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HOW TO TAP INTO YOUR HIDDEN CREATIVITY

Creativity is fun. It’s that place within where we thrive.

Like a lawyer trying to reach an agreement between two opponents, Cindy wanted to make peace between her want for perfection and her desire to tap into her hidden creativity.

Through my talking with her, I discovered that Cindy had been taught from a very young age to draw things a certain way.

For example, when asked to draw a face, Cindy drew a round circle and then added two dots for the eyes, arched eyebrows, and a flat line for a mouth.

Cindy shared with me how she believed her hidden creativity was like a gift that she refused to open because she was afraid of what she might find inside.

Can you imagine what it feels like to be afraid of one’s potential?

Cindy wanted to tap into her hidden creativity and that was the reason she was coming to see me.

We started talking about what would happen if she tapped into her hidden creativity. Cindy laughed the way a little girl does. She said she would draw, draw, and draw until she had drawn all the colours in the rainbow.

When I asked her what was in it for her to keep her hidden creativity blocked by her desire for perfection, she stopped laughing and said, “But there’s only one way to draw things. If they’re not drawn that way, then it’s not perfect.”

I took a white piece of paper and I asked her to pick one animal. Cindy chose a monkey.

I gave her 30 seconds to draw a monkey. Right away, her mouth became tighter, her eyes like drilling holes in the paper, and she drew a monkey with zero laughter heard out loud.

Asked afterwards if she liked her monkey, she flatly said no. She claimed she needed more time to draw it perfectly.

I then gave her 20 seconds, then 10 seconds, then 5 seconds, then 3 seconds… each time she was to draw a monkey, faster and faster.

Before long, she was laughing, her eyes lighting up, with her pen flying across the paper as she said, “This was fun!” Creativity is fun.

I asked her what makes creativity fun and Cindy instantly answered, “I don’t have to think.”

What do you believe happen when we choose to tap into our hidden creativity?

On this note,

How do we access our hidden creativity?

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I believe, we access our creativity when we focus on 

 

  • becoming child-like. ‘How many fun ways can I draw a monkey?’

  • becoming intentionally creative. ‘What kind monkey can I draw in 10 seconds?’

  • becoming accountable. ‘What can I do to ensure I keep away from what I think is the only ‘perfect’ monkey?’

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If you’d like to know more ways of tapping into your hidden creativity, here are three (3) more tips:

 

  • Research new ways of doing things. When a brain is confronted with various different ways of doing things (like drawing a monkey), we usually become less rigid in our thinking as we expand our horizons. For example, my client laughed heartily when I drew her a monkey that looked to her more like a cat (Well, I did add whiskers for good measure).

 

  • Focus on becoming more spontaneous.  Have you ever noticed our most spontaneous gestures that come from our heart are the most well received, not only by ourselves, but also from others? Heart spontaneity is like water bubbles with creative monkey faces on them.

 

  • Have an accountability system/person in place. Though many of us say we ‘know’ to never let anything block our creativity, however, we become more conscious of our words and actions when another person holds us accountable when we start getting afraid of our hidden creativity.

Now imagine somebody has just read these tips,

What do you believe will be their greatest challenge?

My name is Anne Beaulieu and I am an Emotional Intelligence Coach who assists her clients in unleashing their hidden creativity in all areas of their life, business and personal. Connect with me at https://walkinginside.com/contact-us/
Your Emotional Intelligence Coach,
Anne
www.walkinginside.com
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FIVE MYTHS EXPOSING CREATIVITY IN BUSINESS

“When it comes to creativity, who do you believe is creative?”I asked Paul (name changed) when he first came to see me.

Immediately, he answered, “There’s no money in the arts.”

As a result, it seemed to me that Paul had strictly associated creativity with the arts.

But can creativity only be associated with the arts?

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Here are five myths about creativity in the business world:

 

Myth #1. Only singers and painters are born with creativity? 

Back in 2011 (1), researchers wanted to determine who were the best national and international creators. With this in mind, they then asked Chinese and German undergraduates to answer their questions.

What they found out was that
>Chinese students mostly nominated politicians, scientists, and inventors, but rarely nominated artists.
>German undergraduates mostly nominated philosophers, artists, and writers, but rarely nominated politicians.

In other words, why didn’t business people make their list?

Could it be that business people tend to downplay their own creativity?

Myth #2. Highly intellectual people are never creative?

Similarly, in their report (2), the US National Library of Medicine determined that “Creativity is a concept of individual differences. Apparently, some people have higher potential to provide new solutions to old problems than others.

For example, business people like Elon Musk and Dov Baron both seem to possess this ability to provide new solutions to old problems.

Since these people are highly seasoned business people well-known for their creativity, would their name ever cross your mind as being creatives?

Regardless, Paul pointed out to me that “anything creative is a risky business.” This makes me wonder …

Can a creative person successfully build a financially sound business?

Myth #3. Risk-aversiveness and creativity never marry well?

For one thing, a risk-averse person is considered to be someone who will prefer the one option with the lower risk.

In this context …

Would you consider sex education a risky business? In fact, some people might refrain from investing in this business, because of their risk-aversion beliefs.

Let me ask you …

Have you heard of Laci Green in particular? She is a YouTube sensation who offers advice on everything from hookup culture to bedroom sadomasochism.

As a matter of fact, Laci is a former Mormon and is considered the next Dr. Ruth in some circles.

Under those circumstances …  Laci’s videos amassed over 122 million views, according to ‘The 30 Most Influential People on The Internet in 2016 (3).

Who would have known that this young woman was only 26 at the time?

It seems that young people can be hugely successful in business.

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Myth #4. A creativity career never pays well?

As an illustration, what did you want to be as a kid?

Did you want to be someone with a steady pay cheque?

Or did you want to be someone expressing their creativity?

Just to be sure, here are 10 unusual jobs that pay surprisingly well (4):

  • Embalmer (average $44,000 a year)

  • Hot Dog Vendor (average $30,000-$100,000 a year)

  • Personal Shopper (average $25,000-$100,000+ a year)

  • Ice Cream Taster (average $56,000 a year)

  • Virtual Head Hunter (average $250-$10,000 per referral)

  • Funeral Service Manager (average $80,000 a year)

  • Body Part Model (average $20-$1,000+ for an afternoon)

  • Live Mannequin (average up to $100 an hour)

  • Genetic Counsellor (average $56,000 a year)

  • Cruise Ship Entertainer (average $3,000-$4,500 a month, plus room and board)

 

Myth 5. Creativity is an individual process only?

To sum it up … What can a group of creative individuals coming together for a common purpose achieve?

Based on NewsCred Insights (5) …

Here are two of The Most Creative Content Marketing Agencies around:

  • BuzzFeed: widely acknowledged for sponsored content and quiz-taking formats.

  •  Grey Group: widely acknowledged for identifying and leveraging larger societal trends and pushing boundaries.

Let’s recap….

What are 5 ways you are already creative in business and did not know it?

 

You have the ability to:

  • believe you are creative.

  • provide new solutions to old problems.

  • spot ‘risk-averseness’ content and turn it into a gold mine.

  • see all the ways you are already being creative in business.

  • be part of a business team that has the ability to see the big picture.

As for Paul, he thanked me for offering him a fresh perspective.

But isn’t it what being creative is all about?

Offering a fresh perspective?

My name is Anne Beaulieu and I am an Emotional Intelligence Coach who assists her clients in accessing deeper levels of their creativity in their business and personal life.

For coaching inquiries, I can be reached at https://walkinginside.com/contact-us/

Your Emotional Intelligence Coach,
Anne
www.walkinginside.com

Here are the sources of my statistics:
(1) University of Hong Kong 2011 study: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/j.2162-6057.2011.tb01082.x/abstract
(2) The Relationship Between Intelligence And Creativity Study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3682183/
(3) TIME, Top 30 Most Influential Internet Sensations in 2016: https://time.com/4258291/30-most-influential-people-on-the-internet-2016/
(4) Forbes, 10 Unusual Jobs That Pay Surprisingly Well: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2013/05/23/10-unusual-jobs-that-pay-surprisingly-well/#7bb0250370a1
(5) NewsCred Insights, The 33 of Most Creative Content Marketing Agencies: https://insights.newscred.com/the-33-most-creative-content-agencies/[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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THREE WAYS YOU ARE ALREADY CREATIVE

You were born being creative.

Being creative is our birthright and here is why:
“I want to be creative!” blurted Mark* when he first came to see me. Mark is a professional in his early thirties who feels there is more life than just sitting at a desk drawing rows and columns of numbers for his boss. When I replied that he is indeed creative, he looked at me, mouth open.
Like many other professionals perhaps, Mark had not realized yet how his level of critical thinking marries well with his creativity. I understand… like many of us, he had been taught from a young age that logic and creativity apparently make poor bed fellows. But is true? Is it always true that critical thinking and creativity can never rally for the same cause?
Let’s find out…

When it comes to….

#1: PROPORTIONALITY

The great painter Leonardo Da Vinci and other Renaissance masters are known to have used the mathematical ratio of 1.618 (also called the Golden Ratio) to accurately determine proportionality. Proportionality is the ability to allot proportions that are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and deemed attractively beautiful.

Proportionality is the ability to see the big picture.

Before painters put brush to canvas, many of them invested massive hours visualizing what it is they wanted to see manifested on canvas. They got clear on their big picture. They spent time inward feeling it, tasting, it, sensing it. Relentless, they kept nurturing their big picture until they were able to draw a resonating sketch from their inner vision.

The clearer a painter is about their big picture, the more they might be able to sketch a vision with accurate proportions. 

#2: DEPTH PERCEPTION

The word ‘depth’ is just another fancy way of saying ‘how deep’. When we measure the depth of one thing, we need to consider its length, height, and width. On top of this, we need to consider the distance between this one thing and another thing when we want to accurately experience depth perception.

Depth perception is the ability to put things in perspective.

One famous painter for his ability to challenge depth perception is Rembrandt. In many of his pantings, Rembrandt had his subject’s one eye looking directly at the viewer with their other eye looking off to the side. Talk about keeping an eye on all things!

The more a painter can hold in perspective various aspects of their big picture, the more they might be able to uphold and shift their vision when necessary.

#3: BRUSHSTROKE

This is often where we see the amateurs get separated from the professionals. For a painter, a brushstroke is not only the paint left on their canvas after by a single application of their brush, it also represents the configuration given to this paint, aka its textured form.

The master painter Monet was known for his fast brush strokes across his canvas in order to depict light. He said he loved depicting colours in new and experimental ways and this experiential way of expressing his passion became his beloved trademark.

Brushstroke is the ability to passionately contribute

singularly to an overall effect. 

The more a painter lets their life experience guide their brushstrokes with a passionate heart, the more they might become known and valued for their work.

Let’s stop here for a moment… and ponder the question…

What does a painter and business person have in common? 

I believe the answer is,

Proportionality

Depth perception

Brushstroke

‘How is this possible?’ you may ask.

Here’s why:

#1. In business, proportionality is about seeing the big picture.  

Before a business person sets out an action plan, they usually invest massive hours visualizing what it is they want to see manifested in their business. They get clear on their big picture. They spend time inward feeling it, tasting, it, sensing it. Relentless, they keep nurturing their big picture until they are able to draw a resonating blueprint from their inner vision.
The clearer a business person is about the big picture, the more they might be able to draw an action blueprint with accurate proportions. 

#2. In business, depth perception is about putting things in perspective.

The more a business person can hold in perspective various aspects of the big picture, the more they might be able to uphold and shift their vision when necessary.

#3. In business, brushstroke is about passionately contributing singularly to an overall effect.

This is often where we see the amateurs get separated from the professionals. For a painter, a brushstroke is not only the paint left on their canvas after by a single application of their brush, it also represents the configuration given to this paint, aka its textured form. The same is valid for a business person in the course of their business.
The more a business person lets their life experience guide their brushstrokes (actions) with a passionate heart, the more they will most likely become known and valued for their contribution/work.

Let’s recap…

What are three ways you are already creative and most likely did not know about?

  • You have the ability to see the big picture and draw an action blueprint.

  • You have the ability to put things in perspective.

  • You have the ability to contribute singularly to an overall effect with heart passion.

Having said this… The main problem for my client Mark is that he did Not believe he is creative. He thought creativity was something outside of himself instead of something inherent to him.

So let me ask you…

Why do we stop being creative?

 

Why do we pursue brains over creativity?

I believe the answer is, because we think it will be better.

Is it though? How was Mark’s falsely believing critical thinkers can ‘never’ be creative ever going to make him access deeper levels of his own creativity? Clearly, thinking we are ‘non-creative’ does Not work.

With this in mind…

How do things become better?

 

I believe things become better when we focus on

  • becoming self-aware. ‘Where am I showing creativity right now?’

  • becoming intentional. ‘What can I do right now to increase my level of creativity?’

  • becoming accountable. ‘How can I hold myself accountable so I keep tapping into my creativity?

I could certainly relate to Mark. For decades, I believed the lie that I could ‘never’ take beautiful pictures and, as a result, had stopped taking pictures altogether. It wasn’t until I learned to become self-aware, intentional, and accountable that I started taking pictures that I now believe have a vibrant clarity to them.

In conclusion, now that you know you are indeed a creative person,

What do you believe might be your greatest challenge?

My name is Anne Beaulieu and I am an Emotional Intelligence Coach who assists her clients in accessing deeper levels in their creativity so, like Mark, they get to apply their creativity both in business and personal life.

For coaching inquiries, connect with me at https://walkinginside.com/contact-us/ or reach out to me at anne@walkinginside.com

Your Emotional Intelligence Coach,
Anne
www.walkinginside.com
To know more ways of becoming a creative, visit https://fullmontyleadership.com 
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FIVE KEYS TO TAP INTO HIDDEN CREATIVITY

What would happen if you tapped into your hidden creativity?

When George (name changed) first came to see me, he said that he felt caught between two masters: his career and his passion. Can you relate?

Asked about his career, George said that his job as a business manager paid super well, but he worked long hours, and his clientele was often hard to deal with.

Asked about his passion, being a composer, George said that it didn’t matter anymore, because he had put it on the back burner. He believed he was “out of creative juice.”

I asked,

What would happen if you tapped into your hidden creativity?

George tilted his head backwards and laughed a belly laugh. “O my goodness,” he said, “it’d be wonderful!”

What do you believe happened to your hidden creativity?

George looked at me, with his mouth open. “I don’t know,” he answered.

With this in mind…

How do things become better?

I believe, things become better when we focus on 

  • becoming self-aware. ‘In what areas in my life am I hiding my creativity?’

  • becoming intentional. ‘What can I do right now to experience my hidden creativity?’

  • becoming accountable. ‘How can I hold myself accountable so I keep tapping into my hidden creativity?’

 

Here are five keys to assist you to tap into your hidden creativity:

  • Repurpose. I asked George if he had ever composed anything as a kid, and he said yes. I asked him to bring it to our next coaching session. George cried when he realized how talented he was as a child. He has since incorporated his childhood work into his current creative work. Repurposing means to find new creative solutions to old problems.

 

  • Drop what you consider your ‘best.’ Have you ever noticed how we stop looking for solutions when we tell ourselves or others ‘I did my best!’ Know that what we consider our ‘best’ is often only what we are capable of seeing in that moment. Your hidden creativity is found passed what you think is your ‘best’.

 

  • Rock yourself around the clock. What this means is, explore your hidden creativity at various hours. For example, I used to think my ‘best’ work was done in the morning, only to discover it was actually done around 10:00 pm … and then it changed again. Keep experimenting with your creativity at different times of day and keep working at it, even when tired. Because when we are too tired to fight our creativity, we might just end up being our most creative in that moment!

 

  • Expand, expand, expand! Your hidden creativity is where you are Not currently looking. Otherwise, it would have already revealed itself to you. Expand your horizons. For example, perhaps take a cooking class if you want to learn how to build texture and nuances in your paintings. Because mixing spices is about learning nuances in taste and how food aliments are prepared is about gradually building texture into a dish. Your hidden creativity is closer than you might think!

 

  • Have an accountability system/person in place. We become more conscious of our words and actions when another person assists us in tapping into our hidden creativity.

Now imagine somebody has just read these tips…

What do you believe will be their greatest challenge?

I trust you have found value in this article. My name is Anne Beaulieu and I am an Emotional Intelligence Coach who assists her clients in tapping into their hidden creativity. To schedule a free 15 minutes E.I. Coaching session where I assist you discover what it is you really want, here’s my scheduling link: https://walkinginside.com/contact-us/

Your Emotional Intelligence Coach,
Anne
www.walkinginside.com

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THREE WAYS IGNORING YOUR CREATIVITY IS BLOCKING YOUR DREAM JOB

When Joy* came to see me, she was dressed in black from head to toe, not because she found that colour trendy, but because, as she said, she thought it camouflaged her body fat. Looking at the ground as she said these words, she retreated deeply into her seat. This behaviour of hers told me a lot about Joy, how her life seemed to lack the vibrant colours of creativity. 
 
Through my talking with her, I found out she did not like her job and wanted a new position because she felt unseen and unheard by upper management. When she wrote her boss yet another memo about an ongoing problem in her division, she claimed her words landed on deaf ears. Ever been in that situation?
 
When I asked her if she had provided her boss with a viable solution to this ongoing problem, she quietly said no, then blurted out there was no point doing so because management apparently ‘never’ listens anyway.
 
 

Have you ever been in a situation where you knew the problem,

but had no solution?

 
After her work shift, Joy confessed she went home feeling grumpy and exhausted. At night, she ate her dinner in her lap and flipped through Netflix programs to see what she would be watching for the next 2-3 hours. She went to bed at about the same time every night and slept on the same side on her bed every day. When she woke up the next morning, Joy said she repeated those behaviours “pretty much the same”.
 

Can you imagine what it feels like to be stuck in a routine that blocks creativity?

 
Joy was fed up with her current job and wanted a new position. She wanted a better job with better pay. Laughing, she said she wanted to become part of upper management so she could change the ways things were done in her division. This is why Joy was coming to see me, to assist her in landing her dream job position.
 
I asked…
 

“What would it feel like to have a solution to all your problems?”

 
At first, Joy thought I was joking with her, but when she saw I was being serious, her eyes lit up, she leaned forward, and she told me how she and her co-workers would stop stressing out and getting exhausted, especially when they were low on staff and clients kept walking in.
 

“Where do you believe the root of the problem is?”

 
Joy stopped talking and looked at me. Though she was tempted to say “management” (as she confessed later), she was also starting to realize she was the one complaining about an ongoing problem while offering zero viable solution to solve it. She quietly answered, “Me.”
 
That day, I sent Joy with simple homework to do. She was to eat her dinner at the dinner table. She was to write a short paragraph about her life, storytelling style, with an anecdote and lots of feeling. She was also to switch her sleeping position head to feet and to show up in more vibrant colours the next time I was seeing her.
 

What do you believe happens when we keep ignoring our creativity?

 
At our next coaching session, Joy told me how weird it felt at first sleeping ‘upside down’ but she was now liking it. She said she can now see the moon outside her bedroom window and it is lovely. She then showed me her paragraph that she had rewritten over and over. Her smile left as she blurted ‘but it’s not perfect’. As for her clothes, she was still wearing black from head to toe.
 
Like so many, Joy was fighting her own habits, habits that were familiar to her and also kept blocking her creativity from flowing. It is any wonder she had a hard time coming up with a viable, creative solutions?
 
Through further coaching with me, Joy realized she was the solution to all her problems.
 
 
Let me ask you…
 

Why do we become non-creative?

Why do we pursue crushing routine over flowing creativity?

 
I believe the answer is, because we think it will be better.
 
Is it though? How was Joy living her life geared to constant routine ever going to advance her dream of finding creative solutions to all her problems?
 
Clearly, pursuing routine over creativity does Not work.
 
With this in mind…
 

How do things become better?

 

I believe, things become better when we focus on 

  • becoming aware of our potential. I am the solution to all my problems.

  • becoming flexible in thinking and behaviours. ‘What can I do right now to bring forth my creativity?’

  • becoming accountable for our actions. ‘How can I ensure I keep fostering my creativity and the one of others?”

 
I could certainly relate to Joy. I used to let routine rule my life and kill my creativity until I learned to embody that I am the solution to all my problems. As a result,  I changed my way of thinking and doing things and became highly accountable for all my choices.
 

Here are some rock solid tips to assist you who want to access your creativity to land your dream job:

 

  • Use mathematical precision in your creativity. A ‘love’ for constant routine is usually associated with being risk-averse. Since being creative is about being willing to take risks, incorporate mathematical like precision in your creative solutions to feel safe. For example, Joy incorporated supporting statistics as to why her division had to change their way of doing business. Seeing these stats motivated her even further to come up with a viable solution to her ongoing problem at work.

  • Get out of your own way. Play the 30 squares game. Draw 30 squares and in each square write a solution to a specific problem. Before long, you might ‘run out’ of ‘logical’ ideas and start writing down ‘crazy’ solutions. Before you know it, you are out of your way as you allow viable solutions to present themselves more naturally.

  • Have an accountability system/person in place. Though many of us say we want to become more creative, the thing is, creativity seems to scare the shit out of many. Therefore, having someone holding us accountable for our displayed level of creativity is crucial to keep us going towards our dream job.

 
Now imagine somebody has just read these tips…
 

What do you believe will be their greatest challenge?

 
Before she came to see me, Joy had all the best intentions in the world, but she lacked a solid accountability system. This is why as soon as she felt challenged in her routine habits, she familiarly went back to wearing only black.
 
My name is Anne Beaulieu and I am an Emotional Intelligence Coach who holds her clients highly accountable so they get to put their actions where their mouth is, and like Joy, get to implement their creative solutions. Joy is now forming a consultancy company.
 
For coaching inquiries, reach out to me at anne@walkinginside.com
 
Your Emotional Intelligence Coach,
Anne
www.walkinginside.com
www.fullmontyleadership.com