When I speak about creativity – whether I’m at a corporate event, or teaching a group like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission – people look at me a little suspiciously when I first hit the stage.
Maybe they expect me to wave my hemp scarf and flit around saying things like “how very wonderful it is that we are all creative beings in the universe!”
(After all, I’m from Asheville. We can be very floo-floo here.)
Or maybe they think I’m going to make them write songs and finger-paint. (Though, frankly, I can think of worse ways to spend an afternoon!)
But the true meaning of creativity – at least, as I speak about it – goes like this:
1 – Being Creative means being a Creator.
2 – Being a Creator means you aren’t a Reactor.
3 – Being a Reactor means you allow the outside world (or “reality!”) dictate your every thought, action, and emotion.
4 – Being a Creator means that you create.
5 – Being a Creator, at its deepest level, means that you create your life.
6 – Being a Creator, at its deepest level, means that your life is your work of art.
7 – When your life is your work of art, you get to choose what to put in it. You get to choose what to think about it. You get to choose how to translate each person or thing in it. You don’t listen to what everyone else calls “Reality!”
Trust me, there is no better way to live than to Live Creative.
So, back to our audience at the conference…
Once I’ve introduced this expansive definition of creativity, I talk about the event they are currently attending. I explain how at conferences or break-out sessions, the focus is often about our relationship to stuff outside of us. This thing or that thing. Your co-workers or your supervisors. Your marketplace or your sales prospects. The HR people or the IT geeks.
Creativity, I tell them, is the exact opposite.
Creativity is about your relationship to yourself.
(I happen to think that the same goes for Leadership.)
So, then, dear reader, I want to ask you something.
What better time than now to choose to Live Creative?
When you can ask yourself, “What am I learning these days about my relationship to myself and my thoughts?”
When you have the choice to ask every day, “Do I want to believe that everything is going to hell in a hand-basket?
Or do I have something different to create?”
When you have an amazing opportunity to learn exactly how powerful you are.
When you can either shrink or expand, and you can encourage others to do or not do the same.
When it is oh-so tempting to stop investing in yourself and your laughter and in the beauty of this magnificent life you have.
When you can decide whether or not this universe is a place of ever-flowing abundance and prosperity, and remain in that flow or jump out of it.
When you can choose to believe the crusty curmudgeonly rigidity of the talking heads. Or you can remember the sparkly brilliance of the many adventurers and scientists and artists that have walked this globe for eons. Surely, they knew of the solutions and resolutions floating around in this vast intelligence and space. Surely, you do too.
When you can simply ask yourself, “If it’s all an illusion anyway – why wouldn’t I decide to create a great one?”
Rock your world…
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