Creativity can be accessed just as easily when you are awake as when you are asleep. It depends on how much of an unconscious barrier you put up. We’ve already discussed why most of us are not as creative as we could possibly be by the “Picasso Statement” from previous blogs. I share with you below 10 easy and practical ways of breaking patterns of behavior that keep us stuck in doing the same old thing. It’s amazing how open we become to creative ideas from our subconscious when we eliminate a totally patterned way of living.
How To Break Patterned Ways of Thinking — and Open Your Creativity
1.Do things with your left hand if you are naturally right-handed (and vice versa); brushing your teeth, combing your hair, shaving, showering, bathing, etc.
2.Drive to work by an alternative route.
3.Eat only when your body tells you it is hungry. Forget about the three meals a day at prescribed times. Learn to know the difference between “patterned behavior” and “body talk.”
4.Pretend you are a tourist in your own city and visit all the sites you would recommend to visitors.
5.Experiment eating foods you think you don’t like, but have never tried—therefore, there is no proof of an adverse reaction. You might extend this to anything you think you don’t like that does not injure the well-being of yourself and others.
6.Ask your kid(s) (or young relatives) what they would like to do for a Saturday or Sunday outing. You may be surprised. Just Do It!
7.Drive under the speed limit for one week. If you exceed the speed limit (“even by accident”), pay your kid(s) or a friend $10 for each infraction.
8.Create one day each week that is unplanned and unscheduled— then “create” that day “moment-by-moment” as it evolves.
9.Compose a piece of music; write a poem; paint a picture; create a story—you never know what you are capable of until you try.
10.Sleep on the opposite side of the bed.
Those of you who are interested in the furtherest reaches of creativity, check out the new Innovations course called “Quantum-Thinking.”