“What we have done is barely scratched the surface. It turns out that there is, in fact, unlimited juice in the lemon. The fact is, this is not about squeezing anything at all. It is about tapping an ocean of creativity, passion, and energy that, as far as we can see, has no bottom and no shores.” Jack Welch, Former CEO, General Electric
“Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake. We are making use of only a small part of our physical and mental resources.” William James
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” Maya Angelou
What inspiring insights! How wonderful to realize that our creativity knows no bounds! And that it’s like an Artesian well: the more we draw from it, the more creativity we have.
Just recently, I put this to the test. I joined a six-hour virtual Zoom group one weekend. Some of the people on board were writing, some were reading or The idea behind it was that we would all work quietly together during those hours and concentrate fully on whatever we were doing.
Usually I write a handful of pages a day, the work on revising. But this time, I decided to write through the entire six-hour session and see how far I progressed. I was amazed at how much I wrote during that time—my page count was way beyond what I produced the day before and the story I was working on leaped forward.
This simple exercise showed me that there was much more in my creative well than I realized. Giving myself a juicy chunk of time to think and write primed my pump and a small ocean of words gushed out. It was exciting!
Since then I’ve made it a point to go past wherever I usually stop in my writing. Sometimes I write a few more paragraphs and sometimes even a few more pages. This has shown me how I’d limited myself in the past and how freeing it was to tap into my ocean of creativity. When I do, I begin to see that it really does have no bottom and no shores.
How about you? Are you tapping into your own personal ocean of creativity? Write on!
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