by Leslie Zeigler
Are you ever curious about how to become more creative? All we have to do is turn on Dr Oz’s TV show to learn how to become more physically fit or how to eat in a more healthful manner. We can change the station and watch Martha Stewart if we want to become better cooks. But to the best of my knowledge, there is not a TV show that will tell us how to become more creative. In Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s wonderful book entitled “Creativity” he talks about specific recommendations people can follow to increase their creative potential. I will share of few of his gems today.
1. Try to be surprised by something every day
It can be as small as eating something different for lunch, maybe try adding mustard greens to your salad or as he suggests, paying closer attention to something you usually do. It could be as simple as listening differently to a conversation you are having with a colleague. Ask yourself WHAT IS THE ESSENCE ? Ask yourself how do you really feel about this person anyhow? Do you see them differently depending on your own moods?
2.Try to surprise at least one person a day He recommends saying something unexpected. Or expressing an opinion you would not ordinarily dare to reveal. He also suggests something as simple as experimenting with your appearance. Buy a scarf or if you are a scarf person, buy a color you would never imagine yourself wearing. Or risk shopping in a story you usually avoid.
If you want, you can dare to log in to our blog and post a comment to share about what you have tried that is really new and different for you. Maybe what will be new is to blog at all!