Creativity is Calling. It’s About Time You Picked Up!

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Set daily/weekly/monthly goals. Setting goals give you a long-term road map with short-term motivation. Start small and work your way toward bigger achievements, making it all but impossible to fail–forward progress instills self-confidence in your ability to express yourself creatively, which builds on itself and leads to even more self-confidence. It’s the opposite of a vicious cycle. In fact, it’s a victorious cycle!

Establish a routine. Scientists say it can take anywhere from two to eight months to form a habit. Don’t despair! They also noted that falling off the wagon occasionally won’t ruin all the hard work and determination you’ve already put in. And once you establish the habit, which in this case is letting the creative juices flow, it’s pretty much set in stone. So choose a time of day when you know you’ll be productive, sit down with your scrap-booking or stand tall in front of your easel, day in, day out, and before you know it, you won’t remember what it was like not to do it.

Make creativity a priority. This seems like a no-brainer. And yet, how many times have you allowed other items on your to-do list to take the top spot rather than your own need to be creative? Just as important as your job and your family, the creative process deserves your full attention.

Lydia Lee lives in Seattle with two sweet, if slightly out of control, dogs. She loves reading, food, and the opportunity to make a difference.
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