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BY LAUREN HARBIN 
For writers, creativity is everything.

And getting inspired is somewhat of an art form. 

But try as we might to get inspired & stay inspired, sometimes it’s easier said than done.

But what if I told you that you might actually be undermining your creative potential without even noticing it? 

Check out these 3 (unfortunately common) habits that may be holding you back from being the most creative you can be… 

Bad Habit #1: Evaluating & Creating Simultaneously 

Being creative means, at times, coming up with some crazy ideas—sometimes things that we know definitely won’t work or fit with our story. 

But even so, let those ideas happen. 

Flesh out your ideas completely without analyzing whether or not they’re even possible. 

Once you’ve completely worked out the idea in your mind & on paper, then you can evaluate if it will actually work. 

Create first; analyze later. 

But by attempting to do so at the same time, you’re subconsciously limiting yourself & the ideas that you create. 

Bad Habit #2: Subscribing to the “Light Bulb Theory” 

I think most of us have been guilty of this bad habit at some point in our creative careers. 

But by believing that great ideas come to you in a flash of brilliance, you take the easy way out. 

Creativity, more often than not, emerges over time as a result of a steady & consistent stream of work. 

So by waiting for a stoke of brilliance, you’re working against the natural flow of great ideas. 

Rome wasn’t built in a day—neither are robust & compelling stories. 

Bad Habit #3: Fear of Failure 

For as long as art has existed, critics of art have voiced their opinions. 

Of course no one wants to fail or be told no. 

But if you try too hard to avoid making mistakes, you’ll also avoid success & limit your creative potential. 

For six years, the creator of the Oscar winning film LA LA LAND was told no by producers & financiers. 

And the writer of the Oscar winning film DALLAS BUYERS CLUB worked for over 10 years to get his film picked up. 

My point is, even if you have an awesome Oscar worthy idea, be prepared to face skepticism. 

That’s just how art works. 

Keep writing anyways because you love to and you believe in your story. 

And eventually you might just hear, “Yes!”
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Voyage by Lauren Harbin - 1y ago

Meditate at Work…Are You Crazy?
BY: ELIZABETH UPTON    

A friend of mine recently told me, “If you don’t have 20 minutes to meditate then take an hour.”

I laughed and found this amusing, but it got me thinking…

I had always heard that meditation has the potential to improve productivity, but never felt like I had enough time to devote to the activity.

If I’m already spread thin, how can I find more time?

It’s a catch 22. In order to explore this idea a bit further, my colleagues at Voyage and I decided to give it a try…

For the last year, we’ve been doing 10-minute meditations at the office three times a week.

And we’ve had some pretty extraordinary results!

Prioritization ~ I get more done in less time.

Instead of just jumping from traffic into my chair thinking about a million things I need to do for the day, the 10 minutes we take to meditate actually helps me to prioritize my thoughts and helps me slow down.

It’s the opposite of what you think you need to do, but it’s actually the trick to accomplishing more.

More Clarity & Mental Focus ~ I’m less stressed.

By taking a few minutes to deal with my stress effectively, I find that I’m more able to focus on my own goals as well as the goals of the company.

Additionally, by removing clutter from my mind I am more easily able to hone in on the things that matter.

Improved Communication ~ I express myself more clearly.

A clear mind expresses clear thoughts and successful communication includes attentive listening.

After meditation, I find myself listening more carefully to seek understanding of my colleagues and our clients.

Companies like Google & Intel have already gotten on board with meditation as an effective workplace activity and have programs in place for their employees.

If you’re curious about how meditation could benefit you at work (or in focusing on your creative project), I urge you to give it a try!

We like to use the app Headspace at the Voyage office – they have a 10-day free trial available for new users.

It only takes 10 minutes

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BREAK THROUGH BY BREAKING THE ROUTINE 
BY: ROB BOWMAN  

Culture shock. 

That’s what it was.

The phenomenon that many people had less than eloquently described to me over the years had taken a hold of me.

Finally, it was my turn. 

It didn’t disappoint. 

I was in the back of a tuk-tuk with my sister as we squared off with Delhi’s rush hour traffic. Sensory overload was in full effect. I watched as lanes of traffic transformed into a current of chaos. I heard car horns and new languages volley interchangeably. I felt my comfort zone contract to the point where the hair on my skin was foreign. As for smell, I’ll let your imagination fill that in. 

Needless to say, my mind was racing. I was overwhelmed. But not in the way I was used to. 

This was different. It was a spark… 

And that’s because of what my brain was actually doing. By travelling someplace far away from my norm, both geographically and culturally, I was literally sparking different synapses in my brain by immersing myself in new sights, sounds, smells, languages, tastes, and sensations. 

To put it simply, I was re-wiring my brain by doing one simple thing: traveling. 

Now, traveling has been linked to many different health benefits (lower stress levels, stronger immune system, healthier heart), but one thing you may not be familiar with is traveling’s effect on creativity. 

In general, creativity is related to neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to form and reorganize synaptic connections. By experiencing new environments and cultures, unused neural networks within the brain fire and respond allowing you to broaden how you think. 

This, along with creating new habits, allows you to unlock a level of creativity you can’t access when you’re stuck in your day to day routine. 

So, the next time you’re looking for a stroke of genius or you just need a break from the office, book a flight and experience something new. Your brain will take it from there. 

Who knows, maybe your next “aha” moment is waiting for you in the back of a tuk-tuk.

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