The Daily Grind
It’s easy for human beings to fall into a rut. We wake up, prepare for the day, go to work for 8 hours or more, and return home to eat dinner and watch TV until bed time. With a few little tweaks, we can inject excitement into this daily grind and transform our lives into a fulfilling extravaganza.
Types of Exercise
Some of us take time to exercise our bodies. We do this because it helps us maintain health, muscle tone, and the ability to compete more effectively in the game of life. Success at work and at home is inevitably easier when we feel healthy and energetic. I personally feel more confident when I’m more physically fit.
Many of us also exercise our intellect. We read serial publications, online articles, blogs like this one, or textbooks in an effort to accumulate information and stay on the cusp of technology. We have our favorite magazines and podcast episodes. Among mine are Erin Smith’s “The Starters Club”, John Lee Dumas’ “Entrepreneur on Fire”, and CorbinLinks.com.
The Missing Exercise
Physical and intellectual exercise are 2 pieces of life fulfillment puzzle. Physical exercise hones the tools we need to accomplish our goals. Intellectual exercise gives us the background of what is possible, and the fresh perspectives that other people have to offer.
The missing exercise that many of us miss is Creative Exercise. This is what allows us to use our physical tools to put our intellectual learning into some fantastic innovation. Exercising our Creative Muscle can be as simple as drawing a picture, painting a room, or building something with Legos. It helps build the muscle memory needed to create something from nothing.
Here’s an example. I received a Creopop 3D pen for Christmas, so decided to use it to flex my Creative Muscle. I drew the volcano that you see in the image above. “So what?” you may ask. What does this allow me to accomplish? Like many aspects of life, it’s a series of potential cascading events that wouldn’t be possible without taking the first step.
Drawing that 3D volcano led me to share my experiences about the Creative Muscle on this blog that typically gets a couple thousand hits per day. Over the life of this blog, I could help many thousands of people to create something wonderful when they otherwise might have just been watching TV. It also may lead me to innovate and monetize my idea. For instance, there may not be anyone who wants to buy a 3D volcano from me, but there might be a market for hand drawn 3D company logos.
Summing it up
In conclusion, I just was want to encourage you to flex your Creative Muscle when you are flexing your other muscles. The simplest creative activities can result in the most amazing innovation. Send me some comments about your incredible innovations. I can’t wait to hear about them!