Creativity. “The ability to make new things or think of new ideas.”

Based on that definition, do you think of yourself as creative?  I’d be willing to bet you certainly were as a child.  I would also be willing to bet that you still are, regardless of how you actually answered the question.

I distinctly remember a time as a college student when a friend of mine declared herself “uncreative.”  I told her then, just like I will tell you now, that you are more creative than you give yourself credit.  I will admit that some people do have a level of creativity that is mind-boggling.  Mozart, Edison, Lennon, Van Gogh, Shakespeare are just a few with this characteristic.  However, I believe that each one of us has the ability to create.  All too often we declare ourselves uncreative and subconsciously (or consciously) choose not to do the things to harness and expand our creativity.

One of the biggest barriers to our creativity is our inability to detach, better yet unplug.  I can’t speak for everyone, but I believe that most of us have turned technology into a tool that prevents us from getting too deep into our own heads.  When was the last time you just sat in silence without checking Instagram or Facebook?  Our growing addiction as a society to technology plays out in so many ways, squashing our creativity is just one component.  Don’t get me wrong, tools like Photoshop, Protools, even Microsoft Word have enabled many of the great artists of our day to create masterpieces.  However, for the majority of society 10 minutes per day away from our “screens” and spent on journaling, drawing or simply thinking can ignite a spark of creativity that was thought to be lost somewhere back in our childhood.

So what are you waiting for? Start today with 10 minutes and see what journey it takes you on. You might be amazed at what new things or ideas you come up with.