Creativity is contagious (said Albert Einstein).
It’s what sets you apart. It’s a way to show that you’re unique.
Whether you’ve already got a massively successful business or if you’re just starting out, creativity can be the fuel that drives you.
But sometimes you lose that spark. Sometimes you feel drained. That’s when it’s time to recharge.
And why does it happen?
Don’t beat yourself up. It happens to all of us. The most important thing is to identify when it happens, and fix it.
Here are the two biggest reasons creativity dies, and how to fix it:
1. Not disconnecting enough
We live in a hyper-connected world. Everyone is busy and working nonstop to achieve their goals.
I get it.
But, your mind needs the opportunity to dance from time to time. Start spending a portion of your day completely unplugged from the grid. Even if it is just for a fleeting moment in your car while waiting for your kids.
Let your eyes close, take a deep breath, and just spend a moment lost in thought. Your creativity will thank you for the undivided attention and will reward you tenfold.
2. Not listening.
Too many entrepreneurs move forward with blinders on. Too often it is a constant push of their message and one-way selling of their products and services.
Take the time to listen more and you might be surprised by the surge in your creativity. You’ll learn new perspectives, understand problems at a deeper level, and gain a true appreciation for the wonder of the world spinning around you.
Look for opportunities to learn and soak up knowledge and experience from others. Expanding your mind by simply listening more allows you to pull information and inspiration when your creativity needs it the most.