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Is it now time to let spring be a time of creativity for you?

When you hear the word creativity, what comes to mind? Do you see yourself as being a creative person? If so, why? Moreover, if not – Is it now time to let spring be a time of creativity for you?

Only a minority of people believe they are creative. Most people are not educated to value and encourage creativity. Creative confidence is not about being certain of the answers, but about being certain that, you will find the answers yourself. You will, indeed, face many challenges along the way. If you allow yourself to be creative, you need have no fear, for the answers will come to point you in the right direction.

Who comes to mind when you think of people who are creative? Most people find the really creative ones a little left of centre. But I don’t mean creativity to that extent, just letting a little more creativity into your life and work. Be a little more creative in the decisions you make and how you deal with challenges that arise as you pursue the life you want to live.
You have to be creative in how you respond to the challenges of life if you are to live a life of self-leadership. Self- leaders accept the challenge of allowing creativity to flourish yet, at the same time, ground this creativity in a way that it can best serve how they want to live their life.

As Einstein said: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Nothing exists that was not once an idea, which the English poet William Blake echoed when he wrote: “Everything starts in the imagination.” So many things in the natural and human world start as a seed; ideas and visions are seeds of potentially great things. Self-leaders use creativity to challenge the status quo of where they are in life and where they want to be in the future. They do this in a practical and realistic manner.

You cannot get creative just by reading about it or watching it: there is a need to throw yourself into it. Creativity is not limited by circumstances. You have to get stuck in there and get your hands dirty to allow it to have a real and genuine impact on your life; to allow creativity to inform you where you want your life and work to go. So then, is it now time to let spring be a time of creativity for you?

If you do want to follow up on what has been written here and living a life of true and real success for you please check out my books – available from Amazon.

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Take time to sharpen your mind and rest your body.

You will need to stop regularly and take time to sharpen your mind and rest your body if you want to be truly creative in your life and work.

In the bogs of East Galway there was once a contest between two turf cutters. Whoever could cut the most turf in twelve hours would be the winner. With shiny, sharpened sleáns (the tool used to cut turf), the two contestants approached their designated bog areas.

From the moment the contest began, one turf cutter cut continuously. For the entire twelve hours, he never once stopped cutting turf. The other contestant cut for an hour and then stopped to rest for ten minutes. And then, like clockwork, he continued to do this for the rest of the day. At the end of the twelve hours, the number of pieces of turf that had been cut was counted to see who had cut the most. It was the man who rested every hour who won the contest by a dramatic margin.

Amazed and confused, his fellow contestant inquired about the winner’s secret. Without hesitation, the winner freely told him: “Every time I stopped to rest, I sharpened my sleán.” This meant it stayed sharp and cut the turf quicker and easier, unlike the other man’s sleán, which got blunter and blunter as the day wore on.

This is true for ourselves, too. We all need to stop regularly to take time to sharpen our mind and rest our body if we want to be truly creative in our life and work. Getting creative will empower you to move in an upward spiral of growth, change and continuous improvement. It is important to identify what works best in helping you to rest and relax, thus renewing yourself and enabling you to be creative and have the stamina to achieve the life you want to live.

A good place to start is to allocate some quality time to thinking about the life you are living and the life you want to be living and then thinking creatively about how you can bridge the gap. This is all about knowing where it is you want to bring your life and getting creative about how best to get there. It means having the courage to take time out to build up your energy and let your creative juices flow in the pursuit of the life you want to be living. One of the best ways to do this is to know what activities give you energy and what activities take your energy. Then you can see what to spend more of your time on in order to build up your energy and creativity.

If you do want to follow up on what has been written here and living a life of true and real success for you please check out my books – available from Amazon.

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