Cultivate Your Creativity

By Susan Bock

Each of my clients is unique, special and one-of-a-kind – which is why I love the work I do! Yes, each of us is unique, and yet I hear a similar message coming from many of my clients. One of the discussions that is pivotal in the GPS series is about creativity. Typically, when begin the discussion, I hear a groan, moan, gasp or even a pitiful request – “Do we really have to talk about this? I couldn’t be creative if my life depended on it!” Does this sound familiar to you? If so, then this article is meant for you!

Fact #1. Each and every one of us is creative.
How that creativity shows up in our lives or how we express it is part of what makes us who we are.

Fact #2. Creativity is more than drawing, painting, writing or any other ‘ing’ words!
Creativity can be in how we dress, our style and expressions.

Fact #3. Yes, you can access your creativity – any time you want to!
How and when is up to you. The key is that you must, yes must access your creativity frequently!

Here are some suggestions that may help you uncover, discover or recover your creativity!

Do what you love – what piqued your curiosity in the past? Did you enjoy playing the flute as a kid? Did you love visiting museums and seeing the colors? Try recapturing that interest and see where it takes you.

Go outside – and get your heart rate up. Physical exercise coupled with fresh air is a great way to get your creative juices flowing. If you don’t like to exercise, do it anyway and call it meditation or self-time or whatever – just do it!

Stretch your thinking - this is one of my favorites because I learn new things, discover new concepts and I don’t have to be an expert to do it! Whether it’s playing a new game, spreading paint on a canvas or re-arranging your living room – go for it!

Sign up for a class – your local community college, city parks and recreation or yes, even your local retirement center could be just the place for you. They offer a variety of classes of abstract painting to yoga. Just try it, you might meet some new friends and discover a whole to dimension to life.

Take small steps as you venture forth into this new territory. You will build your confidence along the way. Discouragement sets in when we take on too much – pace yourself and you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Be realistic when starting a new creative activity. Expecting to create a bestseller with the first stroke of the pen or keyboard does not provide you with room to grow and develop your talent – it does just the opposite. Keep both feet firmly planted in reality and allow your talent to soar into outer space.

Find inspiration where you least expect it. Browse through a bookstore, craft shop, art store, museum, or antique boutique. If you keep your eyes and mind open, you will be inviting inspiration into your life.

In summary, my wish for you is to open yourself to the wonderful world of creativity. After all, you don’t wear exactly the same clothes every day, eat the same food each meal, or enjoy the same activities.

Our creative outlets can be as unique as we are!


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A special thank you to my editor who consistently provides me with encouragement, inspiration, and opportunity to laugh at myself.

Susan Bock
 2010

Author's Bio: 

Susan Bock is probably the best example of success as a result of her own program that gives women the courage to embrace and accept change. A true survivor of both personal and professional disappointment, Susan embraced her life at the age of 30 to go on and recover from a broken career and heart. She found the strength to reestablish her life and situate herself as a powerhouse in the corporate world with companies like American Express. Susan found and married the love of her life. But again, Susan was faced with a decision.

At the age of 48 Susan chose to leave the corporate world and embark on the selfless path of helping other women find the confidence to handle their problems. Susan prides herself on being both a mentor and guide to women who question their own strength.

Susan is one of two experts in the U.S. qualified to use the techniques of John Strelecky. She is a member of The International Speakers Network, The National Association of Professional Women, and The Worldwide Association of Business Coaches. Susan is passionate about helping her female clients discover and harness their true decision-making potentials.