How to Be Creative: Part 2

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.
-Rita Mae Brown

Here are some more ideas on how to find creative inspiration:

  1. Do something different. Creativity requires new and original thought. So often, our lives are dominated by routines and predictability which can stifle creative thoughts. Change things around a little bit every now and then. Drive an alternate route, change the order of your morning routine, do something different for lunch, greet your co-workers in the morning differently or get up early and go out for breakfast before work someplace you’ve never been before. Minor diversions can fine tune your perception of the world and stimulate creativity.
  2. Meditate. The Creator, which we may call God, higher power, the great spirit or otherwise, communicates to us most profoundly in moments of silence and peace. Meditation connects us to the source of our creative power. It clears the obstacles in our mind. It provides a clean canvas.
  3. Challenge yourself but don’t pressure yourself. Feeling either bored or overwhelmed curbs creativity. Set goals that you find challenging and interesting but that you believe you can accomplish. This may require that you break larger goals into smaller pieces or vice-versa.
  4. Have faith in yourself. Focus on your accomplishments and expect to surprise yourself. Creativity, by it’s nature, produces unexpected ideas and solutions. When we are in touch with our creative power, we will surprise ourselves.
  5. Practice gratitude. Gratitude and faith work hand-in-hand. When we focus on what we are grateful for, we strengthen our faith because we see the good things we already possess and have accomplished. When we strengthen our faith, we boost confidence and remove one of the greatest stumbling blocks to creativity: doubt.

This post is a continuation of How To Be Creative.

About the author


I am Danny Kohn, writer and designer for this site and owner, software engineer and consultant for Inspirations Software Design. My three greatest passions in life are sharing time with my family, software design and sharing inspiration with others. I have the incredible privilege of being able to spend a significant amount of time every day doing each of those three things. I am a single father of Tristen, our 6 year old son. It has been such an incredible joy to watch him grow up and learn so much. Everything he does and says overwhelms me with adoration. We have a wonderful evening ritual of reading books together in a beanbag chair. Nearly every night, we have a laughing attack together. I smile and giggle constantly in his presence and feel truly inspired.

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1 comment

  1. Gary Evans says:

    Some excellent ideas, thanks for sharing!

    A month or so ago I was blogging about sex-transmutation as a method to gain creativity. If you’d be interested in reading more about it, check out this page: http://www.goodtofeelgood.com/blog/category/chapter10-the-mastery-of-sex-transumation/

    It’s like you build up sex energy within you and then focus on your task at hand (whatever that may be). I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results!

    I know it works for me and many others also.

    Thanks for the great post.

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