I don’t know about you, but I am glad I don’t have to go back to school this month and wear hot scratchy new clothes and tight shoes on feet that haven’t worn more than a flip flop since April. In the spirit learning something being good for you, here’s how to upgrade your creativity in three easy steps plus a bonus.
1. Recognize that your creativity needs an upgrade
Producers of software, cell phones, and other providers have made it a common practice to announce the newest version of their products, usually with fanfare and customer anticipation. Can your creative projects/products/process use an overhaul or a tweaking?
Doing the same old thing the same old way can cause your creativity to fall into a rut even if it feels comfortable. Boredom is a huge creativity killer and can lead to burnout.
If you recognize that your creativity needs an upgrade, now is the perfect time to do something about it.
2. Do your research
Recognize that you might not know every thing there is to know about your subject even if you are an expert. Consider that you don't know what you don't know. Become willing to be a beginner. A Google or Amazon search can open your mind to all sorts of new possibilities that you might want to investigate.
Try out a new skill, book, tool, mentor, class or process. I love going to school on YouTube!
3. Follow through with the upgrade
You can’t learn anything from your upgrade if you don’t follow through with a plan. Upgrades usually require an investment of time, money and energy, but aren't you and your creativity worth it? Yes it is! Whatever you decide needs upgrading, make the commitment to your plan and work your plan. You'll be glad you did.
4. Plus a Bonus
Upgrading your creativity gets easier every time you do it if you allow yourself the bonus of a reward by celebrating your risk taking and your willingness to learn something new. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Buy yourself the accompanying tools or supplies that go with the upgrade as a reward or maybe just allow your self a daily afternoon nap.
Whatever bonus you choose, reinforce that leaning something new and being a beginner is valuable so that you are willing to continue your own personal upgrades every time you need one.
Energize your creativity by giving it a sweet upgrade!