How to boost creativity

But I’m not creative?

Or so many of us think. In fact, this is often not true.

Creativity comes in many different forms, not in just the artistic arena. Although many of us would consider ourselves ‘non creatives’ in our work, the act of being creative can pop up everywhere. From arranging our Christmas tree a certain way, to presenting a dinner with an elegant twist to our thinking in the work place.

Often we face challenges along the way that don’t make sense or leave us confused and not knowing the right answer. After sitting on the quandary for a while, we often have that realisation of ‘Right, it is time to do something about this’ or ‘We need to find a solution’ and the thought process begins. Suddenly with a bit of ‘Well, we could try to…..’ and ‘Perhaps if we have a go at….’ The answers start to reveal themselves.

Clients often come to me because they would like to do something creative; write a book, start something brilliant, utilise their artistic flair- they have all the ideas but sometimes need a little help getting started or need someone to bounce ideas with so they can fit it in with the rest of their life. 

I would class myself as a creative person, however sometimes the business tasks or the to do list of my daily life seems to come first. 

I found that I would put creative tasks off- I will do that when I have time/money/headspace. I quickly realised these things would never happen unless I made a commitment to myself  to put the wheels in motion. 

What creative challenge would you like to set yourself?

1. School days

Take yourself back to your school days. In our school, Friday afternoons were ‘free play’ so there would be art, or music or choir available to participate in. What do you think back fondly on? Take a moment to reminisce.

2. Write

Take ten minutes to write down projects you have always wanted to complete. A book you want to write, a show you want to see, a dish you would like to make even if you don’t know how.

3. Tell someone

When we tell someone our thoughts move from our head and start to become a reality. Sometimes when we share we receive responses such as ‘Oh, I fancy do that too’ or ‘I know someone who can help you.’ and you start to gain momentum.

4.   Research

Have a look to see what is out there- there could be something right on your doorstep?

5.  Take action

Book, call, visit, design, email, brainstorm. etc etc.  Even if you just complete a little step, do something today. 

What would Beyoncé do? (Maybe)

Beyoncé and I have a long distance relationship... we’ve been in the same room/field twice but the love is strong. One of us maaaay not know who the other is. But that’s ok. 😉

There are always phrases of ‘What would Beyoncé do?’ like it is a quick ‘Ok cool I’ll do that too’ However as it often is I’m sure it will be combination of things... I have tried to dissect the process on why she is in a league of her own...


1. She decided... we all have those moments of ‘no more, enough is enough’ or ‘Let’s do this’ or ‘What have I got to lose?’ Every action begins with a decision. I can’t imagine any of this was a flippant thought. 


2. Got a big vision. She’s not playing any more. She has the platform, money, support, love and talent to build a wonderful vision so she does. 


3. She realised she needed to build a team as she couldn’t do it alone. We may be a company of one but the best find the best to collaborate and grow with. 


4. She charged well.. for now and for later. Get paid now for the performance but also for ownership/producing rights. Savvy. 


5. She gave herself permission to still do what she loved and be a mother. Yes it is tough and you need support to do so but all hopes and dreams don’t end as soon as you give birth. 


6. Moved the needle. I am very interested in this phrase at the moment. I don’t want to be generic and surface. Beyoncé knows the stories that need to be told, the words that perhaps have been unsaid. She says them. 


7. Gave herself more time than normal. Overnight success is not a thing. There are hours of ‘showing up’ behind the scenes. 


8. Gave clear communication. You can’t lead without sharing your vision. There is a great part on the Goop podcast with @brenebrownabout how organisations could do this effectively. 


9. Be humble. Generous, kind, open, loving... you know all those things that are at your core. 


10. Do it like you are the best in the world and show the world what you can do.



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