How to be More Creative

More creative-210x300Creativity is at the top of my short list of “must-haves”  to have a fulfilling career. If you can’t be creative at your job, then it’s hard to have fun.

Creativity can come in many forms:

- Conversations with co-workers
- Marketing Plan
- Problem solving
- Customer relations
- Accounting Management

There is creativity in everything we do, but we often don’t have fun with it. I’ve been thinking about this problem a lot lately.

The reason I found the solution was because of Marelisa Fabrega’s ebook “How to be More Creative: A Handbook for Alchemists.” I couldn’t put it all together until after reading it.

Creativity isn’t in a Ebook

This may sound like an anti-endorsement for Marelisa’s book, but it’s not. Just give me a chance to explain.

In my younger days, I would come up with a really cool idea about once a week. I would work on the project really hard for a few weeks and then give up. I pushed so hard to be creative that I wore myself out.

As I watched myself repeat this process many times, I realized that I had fallen into the worst creative trap of them all: applying the same old solutions to a multitude of problems.

About halfway through “A Handbook for Alchemists” I begin to feel overwhelmed by the barrage of ways to be creative. (This is a good thing). I feel confident that I can pick it up a year from now when I feel stuck on a certain project and I’ll be able to find a random creativity technique to help me.

I’ve been working on this concept for the past couple of weeks. I’m calling it the “chain of creativity.” When I reach a point that frustrates me, I stop trying to find a solution. What I try to do instead is bring myself back to the moment. I consider how lucky I am to be creating something new. Then I try to take a sidestep to see a fresh angle.

That’s why this book is perfect for me. It gives me ideas to find new angles when my emotions are out of whack.

For example, when I’m writing a blog post and I can’t get my thoughts to align with my writing, I step away and try to think of myself as a different person, such as Abraham Lincoln. I try to channel his way of thinking. I pretend that I’m in a room full of lawyers explaining my idea.

My frustration oozes away because I stop focusing on a solution. I unleash my creativity and I begin to enjoy the process.

Frustration Dissipated

Once my frustration dissipates, I can usually get back on track. I never thought to pick up a book of this kind and try these various techniques.

Now I can go to “A Handbook for Alchemists,” And it offers me so many creative ideas that frustration doesn’t have to take over.

And I don’t need to keep trying the same ideas over and over.

Why You Should Buy It

If you are anything like me, creativity and frustration are often linked together. You have an idea in mind and you want to achieve it, but the solution doesn’t come easily. Frustration can then quickly turn into anger.

I am now using this ebook to keep me relaxed. Just yesterday, I was stuck trying to create a workbook for my eShort. I couldn’t think of a way for the reader to create his own meditation without feeling frustrated.

I scrolled through A Handbook for Alchemists and found a section about redesigning a grocery shopping cart. How does someone redesign something so basic and anchored into our memories since we’ve been 2 years old? The concept in Marelisa’s book was that every idea must be built upon. No idea is bad. That was where I was making my mistake.

All the other solutions I had come up with for the meditation weren’t quite right. As I looked back over my previous ideas, I realized that my second idea was on the right track. I just needed to flush it out a little more.

Worth Your Time

Marelisa’s ebook is worth your time, especially if you are in a creative field. It will help you find fresh angles on old problems. It will also help you recharge those creative juices.

This is not a motivational book. You must have a passion for a problem. If you do, this book will be a great resource to help find a creative solution to an existing problem.

Go ahead and order it now before you lose any more creativity time. This is not an affiliate link. The book is worth telling you about.

Work happiness is another way to tap into your creativity, so start your Happy at Work Project today. With Marelisa’s book and my PDF you’ll have creativity pouring out of your brain.

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Comments

  1. Karl,
    I have a copy of Marelisa’s “How to be More Creative” ebook, and I’ll second what you’re saying here. This book is jam-packed with ideas and ways to get your creative juices flowing. In fact, just recently I was working on a new book idea, and was feeling a little stuck on trying to put some direction around the whole project. First place to go – this ebook! And I found a technique that helped tremendously in giving me some of that direction that was eluding me. In fact, I keep a copy of it on my desktop, so I can quickly access it whenever I’m feeling a little stuck.

    Marelisa’s book is such a rich resource on different creativity techniques – making is a handbook I’ve referred to often. Awesome material, and presented in a way that makes for easy picking up and jumping into the book wherever.

    Great review, Karl!

  2. Ooh, I need to get this book! Thanks for writing about it, Karl! :)

  3. Hi Karl

    Thanks for spreading the word on this. It sounds very valuable indeed.

    I think creativity is such an important component of life in all areas. While this will probably be very beneficial to help people at work, I bet it will improve the creative flow in other areas too.

    For example, people often say that they “don’t know how to cook” – but what I found is that knowing how to cook has little to do with “knowing” and much to do with how creative one is or is willing to be. And this translates to all sorts of problem solving scenarios in our lives, so again, I love the sound of this book and am sure it will be a very valuable asset to many!

  4. Karl,
    This is a wonderful testimonial to Marelisa, her book and her blog. Her blog never fails to give a wealth of information. I have no doubt her book does the same. Her expertise on this topic is mindblowing.

    I’m a very creative person and often come up with a ton of ideas for other people. Is that crazy or what? I’m sure with her book I’d be unstuck in no time.

  5. Great, honest review. I really appreciate your authenticity.
    Yes, for every creative action there can be an equal and opposite reaction – Frustration! Which can lead to anger and then to quitting for me. I need just a little catalyst at times, but have to moderate, as too many ideas overstimulate and then I do nothing.

  6. Hi Karl: I love this review, thank you. I filled the ebook with all sorts of creativity techniques and methods precisely so that people can keep referring to it over and over again and always find a new angle to approach a problem or situation they may be facing. Also, thank you to Lance for his endorsement and to Tess for her kind words. I was already in a good mood when I landed here but now I’m on an even better mood. :-)

  7. Hi Lance, we are lucky to have read the book.

    Hi Positively Present, go buy it now.

    Hi Evita, cooking is all about experimenting and seeing what works. If a recipe turns out bad then just try it again and again until it all clicks.

    Hi Tess, sometimes it’s easier to come up with ideas for other people.

    Hi Audra, we all need a catalyst at times. Just that little spark to get us going.

    Hi Marelisa, you are more than welcome. I always love telling people about great ideas and products.

  8. Creativity is one of the key factors that sets you apart from others, whether it be in your work or in your personal life. Being able to keep a clear head while being creative is definitely a useful tip for succeeding. This blog post was very informative and helpful. Thanks Karl!

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