercising
Maintaining normal muscle tone and function is an important aspect of the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. In part, medication administered for your illness achieves this goal. However, to realize the full benefit of the medication, daily exercise and activity are essential. By building activity into your daily routine, you can more easily maintain good muscle tone and build confidence in your mobility. A little exercise goes a long way.
For people with Parkinson’s, moving around does not come as naturally as it once did. It might seem counterintuitive, but to increase your confidence moving, you have to move!
- Build physical activity into your daily routine: Include gardening, housework or washing the car, as you are able.
- Walk with a friend or family member: A little exercise does EVERY body good.
- Attend a community exercise program. Call 1-800-4PD-INFO to find an exercise group near you.
- Move around frequently: If you watch TV, walk during commercials.
- Put on some upbeat music and dance.
There may come a time when you need extra support. Don’t worry, there are plenty of options.
Some people with Alzheimers use alternative treatments-such as herbal remedies and natural dietary supplements– though there is scant scientific evidence of their benefits. If you’re considering any alternative treatments or want to advise a friend or loved one with Alzheimer’s on alternative strategies, it’s a good idea to discuss your interest with a health care professional.
A look at complementary treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Nutritional supplements, herbal medicine for Alzheimer’s and the Alzheimer’s diet.
Some people with Alzheimer’s use alternative treatments-such as herbal remedies and natural dietary supplements– though there is scant scientific evidence of their benefits. If you’re considering any alternative treatments or want to advise a friend or loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease on alternatives, it’s a good idea to discuss your interest with a health care professional.
Here are some non-medication options for helping the patient with Alzheimer’s Disease:
Treatment Strategy for Alzheimers
- Identify and address suspected underlying causes of Alzheimers.
- Use of dietary and nutritional strategies to improve cognitive function.
- Use of antioxidants to decrease oxidative damage.
Article Publisher: http://www.healthyplace.com/alternative-mental-health/alzheimers/alternative-treatment-strategy-for-alzheimers-disease/
Many of today’s approaches to treating fibromyalgia involve the use of harsh medications that simply mask the pain and cause harmful side effects. But new, natural alternative methods have been found to be highly effective against this painful disease. Adopting a smarter diet and using nutritional supplements can help reduce pain, relieve inflammation, restore lost energy and put you on the path to a healthier life.
The common approach to treating psoriasis includes the use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, but these offer only temporary relief from symptoms. Body Ecology’s approach to whole body health provides a road map to wellness for those who suffer from psoriasis by healing one’s body from the inside out.
One afternoon while walking through the lobby of a hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I became aware of a disturbance in one corner of the room. I walked in that direction in that casual way we use to check out disturbances in public places without announcing our curiosity. A boy of about four was screaming and rolling around on the floor in some kind of a fit.
Several people were trying to help the parents control the child. A crowd was gathering. It was a bad situation.
Then the Lord spoke to me.
There are a number of stories of people, paralyzed by injuries, who later made some kind of recovery. While their cases are rare, they are certainly amazing. Here are three amazing recoveries from paralysis that serve to remind us to never give up hope and to always look forward to the future.