It has probably happened to you before. A problem arises at the office or in your family, and everyone looks up to you to solve it. You smile to yourself thinking that what you really need to be is a genius to solve this one. You wish you are one of those people who can come up with something amazing, inspiring and creative, at the drop of a hat.
Have you become a creature of habit over the years? Think there's no way you could ever be creative? Maybe you've been stuck in a rut. What if I told you that it is indeed possible for you to become the creative person you've always wanted to be?
This is what happened at my place of work...
They snickered as I strode the length of the conference room, to the podium. I was prepared to address the committee. "Is this some kind of joke?" whispered a fellow associate, as I moved past him. I was new in the department, and had not yet bowled them over with my great ideas.
"He's not exactly an idea generator... what's that person trying to prove?" muttered one of the department supervisors.
I laid the folder containing my presentation on the podium, and opened it slowly. Clearing my throat, I said, "Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for coming."
I looked into the eyes of my new co-workers and saw a mixture of amusement, disbelief, and bafflement. It's true I had not exactly wowed my new team with my contributions since I was hired.
What they didn't know was that I'd been keeping something from them. Should I tell them about the secret of my success? I smiled at the assembled committee and began to lay out my ideas for the company's new advertising campaign. Mouths started dropping. Folks started nodding and smiling. Soon there were whispers around the conference room and smiles.
When I finished my presentation, there was a big applause. The members of my team rushed forward, crowding around me, shaking my hand and banging me on the back. "How did you do it? Your ideas were great! You really surprised us! You've been holding back haven't you? Okay, what's your secret?"
I told them my story. I have discovered a way to increase my productivity by unleashing my creativity. Yes, it was just that simple. I discovered it was within my power to enhance my own imagination.