Today, I’ll go over my 4th New Year’s affirmation. As we go along, each thought builds on the previous one. Hopefully, by the time we reach the end, we’ll be excited to take on whatever comes along this year!
Here are my affirmations for this New Year’s 2018.
- Who I am, right now, is enough.
- I make great choices.
- I have all I need, in abundance.
- I am creative.
- I am loving.
- I am strong.
- I am kind.
- I am grateful for this life I have.
- My heart is open.
I am creative.
Well, so far this week, we’ve talked about how each of us is enough, as we are. We have the capabilities to assess and make the best choice possible for our situation. When we looked at all of what we have in abundance yesterday, we had to stretch our thinking. We considered the resources that we had around us and looked at them a little differently. We saw that there was a lot in our lives that we hadn’t realized was there. This is one of the steps on getting creative.
What do I mean by being creative?
Some synonyms for creativity are inventiveness, individuality, resourcefulness and vision. So being creative doesn’t just mean doing the artsy stuff. It really means that you use the things you have in new ways, to meet a need.
When you are going through the challenges and fun of the year, this is a great tool to have in your pocket.
Creativity is basically problem solving with a dash of imagination and inspiration tossed in for flavor. It can serve to fix a current need. This is the practical side of creativity.
Your car is dead and you really need to get somewhere. What do you do?
- Identify the problem. Yes, your car is dead, but why? Is it the battery? The starter? Are you out of gas?
- Look at what you have around you. Do you have a way to fix it? Can someone give you a ride? Can you walk or bike? What about taking Uber or Lyft or bus?
- Consider the options. What are the pro’s and cons of your list of possibilities?
- Decide what to do and what makes the most sense. Maybe it’s a short term fix for the immediate need, with a permanent fix later.
- Try it out. If it doesn’t work, try something else.
On the flip side, there is a fun type of creativity (although some people really thrive on the practical and say that’s fun, too). Maybe it’s designing a garden, designing a sweater, redoing a room, or creating a game. Whatever you are doing, you still follow the same basic steps:
- Identify the problem. In this case it’s your desire to create something, not necessarily a problem, but you still need to know what it is you want to do.
- Look at what you have around you. What resources do you have on hand? Supplies? Money?
- Consider the options. Will you need to buy trade or swap something to create what you want? Do you need help? Ideas? Inspiration?
- Decide what to do. This is the fun part. Play around, make lists and drawings, be inspired. Then pick one to try. You can always change your mind.
- Try it out. Experiment. Have fun with it. If it works, great. If not then try something else. Keep experimenting until you like the result.
You probably follow this formula all the time, everyday, without realizing that you are creating things. It’s instinctive. All we’ve done here is to identify that you have your own inherent ability to do this.
Being creative isn’t hard or mysterious. But the more you get attuned to it, the more inspired you’ll be when you tackle those annoying challenges that routinely come up. You’ll find that you’ll deal with them faster and they won’t become that big deal that derails your day.
That’s a nice prospect for the year ahead.