January is International Creativity Month, an opportunity to increase and explore your creativity and innovative spark. You can also celebrate the creativity of your colleagues, family and friends. I recently stumbled across this fun fact myself, while researching ways to ramp up creativity in the brain. Incidentally, that’s one of the cool things about creativity — when you seek, you find. As with gratitude or courage, when you open your mind to it, it spurs you to discover more of it in yourself, others, and the world around you.
Emotionally resilient people can manage stress, stay flexible, and enjoy life better.
Start the Day with an Emotional Self-Check – Upon awakening in the morning, take a few minutes to adjust your mood. You can use a quick mental gratitude list, or a self-enhancing statement, such as, “I am energized, grounded, and grateful for this day. Good things are headed my way.” Focus on the present moment, and access the power, in the now, to create positive thoughts and feelings about yourself. As you move through your daily schedule, practice respecting, loving and appreciating yourself.
When you’re presented with a setback on the way to your destination, does your brain scream out, “Game over!” ? Or are you energized and spurred on to innovation and expanded creativity? Attitude is everything, and perception is reality. When you allow yourself to perceive setbacks and challenges as opportunities in disguise, you are rocketed into the realm of new possibility. But how do you maintain an attitude that welcomes challenges and obstacles?
The key is cognitive, it’s in your thoughts. Everything you think, say and do creates a physiological and psychological reaction…at a cellular level.