Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Unlock Your Creative Ingenuity - Key # 2 - If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old. ~Peter F. Drucker~

What is that something old? Staying in your comfortable groove where everything and everyone is familiar. There is nothing wrong with those elements, in fact, they add a large measure of contentment to our lives. However, they can also lead to creative stagnation. 
So it's time to break out...


Key # 2 - Creative Inspiration Through Conversation With a Stranger

When was the last time you initiated a conversation with a stranger? Was it ages ago or maybe never?
Are you reluctant because you don't know what to say? Or, maybe you don't see the benefit. Let's address those two points using the scenario in the photo above.

1. How you might initiate this conversation: "Hi, my name is _______. I love sitting in this park because it's always been peaceful, clean, and safe. But mostly I love the variety of trees, and the way the morning light emphasizes the many different shades of green. May I ask what you like most about this spot?"

"Hello, It's nice to meet you. My name is ______. I'm a phycologist and I've been coming here to experience how color and sound affects mood. It's amazing that you come here to observe color and light. I've found that the light play through the leaves and across the expanse of lawn really increases my energy level."

2. What benefit you might receive: Our creativity often depends on inspiration. Observing  something that is ordinary to us through someone else's eyes is not just interesting, but often, enlightening and inspirational. From this simple conversation You've learned that energy in you work can be expressed through use of light and color. WOW! Your key worked...

3. Where/When to start a conversation: Depending on your comfort level, just about anywhere. But here are a few to get you started.
  • Grocery Line
  • Doctor's waiting room
  • Break time at work
  • Whoever sits next to you in a class, workshop, or seminar
  • Waiting to be seated at a restaurant
  • While pumping your gas

If you try Key # 2, I'd love to hear about your experience and how it unlocked some creative spark in you. Just drop a comment in the box below.

Don't miss Key #3 - Understanding Perfection


  1. It does take practice to start a conversation with a stranger. I easiest way for me is at garage sales.

    1. That is a great place. Everyone is talkative at yard sale and super helpful.