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Word of the Month: Create

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When most people think about the words "create" or "creative," they think of making art—writing, drawing, illustrating, photographing, etc.—but creating need not be an artistic endeavor. Creating artistically does have many positive benefits, but art-based creativity isn't for everyone (and, for many people, is somewhat intimidating). Instead of focusing on artistic creation this month, we're going to look at other ways you use creativity to craft a life you love.


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Word of the Month: Create

Create a Life You Love

When most people think about the words "create" or "creative," they think of making art—writing, drawing, illustrating, photographing, etc.—but creating need not be an artistic endeavor.

Creating artistically does have many positive benefits, but art-based creativity isn't for everyone (and, for many people, is somewhat intimidating). Instead of focusing on artistic creation this month, we're going to look at other ways you use creativity to craft a life you love.

According to Merriam-Webster, to create means "to cause something to happen as a result of one's actions," which obviously spans a very wide range of activities. Creating does not have to come from pens and paint palettes, from crayons or cameras. Creativity can take many forms, and the very act of creating can have a very positive impact on your life.

Find Your Creative Place

Find Your Creative Place

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Taking Ownership

For one, creating is a way to take ownership of the choices you're making and the situations you find yourself in.

When you enter into a situation or make a choice, you have the opportunity to create aspects of that choice or situation. And, whether you're creating a tangible object or creating a new mindset, the act of causing something to happen with your actions is a very powerful and inspiring feeling. In addition, creating allows you to push your moments (and your life!) in a direction that feels positive and fulfilling.

Each act of creation is a chance to positively transform your world. The benefits of creating in the traditional, artistic sense are wonderful, but there are so many things you can create that don't require any artistic talent. You can create joy, love, inspiration, positive vibes, ideas, movements, events, conversations, connections, your own luck, opportunities, change, habits, moments, friendships, lists, excitement, new mindsets... The list goes on!

Below, let's take a look at five things you can create in your life right now.

Create Moments of Joy

"It's not the circumstances that create joy. It's you." - Unknown

Regardless of the situation, you always have an opportunity to create joy for yourself and those around you. In every situation you enter, you can create a moment of joy -- even if it's not a joyful occasion. Of course there will be times when creating joy is more difficult than others; for example, at funeral when facing the loss of a loved one.

But even then, you can make a moment of joy with a kind word or a loving embrace. One of the most wonderful things you can bring to the world is a moment of joy. It doesn't have to be a big, grand gesture, but even the simplest act: a smile or an acknowledgment, for example, can have a positive impact on your life and the lives of those around you.

Special Occasions

Special Occasions

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Create Meaningful Conversation

"Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters." - Dau Voire

How often do we converse with others without really engaging in the conversation? So many people talk so that they can hear the sound of their own voice, or listen only so that they will then have a chance to speak. If you want to create meaningful relationships, it helps to start with meaningful conversations.

By this, I mean conversations that leave you feeling excited and intrigued, conversations that teach you something new about someone else. A great place to start creating meaning is with Danielle LaPorte's app, Conversation Starters. It's my go-to resource for thought-provoking questions to spark insightful conversations.

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Say Something Meaningful

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Create a New (Good) Habit

"We are what we repeatedly do." - Aristotle

Those are some wise words from ol' Aristotle. The things we do over and over again are what make up the people we are -- which is why it's so important to repeat actions that we feel truly express who we are. Consider, for a moment, the habits you have right now. Are they habits you want to have? Are they habits that really connect you to your true self?

If not, it's time to ditch those habits and replace them with a new, more positive habit. Not sure what kind of habit you want to have? Look at those around you for inspiration and contemplate how you wish you could be more like those you admire. Then find a way to put those positive traits into tangible actions.

Create Your Own Luck

"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." - Francis Bacon

If you want amazing opportunities in your life, you have to look for them. Creating your own luck is essential making great things happen, but it's not always effortless. It starts with having an open heart and mind, and being on the lookout for opportunities everywhere. You never know where the next great thing will happen so keep your eyes and hears open.

It also helps to know very specifically what you want. For example, don't think "I want a better job." Instead, think "I want a job in X industry doing Y." Getting specific about what you want in your life is a great first step for finding opportunities that will help you create your own good fortune.

Create Your Perspective

Create Your Perspective

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Create a Positive Outlook

"What you think, you become. What you imagine, you create." - Buddha

Your thoughts create your reality so it's very important to be aware of what you're thinking and do your best to push those thoughts in a positive direction. Creating a positive outlook takes practice and patience (particularly if, like me, it doesn't come naturally to you) but the effort you put into being aware of your thoughts (and striving to make them positive) is well worth it.

And the more you aim to create a positive outlook -- at home, at work, in your relationships -- the easier it becomes to stay positive (even when things aren't going so well). Don't be discouraged if creating a positive outlook takes time; it's really difficult for most people. Just keep at it and remember: every day (every moment, even!) is a fresh chance to create the outlook you want.