Energizing Creativity

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Mark Twain said, “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

Creativity depends upon several things; talent, thoughtfulness, skill, and time to create. But, there’s another critical element if you desire to keep your imagination in focus – Your personal energy.  After all how difficult is it to create if your energy has been spent at a frustrating job or arguing with your significant other?  Like most people you might have a short burst of energy, but it quickly fades and takes your imagination with it.

Personal energy is the fuel for our mental, emotional, and physical life.  If you intend to maintain that creative edge you have to be a careful of how you use personal energy.  That will determine your ultimate creative success.  Here are a few tips to boost your creativity from people who learned to use their energy effectively.

  • High energy, more creativity – Create when you are at your energetic best. It’s tough to be creative when you’re low on personal energy. I do my best creative work early in the morning when my energy is at its peak.
  • Choose your creative target – Personal or team energy doesn’t care how it’s used. You can be creative reacting to the difficulties and conflicts on the job or you can be creative coming up with new approach that will eliminate some of those difficulties. Aristotle said, “The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
  • Be aware of speed bumps – As best you can don’t give energy to the naysayers who want to rain on your parade. Also don’t spend energy on the little things that don’t matter.
  • Stay away from energy vampires – Keep negative people out of your life as best you can. They only drain energy that can be used for creativity.     

Creative imagination requires many things.  Don’t forget the critical part energy plays in your creativity.

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