Sunday, November 29, 2015

Chase Your Dream

You can probably find over a hundred thousand references in ten seconds that advise you chase your dream. Find that sense of mission and build your life around it. So you know. You think about it. Maybe you even do it. Chase your dream because that's what you want, because that's where your gifts are ready to serve, because life's too short for crappy work.

Do your best work on what you do best. Isn't that the secret you already know? How are you doing at it?

You might as well chase your dream -- that's where the energy is.

Anything else is killing time.

And times way too valuable to squander.

-- Doug Smith

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Roll With Your Creativity

You have a secret healing power.

Sometimes you use it without even knowing it. If you're like me, you could use it even more. It's a power that heals each person and when we heal ourselves we are much better positioned to heal and help others.

Creativity energy heals.

Bring that creative energy out. Encourage your creativity. Avoid shutting it down when it inconveniently offers to embarrass you with a really wild idea. Roll with it way more often.

When you've gotten to the point where people ask you what's gotten into you because you seem a little more wild and spontaneous than usual -- that's when you know you're on the right track. You're headed in a creative direction that will burst open the veil of constraints you think you see but is only a mirage. It's all available. The possibilities are endless.

Creativity rocks. Might as well roll with it.

-- Doug Smith

Friday, November 27, 2015

You Were Born To Be Creative

Who's creative?

I think that we are all creative. While some people are gifted in certain areas of creativity, such as music or painting or sculpting or dance, we all have some capacity to express ourselves creatively. When we do, things get better. When we don't, we get stuck.

You were born to be creative.

It's in your soul, it's in your mind, in your heart, in your fingers.

Why not put that creativity to use today to build some part of a happier, more productive, more peaceful world?

-- Doug Smith

Thursday, November 26, 2015

What If You Were One Snappy Dresser?

I have a wild question for you as a leader today. I ask this because I believe that creativity is one of four major leadership traits (the others being clarity, courage, and compassion). Here goes:

How would you dress if you considered yourself the most creative person you know?

That might seem completely out of the question, depending on where you work, but ask it anyway. Would you look like Salvadore Dali (or perhaps one of his paintings?) Would it be like someone from "Dancing With The Stars" or maybe even some survival type program from The Learning Channel?

You don't actually need to pick out that wardrobe and wear it today, but what would it look like? What if you were one snappy dresser?

I find it helpful to think thru some creative choices occasionally. Jarring ourselves out of auto-pilot helps us develop newer and better ideas. Releasing our social constraints, even momentarily - even in our imaginations - helps us discover more about who we really are. Because who we are is so much more than what we do. And who we are is a limitless list of possibilities.

So explore some part of those possibilities. Play dress up, if only in your head. See how much fun that can be -- and how open it helps you become.

-- Doug Smith

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Find Your Most Creative Ideas

Are you struggling to find the right idea to solve a problem?

I've constantly got a few problems percolating in the background that I know are still waiting for my best, most creative ideas. The best ideas seldom happen right away. They need time. They need energy. They need to be fed with other creative activities to emerge. But they are there.

If you haven't found your best idea yet, the key word is yet. It's there.

Your most creative ideas will take you where you need to go.

They'll solve those troubling problems. They'll develop that next big change. They're there.

Keep digging.

-- Doug Smith

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Should You Judge Ideas?

How did your last brainstorming session go?

Having been thru tons of brainstorming sessions, I know that they don't always go well. Sometimes people judge ideas too soon. Sometimes people don't give themselves enough time to develop the best and most creative ideas. Sometimes, people settle for stupid ideas.

Yes, we do need to generate lots of ideas. Yes, we do judge too much without letting our imaginations go wild. But, there does come a time when reason must rule. There does come a time when we must fall out of love with our ideas enough to see them for what they really are.

Because, as a matter of fact, there IS such a thing as a stupid idea.

And you wouldn't want to run with that, would you?

-- Doug Smith

Monday, November 23, 2015

Encourage Your Creativity

Do you find time each day to be creative, to do something creative?

It doesn't need to be a big deal. Maybe you aren't going to finish that novel today or wrap up that film. But you can still be creative. Your day, your life can be filled with creative things.

Try something new.
Take a different way home from work.
Read a magazine you've never read before.
Draw, and then frame that doodle.
Cook a new dish

...we can always find new ways to exercise our creativity. It sparks new ideas and helps us refine old ones.

Your brain likes creativity.

Why not make sure it gets the creativity it craves today?

-- Doug Smith