Youthful Trait #4 - Creativity

 

Staying vibrant and energetic is as much about your mindset as it is about the physical condition you’re in.

But have you ever stopped to think what EXACTLY it means to have an attitude or energy of youthfulness?

There are 7 characteristics of a Youthful Mindset. The more you can develop each of these characteristics, the more vibrant, energetic, fulfilled and happy you will feel.

In previous episodes, I’ve shared the first three traits and those are – Optimism, Curiosity and Openness.

Today, I’m sharing trait #4, and that’s Creativity.

I shared in an earlier episode this quote from Sophia Loren. She said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

I love how Sophia Loren, clearly a role model for remaining charismatic and vivacious regardless of age, points out the connection between creativity and youthfulness. And she uses the term creativity in a broad sense, applying it to life in general. As in, creativity applies to ALL that we do, not just the traditional sense of painting or drawing or building. It applies to our relationships and our finances and our careers and our health.

And Hugh MacLeod said this:

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then they take the crayons away and replace them with books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the 'creative bug' is just a wee voice telling you, 'I'd like my crayons back, please.”

So, if you’re feeling the urge to create – whether that’s to start a new business, or plant a patio garden, or take up painting or the piano – think of it as your 5-year-old self asking for her crayons back.

There are sooo many benefits to enhancing your Creativity. Let’s talk about a few of them:

  • Being creative helps develop better problem-solving skills, which in turn helps you come up with fresh ideas.
  • When you share your creative ideas, it helps to strengthen your connection with others
  • It provides personal growth opportunities. Through self-awareness and self-expression, you become more confident and authentic.
  • It offers stress relief, and can create better balance between work and play
  • It offers an important sense of freedom, because creativity encourages a “no rules” attitude.
  • It provides a sense of fulfillment when you create something vs. consuming what others have created.
  • And anything that brings more fun and joy into your life is a huge benefit.

And what’s more, you can never “use it all up”!  Maya Angelou said, “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use; the more you have.” And that is so true!

It’s a common notion to “save all our good ideas” for the right moment. This a fear based on the idea that creative ideas are finite. It’s just simply not true. The more you use your creativity, the more ideas that will come to you. Simply being in the state of creation opens your mind and your imagination to more possibilities.

So I want to share a few ideas with you for how to boost your own levels of creativity:

  1. Listen to music that inspires you.
  2. Spend time in nature
  3. In that magical mind/body connection, Moving your body often opens up your mind
  4. Spend a few minutes on Pinterest daydreaming about anything at all that interests you
  5. Have a martini. A little alcohol can help loosen up your inhibitions and also allow your mind to make new connections between previously unconnected ideas or thoughts.
  6. Laugh a little. Watch or listen to something funny. A positive mood is fertile ground for creativity.
  7. Make something with your hands – quilt or bake or decorate a corner of your home
  8. Try something new. Novelty also provides fertile ground for creativity. Try a new restaurant or a new route to work or a new recipe at home.

For practical application, implement one of these last 2 ideas sometime in the next week – make something with your hands or try something new.

You’ll be enjoying the youthful benefits of Creativity in no time!

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