Doing something creative is one of the best ways to fully engage your mind, body and soul. In fact, engaging your left brain (analytical side) and your right brain (creative side) enhances your memory, increases your happiness, and boosts your immune system!
Many people have a fear associated with creativity. "I can't sing." "I can't dance." "I'm not creative!!!"
But why are you afraid? Some of the greatest ideas have been developed in a wild state of creativity and thinking outside the box.
The Greeks and Romans idolized creatives and believed that creativity came from the divine. In fact the Romans called creativity GENIUS. But they didn't think of genius in the way that we think of it today. It wasn't called, "being a genius," it was called HAVING genius. They believed that the creativity that made an epic performance was divine. That you were truly visited by genius.
So have some genius in your life and invite creativity into your life. It can help solve complex issues in your life, provide a sense of freedom from the mundane, and ultimately help increase your happiness.
Van Gogh, one of the most famous artists in history, has been in the news a lot recently. Someone took a sledgehammer to the window of a museum and stole a painting worth $6.6 million dollars!!!
The crazy thing is that out of the thousands of pieces of art Van Gogh created during his lifetime he sold just ONE while he was on this earth. Crazy to think that one of his most famous paintings is now worth an estimated $150 million alone.
Van Gogh battled poverty and mental health issues his entire life. His love for art was what drove him, not the money.
Try bringing out your inner Van Gogh and do something creative this week. Write a letter, paint a painting, dance in your living room, or sing a song really loud in the shower.
While in your creative activity truly savor that moment and be present. Savoring something allows you to step outside of an experience and genuinely appreciate it. When you actually savor something you notice the small things that make you happy.
Now share that experience with someone. Sharing moments that we truly savor and find happiness in actually make us happier longer. They also make those who we share things with happier too ... cause sharing is caring!
here is no doubt that habits are formed through repetition. The constant cycle of cue, routine, and reward create neurological pathways in our brains.
Most studies show that creating habits takes at least 60 days with some able to form habits in as little as 21 days.
But how can you really help get the most out of training your brain to be a good boy or girl? Mind full vs mindfulness is the best way to create good habits that stick. Simply being present and in the moment when you are faced with a decision can ultimately break bad habits and form new pathways to good ones.
When faced with a stimulus, like wanting to eat another handful of Cheez-Its, there is a space between that stimulus of wanting to eat that handful and your brain's response to actually going for it. Within that space you have the power to choose... but only if you are conscious and in the moment.
Mindfulness, or being conscious in the moment, will allow you to choose which path to travel. If you have a goal to lose weight eating another handful of Cheez-Its would not be beneficial to reaching that goal. But if you are being mindful you can change your habit of always going for that unnecessary grab at a snack.
Practice makes perfect as will power is a muscle. The key to forming any good habit is to constantly choose the option that's best for you so that sooner or later that response becomes automatic. Your brain will no longer need to think about whether or not to do something it just will.
The below video is one of my all time favorites and has some GREAT habits you should form in your life!
Fundamental changes are occurring in business practices. The “dog eat dog” competitive business model which has been accepted as “normal” is now being questioned. A new business style which is less competitive and more creative is emerging as an alternative.
The main difference between a negatively competitive business and a creative, MetaBusiness is how they handle fear. Fight or flight is at the heart of the competitive business belief system. Eat or be eaten, survival of the fittest. Dive in and swim with the sharks is the order of the day.
When a highly competitive business person feels fear their automatic reaction is to either run away from the fear or fight the fear. As a result, all kinds of fear-based practices can occur like greed, manipulation, lying, cheating, stealing, etc.
In a MetaBusiness fear is experienced but handled completely differently. A creative business person feels the fear consciously and chooses not to react automatically with fight or flight. They notice the restrictive effect fear has on their mind/body. They know that it is not wise to take action while in that contracted fearful state.
Next time you feel fearful, uptight, afraid or that things will not work out, take these three steps and see what happens.
Looking for some motivation to move beyond FEAR? Check out this quick video!
Happy Earth Day!!!
Take a pause at some point today and think about your favorite part of nature you’ve been without. The beach, the park, the grass of your favorite golf course 😊. Be grateful for those things and consider a few ways you might be able to treat the environment better moving forward.
Our bodies are wired to have a physiological response to perceived stress. It’s called fight or flight. But more often than not our minds play a trick on us. In fact there are 4 Annoying Features of the Mind:
1) Our minds strongest intuitions are most often wrong