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How to Get Back Your Creative Groove by Jeannine McGlade and Andrew Pek

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.” ~Pablo Picasso

In this quote, Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest artists of all time, suggested that to get inspired you must not wait around wishing and hoping that a flash of brilliance will come to you. Instead, you must continue working and creating, even when you feel, well, a little less than creative.

Let’s face it. We’ve all succumbed to moments when we just couldn’t swing it anymore. Overwhelmed by life in general and specific stressors in particular, we often lose our swing and our creative energy just gets zapped. So, what do we do? No one wants to be stuck in a rut forever and certainly those of us whose very livelihood depends on continuous creativity at some level can’t afford to give in to a creative lull.

So when you feel like you’ve lost your creative swing, follow these tips to get back into your creative groove:

1 Observe and discover.

Get out and about. Do something differently— even if it’s driving to work a different way or changing up your workout routine. If you don’t already work out—start. That alone will help inspiration find you. Learn more about what motivates you creatively and how you want to express that. This will help you choose the experiences, situations and relationships that will be most stimulating for you. When you begin to observe the world around you and find out what really stimulates you, you start to feel in flow and things seem to occur naturally and effortlessly. Inspiration will find you.

2 Let your imagination be your guide—at least for one day.

If you’re ever lacking inspiration or creative ideas, just hang out with a group of young children for a few hours. Watching their ability to imagine and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary—a stick becomes a knight’s sword, a rock becomes a fairy house, a sled over two mounds of snow becomes a bridge to new lands—will virtually guarantee that you see things differently and spark some creativity in you. Carl Sagan once said, “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.” Make sure you’re on the road to going somewhere and tap into that wonderful imagination that served you so well for so long.

3 Believe in your creative capabilities.

Often when we lose our swing, we tend to second guess ourselves and question whether or not we’re creative or if we will ever get our groove back. We start to hear ourselves saying words like “should,” “could,” “would have,” “could have.” All words that do not serve us and quite frankly can make us just feel worse! If you believe in your creative abilities and venture forth with that belief, the probability of success and value that you receive will be greater than if you don’t believe. If you believe in your creative abilities, you will attract more creative things into your life, which, in turn, will help you get your groove back. Your energy and confidence will increase and propel you toward your creativity and help you get your swing back.

As seasoned travelers of both personal and professional change, we understand how easily we can lose our swing and get stuck. In good times and in bad, the choices we make every day will keep us either faithful or unfaithful to the path that is ours to journey. Remember the words of Marianne Williamson, “…your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. When we let our light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” So commit to letting your creative light shine and watch as your creative groove gets grooving again.

Andrew Pek and Jeannine McGlade own a consulting business in Palisades that focuses on innovation and new venture creation. They also run Stimulate Your Life Enterprises and McGlade is a certified yoga instructor offering oneon- one and group sessions. For more information, visit or or call 359-3344.

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