the use of the imagination or original ideas, especially in the production of an artistic work.
We all dream of being more creative. Walt Disney said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, “You are so creative,” I’d be a millionaire multiple times over. I am so blessed. Or am I?
What I know is this, first, I’m grateful. Second, I’m a kid at heart. I love play. My office is littered with toys and color makes me vibrate.
As an adult, I was tossed out of Toys “R” Us. Why? For running up and down an isle as fast as I could turning on all the electronic toys. No, I wasn’t with a child. But, I was playing, and looking for inspiration.
I have a huge collection of Happy Meal toys. Most were gifts from friends who know I collect them. At Christmas half my gifts are toys and my stocking is stuffed with collectibles! I am still one of the first in the room to get excite over a commercial for a new animated feature film. Love Pixar! I’m not ashamed to tell you that Batman is my hero and has been since I was old enough to pin my baby blanket to my shoulders as my cape. [I still have that baby blanket cape.] And of course, Joker is my favorite villain.
I grew up laughing, playing, drawing and reading! I could go on but really at this point you get the idea.
So, I am blessed, but I am also very playful at heart. I encourage you to open up and release your inner child. You’ll be happier and I’m confident you’ll be more creative too.
Here Are 6 Reasons To Release Your Inner Child And Kindle Your Creativity:
- Creativity can reinvent your life.
- Creativity can reinvent your company.
- Creativity can change your world and life for the better.
- The more creative ideas you have the more solutions you have.
- Creative ideas give you choice and opportunities.
- Creative ideas generate new perspectives, and creating beginnings.
The following YouTube video is John Cleese on Creativity. It’s 36 minutes of genius. Cleese validates that play leads to creativity. He states, “Creativity is not a talent. It is not a talent, it is a way of operating.” In the video he explains closed vs open modes of thinking.
“Closed mode” is the mode we are in most of the time at work. It’s active, slightly anxious, probably a little impatient, a little tension, not much humor. It’s a mode in which we’re very purposeful, and we can get very stressed, but not creative.
The “open mode,” is relaxed, expansive, more contemplative, inclined to be filled with humor, a wider perspective, more playful. It’s a mode in which curiosity for its own sake can operate because there is no pressure to get anything done quickly. “Open” leads to creativity through play.
For those of you who don’t know, John Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. He might be the most famous for his work with the comedy group Monty Python, and for the popular British television series Fawlty Towers.
It’s your turn. What do you think? Are you creative? Do you find yourself in the “closed mode” or “open mode” more often? How do you play? Have you found your Holy Grail?