Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
When you remember similarities, notice relationships, imagine possibilities and are willing to experiment - then one thing leads to another.
Ray Bradbury said, "Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things."
Joseph Chilton Pearce: "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." And as Abe Tannenbaum said, "The creative person is willing to live with ambiguity. He doesn't need problems solved immediately and can afford to wait for the right ideas."
Self-doubt is the anchor that keeps our ship from sailing. Everybody feels self-doubt from time to time; we judge we're not capable enough to achieve our goals, to make our dreams come true. Courage is about overcoming our fears, not pretending we don't have them. That is achieved by wanting an outcome so much that the fears and doubts are irrelevant. We just do it, we set sail.
As Maya Angelou said, "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Creating is the true essence of life.
Tina Turner said, "Sometimes you've got to let everything go - purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything - whatever is bringing you down - get rid of it. Because you'll find that when you're free, your true creativity, your true self comes out."
To be more creative, let go of fixed ideas, question any assumptions, make all beliefs provisional, look in new directions... Indeed, creativity is founded on curiosity, wondering why, how, where, who, which, when - and imagining answers, fed by intuition and a dose of rationality. And heart-felt truth is more likely to take you where you want to go than other people's theories or text books.
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
The mind is naturally creative. It is always generating thoughts in every moment of our lives. Whether these ideas are new revolutionary self realized thoughts, enlightening 'million dollar' ideas, or mundane complaints about the neighbor next door, the creativity in your thinking is always available. The results you get all depends on whether the gateway to your ultimate creative capacity is fully fresh and open, or operating out of a past program. Most people believe that there are only a few gifted creative individuals born in this world, while the rest of us unlucky folks tend not to be so creatively endowed. The truth I've found is much more empowering and radical. I've discovered a technique that your average human being can access a limitless resource of creative juice that will fuel them forever, helping them to access the power they need to manifest anything their heart desires. Continues...