Rules help us with our creativity.
Does that sound like creativity heresy to have the word ‘rules’ and ‘creativity’ in the same sentence?
Earlier in the year my muse coughed up some commandments for creativity, which proved to be a popular post.
Yet I always balked at the word commandments even though it resonated with other creatives.
We need new words because we think in words.
Most of us, even visual learners, think in words.
Close your eyes. Listen to your thoughts. That self-talk is usually in words, not random images.
How we think of the words we’re telling ourselves always dictates our level of creativity.
If the words we speak to ourselves carry negative connotations, we’d be wise to reframe these words to flip them to the positive.
Some have said ‘work’ is a four letter word just like #$%! or $#%* or @*&#. We’ll rarely want to do the work, get out of our comfort zone and create if we think of the word ‘work’ in a negative light. Let’s reframe…
work movement funds my dreams. Not only my dreams, but also the dreams of others. (Here’s an awesome project I gave $5 to just this week.)
‘Project’ sometimes carries a negative connotation. As in “I’ve got to work on this praaaaah-ject my science teacher assigned. Bleh. He wants us to make the solar system out of styrofoam. Wish I could go to the dentist instead.” Reframe…
I’m working on some great
projects concepts for the coming year that I’m really excited about. I even put out my first e-book on how to self host your own blog. While the page isn’t perfect and there’s much I’m still working on, the project idea is good and I think it will help people.
What do you think of when you hear someone say the words ‘health.’ I’m guessing we feel/think other negative words like tasteless or boring or even fanatic freaky hippie.
Yet, we need to be healthy to create. Reframe…
Someone is depending on you. For. Real. Someone needs your creativity right here, right now. Be
healthy full of life and zest so you can help them out.
And the list could go on.
Even now, as I head to my day job, as awesome as it is, I’d rather continue to write. I’ve taken kindly to calling it my ‘day job’ rather than ‘work.’
Day job implies that the work (or ‘growth’) I’m doing today is moving me forward in my creative life. It’s reframing that gives me movement, life, and growth.
What about you… what words do you need to reframe? Drop them (and reframe them) in the comments below!