Our ability to be creative comes down to finding a connection between two unrelated things and determining the value that emerges as a result of that new connection.
Put simply, being creative is very similar to what learning is, which is connecting something we know to something we don’t know.
Some questions that often arise around the topic of creativity include:
- Are some people naturally more creative than others?
- Are we born creative or is it something we develop?
- Is creativity genetic?
- Why do some people appear to be more creative than others?
- What makes a person creative?
Some of the beliefs around creativity includes:
- Right-brained people are more creative.
- We’re either creative or we’re not.
- Highly creative people are not normal, maybe even a little weird.
- We can’t all be creative.
While there will always be different ideas or opinions around why some people are more creative than others, the truth is creativity is something that can be developed.
We know the importance of having a regular exercise routine but unfortunately, we don’t always do what we know is good for us.
Some of the common excuses people make for not having a regular exercise routine are:
- Not having enough time.
- Being too busy.
- Exercising takes up too much time.
- Don’t know what exercises to do.
- Not motivated enough.
The truth is if something is important to us, we will always find the time for it. Having a regular exercise routine will lead to:
- Better health and fitness.
- Better mental and emotional health.
- Less stress or anxiety.
- Better mood or outlook on life.
- Higher levels of self-confidence and self-esteem.
Exercising does not need to take up a lot of time daily if we’re committed to living a healthy life.
We all go through phases where we don’t feel the best and struggle to get ourselves motivated to do the things we know we should.
As our emotions dictate what we will or will not do, it’s important we have ways to change how we are feeling so that we can get back to doing what’s required of us.
Our emotions are like a rollercoaster—they’re constantly changing and are either going up or down. The better we can manage or control our emotions, the better we will function.
If we’re feeling down, unmotivated or disengaged, and we allow ourselves to stay that way for long periods of time, it can:
- Lead to more serious negative emotions such as depression or anxiety.
- Cause us to lose our zest for life.
- Make us unproductive and inefficient.
- Bring about more mental, emotional and physical challenges.
- Affect others around us, most likely in a negative way.
Having ways to pick ourselves up when we’re feeling down can prevent us from experiencing more problems later on.
A powerful lesson I learned early on in my career is we become like the people we spend most of our time with.
I remember when I first emigrated to Australia, I spoke with a Fijian accent, as that’s where I’m originally from. Within two or three years, my accent changed to an Australian accent because I was around people who spoke that way.
This is why it’s often suggested that the best way to learn a new language is to travel to a country where it’s the predominant language spoken so we are forced to adapt quickly in order to be able to communicate effectively.
Likewise, if we want to become better performers, whether it’s in sports, our work, our businesses, or life in general, being around other people who are also committed to becoming better performers will greatly accelerate our progress and our personal growth.
A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend an event called High Performance Academy, hosted by Brendon Burchard, the author of numerous best-selling books, including his most recent one titled, High Performance Habits.
The event exceeded my expectations so I’d like to share some of the things I learned being around other high performers.
The start of a New Year is a good time to reflect on the things we have been doing up until now and identify how we can do better.
It’s highly beneficial to review our previous year and put plans in place for the New Year.
As part of that review, an area we should look at are the things we did, that either didn’t serve us, or move us closer to where we wanted to be or what we wanted to achieve.
The reasons why we want to look at these things include:
- It’ll help identify patterns we know we should change.
- It’ll help make us more effective or productive.
- It’ll help eliminate unnecessary commitments.
- It’ll help reduce stress and overwhelm as we’ll be taking on less things.
- It’ll help us focus on the things that are truly important to us.
As we identify these things, it will help us tremendously this year if we make a commitment to stop doing them.
If you ever feel your motivation levels are falling, choose any one of these videos to reignite yourself and get motivated again.
Thank you for being part of my community and for supporting me in inspiring others to connect with and live their greatness.
I look forward to continuing to add more value in the New Year with fresh, new content weekly.
I’ve like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday season and a wonderful New Year!
As we’re in the festive and holiday season, this is a perfect time to pause and reflect on what we’re doing and how we can bring more joy into our lives.
It’s not uncommon for people to get caught up in the busyness of life and not give enough attention to the things that light them up or give more meaning to what they’re actually doing in their lives.
The good news is, most times, the things that give us the greatest joy, costs very little or nothing at all. We just have to be willing to allocate time to doing them and make them a priority in our everyday lives.
The more we do these things, the better we’ll feel about ourselves and the better our attitude or mood will be. This will also positively affect those around us and help create more joy in everybody’s lives.
Have you ever wondered or wished you could better deal with people who constantly whine, blame or complain when you speak to them?
In our daily interactions, we encounter people who spend so much energy focusing on things that are not going well or on things that are beyond their control. The risk of being around negative people is that they can:
- Affect our attitude.
- Cause us to spend mental and emotional energy listening to their complaints.
- Take our focus away from what we want to do.
- Lower our motivation levels.
- Affect the quality of our work.
Knowing what to do when we’re around people who tend to be negative is extremely valuable. It’s starts with us being aware of our own attitude, the language we are using and what we’re giving our attention to.