3 Tips for Sparking Creative Thinking
A question I get asked a lot is, “Lisa, how do you always come up with fresh, creative content to share and how do you jumpstart your creative thinking process?”
You see, creativity is not only important for your personal artistic expression, but it’s also important to use creative thinking and problem solving to INCREASE your business and learn how to TOUCH and INSPIRE more people to TRANSFORM their lives.
I truly believe that creativity saved us in 2020 and helped us to thrive because the whole year was about…
…How to creatively pivot
…How to reach customers the way they needed to be reached
…How to stay inspired in the midst of a pandemic
…How to stay connected in a socially distant world
That’s why this week I wanted to share my top 3 tips for sparking creative thinking because I KNOW FOR SURE all you changemakers, gladiators and unicorns are going to need your creativity now more than ever to spread light in the world.
#1 – Build in time to be creative.
To spark creative thinking, you actually want to build in time to be creative. Creativity doesn’t happen just when you are in the shower or driving. You can be very intentional about carving out creative thinking time or what I like to call “content planning time”. Now if that name scares you and makes you want to shift into your linear brain, then shift the name as there is one thing I know for sure about creative thinking–it doesn’t want to be linear. It’s not structured. It’s not one, two, three, and four. It’s all over the place. So, you may want to use either a journal, or sometimes I even go as far as to have five pieces of paper. And I write down the title of the thing that I’m in creative flow about and then allow the ideas to fall out in no particular order on each sheet of paper. Then, I pull them together and write them in my notebook.
So, allow time to be creative and then give yourself the space, the grace and the ease to not have to have it structured. It could be a walk in the park or on the beach. Or sitting in your favorite spot outside or in your home. Allow your creativity to flow from every part of your veins…every part of your essence. Allow the way it flows onto the paper to be fluid as well.
#2 – Begin with the end in mind.
I read Stephen Covey’s book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, when I was 25 years old. Stephen said to always begin with the end in mind. In other words, how do you want this to end up? I’ve been incorporating this idea for the last 25+ years. When you start your creative thinking time, spend some time visualizing the outcome or result, not the process of how you are going to get there. Focus on what you want the end to look like. For example, I’m planning my wedding, so I’m focusing on what I want the wedding to look like. I want us to be connected. I want my international tribe to be connected to my new Bahamian community. I want the vibe to be filled with connection and fun. I want us all to be laughing together to the point we are exhausted from laughing. So, I began planning with the end in mind and then reverse engineered it in my creative time to figure out how we’re going to actually make that result happen. Even if you are a little off, you will actually end up closer to the result than you would have been had you not thought of the outcome first.
#3 – Look at people who inspire you.
Trust me on this last tip. In order to spark or maintain your creativity, you must look at people who inspire you. Inspired people inspire others so look at those people who inspire you.
I remember when everything was happening spotlighting the social injustice going on in this country, I needed some inspiration to spark my thinking about what part I wanted to play in creating a social justice environment. So, I went to Barack Obama’s site. I went and listened to old Dr. Martin Luther King speeches. I went and listened to Nelson Mandela because they inspire me. They inspire the highest conscious version of myself. They inspire the greatest good in me to come out. I didn’t listen to low conscious thinking people. I didn’t listen to people who were just angry. I already knew I could tap into that. I needed to tap into people who could help me creatively tap into Lisa at my highest level and help bring something forth that could inspire other people. The movie “Let’s Grow” came from that, and I believe it’s some of my best creative work ever in my entire life. I got to that point because I turned and looked to people who made me want to be a better woman. I turned and I looked at people who made me want to continue to be a change agent. And then I turned around and processed that inspiration. I didn’t duplicate their words. I didn’t try to say exactly what they said. I’ve just processed the inspiration and allowed it to come out of me in my unique form.
Remember, I’m not here to deliver a monologue. I’m here to have a dialogue with you—a delicious, dynamic conversation. So please share with me your #AHA moment in the comments below. Let me know what you have created by applying these tips. Tell me what has worked well for you in the past or who inspires you creatively. Or what was your “OMG I didn’t realize I needed to do XYZ” breakthrough out loud (#BOL) moment.
I can’t tell you how much I love seeing you engage with one another and share your life with me. I enjoy it so much so please keep it coming. This is your home. We are your tribe. And every time I say that I believe in you and that I love you…it’s not because I lack creative ways to say it…it’s because I really do.
Your sister in prosperity and possibility,