Monday, July 23, 2012

3 Habits of Highly Creative People by Lynne Gentry

3 Habits of Highly Creative People

The late Stephen Covey’s 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE encouraged people to set priorities, take the initiative, and seek win-win relationships. But in his 2004 follow-up book, THE 8th HABIT, Covey says to be successful you must “find your voice and inspire others to find theirs.”

As a writer and actor, I think it is very important to find your voice, your creativity. But where does that creativity come from? I’m not completely sure. But when my creativity dries up, here are three things I do to refill the tank: 

1. Read. Nothing like getting lost in a good story to stir up the imaginative juices. Read what you like. Read what you don’t like. Read fiction. Read the newspaper. Read blogs. Read. Let the flow of words and the varied structuring of sentences stimulate your own neurological pathways.

2. Observe people. Nothing like spending the day with a couple of 5-year-olds to help you see the world in a whole new way. Watch their body movements, their inability to concentrate for long periods of time, their wonder at their surroundings. Or, spend the day with an elderly person. Listen to their stories, their struggles, their victories. Study the creases in their skin, the effort to rise from a chair, and their need to grasp stationary objects for support.

3. Daydream. Nothing like spending a few hours in nature to put you in touch with the creator of creativity. A limitless sky, a breeze rippling across a pond, or the smell of wild grasses can awaken the senses numbed by the stress of life.
Don't you wonder what they are thinking?
What inspires your creativity?

My mom enjoying a beautiful morning.
She died of breast cancer later that week. 

Lynne Gentry knew marrying a preacher might change her plans. She didn’t know how ministry would change her life. She writes about the fragility of family ties and the lengths to which we will go to preserve them. Author of numerous short stories and dramatic works, she travels the country as a professional acting coach and inspirational speaker. Lynne lives in Dallas with her husband Lonnie and counts spending time with her two grown children and their families her greatest joy.

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