Five Tips to Get You Unstuck, Unblocked, Newly Focused, & Passionate About Your Creative Project or Process

Read on for a post from my guest blogger Gail McMeekin of Creative Success, LLC

You are a creative person.  After all, you run a business or have a career.   You have the ability to do innovative work and to make new connections between ideas, which are the key dynamic of the creative process. Yet, sometimes our creativity stalls, plays tricks on us, or appears to have vanished completely. It is at these moments that we need to reconnect with our inspirational powers to stimulate our ability to invent something new and useful.  The following tips are meant to arouse your natural creative gifts so that you can surmount the challenges on your creative questand develop that novel product or service.

1) Keep a daily excitement list about why you are committed to your creative project. What fascinates you and intrigues you about the topic? Why is it compelling to you personally? How does it matter to the company or the larger world?

2) Visualize your end result and make a collage of images that support your vision (cut pictures out of magazines or collect relevant items) and then post this collage where you can ponder it regularly. Let the visual images help you to be as specific as possible in identifying the essence of what you want to invent.

3) Take a field trip relating to your project to explore a particular facet of it. One of my clients was fascinated by gorillas, for some unknown reason, and I advised her to go to the zoo for a day, even without a clue about what she was looking for. While sitting with the gorillas, they reminded her of the power of nonverbal
communication–the missing ingredient in her training program.

4) Go to a toy store and buy a toy that reminds you of your project or process. Spend some time playing withthe toy and write down all the metaphors that you discover. A stuffed giant caterpillar once guided me to organize a product into interlocking but flexible sections, similar to the body of a caterpillar.

5) Send your inner critic on vacation and learn to suspend all negative judgments in your thinking. Give yourself the freedom to make mistakes and take positive risks with your work.  If you were fearless about your work, what “out on a limb strategies” would you try next? Trial and error will bring you to creative success!

Gail McMeekin, LICSW is the owner of Creative Success, LLC in Boston and the author of The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor and The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women,  and The Power of Positive Choices: Adding and Subtracting Your Way to a Great Life. She works with clients to help them to discover fulfilling work, activate their creativity, grow their businesses, and restore inner balance. Her information-packed website is
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