Getting yourself in the right place to start thinking creatively is easier for some than others.
There are many businesses that are crying out for someone who can put forth ideas and innovations, but then they sandwich a meeting or workshop to capture these ideas in-between logical meetings like sales forecasts and sales reviews. Hardly a great space for creative thinking! It is as though creative thinking can somehow happen as part of a business process.
The same goes in our personal creativity. We sometimes need a ritual to get us in the right head space. Just like a painter sets up for work mounting a canvas on an easel, preparing the brushes and choosing the paints, you want to set up your creative stage for best results.
Some people wait until the muse is upon them before they can start to come up with creative solutions. This is fine if it suits. But what if you need to find a creative solution here and now? What if the situation won't wait for the muse to find you?
What you need is the mind-set of being in the moment. The more you search for being in the moment, the quicker you will be able to get yourself in that place when you need to. You'll also find your ability to concentrate increases as will your ability to filter out extraneous sounds and other distractions.
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