Another new year and another set of resolutions. But how do we keep it up? According to Leanne Regalla, in her list of 12 Most Powerful Ways To Keep Your Creative New Year’s Resolutions, rule no.1 is surprisingly… ‘get out of the once a year habit and into a continuous habit of positive improvement’. With this in mind, my ‘continuous habit of positive improvement’ is fueled by the above statement…DO NOT WASTE YOUR CREATIVITY!
I know only to well how daily life can create stumbling blocks that can hinder creativity. My mission is to stay motivated and focused on creating, therefore I found all 12 of Leanne’s tips very helpful, particularly no’s 2, 7, 8 and 10.
In 2014 and beyond, I resolve to;
- Break down my year-long mission into several small, short-term goals and tackle them one at a time.
- Stay focused and eliminate the feeling of being overwhelmed by stating my goals as filter questions. I’ll write, “Will (this activity) help me to reach my goal of finishing (your project) by (time-frame)? By making several copies of my filter questions and leave them in places I’ll see them, I will always have them in my mind.
- Notice when my brain goes into dire prediction mode (imagining all kinds of crazy scenarios that could be outcomes of the actions we take today) and bring myself back to the present moment, where I can actually be effective.
- Say “no” to activities if I’m not super excited about an upcoming engagement or commitment. If it’s not a ‘hell yeah!’ then it’s a ‘hell no!’
These tips, plus my mission statement ‘Do not waste your creativity’ (original image via The Lab Magazine), will mean that you will see a lot more of my creativity this year! Why not take a look at 12 Most Powerful Ways To Keep Your Creative New Year’s Resolutions and get inspired.