Unleash Your Creativity: 12 Ways To Be More Creative
“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” ~Franklin Roosevelt
Unleashing your creativity and you will put the petal to the metal when it comes to accelerating your online success.
The more compelling content you create the easier it will be for you to attract traffic to your website. Traffic is the lifeblood of every successful online business; without it your online business will die.
But with plenty of traffic your online presence will thrive and you will prosper, so here are twelve of my best tips to help you unleash your creativity, get more traffic, and achieve greater online success!
1. Surround Yourself With Creative People
By surrounding yourself with highly creative people this will encourage you to be more creative as well. Get feedback from others about the work you are doing whenever possible.
Although we create knowing our content will be experienced by others when we actually talk to others who have experienced it we will often get feedback about how to take our work to the next level.
If there is a co-working space near you I encourage you to look into it and get yourself into a space where there are other who you can get feedback from.
If you are at a phase in your business where you are hiring employees consider many people before deciding on who to work with, and choose co-workers who have a flare for creativity that will help your brand stand apart from the crowd.
2. Outsource Uncreative Boring Tasks
I am currently taking my own advice with this tip as I am seeking to hire a VA from the Philippines via the online jobs website onlinejobs.ph.
Know what your core areas of creativity are and focus on doing them, and outsource as much as possible.
Personally I don’t have the time or patience to build back links to my website so my goal is to hire a VA to do this for me.
If my outsourcing efforts are a success I’ll post about the results in a few months time. Having watched John Jonas’s presentation about outsourcing on ReplaceMyself.com I am optimistic about the results it can achieve.
3. Go to More Events
Networking is a key component of success. This tip also ties back to the first tip in that if you are going to the right events you will likely be surrounded by other creative professionals.
When you meet other people and they give you the “elevator pitch” about what they are doing you will have an opportunity to ask them what they do to make their business different.
With every new person you meet there is an entirely unique world of creative ability that you are encountering, and the different styles and views of others offer different lenses through which to view and gain improving insight into your own creative projects.
4. Find Your Magic Time
Everyone has a special time when they can produce at peak performance.
My magic time is after a good workout, or after a long sauna session.
I find when my body has had plenty of water and exercise I am alleviated of physical stress that distracts my mind and I can focus with razor sharp clarity on the creative task I have at hand.
5. Eliminate Creativity Killers
Whatever it is you decide to create, believe in your ability to do it. Negative attitudes will poison your results.
Simply believing in your own creative ability can enable you to do things you may never have thought possible.
Keep in mind that someone else has probably already done (and blogged about) something similar to whatever you are doing.
Doing a quick web search for whatever creative task you are tackling will often arm you with actionable tips that will help hasten your creative efforts.
6. Take Breaks
If you are having fun with what you are doing and the creativity will naturally flow.
Your creative efforts should not feel forced. If what you are creating feels like a chore, take a break.
Leave your work alone and give yourself time to nap or sleep and think about what you are working on.
Then come back to your project full of vigor and totally ready to tackle the task.
7. Start Your Day off Strong
Eat something healthy for breakfast. Doing this will set the nutritional tone for the rest of your day.
Exercise is another way to revitalize your emotions and overall well being. When your body is healthy your mind is sharp and primed for creativity.
If you abuse your body this can reverse your optimism and nip your creative ambition in the bud.
8. Get Inspired
Create a playlist of songs that get you in “the zone.”
Never underestimate the amazing power music to uplift your mood.
Countless times rocking out to the right soundtrack has transformed my actions from unproductive procrastination into a creative success.
9. Have Fun With What You Do
If you are having fun with what you do it is going to provide positive reinforcement for your projects and help you succeed.
People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.
People are attracted to fun. That’s the secret to Dane Cook’s success and the success of countless other comedians and this secret applies in all careers, not just with comedy.
Whatever you are doing make it as fun as possible and you might be surprised at how your creative output starts to sky-rocket!
10. Start an Idea List
You never know when create inspiration will strike. For this reason I created an ideas list in my phone that I add to whenever I am struck with a new idea.
Every so often I review my ideas list and my best ideas I develop into blog posts, projects, or products.
Creativity often strikes like lightning and the important thing is not to ignore it when it does.
11. Visualize Your Ideas
Buy yourself a white board or a chalk board. An affordable alternative to this is to get some chalk board paint, which usually sells for under $20. With chalk board paint you can create a big chalk board for a fraction of the cost of a traditional slate and it still works great!
Currently I have an office in the internet business incubator INcubes in downtown Toronto.
At INcubes we have a large chalk board in the board room there and last week Traviss and I created a road map for my business. Traviss drew a long line on the board and we marked down several important milestones on the roadmap to my first million in sales.
I found this visualization to be very helpful for planning out the future of my business so that I can create the success I plan to achieve.
12. Draw Inspiration From Quotes
Here are some awesome quotes about creativity that I hope will inspire you to achieve greater creativity in 2012 and beyond:
“There is creative reading as well as creative writing.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.” ~Rita Mae Brown
“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.” ~Goethe
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” ~Leo Burnett
“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” ~Jack London
For more inspiration check out our list of awesome success quotes!
How do you achieve greater creativity in your life? Let us know in the comments below.