At-Home Exercises to Harness Your Creativity

Learn how to live creatively with these tips inspired by Big Magic author Elizabeth Gilbert.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and her latest book Big Magic defines creative living as doing the one thing you want to do, but aren't doing. It's realizing the one thing that makes you feel fully alive and tapping into it. Here are some easy ways to do just that, so you can start living the life you want today and spark your inner creativity:

Exercise #1: Write down your most courageous moment.

Jot down in a journal a time that you were courageous in your creative life. Maybe you started writing a book, tried a painting class, or sang karaoke in front of a large group. Whatever it was, write it down and reflect on how you felt doing that courageous, creative act. This will inspire you to try something else you've always wanted to do.


Exercise #2: Stand in front of the mirror and describe what you want to do.

A lot of being creative starts with giving yourself permission to be creative. Look at yourself in the mirror as you say your goals. Things like, "I will finish learning how to knit that quilt," to "I will sign up for that improv class," will help hold you accountable to reaching your creative goals.

Exercise #3: Make your goals visible.

Write down the creative things you want to achieve this year and put them in a place where you'll see them everyday. Whether it's taped to your bathroom mirror, on your refrigerator, or used as a bookmark in your nighttime reading looking at your goals constantly will keep you motivated when you start to second-guess yourself.

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