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Overcome Blocked Creative Expression

A 5-step action plan to express creativity when you've been stuck or stressed out.

By Jeannine McGlade & Andrew Pek | Updated 6/12/16

Feeling stuck, stale or stressed out? Need to come up with fresh new ideas but just can't seem to get out of a rut? Feel like you're not quite where you want to be in your work or in your life?

Like so many people, you might find yourself wondering (from time to time or perhaps all the time!) "What exactly happened to my life? What happened to the plans, dreams, and goals I had when I was younger and so full of creative ideas, inspiration and passion?" Or, you try and try but you just can't seem to come up with creative ideas, not even sure what you would do if you could do anything that you want, don't really know what your passions and dreams even are anymore.

What if you could reach those dreams easily? What if you knew that those dreams, passions, plans and goals were not only within your reach but that you couldn't fail? What if you could begin today with just one small step and be that much closer to the creative life that you want to live? What if you knew that you could have everything you want in your life and that you could even manifest it in 90 days?

According to Carolyn Myss, "blocked creative expression is as detrimental to our well being as a drug addiction." Let's read that again! Blocked creative expression is as detrimental to our well being as a DRUG ADDICTION!! That's a powerful statement and a call to action, if you ask us! We must express our creativity, we must find a way to be creative — that is, if we want to live a balanced, full, healthy life.

Here's a 5 step action plan to begin to express your creativity and begin to live the life of your dreams and create a healthy, passionate life full of inspiration, ideas and impact:

  1. Carve out 30 minutes a day to focus on your creative expression — go to a quiet place or a place where you feel stimulated and bring a journal (and your favorite pen). Start writing about whatever comes to mind. Do this for 3 minutes. Set a timer because three minutes can either go really slow or really fast depending on how blocked your creative expression is!
  2. Now, reflect on a time when you felt you were creative. Describe (in your journal) that time in detail — what were you doing? Where were you? What was the result? Why do you think you were successful in expressing your creativity this time?
  3. How might you recreate the conditions that were present in the example above that made you have success? What would you need to do today to begin to create those conditions?
  4. Determine what you can do today to take one step towards living a life that allows you to release your blocked creative expression. Consider questions such as: What are your goals? What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? What is your passion?
  5. Write down the next 5 things you need to do based on what you've journaled so far. Take one action every day towards your goals and be sure to revisit your journal every day and continue to reflect on your writing (and continue to write and reflect). •

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About Jeannine McGlade

Jeannine McGladeJeannine McGlade and Andrew Pek are authors, speakers, trainers, and thought leaders in making innovation and creativity a habit. More


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