Living creatively does not merely apply to the arts, but to an attitude about what is possible. We cannot calculate the creativity of an individual who paints, dances, or plays music. It is possible to do all these things by rote, without any creativity at all. Instead, we turn our gaze inward, back toward our own self, toward our thinking mind so that we might engage our creative self to imagine new ways in which to approach life.
Take, for example, stress. Often times stress is exacerbated by a continuous internal dialogue, forever parenting the mind. "Don't forget to do this," "You better do that," and "You need to do this, too." Just reading the words are enough to make a healthy person feel ill.
How does one correct or silence this perpetual know-it-all? Simple, give it what it wants. Keep a notepad with you, or utilize your Smartphone in one of the many ways it was designed: to store information. When your "know-it-all" brain starts telling you what to do:
- Assess the importance of the information
- If the information is important, make a voice memo or write it down.
- Assign a due date to the activity.