Increase Your Creativity

Increase Creativity

We are all creative beings by nature and it seems as though people are awakening to their creative gifts even more so these days.

There are two things that I want to talk about today that can help with creativity. First, you need to encourage and foster it and secondly, you need to be conscious of training your brain to think creatively.

Encourage creativity and you’ll increase creativity. This is true of most things you want to see more of in your life. Encouragement can work wonders in a short time. How do you encourage creativity, though?

Pay Attention

First, by paying attention to it. Your subconscious mind tends to give you more of what you pay attention to. If you ignore the creative aspects of your life, you are telling your subconscious that they are unimportant. If you consciously note when you are creative, and you look for opportunities to be creative, your subconscious mind will start feeding you more creative ideas. And the more you seek creativity, the more you will find. 🙂

And there are so many ways to even see creativity in your day. Cooking is a great way. You can see what ingredients that you have in your fridge and come up with a creative way to make something different. I love to do this when making soup. I use up leftovers and clean out the crisper drawer of veggies to create a unique soup every time! Cooking is an easy way to boost creativity.

Write Those Ideas Down!

Another way to encourage and increase creativity is to write your ideas down. Keep an “idea journal.” If you do this regularly, you’ll notice that you often start having more ideas the moment you start to write. A so-so idea may normally be forgotten, but by writing it down, you may remember it, your subconscious works on it, and it can transform into something very creative. You can use a journal or a note app on your phone for example. I have found that my phone is best because I can pop my ideas in there whenever they hit me and wherever I am at the time.

You can also encourage greater creativity in yourself by putting creative ideas into practice. If you paint or write, for example, try anything new. Even just driving a different route to work to see if it is quicker can help. The point is to get your mind working outside of its regular patterns. Another cool tip is to try using your non-dominant hand to perform tasks. This stretches your brain and wakes up new synapses and even helps to increase memory!

A real example I have is that over the years I have had people in my house for family events or holidays and people offer to pitch in with washing the dishes and that is always helpful. But believe it or not I have learned different things from people about even washing dishes because this put me outside of my ‘normal’ range when it comes to the doing of dishes. One of the things I do now after being inspired by someone’s else’s way is to fill the sink with hot water and dish soap and let a batch of dishes soak for awhile :-). And a side note is I always use a non-toxic dish soap…after all we do eat off of these things. If you need a good recommendation let me know 🙂

Change Your Surroundings & Get Our of Your “Normal’

Just changing your surroundings can encourage creativity. If you want more creativity in your love life, do something different with your loved one than what you would normally do…. Go on a picnic or hike up a mountain. Just try something different that gets you out of that normal range!

If you write, try sitting on a rooftop to write. Or try using a voice dictator before you write. Sometimes that allows your creative juices to unleash in a new way and new creative ideas pop out. If you need new ideas for your business, take a notebook to the park and sit by the side of a river. A change of environment can get your brain out of its rut and habitual thinking.

Creativity Training

The more you use random techniques to foster creativity, the easier it gets. I am at the point now that I am so creative my mind hardly shuts down.. LOL!

Here is an example that I use for ideas of things to write about, which I am never short off. 🙂 For me it is more wanting to have more time to write about all the things that I want to or could write about.

Writing Technique

I grab a book like a quotes book or a health book and I open it up to a random page and then I scan the page and grab a quote or a line of information. That is it. It starts me off on my writing journey. I then just take that quote for example, and share what thoughts I have on it or what I get from it and then I expand on it.

If it is a health fact for example, and I am writing something for my health blog MaggiesVitaminsBlog, I might do some extra research on the topic by Googling or just expand on what I know already.

I find I am NEVER short on ideas to write about because I just have to look around me and get inspired by whatever is there. Once you open your mind up to doing this, there is no shortage of creative ideas!

I hope you found this helpful and I would love to have you comment and share your ways to get your creative juices flowing!

50 Things To Blog About

50 THINGS TO BLOG ABOUT

One of the most challenging things about blogging is getting started. If you ever get stumped on what to write about, here are 50 ideas to help get the creative juices flowing. You may want to bookmark this or print it out to have it handy. Heck I think I am even gonna do that! 🙂

  1. Take a photo. Share a picture instead of words! With smart phones being as smart as they are, anyone can snap pictures at any time! These are perfect for sharing. Sharing them the way they are or a quote on them. PERF!

  2. Share a relevant YouTube video. Perhaps even analyze it a bit in your post. It doesn’t require a lot of work to watch and then find the best videos. And videos that are motivational and helpful are even better!

  3. Shoot a video of your own. People love to see a blogger’s face rather than just read their words. And have fun with it. Don’t forget humor is attractive. Let your witty side out 🙂

  4. Comment on another blog post on your blog. For example, if another well-known blogger makes a strong statement, respond to that statement on your blog.

  5. Comment on a news event and on how it relates to your field. News events are a great way to tap into the current trends and SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

  6. Write a How To post. Walk through’s, tutorials and how to’s tend to do very well online. People love to learn from each other and are always searching for answers. When one question is answered another one is searched for … it’s never ending 🙂

  7. Bust a Myth. What are common beliefs people hold in your industry that simply aren’t true?

  8. Tell an entertaining and educational story. What were some turning point moments in your career? What is a breakthrough that you have had?

  9. Create a Q&A post. What are common questions people have and what are their answers? You can get great content ideas for this by looking at FB threads and in groups. You will see the common questions and even get common answers! Now there is an awesome HINT for you 🙂

  10. Examine a Problem. Take an issue that people often get stuck on and go in depth into its causes and solutions. Add pictures to make it even more effective.

  11. Write a “Top” List. For example, “Top 50 Ways to Get Blog Traffic” or “Top Trending Videos of 2020″
  12. Ramble. Just talk aimlessly and passionately about a subject. Be sure to set it aside and read it a day or two later to make sure it’s relevant before you post it. Ramble away… 🙂

  13. Write about common pitfalls. What are mistakes that beginners might make without knowing it? Help them not to make those.

  14. Interview an expert. Post it in audio or video form on your blog. Collaborate with others and it is win-win for both of you.

  15. Review a product. What are its benefits and its drawbacks? What sets it apart? Would you recommend it? Again pictures are powerful here.

  16. Comment on state of the industry. What’s going well and what isn’t’ going well? Share a bit of your story around this too so people can relate.

  17. Ask your audience a question. What do they think about ___?

  18. Post the top resources for someone in your industry. Give links, downloads, videos, etc. that might help them in what they’re trying to do. And even link to others lists about this. This adds even more value for your peeps and back links are powerful too.

  19. Make a prediction on the future. What do you think is going to happen in the next 12 months? Oh and you can have fun with this one. 🙂

  20. Write about an in-person event. For example, “What I learned at Bestsellers Summit this year. Or “What I learned from watching this person on YouTube”.

  21. Share a provocative opinion. What’s an opinion you have that just isn’t politically correct? Be careful with this one though once it’s out there you can’t take it back so tread lightly. You want to keep your peeps. Just sayin….

  22. Write about why you think someone is right or wrong about a certain subject.

  23. Make something complex simple. Break a hard process down into its parts and make it easy to do or follow. Again pictures here speak a thousand words or more.

  24. Share a thought process. How do you get from point A to point B in your thought process? Make an infograph or flow chart for this. Even hand bombing it works. Get creative.

  25. Blog about a personal experiment. What’s something you tried? Did it work or did it not work? What would you do differently and what would you recommend? And don’t forget to add humor. Humor helps 🙂

  26. Do an audio recording. Sharing yourself via audio rather than text can lead to more connection with your readers. And some people are auditory learners so it is good to change up your content to various styles now and again.

  27. Write a sarcastic post. It shouldn’t be aggressive but be a little satirical post that contradicts popular opinion. Again tread light here.

  28. Give away an eBook. Pack it with value and just give it away for free. Just do it! 🙂 And if you need help doing e-books, talk to me, I’ve got you covered….

  29. Analyze someone else’s success. Why did they make it? What did they do differently than other people? What sets them apart from the rest?

  30. Analyze someone else’s failure. Why did company X or project X fail? What was the key mistake? What is the take-away from this?

  31. Write about an article others have been discussing or that are at the top of popular research places? Google Trends is a great resource for finding out what is trending in topics.

  32. Write about the pros and cons of X. What are the benefits and drawbacks? Again consider adding in a personal story or small blip that relates to the topic of X.

  33. Take the alternate position. What does everyone else think? What do you typically stand for? Try taking the other side.

  34. Write about a book in your industry. Review it or write a synopsis. And then include a link or a list or a listicle of other great books that pertain.

  35. Write a post designed to be inspirational. Not a how to, but something that gives people a sense that they can do it too. Lift others up!

  36. Write an update post – How it used to be, how it is today. For example, “X used to work in the past, but with the recent changes in the market, you really need to do Y to get the same effects.” Ask for their thoughts on this or around this topic of X.

  37. Write about little-known industry knowledge or tidbits. Share some ‘gems’ or ‘key’s with them. People love golden gems or keys. Heck I am sharing 50 gems here! LOL

  38. Write a post for newbies. Make it easy and answer questions that beginners often ask. Secret here is to remember when you didn’t know anything and share from that point… This can be tricky when we forget that we didn’t know what we know…. know what I mean? 😉

  39. Share a secret in your industry. What are things that people on the inside know but tend not to share? These are always juicy!

  40. Do a multi-part post with cliffhangers in between. Write a great post #1, then leave people wanting for more before part 2. …. duh duh dum

  41. Write a follow-up on your most popular posts. Take your top 3 articles and expand on those topics. Then later put these together, add a little more content and you’ve got another e-book! Voila!

  42. Host a poll and then post the results. Analyze why you think the poll turned out the way it did.

  43. Write an open letter to someone well known in your industry. For example, “An Open Letter to Steve Jobs” went viral when the iPhone 3GS came out.

  44. Show off a little. Share what you did and the results you got. Once again pictures rock here!

  45. A “What I wish I did differently” post. Use what you know now to analyze your successes and failures. Be humble and be real here.

  46. Address common frustrations in the industry. Where do people generally get frustrated and not know how to move forward? Let them know they’re not alone. And share your story of your frustration around the topic.

  47. Post an infographic. Take statistics, data and information and put it in graphical form. These tend to get passed around a lot. When creating content also think or question.. is this something that will likely be shared or is a shareable piece?

  48. Around the world view. How is __ done similarly or differently around the world? Share a personal experience from your travels or something that surprised you from watching a YouTube video.

  49. Creative ways to do ___. How can you do things differently than other people?

  50. How to streamline or make quick work of __. Again this is like a little how-to.

These are just a few ideas to get you started and I hope you enJOYed them!

(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Blogging Baby! ♥

Man hammering away at the keyboard preparing his latest blog post that is about to go viral 🙂

Want to Write & Need Inspiration?

Are You Wanting to Start Writing or Another Art Form?

I talk to so many people who would like to write in some way, shape or form. This was me too. I remember the day I heard this phrase. It changed my life! “A writer is someone who writes”.  This was profound to me and is one of my most treasured go-to principals now.  Use it for inspiration and to get started on anything. Ex. “A cook is someone who cooks“. “A blogger is someone who blogs“. You get the idea.  We just need to get started!

When you have an idea, the best time to ‘birth’ the idea is right away and when you birth (start) it, you need to feed that baby right away. So this means we need to start doing things on a consistent basis. For example, we must feed a baby often when it’s born or it will not live. It’s the same with ideas or inspiration, we need to FEED that baby (idea) right away and often! 🙂

Riding The Waves of Inspiration

Inspiration comes in waves so you have to ride the waves and know that they are normal, but being consistent is a dedication and a mindset. If you want to write blog posts for example, it’s a good idea to commit to writing on a regular basis. Let’s say you are going to write at least one a day for 5 days a week. Some days you may not be as inspired, as others days, but the idea here is to be dedicated to writing regardless. Or on the days you are extra inspired you can accumulate a few days worth and be prepared for those days when you are not as inspired. Either way, being consistent in your content delivery and your creation builds momentum and shows your readers and the universe that you are becoming a serious writer, because you write and you write often. When you write and write often on a consistent basis you will also improve your skill set and things will flow easier too! This is something I am working on as well and just by writing this, I feel more inspired to be more consistent. lol. There truly is a power in words!

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” Stephen King

The wonderful thing about writing is that you may do the work once, but you can use that creation over and over again in the future. I have two other blogs one my general blog for my Life Coaching https://maggieholbik.blog/ and another for my Nutrition Business https://maggiesvitamins.blog/ and I find myself regularly sending people to blog posts that I have done in the past. They might ask me a question about a certain ailment or nutrient, or they need help with an emotional issue and I send them the blog post I wrote on or around that topic. It is super helpful for me and for my clients and I am sure others who are reading them, which is the whole point 🙂

So I never see writing as a waste of my time. Not only do I LOVE to write now that ‘I’ve started to write’, but I know that my words will live on for future generations to perhaps benefit from and I have a resource to add value for the people in my life and those I will touch along the way.

I hope you are inspired to pick up the pen, so to speak, and feed the birth of your idea or inspiration and to get started today. 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life & Business Coach who owns a Digital Marketing Company and loves to help empower individuals to brand and market themselves in the digital age so that the world can both en-JOY and benefit from the gifts that these artists have to offer!