"Stuck like Chuck". It’s a phrase I use to describe the doldrums, the “dead in the water” times of my life. Everything becomes same ol' same ol', acid-cardboard, plain vanilla, predictable and passionless. God is a God of endless variety. His colors, patterns, and shapes are eye-popping. Your level of creativity will largely determine influence, income, and innovation.
How do you get your creativity moving again?
1) EXPERIENCE CREATIVITY IN ACTION.
- Start by exposing yourself to an environment (music, speaking, selling, writing, etc.) where someone else’s creativity is at a “10.” Whatever YOU are creating can be sparked by being exposed to that pursuit done at a high level.
- In our age of technology, you can experience the absolute best in any field with one click. Watch the best, and watch inspiration rise up again.
2) CONTROL YOUR ENVIRONMENT OF CREATIVITY.
- Distraction destroys creativity. Noise, phone notifications, and interruptions “unplug” you from the flow of creative ideas and thoughts.
- Develop a “creative room” where the environment is totally controlled. Most of my books were written in a “total immersion” hotel room environment. One book I wrote took only two weeks to write all twelve chapters because the chapters flowed so effortlessly in that environment!
3) INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT TO CREATE WITH YOU.
- David had never built a temple. Bezaleel had never built a tabernacle. The Holy Spirit was the direct architect of the invisible.
- The human spirit is greater than the human mind. Invite the Holy Spirit to fill your spirit and watch the ideas, the words, the musical notes, the points, and the outlines EXPLODE!
4) CREATE BEFORE YOU CRITICIZE.
- Much of our creative genius is stifled by what has been called the “paralysis of analysis.” If every creative thought is immediately analyzed, you cut off the “right brain” (your creative hemisphere) by the “left brain” (your analytical hemisphere).
- LET IT FLOW. Write it, sing it, describe it, and outline it. Don’t allow your mind to dissect it, squeeze the life out of it, and toss it out! For 20 years I pre-recorded a 90 second TV devotional called “Lifeline.” Often a week’s worth of shows were recorded in 15 minutes because I never stopped the flow of inspiration.
5) STAY IN YOUR PASSION.
- Create things that bring you joy in helping others. Passion sparks creativity. You may have allowed your “passion” to become simply about “profit.” If you maintain the spark of changing lives for the better, you will always be “fired up” to be better for their sake.
- “I love __________.” “Helping people to _________ gets me going!” Fill in those blanks andtotally change your mentality about what you are creating. Make everything you create about changing lives and … BINGO!
Your greatest book is yet to be written. Your greatest song is yet to be sung. Your greatest product has yet to be invented. Blow off the dust, fire up the motor again, ask God for inspiration, and let ‘er rip!
The Holy spirit is the author of all creativity. Read how I follow the Holy Spirit here.