Creativity: Are You Letting Your Genie Out?

Creativity. What is creativity you asked? The creativity definition is, well…”the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.;” as taken straight from the dictionary.

It’s funny how many people I come across that think only a few privilege individuals possess a creative genius. That is far from the truth.

Just like exercising any of your muscle your creative ability is really not any different. If you don’t take any time to let your creative genie out of the bottle it will wither away like an unused muscle.

So just how do you get that creative genie out of the bottle anyway. To begin with you need to let your mind be a magnet. A magnet for knowledge. Take in everything you come in contact with everyday. Consider what you read, see on tv, observe on the way to work, in the store, at the shopping mall.

Creativity can only come about from having an imagination and if you don’t give your imagination anything to feed on then it is like that muscle we talked about earlier that gets no oxygen.

Start doing and exploring things you have never tried. Painting a picture or anything artistic. Work on designing your yard our the interior of your house. Start writing a journal and read it back each week deciding how you could have written it better.

You must force your way out of the fishbowl of life and start exploring a little bit. When doing that you will be surprised at what freedom a little creativity can give you.

Don’t be afraid to explore the “flaky” edge just a little. Do something extreme once in a while. Go sky diving or bungee jumping. Get on a dirt bike and ride like crazy. For some, just going on a trip across the state or even the country will open your eyes to new and exciting experiences that will give you something to build on.

The key here is building on what you are doing. Once you get the ball rolling, do not quit. Don’t let your creative instincts drive you beyond safety or reality but give yourself a chance to cut lose…just a little.

The things you will discover will not only let that creative genius inside you out for some fresh air but you will also discover talents and abilities you would have denied ever having.

Give it a try and you will discover your genie will give you more than just three wishes.

What’s The Secret To The Secret?

The secret is a very interesting take on the power of positive thinking and what you can accomplish if you put your mind, will and energy into it. I will be writing and posting various articles in the near future on the power of positive thinking and just how and why it does impact your life but for now watch this video then leave me your thoughts. Especially if you have taken the time to read the book or know of someone who has and have applied any of the principles presented into yours or their life. This video is not without a great deal of controversy among some power of positive thinking players in the self help world. Some believe that it can over step the boundaries of reality when dealing with more critical issues in life while others claim it was the principles suggested in the book that helped them to overcome the most difficult of issues that they could not have accomplished without them.

It’s all locked within the powers of the human mind and one’s individual perception of what that personal reality really is. Or is it?
More articles to come in the near future about the power of the human mind. Check back often and I will soon be adding a new theme that
will allow you to post your articles and thoughts on my blog as well.

Happiness – 12 Easy Tips And It Can Be Yours! Part 2

Hi and welcome back! Here is part 2 of my article on 12 easy tips you can implement into your life and gain a sense of happiness. Happiness in and of itself can mean different things to different people. The common denominator for all of us is that we are just people. We all have the same basic needs, wants and desires and chief among those is the search for true happiness. These 12 tips are just scratching the surface in reality. They are the basics. It would be impossible to list everything that makes people truly happy but you will find that by picking just a few of these tips and putting them into practice will have a dramatic effect upon your life. The key here is empowerment. With the right knowledge and the willingness to try…just a little….you will be amazed how your life can truly change.

Ok…without further adieu here are the other 6 tips for you to contemplate.

7. Assumption. This can be a real party killer. This is also one of the most easiest traps to fall into. We begin our journey into “assumption” by what we experience early in life. You know, the old principle of action and reaction right? To put it simply, every action we observe or take part in ourselves results in some type of reaction. This is true for everything in life. We begin to develop a sense of assumption by the results we have witnessed by various actions throughout our lives. Pretty soon we are all assuming the things that will occur due to the action we take. This is not all bad because this also helps in our development of our sense of judgment. The trouble with assumption is it can wrongly cause us to worry about things that have no factual evidence. What a time waster it is to worry about something you may have or have not done correctly without any evidence to support it. Or, even worse, to assume something about someone else that turns out to be incorrect. Try not to waste time assuming the worst. Breaking that habit will have a very positive effect upon your life.

8. The power of positive thinking. This is related to the assumption tip above. Do you believe in luck? Did you know that for the most part luck doesn’t just happen? It’s true. Positive thinking has been proven to actually create in your life what many people would describe as luck. There is nothing you cannot accomplish if you believe in yourself. Put all of your mind into believing you can accomplish what you set out do to and you will begin seeing just how “lucky” you really can become!

9. Don’t think in terms of absolutes. If you spend all your time thinking in terms such as “never”, “can’t”, “won’t”, “always”, etc. you begin to develop negativity. Many times you will not be able to see the forest for the trees because you develop tunnel vision on reality. Don’t get yourself into the fishbowl of absolutes. You will lose your creativity and your ability to accomplish the things in life that bring you happiness. If you can’t begin to vision yourself being happy because things just “can’t” happen that way…well…then…you “won’t” ever get there. It’s just that simple.

10. Try your had at…..should I say it?…..Volunteering. It almost sounded a little nerdy to me the first time I decided to give it a shot. I mean, don’t I have better things to do than volunteer??? What could giving possibly get me in return. I found out the truth of that one several years back on Christmas Eve. No, it wasn’t about family and friends getting together and exchanging gifts. I decided one Christmas Eve to volunteer at a local community center to serve free dinner to those less fortunate. Long story short, I discovered a type of happiness that just keeps on giving. The truth is that it feels good to do something for others and that feeling can stay with you for years to come. I challenge you to give it a try and prove me wrong.

11. Time management. Another nerdy concept for many but I can tell you that running around in a harried state of mind constantly is not a very happy thing to do. Prioritize things on a daily basis. Decide beforehand how your day will progress. Allow a little time for the unexpected. You will discover quickly that chaos on a daily basis is a true happiness robber if there ever was one. A little organization will add real peace of mind by the end of the day.

12. Diet. Now I am not going into a long expose on this one except to say that the old adage “garbage in=garbage out” is absolutely true. If you are not eating a half way balanced diet you are setting yourself up physical fatigue and many problems. To much sugar, carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol….well……you get the picture. Being only half alert and having no energy is like living in the fog. Balance out your diet and remember, “everything in moderation” is really the key here. I could go into greater details here but suffice it to say that if you can eliminate overloading the sugar and cards your body will respond with a ton of energy. Try it and see. What have you got to lose? A couple of pounds and a ton of fatigue maybe?

I urge you to take this article seriously and try just a few of the 12 tips I have suggested. Practice these tips just a little bit and before long you will discover that they will become habits. The benefits you will achieve by those habits will have everyone coming to you asking for the “secret” to your happiness! I guarantee that when people see how happy you are they will want it too!

Copyright: 2008 Self Help Improvement