(or “12 Steps You Must Take To Get Into Creative Flow Whenever You Want”)
I’m sorry for the title’s tenuous play on words. But it’s the closest I could get to “The 12 Days of Christmas”.
I guess the mince pies must be getting to me. But the reason for this inexcusable misuse of the English language is an honourable one.
During my recent relocation from London to Sydney I’ve had a lot of time to think about how I can serve you best. I want to start my 2012 with a bang, and help you start yours with an even bigger BOOM!!!
You Are Creative To Your Core
I believe that all human beings are creative to their core.
This belief has become stronger as I’ve watched my 22 month old son Harry get older. Apart from breathing, sleeping and eating he does almost nothing else other than create (although admittedly this creation most often takes the form of a mess or worse!)
I also know that our current education methods stifle and suppress creativity, by teaching what we can’t do and what we’re not good at.
Everyone has talent within them. Neuroscience is starting to prove that even though different people might start with a genetic predisposition to be good in a particular skill, this is nowhere near as important as doing it over and over again.
By doing something repeatedly we literally change our brains and become better at it.
Isn’t it our creativity that separates us from the other creatures with whom we share this beautiful planet?
And won’t it be our capacity for creative thought that will allow us to find solutions to the many challenges that we face?
What better mission could I have than to help others express and share their creativity with the world?
So, if you’ll allow it, I’d like to help you make 2012 the best year of your creative life so far.
Not Quite A Partridge
And due to the time of year I thought I’d take a seasonal approach.
“The 12 Days of Creativeness” (or if you’re reading this and it’s not Christmas – the slightly more mundane title of “12 Steps You Must Take To Get Into Creative Flow Whenever You Want”) are a series of posts that just like “The 12 Days of Christmas”, will start on Christmas Day and finish on the 5th of January.
But that’s where the similarity ends. Instead of lords, ladies, pipers or partridges each “day” will describe an essential step you must take in order to get into the hyper-productive and hugely enjoyable state of creative flow whenever you want.
Ho Ho Ho…
Now Christmas and New Year are a very busy time for all of us. We have friends, family and fun to be attend to.
But I’ve always found it the best time to reflect not so much on what has been, but on what could be.